Administration functions are used to initialize & maintain the central host databases used by Web ViewPoint Pathway. The following information is maintained per Pathway:
- Lists number of TERM, TCP, and SERVER entities that are running
- Maintenance of Group definitions
- Syncing, Starting, Stopping and deleting pathways
- Cold, Cool and Shutdown Obey file names
- Start & Shutdown of Pathways
Web ViewPoint Pathway administration functions are accessible at the Web View Point instance and under the Admin Section. A logon screen is displayed upon access to this port. Use your Guardian id/alias & password to logon to the NonStop Server you are connected to. Using a tree structure, Web ViewPoint Pathway displays the NonStop Server you are connected to.
By default, the right part of the window will be blank with an Add button on the top right corner. This ‘Add’ button acts as the learning function.
To manage a Pathway, Web ViewPoint Pathway needs to know/learn and store names of all its entities for all Objects (TERM, TCP, & SERVER). This process needs to be done once. In addition, Sync option is also provided if and when necessary to synchronize the database with the current state of operation (e.g. remove information for a Pathway that no longer exists).
To learn a Pathway…
Clicking on the Add button displays the list of all available pathways for that node. Select all the Pathways you want to manage. Web ViewPoint Pathway displays entry fields where you can enter the name of Obey files to Cold Start, Cool Start, or Shutdown each Pathway. There is one row of fields per selected Pathway. This information is optional but is needed if you want to use Web ViewPoint Pathway to start or shutdown a Pathway. Note: All file name entries should be fully qualified with volume and sub-volume names.
To maintain Pathway previously learned information…
From time to time you may want to update the information about the previously learned Pathways. Instances when such may be the case are:
- A given Pathway environment is no longer used.
- Obey files to start/shutdown have changed or need to be entered.
- Entities have been added or deleted from a Pathway outside of Web ViewPoint Pathway (e.g. Pathcom), and information needs to be synchronized. Note that Web ViewPoint Pathway automatically updates its database anytime you delete an entity or add a new one using its own commands.
Select Pathways from the list to perform one of the three functions (a button is provided for each):
- Edit – Enter or change Obey files names to start/shutdown the selected Pathway(s).
- Sync – This retrieves names of all Entities for the selected Pathways and updates the Web ViewPoint Pathway database. Click on the Sync button to initiate this process.
- Delete – Click on this button to remove all information for selected Pathways from the Web ViewPoint Pathway database.
All updated information is located centrally on the NonStop Server and becomes immediately available to all Web ViewPoint Pathway users.
Starting and Stopping of Pathways…
- Start – If no information is configured, it opens a dialog box prompting you to enter the file locations.
If information is already configured, it opens a dialog box, giving you the option to perform a Cold or Cool start. Select the appropriate option and click on the Yes button. Web ViewPoint Pathway issues an OBEY request on the host for the proper startup file previously defined for this Pathway using the Administration Function (described earlier in this document). The result of this process (obey file listing) is displayed in a new Window. This shows the beginning timestamp, the result/listing of the obey file, the end timestamp, and duration of the startup for that Pathway.
- Stop – If no information is configured, it opens a dialog box prompting you to enter the file locations.
If information is configured, clicking on Stop opens a dialog box which requests your confirmation to shutdown the Pathway.
Web ViewPoint Pathway issues a request on the host to OBEY the shutdown file previously defined for this Pathway using the Administration Function (described earlier in this document). The result of this process (obey file listing) is displayed in a new Window. A timestamp shows the beginning of shutdown operation, and another shows the time when it completes. Web ViewPoint Pathway also calculates and displays the time the shutdown operation takes.
You may define one or more Groups of Entities for any Pathway Object and assign them an identifiable name. Entities may be part of one or more Groups. When issuing a command for an Object, you are given the option to apply the command to a group of entities, simply by selecting the Group’s name you had previously defined.
Group definitions are held centrally on the host. As such, when you add a new Group or make changes to a current definition, it immediately becomes available to all other Web ViewPoint Pathway users.
To manage group definitions for a Pathway, click on Groups button for that respective Pathway. Then select its desired Object folder (TERM, TCP, SERVER).
- To Add a Group,
When no groups are available or selected, only Add operation is displayed. Select the Add option and enter a group name (free format – 1 to 35 characters) in the entry box right below the Add option.
A list of all Entities for that Object and Pathway is displayed in a dropdown list. Select any one or more entities, as you click on each entity they get selected automatically. If you want to remove any entity from the list, simply click on the selected entity (it gets unchecked and removed). Click on the Submit button to add the new Group.
- To Edit a Group,
Select the Edit option. This displays a dropdown list which contains a list of all Group names currently defined for this Object and Pathway. Select a Group from this list. Its list of entities will be displayed in textbox for Entities.
Make any changes to this list, by checking and unchecking from the list of entities as necessary. Click on the Submit button to apply the changes to this Group.
- To Delete a Group,
Select the Delete option. This displays a list of all Group names currently defined for this Pathway in the dropdown list. Select any one or more Groups that you want to delete from the dropdown list.
Click on the Submit button to confirm & delete the selected Group(s).