AS400 Cache battery Alert in V6R1

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AS400 Cache battery alerts
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Is there a way out to generate a report of CACHE BATTERY status of multiple LPARs at a time? We are having more than 70 AS400 LPARs(v6r1). Normally I log into individual LPARs and check the status through SST.So its very hectic to check manually for 70+ LPARs.

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  • TomLiotta
    There are various possibilities depending on how sophisticated you want to get. First step of a simple method is to ensure that message queue QSYS/QSYSMSG exists on all systems. Once it exists, simply set monitors for message ID CPPEA13. You could use Management Central to set the message monitors. Tom
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  • Subhro
    Thanks Tom for your valuable Idea. However i am planning to apply the The ptf SI40404,Since all my LPAR's are in V6R1. In that case this call program will generate a spool file with all the cache battery details. CALL QSYS/QSMBTTCC ----------------------------------------- but I am looking for some kind of query that can be run on those spool file to get the cache battery which are about to five warning.
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  • TomLiotta
    ...I am looking for some kind of query that can be run on those spool file... That is a far more complicated request. You're asking about one or more spooled files, and spooled files aren't queried. You would query a database file. That means that you need to locate each needed spooled file and put them all into formats that are capable of being queried. Then you could run a query over each one individually, and you'd need to know what values to query for. That might require somehow creating spooled files that contain the various printed lines that indicate different statuses -- assuming that you know the print formats and the data values for each status. You could send each spooled file to a single LPAR and combine them into one. But then your query might be much more complex if you had to figure out which LPAR had a warning. Maybe you'd only want a notice saying that an LPAR reported a battery problem, and you'd search for the LPAR number manually. BTW, be aware that the profile that runs QSYS/QSMBTTCC must have *SERVICE special authority. Anyway, it seems easy enough to me just to get the system to do most of the work for you. I don't see much reason to ask the system to print the information just to convert the printed form back into some machine-readable form so that the system can notify you. It already does notification with QSYSMSG. Tom
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  • WoodEngineer
    The cache battery warning messages are probably available via the DSPLOG command. Just ask it to display only CPPEA13. With a wee bit of coding you could write a CL to run the command once a day and generate a report. Just for my own education . . . Does each LPAR have its own cache battery?
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  • OldSysAdmin
    Depends. Cache batteries are for controller cards to protect the cache memory. Each LPAR could have from 0 to infinity (whatever the hardware limit is) controllers with cache and cache batteries.
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  • slack400
    The batteries have a 36 month life span and they give you a 180 or 90 day warning before expiring. Wouldn't it be easy enough to document the items in a spreadsheet and just create a maintenance cycle schedule for this? I utilize a Help desk package that would allow me to create an inventory item or server resource with an expiration date and have it email me before an item expires. I realize not everyone has access to these utilities but it's an example of thinking outside the AS400 for a solution. Assuming you have non-Power servers you may find that a solution outside the AS400 may be a useful to the entire IT department.
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  • Techie234369
    I have a similar scenario where i have 68 LPARs. For a while, I have added IBM call program to a 5250 macro and saved sessions seperatelly to another location, So that i dont need to modify default macro each time. whenever needed i have to run this macro which generates report by using CALL QSYS/QSMBTTCC however getting this report to a spreadsheet is complicated where again human intervention is required to manually note Cache battery expiry notifications. Is there any way, where we can use Data Transfer from iSeries to PC option , to collect this Call program output to spreadsheet.
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