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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories System Management
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 25, 2021

System Monitor Scheduling

When using System Monitors in Navigator for I, it would be nice if we could use the operating systems job scheduler to turn on/off the monitors via a program call or API of some kind.

Use Case:

We have a situation where a customer of ours has an issue if the disk read response rate goes above 7 milliseconds. At the moment we are monitor this with a system monitor and if triggered, it will run the SNDSMTPEMM command to our service desk email address. This generates a P2 ticket on our service desk and it actioned as soon as possible.

Unfortunately the customer's LPAR submits a job each Saturday that causes the read response time to go above 7 milliseconds and hence is triggering the monitor and generating a ticket on our service desk. We have looked at the LPAR for the weekends and the job in question and neither is a problem. We therefore need a way of turning the system monitor off every Saturday during the run times of this job and then back on again when the job completes.

We can code around it at the moment by calling a CL Program instead of the SNDSMTPCMD and have the program check the date/time of the triggered event and if outside of the saturday job times, run the SNDSMTPEMM command to generate a ticket in our service desk, but it would be much nicer if we can have a mechanism to turn off and on the system monitors from a CL command or from a call to an IBM program or via an API.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Oct 8, 2021

    IBM has received this request and will consider it for a future code update. No commitment is made or implied.

  • Guest
    Sep 13, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.
    We can see the benefit of being able to programmatically interact with Monitors preferably by an IBM i service.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Aug 27, 2021

    Hello Dawn,

    Maybe I was not clear in what I wrote, it was only intended as a workaround for the time being. It was never offered as a solution, as we can not expect from IBM to fulfil requested RFE's on the spot, my suggestion could be of value for Brian.

    His RFE is a very good one, with Monitors we need some flexibility, switch an individual monitor on and off is a very good start.

  • Guest
    Aug 26, 2021

    I work with several clients where the ability to schedule monitors would be very valuable. In most cases, the clients I work with actually several metrics and generally have different times of the day where the peaks occur - so the suggestion by Rudy to turn off the monitor server is not an option. The ability to schedule individual monitors to be active at specific times would be extremely useful.

  • Guest
    Aug 26, 2021

    Hello Brian,

    As long as the functionality you ask for in this RFE is not there. Maybe the following two commands will help. The downside of them is that they do switch all monitors on or off.



    I can only this helps you for the time being.