October 2009 Newsletter

Greetings!
The leaves may be changing all around us here in the northeast, and IBM has a lot of change going on as well.  As you read the iTech Solutions newsletter this Tuesday morning, Oct 20, IBM has made some important announcements in the IBM i world this morning.  I plan on covering some of the highlights in the articles below, but I want you to know that IBM i 6.1.1 was announced this morning, and will be available now for General Availability on Oct 23. 

We have packed a lot of information into this newsletter, and I hope that you find this useful. This issue of our newsletter has six articles. In the first, we will discuss IBM i 6.1.1 and what this brings to you.  The second article will be about IBM i 7.1 and a Statement of Direction of what IBM is including with this next major release to come out this spring. The third article is about IBM i Access Support (Client Access) with Microsoft Windows 7.  The fourth article is about IBM extending the IBM i Life Cycle for V5R4, V6R1, and V7R1. The fifth article is on changing phone numbers in Connecticut. The last article is for your reference with updated PTF information.  I was going to write another article on how to create PDFs for free with V6R1, but this month’s newsletter had so much information, that I decided to keep that for November.

We receive a lot of calls from customers who haven’t had a chance to upgrade and now have an urgent need because they realize that their support has ended.  As a reminder, support for i5/OS V5R3 ended April 30, 2009. Give us a call, and we will do the upgrade to V5R4 or V6R1 for you.

Don’t forget to checkout our website for event where we’ll be this month and throughout the rest of the year.  You can find iTech Solutions presenting or exhibiting at the Vermont User Group, Fairfield CT User Group, and iSeries DevConn2009 in Las Vegas. See events.
Don’t forget on Sunday November 1st, at 2:00 am we fall back one hour.  Your IBM i, if current on the operating system release and current on PTFs, will have no problem self adjusting to the new correct time.   Remember, the National Fire and Safety institute recommends changing the batteries on your smoke alarms in your home at