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Performance Toolkit for VM Feature

VM Performance Toolkit overview
The Performance Toolkit for VM provides enhanced capabilities for a z/VM systems programmer, system operator, or performance analyst to monitor and report performance data. Offered as a priced optional feature of z/VM, the Performance Toolkit for VM is derived from the FCON/ESA program (5788-LGA), which was not available in all countries.

See the required service in order to run z/VM and Performace Toolkit on the new zEnterprise System (07-2010)

VM Performance Toolkit functions
The functions provided by the Performance Toolkit for VM include:

  • Operation of the system operator console in full-screen mode
  • Management of multiple z/VM systems (local or remote)
  • Post-processing of Performance Toolkit for VM history files and VM monitor data captured by the MONWRITE utility
  • Viewing of performance monitor data using either Web browsers or PC-based 3270 emulator graphics
  • TCP/IP performance reporting
The Performance Toolkit for VM can process Linux performance data obtained from the Resource Management Facility (RMFTM) Linux performance gatherer, rmfpms. z/VM Performance Toolkit support for rmfpms has been stabilized and may cease to function as the underlying Linux systems evolve. Support for the Linux rmfpms agent has been withdrawn and no new copies of it are available for installation. If you have rmfpms installed on an existing Linux image, it should continue to run on that image unsupported. There is no guarantee a current rmfpms installation will run on future Linux image installs.

IBM introduced the Performance Toolkit for VM TM in the announcement of z/VM V4.4 to provide a variety of reports on system performance. Use the Performance Toolkit to reduce data from the z/VM MONITOR and produce reports and history files. The product has been enhanced and improved in subsequent releases. To see a list of changes made in each level of Performance Toolkit, refer to the function level entries in Quick Links section on this page.

APAR VM64819 for z/VM 5.4.0 and z/VM 6.1.0 introduces updates for many problems uncovered during internal IBM testing and while running Performance Toolkit on internal IBM z/VM systems. For more information and abstracts of the problems corrected refer to APAR VM64819

APAR VM65344 for z/VM 6.2.0 enables the Performance Toolkit for VM to monitor the Live Guest Relocation (LGR) activity in the z/VM SSI cluster. For more information refer to  FL620 Information

Getting started

Get started with Performance Toolkit for VM with this Redbook:
Linux on IBM eserver zSeries and S/390: Performance Toolkit for VM

If you will be supporting Linux instances on z/VM, consider attending one of the new course offerings from IBM Learning Services.

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Quick Links
 FL640 Information
 FL630 Information
 FL620 Information
 FL610 Information
 FL540 Information
 FL530 Information
 FL520 Information
 FL510 Information
 FL440 Information
 Introduction to Perfkit
Program Directory FL640 PDF
Perfkit FL640 Guide
Perfkit FL640 Reference
Program Directory FL630 PDF
Perfkit FL630 Guide
Perfkit FL630 Reference
Program Directory FL620 PDF
Perfkit FL620 Guide
Perfkit FL620 Reference
Program Directory FL610 PDF
Perfkit FL610 Guide
Perfkit FL610 Reference
Perfkit Books FL610
Program Directory FL540 PDF
Perfkit Books FL540
Redbook: Performance Toolkit for VM
VM Performance
 z/VM Performance report
 MONDCSS creation
Linux on z/VM Performance
 Generating Comma Separated Value (CSV) files from Performance Toolkit data files
General Information
 z/VM V6.4 GI PDF
 z/VM V6.3 GI PDF
 z/VM V6.2 GI PDF
 z/VM V6.1 GI PDF
 z/VM V5.4 GI PDF
 z/VM V5.3 GI PDF
 z/VM V5.2 GI PDF
VM community
 Discussion lists - to interact with the VM community