150 Certification Guide Series: IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.1
6.6 SOAP interface
Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is an XML-based communications
protocol that lets applications exchange information through the Internet. SOAP
is platform independent and language independent. SOAP uses XML to specify
a request and reply structure. It uses HTTP as the transport mechanism to drive
the request and to receive a reply.
The IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.1 Web Services solution provides you with an
industry-standard open interface into IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.1 solutions. This
open interface provides easy access to performance and availability data,
enabling you to use this information for advanced automation and integration
capabilities.
IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.1 Web Services implements a client/server architecture.
The client sends SOAP requests to the IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.1 SOAP server.
The server receives and processes the SOAP requests from the client.
Predefined SOAP methods let you perform many functions within the platform
environment. You can begin to use SOAP methods immediately. You can also
use IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.1 SOAP methods as templates in creating your own
advanced methods.
SOAP works with any programming or scripting language, any object model and
any Internet wire protocol. The SOAP methods can be invoked through Perl,
JavaScript™, VBSCRIPT, JSCRIPT, C++, and through a browser.
Refer to IBM Tivoli Monitoring Installation and Setup Guide, Version 6.1.0,
GC32-9407, for additional details about how to use the SOAP instructions for
installing and configuring the SOAP product.
IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.1 provides numerous SOAP methods for use with the
Web Services integration. These methods enable you to dynamically query and
control installations.
The SOAP methods can perform the following actions:
Stop or start policies and situations.
Retrieve attribute data that you can display in charts or reports.
Open and close events.
Make real-time requests for data.
Important: Prior to using the IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6.1 solution, you must
have a basic understanding of SOAP, Extensible Markup Language (XML),
XML namespaces, and the Web Services Description Language (WSDL).

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