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Posted on January 30, 2019

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Greetings iTech Fan 2018 went by very quickly, but what will 2019 bring for IBM i? I think that 2019 is going to be one of the best years ever for the IBM i community. (Read more about my predictions here.) That’s certainly a bold statement, but I have seen the future on trips to Rochester, and I can tell you the development team has been working their butts off on bringing out the next release of IBM i. From the charts

Posted on January 23, 2019

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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Many times libraries have been created and later realized it has the wrong owner, or you decide to use a new authority scheme in your company and want to change the owner and authority.  It takes a long time to change all the effected objects and the library owner. I created a simple utility command to do the work for you. It only requires 1 CL PGM, 1 CMD and 1 file. In short the CL command will build a file of all the objects in a library and then

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In an IBM i environment, you can view the port numbers currently in use on your system with one of these methods.  In these examples, looking for use of local ports 8000 and 8001: Select from the iSeries Navigator, select > Network, then > TCP/IP Configuration, then > IPv4, then > Connections.  Click on the Local Port column to sort and scroll to range of ports. If you do not see local port 8000 and 8001, they are not being used or in use. Select from the Navigator for I (using web

2019 is going to be one of the best years ever for the IBM i community
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With 2019 upon us, it’s natural for one to wonder what’s in store for IBM i in the upcoming year. According to iTech President, Pete Massiello, the outlook for IBM i is looking good for this year. How good? “2019 is going to be one of the best years ever for the IBM i community,” Massiello writes.  “IBM has publicly stated (see chart below), that the next version of IBM i, currently called iNext, is coming out sometime this year. I have seen what is in this release, and in

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Sure you can use ANZDFTPWD (Analyze Default Passwords) to get a list of IBM i users with default passwords. You can also use some simple SQL in conjunction with the USER_INFO IBM i service in QSYS2 to do the same thing…but better. To get the standard ANZDFTPWD report you can run the following statement: So why use SQL? ANZDFTPWD gets you everything you really need to determine who has a default password right? Well, yes. However, ANZDFTPWD doesn’t give you the full picture or allow you to be proactive. It

Incorrect Search in the Service Action Log when searching on year 2019 or 2020
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When using Service Tools, the Select Time Frame screen of the Service Action Log (SAL) option of the Hardware Service Manager (HSM) service tool incorrectly does not allow “From” or “To” dates with the year 2019 or 2020. The SAL cannot search from or to dates in 2019 or 2020. The IdeTime Class has a quirk in that the constructor that the SAL search uses assumes dates beginning with 19 or 20 are being specified with the century value 19 or 20. That leads to other bad assumptions about the

iTech Solutions' IBM Champions
Posted on January 11, 2019

It’s a time to celebrate for the iTech Solutions team. Pete Massiello, Richie Palma, and Steve Pitcher have been selected as IBM Power Champions for 2019. An IBM Champion, according to the IBM Champion website, means to “demonstrate both expertise in and extraordinary support and advocacy for IBM technology, communities, and solutions.” IBM Champions for Power Systems is one of six designated business areas included in the IBM Champions program and is one of smallest in size. Pete, Steve, and Richie were all brought into the program when there were

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