InfoCube Spark v1.2 – TM1 Minor Error Logs

Version 1.2 of InfoCube Spark has just been released. To our loyal clients: This should patch itself so theres no action required on your side.

New Features:

  • TM1 Server.log interrogator. You can now browse and filter the TM1Server.log from all monitored TM1 Application Servers.  New Page on Spark!
  • Minor Error Logs are now incorporated into the Spark, so you can now remotely debug a users issues without racing back into the office.

Spark Server Log Interrogator

Spark Server Log Interrogator

 

Remember, Spark is a completely free product – no strings attached. You can check it out here to revolutionise the way you manage your TM1/CX environment.

InfoCube Spark – An Introduction

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Google Analytics

Google Analytics

I’ve often wondered how much easier life could be by using a similar platform for managing IBM Cognos environments. Being able to review server and error logs without running through the hoops of a vast VPN system as well as being notified of capacity issues before the server crashes.

Introducing 

 

Spark is a FREE Cloud-based IBM Cognos Products monitoring suite, which can holistically gauge the events, utilisation and performance of your Server Environments. Users can instantly see the Hard Drive, Memory and CPU utilisation, IBM Cognos TM1 or Express Server logs and utilisation on Login – from anywhere!

You can login now to see how it works using a tester account setup to monitor two InfoCube Consulting development servers.

Screenshots of Spark from the publicly accessible tester account:

 

InfoCube Spark - Physical/Virtual Servers

InfoCube Spark – Physical/Virtual Servers

 

InfoCube Spark - TM1 Server Page

InfoCube Spark – TM1 Server Page

 

InfoCube Spark incorporates the following into an easy to understand workspace:

  • TM1 Top Data
  • TM1 Server Logs
  • TM1 Configuration
  • Server Hard Disk Capacity
  • Server Memory Capacity
  • Server CPU Utilisation
  • Server Performance Counters

Some of our clients have said that we could and should charge thousands of dollars per annum for this service in enterprise environments, but we want to give something back to our Cognos Community – so we’re doing it for free. Nada. Nuffin. Zippo.

TM1 10.1 Operations Console vs. CubeSpy

A simple breakdown of the differences and similarities of the new TM1 Operations Console in TM1 10.1 and CubeSpy through Installation, Features and appearance.

Software Installation

CubeSpy

TM1 Operations Console

  1. Run the Installer.
  2. Open and Point CubeSpy to TM1 when Prompted.
  3. Add TM1 Servers.
  1. Run the Installer.
  2. Start the Applications Server via Cognos Configuration.
  3. Add the SSL Certificates into JRE via Command line.
  4. Configure the Operations Console via an XML Config file.
  5. Change Internet Explorer browse settings
  6. Browse to TM1 Operations Console.
  7. Add Groups, then Adminhosts, then TM1 Servers.
CubeSpy Configuration

CubeSpy Setup & Configuration

Software Features

CubeSpy

TM1 Operations Console

  • Monitor Multiple TM1 Servers. (TM1 9.4 to 10.1)
  • Enable TM1 User access based on Software Distribution.
  • Profile Creation – Group Servers by Version, Location.
  • Windows Tray Icons Displaying Server Queues Graph with Color Coding.
  • Monitor User Idle Time as well as Standard Activity Time.
  • Broadcast Messages to all users on a Server.
  • View Server activity at a glimpse using the Activity Spark Bars.
  • Server Monitor Dashboard which displays all active Server Spark Bars.
  • Copy Usernames, User Activity to the Clipboard.
  • Windows Notifications if/when a Server Stops Communicating with Clients. (Server Shutdown or Crash)
  • Windows Notifications when more than a definable amount of users (default is 1) are waiting in a queue on the TM1 Server.
  • 24/7 Logging to a Database (CubeSpy Agent)
  • Event Log – Process Execution, Rule Saves and Server Restarts (CubeSpy Agent)
  • User load charting (CubeSpy Agent)
  • Monitor Multiple TM1 Servers (TM1 9.4 to 10.1)
  • Enable TM1 User access based on Groups
  • Filter by State and Thread Type.
  • No Software Required (But copious Browser Settings)
  • Logging to text file.

Software Appearance

TM1 Operations Console

TM1 10.1 Operations Console

TM1 10.1 Operations Console – Home Screen

 

TM1 10.1 Operations Console
TM1 10.1 Operations Console – Filter

CubeSpy

CubeSpy Home Screen

CubeSpy Home Screen

CubeSpy 1.5.9 – User Load Charts x2

 

CubeSpy 1.5.9 - Event Viewer

CubeSpy 1.5.9 – Event Viewer

 

CubeSpy Monitor

CubeSpy Monitor

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CubeSpy TM1 Server Monitor – Open Beta Release!

CubeSpy Server Monitor provides TM1 Administrators with visibility and notifications about what their TM1 Servers are doing.

Features:

  • Connect to Multiple TM1 Servers of Different Versions.
  • Monitor as many TM1 Servers as you have.
  • Profile Creation – Group Servers by Version, Location.
  • Windows Tray Icons Displaying Server Queues Graph with Color Coding
  • Monitor User Idle Time as well as Standard Activity Time.
  • Broadcast Messages to all users on a Server.
  • View Server activity at a glimpse using the Activity Spark Bars.
  • Server Monitor Dashboard which displays all active Server Spark Bars.
  • Copy Usernames, User Activity to the Clipboard.
  • Windows Notifications if/when a Server Stops Communicating with Clients (Server Shutdown or Crash)
  • Windows Notifications when more than a definable amount of users (default is 1) are waiting in a queue on the TM1 Server.
  • CubeSpy Agent – a heavy duty TM1 Server monitor with embedded statistics database. This application can be installed server side as a NT Service.

CubeSpy Screenshots:
Image Additional Screenshot

 

CubeSpy Agent Screenshots:
Monitoring User Load: 12
Event Reporting: 1

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