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5.1 OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ Configuration
overview
OMEGAMON for WebSphere Business Integration provides two components for
managing WebSphere MQ: OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ Configuration
and OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ Monitoring.
In this chapter, we will introduce OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ
Configuration. In the next chapter, Chapter 6, “WebSphere MQ Monitoring” on
page 139, we will cover OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ Monitoring. This
sequence of chapters will match with the project life cycle, that is, design,
develop, test and deploy, maintain, and monitor. So, the reason that we have
decided to cover WebSphere MQ Configuration before WebSphere MQ
Monitoring is the order these tools are typically used in a real customer
environment.
As discussed in Chapter 1, “Introduction” on page 1, “You cannot manage what
you do not measure”. Going further, you cannot measure what you do not know
about. So in a new WebSphere MQ deployment, the first thing a customer would
typically do is to use the OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ Configuration and
take stock of what their environment looks like by doing discovery. They would
then use the results of this discovery to plan the monitoring of their WebSphere
MQ environment. They can use OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ
Configuration to set parameters on queues, queue managers, and so on, that
would allow them to monitor the relevant WebSphere MQ objects. They would
then activate monitoring as required. If the customer is new to WebSphere MQ
as well, then they may start by creating WebSphere MQ prototypes and objects
first, and then actually push the configuration to their environment.
In the following sections, we will provide a description of the features and tools
that IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ Configuration offers to help
you manage your WebSphere MQ configuration.
5.1.1 Centralized configuration information
In a highly distributed network, WebSphere MQ may run on a wide variety of
platforms, which compounds the complexity of configuring and maintaining
hundreds or even thousands of nodes. No matter where your resources lie, IBM
Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ Configuration provides simplification
by offering a single repository for all your WebSphere MQ configuration data,
called the configuration database.
The configuration database is stored at the Hub CMS and includes a default set
of objects to help you start using IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for WebSphere MQ
Configuration.

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