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Status Not under consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 11, 2015

Blacklist servers in Dynamic Pool

If we have problems with an execution server during our production day, how do we stop/blacklist this server in the pool. It is crucial for us that this can be done automatic. Our production day starts at 18:00CET with the majority of jobs starting at midnight and running until 08:00 in the morning. This mean that the support in the organization is very limited, so we need to make it automatic.

An example could be:
We have 50 jobs running on a pool with 3 servers. Pool is setup so only one job can run on each server at the same time. When started job1 and job2 starts fine on server1 and server2. Unfortunately server3 has some wrong configuration and job3 fails right after startup (not due to TWS settings, so TWS will assume job ran and another can start). Since job1 and job2 each takes 1 hour it means that all other jobs will be scheduled on server3 and therefore fail. End result is that out of 50 jobs only 2 will complete successfully.
1. If we set fence on a dynamic agent will this have effect on the pool (if fence is 50 on agent, then no jobs will start – assuming priority is lower than 50 on all jobs). Or is fence similar to limit and not being used by the dynamic pool when stated on the agent alone.
2. If a server returns certain error code for certain type of job, can we “blacklist” a server. Is there a simply way or do we need to make an event that takes the server out of the pool? Say all jobs named T-S-xxx fails with exit code 1. If the same job fails with exit code 2, then there are no problem. If another job type (for example named T-H-xxx) returns exit code 1, then there are no problem either.
3. Similar to the question above, if a server continues to return the same exit codes for different type of jobs we need to be able to “blacklist” the server. For example f we have 5 jobs in a row that returns exit code 5, then we might have to blacklist that particular server.
4. What if the job ends in state FAIL. This is often either a TWS error or configuration error of the job/server in TWS. Here we also need to “blacklist” the server.

Idea priority High
RFE ID 72623
RFE URL
RFE Product IBM Workload Scheduler (IWS)
  • Admin
    Marco Cardelli
    Sep 9, 2021

    This requirement is valid but we did not implement it until now because of other higher priorities enhancements. We close it for now, you may re-open it if the requirement is still needed.

  • Guest
    Nov 6, 2019

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Cloud
    Product family - Workload Automation and Control Desk
    Product - IBM Workload Scheduler (IWS)

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - ITSM Automation and Control Desk
    Product - IBM Workload Scheduler (IWS)

  • Guest
    Oct 23, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - ITSM Automation and Control Desk
    Product - IBM Workload Scheduler (IWS)
    Component - Product functionality
    Source - Other

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Tivoli
    Product family - Automation
    Product - Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS)
    Component - Product functionality
    Source -

  • Guest
    Oct 22, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Tivoli
    Product family - Automation
    Product - Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS)
    Component - Product functionality
    Source - Other

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - ITSM Automation and Control Desk
    Product - Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications
    Component - Product functionality
    Source -

  • Guest
    Oct 21, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - ITSM Automation and Control Desk
    Product - Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications
    Component - Product functionality
    Source - Other

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - ITSM Automation and Control Desk
    Product - IBM Workload Scheduler (IWS)
    Component - Product functionality
    Source -

  • Guest
    Oct 21, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - ITSM Automation and Control Desk
    Product - Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Distributed (TWSd)
    Component - Product functionality
    Operating system - Windows
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - ITSM Automation and Control Desk
    Product - Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications
    Component - Product functionality
    Operating system - Windows
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Oct 10, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - ITSM Automation and Control Desk
    Product - Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Tivoli
    Product family - Automation
    Product - Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications