A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing CCMS Agents on AS400 Servers

  • by Jim Baxter, Independent SAP Basis Consultant
  • January 7, 2011
If you have a pure AS400 environment, it can often be difficult to find staff with skills to monitor the systems. Discover how, with a base set of commands, you can implement the Computer Center Management (CCMS) agent on your AS400 servers to push data to SAP Solution Manager for centralized monitoring — even if you know very little about the AS400 operating system.
Key Concept
The Computer Center Management System (CCMS) helps you monitor, configure, and control your SAP system. You can download CCMS agents from the SAP Service Marketplace. When installed on your AS400 servers, CCMS agents direct data to SAP Solution Manager for centralized monitoring. These agents enable you to monitor log files, operating system processes, and network data.

Centrally monitoring the SAP landscape is a great way to be proactive and prevent critical system crashes from occurring. AS400 skills are not widespread, so often central monitoring and alerting of satellite systems running on AS400 servers is neglected.

However, installing Computer Center Management System (CCMS) agents that direct data to your SAP Solution Manager system is not that difficult once you have a few skills in using AS400 commands. After you install the agents, the CCMS agent monitors the AS400 server and triggers alerts when a critical threshold is reached. An example of this, when configured, is a batch job that fails, such as a payroll job. The threshold is set on the satellite system and the agent sends a signal when that threshold is reached.

This article assumes that no Microsoft Windows Server interface is available; it is a pure AS400 system. AS400 experts will probably have their own way of doing this, but the example I use offers a solution for those with less expertise. Basic UNIX skills are a prerequisite.

Jim Baxter

Jim Baxter is an independent SAP Basis consultant with a wide variety of experience in SAP Solution Manager setup and functionality. He is certified in the Implementation Tool and Root Cause Analysis and has worked on Service Desk setup for SAP value-added resellers.

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