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Windows Client

Last update December 19, 2016

This section provides an overview of the Windows Client, the products using the Windows Client, Open Systems hosts, z/OS hosts, User Views, available objects, and automation wizards.

The CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager Windows Client (Windows Client) and CA SRM Windows Client (Windows Client) are the common Windows GUIs for managing your storage with:

  • CA Storage Resource Manager  - for distributed systems
  • CA Vantage GMI qualified products - for z/OS systems. GMI is the Graphical Management Interface component of CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager used by several other CA products. It is provided free of charge to customers licensed for the qualified products.

Note: The term  Windows refers to the Microsoft Windows operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012. Unless designated, Windows refers to any of the above Microsoft Windows operating systems.

The Windows Client is a graphical user interface running under Windows on a PC workstation. It brings the functionality of the CA SRM, CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager, and CA Vantage GMI products to the PC user. The Windows Client enhances your storage management abilities on distributed networks and z/OS systems in the following areas:

  • Analyzing storage
  • Planning and forecasting
  • Defining constructs
  • Automating policies
  • Measuring effectiveness
  • Modeling changes
  • Performing on-demand operations
  • Troubleshooting
  • Recovering from hardware errors
  • Scheduling system management tasks
Note: The Windows Client uses Central and Database folders and subfolders. Users are required to be granted with full control to these folders to operate the Windows Client correctly. This full control is required to be granted to the user ID regardless of folders are on a local machine or on a server. The Windows Client Scheduler also has access requirements, for more information see the topic Windows Client Scheduler Access Rights and Authorities.
Important: The Windows Client requires .NET framework 3.5 and higher. Frequent security vulnerabilities are encountered in the .NET framework. CA Technologies does not take any responsibility for damage caused by these vulnerabilities. To minimize the risk of these vulnerabilities, ensure that your .NET framework is always us up to date.

Before you start an upgrade of the CA Vantage SRM Windows Client, stop any Windows Client services that are running in the current version. For example, the Scheduler.

CA Storage Resource Manager

CA SRM is a cross-platform solution that lets you centrally manage your distributed storage resources from a single global view on one workstation. Wherever you store your business-critical data across Open Systems environments-across Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Novell NetWare, UNIX, and Linux. CA SRM provides the tools and technology you need for cohesive control and optimization of your networked storage assets.

You can use CA SRM to designate storage resources like file systems, databases, RAID array devices, tapes, drives, and servers, and manage these resources from a central location. CA SRM automation services eliminate redundant manual tasks, producing greater efficiency in your enterprise operations by providing a central storage management facility.

CA SRM significantly simplifies the tasks that you typically perform to gather storage information that is related to the following:

  • Where data is located
  • How data is organized
  • When data is needed
  • How data is used

CA SRM offers centralized analysis, reporting, monitoring, logical objects grouping, event-oriented or threshold alerting and automation, and remote task execution.

CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager

CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager is an automated storage management system for your z/OS systems that provides comprehensive reporting, monitoring, and automation capabilities. It reduces storage-related costs, increases productivity, and improves service levels.

CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager is designed to:

  • Automate storage tasks to maintain desired states.
  • Monitor for situations that create performance problems.
  • Reduce job failures due to storage-related problems.
  • Improve productivity with online problem resolution.
  • Deliver meaningful information with the integrated reporting tools.
  • Provide remote access for anytime, anywhere problem resolution.

CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager helps you meet the business objective of keeping your organization's critical storage systems available. Its comprehensive automation, interactive reporting, analysis, and predictive modeling capabilities provide the tools to manage a complex storage environment. In addition, it is the only product to provide device-specific information across multiple RAID storage subsystems to help you maximize RAID performance.

Support is provided for the following products from CA, and products from many other vendors:

  • CA 1
  • CA ACF2
  • CA Allocate
  • CA ARCserve Backup
  • CA ASTEX
  • CA CREWS
  • CA Datacom/DB
  • CA Disk
  • CA EB
  • CA Encryption Key Manage
  • CA Auditor (formerly known as CA Examine)
  • CA IDMS/DB
  • CA MasterCat
  • CA PDSMAN
  • CA Portal
  • CA SYSVIEW
  • CA Tape Encryption
  • CA Top Secret
  • CA TLMS
  • CA Vtape
  • IBM DB2
  • Software-AG ADABAS
  • EMC, IBM and HDS RAID systems
  • IBM 3494/5 and StorageTek ACS robotic tape systems
  • IBM VTS and Sun StorageTek VSM virtual tape systems
  • IBM DFSMShsm and DFSMSrmm
  • Allen Systems Group ASG-Zara

CA Vantage GMI

The primary user interface to CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager is the Windows Client. With the Windows Client, you access the basic z/OS server functions that support the client requests. The Graphical Management Interface (GMI) uses the PC clients and the z/OS server support. Together, this subset of CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager is referred to as CA Vantage GMI.

Note: All orders for the CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager base product (with or without additional options) include CA Vantage GMI. That is, it is included with all CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager product licenses. Therefore customers who order or have already installed the base product should not order or install CA Vantage GMI separately.

A separate order and installation of CA Vantage GMI is available only if you satisfy both of the following conditions:

  • You are not licensed for the CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager base product.
  • You are licensed for one of the “qualifying CA products”, which are:
    • CA 1
    • CA ASTEX
    • CA CREWS
    • CA Datacom/DB
    • CA Disk
    • CA Encryption Key Manager
    • CA IDMS/DB
    • CA MasterCat
    • CA PDSMAN
    • CA SYSVIEW
    • CA TLMS
    • CA Vtape
    • CA Tape Encryption

Regardless of the licensing method, CA Vantage GMI provides the graphical management interface for viewing and analysis of the following objects and CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager services:

  • CA 1
  • CA ASTEX
  • CA CREWS
  • CA Datacom/DB
  • CA Disk
  • CA IDMS/DB
  • CA Encryption Key Manager
  • CA PDSMAN
  • CA SYSVIEW
  • CA Tape Encryption
  • CA TLMS
  • CA Vtape
  • CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager objects and services:
    • Volumes
    • Storage Groups (Pools)
    • DFSMS Constructs
    • Catalogs
    • Hardware Errors
    • z/OS System Resources (APF list, Link list, and so on)
    • System Activity (Message Log)
    • Analysis Tools
    • View and Output Definition
    • Windows Client Scheduler
    • JCL Model List
    • Summary Objects
    • Joined Objects
    • Delta Objects

Open System Hosts

A CA SRM Open Systems host is a machine on which you install and run CA SRM Application Server software. This machine gathers and manages network storage data, which you access using the Windows Client. You can install and run the CA SRM Application Server and the Windows Client on the same or separate machines.

The Windows Client communicates with the Open Systems Application Server through Remote Procedure Call (RPC). RPC is a protocol that runs on top of TCP/IP.

The CA SRM agent identifies and collects data from each Open Systems host. For Network Offline agents, CA SRM specifies a path to a shared directory as one of the agent properties. You can use the Host List to define a host, and to maintain data collection and connections for your hosts.

Note: The Application Server installation program creates a shared directory named BSRM on the CA SRM directory of the Application Server computer. Only the user who installed the Application Server software has access rights to the BSRM directory. If the BSRM directory access rights differ from the access rights you have when you log on to the Windows Client computer, then you must modify your access rights to the BSRM directory on the Application Server.

z/OS Hosts

A z/OS host is any z/OS (mainframe) system on which CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager (with its GMI component) has been installed. The Windows Client communicates with z/OS hosts through TCP/IP. You can request z/OS system and storage management status information and initiate actions using TCP/IP.

The Windows Client provides enhanced editing and printing facilities and lets you export data from z/OS hosts to other Windows applications for further analysis and reporting.

From the Windows Client, you can perform storage administration and manage objects that are related to storage management. You can filter and sort any object using any combination of attributes. For example, you can filter, sort, and view the data sets in each storage group, application group, or even the entire system, as if they resided on a single virtual volume.

On the z/OS mainframe, the Windows Client displays data graphically through the user interface. It also compliments the online facilities with logging options and historical analysis reports for any time period you want to examine.

CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager on a z/OS host provides generalized threshold monitors for all objects. With the Windows Client, you can automate responses to various conditions and can schedule the time of the response. You can implement a system-managed storage environment in which CA Vantage™ Storage Resource Manager automatically takes the actions you specified. You can also perform ad-hoc storage management by using the real-time actions available directly from the Windows Client.

Objects

The Windows Client and the supporting software on each host identify and manage storage resources in the form of objects. Default views of these source objects may be displayed in table, graph, list, or trend formats.

The object-oriented approach is designed to automate both personal and system-managed storage management tasks through a range of viewing, analysis, and automation facilities.

Objects on distributed system hosts include:

Applications Assets Backups
Clients Computers Databases
Devices Disk Arrays Domains
Drives Events Filers
Files Jobs Messages
Mount Points Policies Ports
Queries Quotas Schedules
Servers Services Snapshots
Switches System Activities Traps
Users Volumes  

Objects on z/OS hosts include:

Applications Archives Audits
Backups Catalogs Data Sets
Databases Disk Controllers Enterprise Storage
Hardware Errors Messages Quotas
Performance Pools Restores
RAID Configs Schedules Scripts
Summaries System Activity Tape Devices
Tape Media Tape Silos Tape Systems
Trend Data UNIX File Systems Users
Virtual Tape Systems Volumes  

User Views

In addition to the default views of each source object, you can create customized User Views of the objects. A User View is a user-customized collection of information about a specific object belonging to a host (z/OS or Open Systems). A User View represents a modification to the default view of an object. A User View typically includes filter and sort criteria and displays only a subset of the fields, perhaps in a re-arranged order.

The Windows Client includes a comprehensive set of standard User Views. However, you can also modify existing views or create new ones, to serve your specific needs.

Note: For detailed information about configuring and managing User Views, see  User Views.

You can use the User-Defined View List option to manage User Views within a single window. The User-Defined View List option provides a complete list of all your User Views, including factory supplied User Views. The User View list can be printed or exported to Excel. Select a line and click the Open View icon on the toolbar to open the User View. If you are unsure of the location of view in the Object Tree, then select a User View in the list and click the Find View in Object Tree icon. Right-click a User View in the list to delete, rename, or save as a new User View.

Click the User-Defined View List icon on the Windows Client main menu toolbar to invoke the User-Defined List option. Otherwise, select the User-Defined View List option from the Windows Client main menu Tools Menu option.

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