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End of Support Transition Options for IBM POWER6 and POWER7
Posted on November 26, 2018

If you run IBM i on IBM Power Systems, this will hopefully come as a friendly reminder. IBM has discontinued hardware support on POWER6 machines, followed by end of support for POWER7 at end of Q3 2019.  You can find details on servers affected by the service discontinuation in the below announcement. Services withdrawal: Declaration of a plan to discontinue lease, rental, and maintenance services for selected machines IBM United States Withdrawal Announcement 917-163 – September 19, 2017.

6 Steps to Execute an IBM i Security Project
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Regulations (FISMA, HIPPA, SOX, and more) are forcing companies to evaluate how they protect their sensitive data. Industries such as finance, insurance, and healthcare have the most pressure to comply with these regulations which are geared towards protecting consumer’s private information.  The issue is that companies may not understand how to properly secure their data to protect their consumers. Any good security plan takes a layered approach to protect data.  You have to consider where the data resides and how someone could gain access to it.  Then you have to

Posted on November 20, 2018

Below are IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs for November 2018. This is what we are installing for our customers on iTech Solutions Quarterly Maintenance program.

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WRKPRBHave you ever seen on your system in WRKPRB: “Software problem data for QYCDCUSG has been logged.”? Normally this indicates an expired server certificate or an expired Certificate Authority certificate. You should take the following steps to correct the problem:

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As I wrap up my Managed Services series for 2018 and prepare for 2019, I want to end by talking about system health. A common misperception about MSP is that all the hardware being used by our customers is hosted. In fact, the vast majority of the systems under our care are the existing hardware in the shops we support. As we all know, the IBM i runs well and can be trusted to do so with little intervention. Consequently, there are many factors that aren’t analyzed regularly that can

Posted on November 19, 2018

IBM i on IBM Power Servers is the best server platform in the universe. It is reliable, stable and provides all the tools needed to effectively operate and manage your mission-critical applications.  Most of us on the platform fully agree.  While this is an amazing accomplishment, it also has its downside. IBM i users have become complacent about the platform because they rarely have to worry about the hardware and operating system.  It just works. They even forget it exists. But even the best platform needs to stay current. Why?

Posted on November 9, 2018

iTech Solutions’ team members Richie Palma and Yvonne Enselman have been featured in the November 2018 issue of IBM Systems Magazine, advocating for developing young talent and women in the IBM i community. Richie Palma, who is an IBM i Tech Solutions Consultant at iTech Solutions and IBM Champion for Power Systems, is a younger member of the IBM i community himself. In the article, Developing the Future, he expressed the need to encourage young new IBM i developers. “Retirement is bringing in new people and new ideas to IBM

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