Monitor WebSphere with ELK and Nagios

Worked a lot with the ELK stack for log management and Nagios for system monitoring in the last months and like both solutions a lot.

They are very flexible and customizable to match almost every customer environment. So the natural next step was to combine both solutions to build a very powerful system monitoring and management solution for WebSphere servers (IBM Connections/IBM Sametime).

ELK-Nagios-Flow.001

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Ownerless IBM Connections Communities – Python Script for the rescue (and you can use it as Nagios Plugin as well)

We have a lot of ownerless IBM Connections Communities in our environment and I guess every Connections Admin faces this issue in his system.

I haven’t created a python script for a while, so challenge accepted. My specific task was:

  • Don’t use JDBC for DB connections
  • Create a python script which finds all ownerless Communities
  • Use the same script as Nagios Plugin
  • Integrate the script into our Nagios Monitoring

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The Silence of the Installers – ICSUG Event in Bremen

Last week I had the pleasure to present a session at the ICSUG event in Bremen. Topic was how you can automate the installation of IBM Connections prerequisites, the installation of  Connections itself and finally how you can automate post install tasks.

The event was a huge success, more than 100 people were attending, the Keynote was delivered by Kramer Reeves, almost 50 top-notch sessions and 15 IBM Champions were present.

Big thank you to Stefan Sucker and the WE4IT Team for this great event!

The Silence of the Installers on Slideshare

A movie how you can use all these scripts will follow soon.

It’s pretty sure that I will publish some of the code in future. Please contact me if you want to know in detail how this was done or if you want to help improving the scripts even further.