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18.3.3 The ping command
The ping command sends a request to a remote system and monitors the response time and
the number of lost replies.
The ping command is mainly used on the client to check communication and the proper name
and server configuration. If you can ping your WebSphere for z/OS system by using the name
of the system, you can be almost certain that your client network configuration is fine. If you
cannot ping your system, you should ping the IP address and use the nslookup command to
check the name and server configuration.
To issue the ping command, you use a TSO Command panel for z/OS and a Windows
command prompt for the remote system. The ping command provides the following
No. of responses The ping command counts the number of responses. On z/OS, the
ping command only sends one request. On other client systems, you
should specify a count to limit the number of requests; otherwise, you
must interrupt the process by pressing Ctrl+C.
Response time How many seconds elapsed until the reply came back.
Successes How many tries were successful and many requests were lost.
Example 18-11 shows sample output from the ping command on a workstation.
Example 18-11 The ping command and its response
C:\Documents and Settings\TOT188>ping
Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=63
Reply from bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=63
Reply from bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=63
Reply from bytes=32 time=7ms TTL=63
Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 4ms, Maximum = 7ms, Average = 4ms
18.3.4 The tracert command
The trace route (tracert) command follows all intermediate network hops until it reaches a
given IP address and informs you about any delays in this process.
The trace route command can be used from both ends of the communication to check for
routers or bridges that are preventing communication or causing unnecessary delays.
The trace route command provides the following information:
Address Address of the target server
Delay One line per hop, with IP address and delay in ms
Note: The trace route command in z/OS TSO/E is called TRACERTE and not tracert.

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