IBM Workload Scheduler 9.3 will go out of support, effective from April 2021, so don’t wait any longer to upgrade! Create a promising future for your business by switching to v9.5. Upgrade to a streamlined, efficient and secure version.
The objective of this blogpost is to provide a step by step guide on what needs to be considered before upgrading IWS MDM from v9.3 to v9.5. We also provide you with a step by step guidance on the usage.
The blog also gives a brief description of the key features provided with the latest version.
The scope of this blog is limited to users who have:
What to considered before upgrading
The preparation stage is by far one of the most important phases during an upgrade. When upgrading to a major release, like v9.3 to v9.5, one must take into consideration crucial factors such as features and infrastructural differences.
The basic architectural approach of an upgrade has not changed, IWS still requires a parallel upgrade for the MDM and support still direct upgrade for the agent. Customers can also decide from a bottom-up or top-down upgrade.
You can fully benefit from the IWS v9.5 features such as Workload folders when all the IWS network is at v9.5 FP2 then the bottom-up approach upgrade is recommended.
IWS v9.5 installation is simplified and is made faster than ever before, leveraging the Centralized Upgrade feature, the install and setup of IWS v9.5 should be a smooth transition.
“Learning” IWS v9.5 is the key point to be fully productive on the release soon after the Upgrade.
IWS administrators should be trained on how to operate the new DWC 9.5 flow and usage of IWS v9.5 releases so they are prepared on “how-to-do” things on IWS 9.5.
But don’t worry! There are IWS users who already did that with Success…. read their experience here: https://twsuser.org/links/webinars/
“Keys to a Successful IBM Workload Scheduler v9.5 Migration – a User Perspective by Tim Townsend, Boston College – February 19, 2020”
In the next steps, you will learn how to use IWS v9.5 successfully.
In the preparation phase of an upgrade, different actions should be taken:
Start by reading here:
Release Note 9.5
IBM Workload Scheduler version 95
Dynamic Workload Console version 95
See IBM Workload Automation V9.5 dedicated playlist: here.
Some highlights of new features released with 9.5 FP2. Click here.
Read v9.5 blogs: click here.
Engage with the IWS community on “Ask-the-Expert” Sessions on new v9.5 features!
Contact us on our Workload Automation Community Forum.
Take IWS 9.5 Courses! Engage in HCL services to have an ad-hoc course on IWS v9.5: click here.
2. Review the Detailed system requirements for IBM Workload Scheduler and DWC, v9.5,
here you can find all the OS products and addition products supported by IWS v9.5:
IWS: Detailed System Requirements page.
DWC: Detailed System Requirements page
This review is important as IWS v9.3 supported OS and product version is no longer supported by IWS 9.5 releases.
3. Review the following document to determine the new setup for IWS machines and their configuration for IWS/DWC 9.5. Click here and go to section - WA Documentation and Performance Scenarios - where IWS 9.5 Performance and Capacity document is present.
4. Last but not least, leverage the benefits of the HCL Services team that is composed of a Professional IWS team who can provide you with ad-hoc learning on IWS v9.5. The team can also work to assist you with the IWS upgrade, implementation and design.
IWS v9.5 offers a lot of new features that are useful to administrators, the scheduling operators, developers, analysts, configurator and application programmers, so let’s start talking about some of them:
Command-line based installation
Classical GUI installation is no more necessary, now there is the command-line installation, a very simple procedure that supports installing all components (master domain manager, backup domain manager, dynamic domain manager, backup dynamic domain manager, Dynamic Workload Console, and agents) using dedicated commands.
For more information, see Typical installation scenario.
The Dynamic Workload Console has evolved
The Dynamic Workload Console has evolved with a new graphical layout, features, and improved functionality.
Dynamic Workload Console V9.5 has undergone both an architectural and web redesign.
The streamlined design of the console accommodates several features that improve the overall user experience to deliver results for your business:
New Reporting System
With Dynamic Workload Console V9.5, the look and feel of the reporting system have undertaken a revamp and you can now import the report templates created by using Business Intelligent Report Tool (BIRT).
For more information about the new reporting system, see Reporting.
Event Rule has never been so easy
A brand-new experience that optimizes the creation and editing of event rules.
A modernized user experience that makes the definition of event rules easier, intuitive, and well-organized, thanks to a folder-based structure.
Automation Hub: the future of automation
Automation Hub is the new automation command center that empowers your Workload Automation with new integrations.
A showcase where you can browse through the existing integrations, but also discover a bunch of integrations to bring your experience to the next level.
Some of the old plug-ins previously provided with the product are now out-of-the-box integrations available on Automation Hub.
The integrations are available for distributed and z/OS environments.
For further information, see Changed features and feature capabilities.
Continuous operation with automatic failover
Automatic switchover to a backup engine and event processing server when the active master domain manager becomes unavailable.
Ensure continuous operation with the automatic failover and high availability features of IBM® Workload Scheduler. Configure one or more backup engines so that when a backup detects that the active master becomes unavailable, it triggers a long-term switchmgr operation to itself. The backup engines monitor the behavior of the master domain manager to detect anomalous behavior. If one or more of the following behaviors persist for more than 5 minutes, an automatic long-term switchmgr operation is triggered:
Organize scheduling objects in workflow folders
Gain greater business agility by organizing your scheduling objects in a hierarchy of folders. Organize them by lines of business, departments, geographies, or any custom category that makes sense for your business operations.
Folders also simplify security access. Associate access control lists to individual folders to restrict the rights to which folder any single user or group can access. You can also delegate security management of a specific folder and its sub-folders to other users.
For more information see Organizing scheduling objects into folders.
Finally, but certainly not least, I wish to recall the importance of Workload Automation Professional Services now available, click here to explore.
For any help or suggestion HWA professional service team is available to give you highest level of support in order to assist you during implementation phase of these features.
As you have seen, IWS v9.5.0X comes with a lot of interesting features then don’t waste our time, let’s go to talk about how to upgrade to IWS v9.5.0X so then we can start using them.
The following procedure will install a new master domain manager with own DB and link it to current network. Then will import objects of current MDM into new DB and switch the linked MDM to become the new master domain manager.
The procedure can be summed up with the following main steps:
5. Link new MDM to current network: A new BMDM WS pointing to the new MDM will be created.
6. Export v9.3 Object data and Import to MDM v9.5.0X: The objects will be exported from the old DB and imported into the new one
7. Configure current IWS network to link to the new MDM: New configuration of entire network to point at new MDM
8. Switch network to new MDM: Using switchmgr conman command
9. Update current plan with new network configuration: The current plan will be extended with the new network configuration
10. Install a new BMDM if required: A new BMDM will be added to current network
For more detailed information refer to Upgrade_to_V9.5 document, click here, under section - WA Documentation and Performance Scenarios
If you have any questions regarding the upgrade or require more information about the new features, don’t hesitate to ask our HWA Professional Service Team!
It’s highly recommended to start using the new FOLDER feature when all IWS network is at v9.5 FP2 level to leverage the full benefits of that feature.
For more information about the Behavior of the Feature “Workload Folder” in mixed IWS environment, please read the Compatibility scenarios and limitations chapter in the release notes for IWS v9.5. Links:
Workload Scheduler version 95
Dynamic Workload Console version 95
If you need further clarification, the HWA Professional Service Team can answer all your questions, so don't hesitate to get in touch! Click here.