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Collection Services Historical Data should be created by default
The ability to create historical data by Collection Services is off by default. Too many clients are not aware of this feature and have not enabled historical data collection. The default should be changed to create historical data.
In addition, the PM Agent should be running by default (if this is not already the default), with only the option to transmit the data to IBM remaining off. This is needed so that the historical data retention values can be set to good defaults as well. I would recommend a default of 1 year for summary data and 30 days for detail data.
A user upgrades to IBM i 7.3 or later and is not aware of the feature to create historical data. Having historical data created by default will provide valuable information for clients on their system performance over time.
With the default being off, the historical data does not get created until they become aware of this feature.
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