How Dynatrace monitors DataPower

IBM DataPower Gateway helps organizations meet the security and integration needs of a digital business in a single multi-channel gateway. It provides security, control, integration and optimized access to a full range of mobile, web, application programming interface (API), service-oriented architecture (SOA), B2B and cloud workloads. IBM does not permit the installation of 3rd party monitoring within DataPower instances, and as a result, DataPower monitoring via the OneAgent is not feasible. The DataPower ActiveGate extension was developed to enable Dynatrace to remotely DataPower instances. If you are interested in exploring DataPower monitoring with Dynatrace, please contact your Dynatrace Sales team member for next steps.

Prerequisites

  • A DataPower appliance with the XML Management Interface enabled
  • Valid API authentication credentials
  • Dynatrace 1.156+
  • ActiveGate 1.155+

ActiveGate Installation (if neccessary)

  1. Navigate to Deploy Dynatrace > Set up remote monitoring, select your preferred OS and follow the instructions to install both the ActiveGate and the ActiveGate plugin module

DataPower Extension Installation

  1. Obtain the DataPower plugin zip file and unzip it to the plugin_deployment directory.
  2. Restart the Dynatrace Remote Plugin Module service.
  3. Return to the ActiveGate installation instructions and click the Upload ActiveGate plugin link at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click Upload plugin button and upload the unzipped file through the Dynatrace UI.
  5. Enter the endpoint information requested for connecting to DataPower device:
  • Endpoint name: Meaningful and descriptive name
  • User: The username for account connecting to the XML Management Interface
  • Password: The password for said account
  • URL to the XML Management Interface: The domain name entered will be used for differentiating the devices if there are several
  • Require a valid SSL certificate: (Un)checked depending on whether or not a valid SSL certificate is required
  • Enable debug logging: Leave unchecked by default, can be checked if requested by Dynatrace support in order to investigate an issue
  • Comma separated domains: Allows for filtering which domains should be monitored
  • Comma separated services: Allows for filtering which services should be monitored
  • Name of the group: If the device is part of a cluster, enter the name here to group the devices within the GUI. DataPower

Metrics

The IP address of all network interfaces and the ports used by the services is automatically captured, as well as the following metrics: