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What's New in Management & Control Services

This version of Management & Control Services includes some exciting new features and enhancements to existing features.

New supported platforms

  • MCS includes a new version of the HTTP engine.

  • In UNIX and USS environments, you can now use MCS with WebSphere version 5.1

Updated events viewing

  • The events service includes an updated user interface and two new event types.

  • You can apply user-defined filters to the View Events page, and you can create user's views, which are like permanent filters. When a user is assigned to a view, the View Events page is automatically displayed to that user with the specified view applied.

  • The event log can be exported to an external file so that it can be readily opened by another program. For example, you might want to import events information to a spreadsheet or reporting tool.

Events notification

  • You can define event notifications to automatically send an alert when specified criteria are met in the events system. For example, you can have MCS send an email message to let you know when an error or warning is logged for an MCS service.

    A notification consists of a rule and one or more messages. The rule defines the event criteria that must be met before a message is sent. The message specifies the sender and receiver, the information to be sent, and the transport to use, either SMTP mail or HTTP.

New authentication UI

  • The authentication user interface has been redesigned. You now assign authentication settings to nodes in the authentication tree.

Hardware authentication

  • You can now limit access for a user to specific hardware when you assign users to various MCS features, such as when assigning rights to use administration features.

    To use this feature, users' computers must be registered under Hardware Management.

Changes to ID management

  • To avoid re-creating IDs, you can import existing IDs to MCS from a comma-delimited text file. This is useful if you have already created or updated IDs on the host.

  • When creating new IDs, you can generate a range of IDs using more complex generation criteria than were previously available.