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Posted on August 29, 2018

People are always asking me how often they should be performing PTF maintenance, and when is the right time to upgrade their operating system. I updated this article from last month with the current levels of PTFs. Let’s look at PTFs. First, PTFs are Program Temporary Fixes that are created by IBM to fix a problem that has occurred or to possibly prevent a problem from occurring. In addition, sometimes PTFs add new functionality, security, or improve performance. Therefore, I am always dumbfounded as to why customers do not perform

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If you start have SSH/SFTP/SCP connections to fail with error messages in regards to not matching ciphers, that were working, then stopped working, then this is most likely due to: the partner SSH server or client on the connection is running a very old version of the SSH / OpenSSH code, and you upgraded your OpenSSH on the IBM i (knowingly or unknowingly). IBM i OS 6.1, 7.1, and 7.2, OpenSSH on these releases was 6.6p1. In OpenSSH 6.7 and subsequent releases, changes were made to the default set of

Posted on August 28, 2018

  We have to ask ourselves…what can we do to protect our organizations? In his book “Scouting for Boys” (1908), the founder of the Boy Scouts, Robert Baden-Powell said: “Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.” It should be our goal to not only prevent security breaches, but to prepare for them, and to manage them to the least possible impact

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Do you still have an old “System i, “iSeries” or “AS/400” in your shop? Do you know the date it’s going out of support? January 31st, 2019 you’ll see the POWER5 9405-520 and 9406-520 models go away. That means no more support from IBM. If you have a hardware problem…don’t say we didn’t warn you. For these popular older machines (and there are plenty of them still out there) that means you’ve got 161 days to plan for a hardware refresh to IBM POWER9 servers. What’s really interesting is that

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This blog was written as part of the iTech Monthly Newsletter, August 2018, by Yvonne Enselman. Yyvonne will be speaking at the COMMON Fall Conference in Pittsburgh. Join her for her session, Basics of Testing for Programmers. To join 20,000 other IBM i professionals that receive our newsletter, click here.  For this installment of my Managed Administration Services series, I am going to talk about the peripheral support services our customers have availed themselves of from iTech certified administrators. As always, all services are standalone projects as well. [Download iTech’s

Posted on August 22, 2018

Many companies want to improve the state of their IBM i security, but they often don’t know where to start. They also might not understand the long-term impact of recommended changes. Let’s take a closer look at six steps to properly execute a security improvement project.

Posted on August 21, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. The summer went by way too fast, I hope you were able to enjoy it. I could have had a few more months of summer. I am not sure that I have a favorite season, as I like them all, but summer on the lake is certainly right up there. Summer hasn’t been all relaxing either. We have been busy with POWER9s and OS Upgrades. Quite honestly, I thought when IBM i 7.1 reached end of life, upgrades would have really stopped.

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