At the most basic level, for some organizations, DB2 health monitoring is simply looking for the presence of a heart beat (can we connect to the database? ) and the absence of potentially fatal problems (are we running out of disk space or memory? ). However, the presence of life in a human does not infer readiness to run a marathon, nor does the absence of fatal problems in a database mean that the database is really ready to serve the demands of your business. Hence, the title for this blog post "DB2 LUW Health and FITNESS Monitoring."
The IBM DB2 LUW Health Monitor
The Health Monitor is inextricably built into DB2 and it's free. In the current economy, free seems to be a fairly popular price. Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide the value of it to your organization by doing your own due diligence.
The DB2 Health Monitor keeps tabs on a pre-defined set of health indicators - most of which are indicative of "life or death" and testing for the absence of critically fatal problems. I'd like to see the Health Monitor include more functionality for monitoring wellness, fitness, and efficient performance, beyond the basic "life or death" indicators.
That said, the following Health Monitor indicators do provide some wellness, fitness, and efficiency clues:
The DB2 Health Monitor is turned OFF or ON for a DB2 instance via the DBM CFG switch HEALTH_MON.
Use the command:
db2 "GET DBM CFG"to see if the Health Monitor is currently ON or OFF.
To turn it on:
db2 "UPDATE DBM CFG USING HEALTH_MON ON"To turn it off:
db2 "UPDATE DBM CFG USING HEALTH_MON OFF"
Obtaining information about the status of the health indicators is easily done with the command:
db2 “get health snapshot for db on DBNAME [show detail | with full collection]”
The "show detail" option gives about 4.5 hours of recent history for the indicators. Click this link to see sample output.
As an alternative to "show detail", the option "with full collection" can be used. This option will show you the status of all indicators, objects, and tables in painful detail for REORG and RUNSTATS criteria. You will have to redirect your output to a file, and the file will probably be very large.
To check the IBM supplied indicators for the database manager, use the command:
db2 "get health snapshot for dbm"
This will show you if DB2 is up (alive), the time DB2 started, and monitor heap utilization.
If you like using the SQL Snapshot capabilities of DB2, the health monitor data can also be retrieved via SQL Snaps:
db2 “SELECT * FROM TABLE( HEALTH_DB_INFO ( cast (NULL as VARCHAR(1) ) , -1) ) as HEALTH_DB_INFO”
And, if graphical user interfaces are your preference, the DB2 Health Center makes it relatively easy to view indicator status and update indicator thresholds:
START > All Programs > IBM DB2 > DB2COPY1 > Monitoring Tools > Health Center
The indicator threshold values can also be updated with command line commands such as:
db2 “UPDATE ALERT CFG FOR DATABASES USING db.lock_escal_rate SET ALARM 10, WARNING 5, SENSITIVITY 0, THRESHOLDSCHECKED YES , ACTIONSENABLED NO”
The Health Monitor can also be configured to send email alerts to specified email addresses. Unless you want to look at the Health Center all day or repeatedly run and review the command outputs, setting up email notifications to grab your attention makes sense. But, be careful that you set the thresholds to reasonable values and only enable those indicators that are important to your business - otherwise you might drown in alert noise.
Are you using the IBM DB2 Health Monitor? Do you like it? Is it helpful? Or do you have it shut off? Why? Please consider posting a comment to share your story with your peers.
Beyond Basic Health Monitoring: FITNESS Monitoring
Previous blog posts in this series have described some additional indicators that should be periodically reviewed to determine if your database is running efficiently:
The five FITNESS indicators shown above can easily help you understand if your database is operating efficiently or not. In addition to these, consider evaluating aggregated SQL costs to verify that no single statement is using in excess of 10% of the database CPU during the prior 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Also look at Transaction Time Analysis to verify that response times are within business SLA (Service Level Agreement) requirements.
By evaluating FITNESS indicators in addition to basic health indicators, you will achieve a more complete picture of your organization's database wellness and ability to run marathons. By automating lights out alerting with email alerts for health and fitness indicators, productivity can be improved by directing your attention to the databases in need of help. And these days, with shrinking staff sizes and "IT Cost Optimization" in fashion, higher automation and productivity are business imperatives.
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