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How to enable Cross Component Tracing (XCT) in WebSphere

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Some requests may go through numerous systems. For example, a request may be submitted to a web server, and then the web server forwards the request onto an application server, and then the application server may need to query data from a database. Cross Component Tracing (XCT) allows you to correlate requests that traverse through multiple systems. 

Using the web console

  1. In the left panel of the WebSphere web console, expand Troubleshooting and select Logs and Trace.
  2. Select the component that you want to enable Cross Component Tracing (XCT) on, such as an application server, node, or deployment manager.
  3. Select Change log detail levels.
  4. Check Enable log and trace correlation and select one of the three bullets.
  5. Select OK.
  6. Select Save.

In this example, Include request IDs in log and trace records, create correlation log records, and capture data snapshots is enabled.


Using the command line

Connect to the wsadmin utility using the Jacl language. Create a variable named xctBean to query the cross component trace MBean.

set xctBean [$AdminControl queryNames *:*,type=XCTMBean]


The getLevel command will display the current 

wsadmin> $AdminControl invoke $xctBean getLevel


Cross Component Tracing can be disabled using the setLevel disable option.

wsadmin> $AdminControl invoke $xctBean setLevel disable


Cross Component Tracing can be enabled using the setLevel enable option.

wsadmin> $AdminControl invoke $xctBean setLevel enable


Cross Component Tracing can be enabled with the data snapshot option.

wsadmin> $AdminControl invoke $xctBean setLevel {"enable with data snapshot"}


Cross Component Tracing can also be set to level READY. When set to READY, the server responds to cross component trace call from other servers

wsadmin> $AdminControl invoke $xctBean setLevel READY


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