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Posted on February 26, 2019

I have performed many swaps or switches for replication software for the IBM i and a question I hear often is “What is the difference between a swap/switches and a Virtual one?”  The feature of the virtual role switch/swap is a very useful tool. This allows you to switch your environment and allows validation testing on your target environment without impacting any of your users on your source system. There is no downtime and you can validate your data without having to update your network. You may have applications you

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Manually Moving the PCI Fiber Channel Adapter/IOA from Partition B to Partition A Note:  Not shown in this process/steps,  you will need to check and vary off, if needed, the resource using the physical adapter on Partition B, (i.e., tape library, tape drive), and then vary on the resource that will use the physical adapter on Partition A. Using the Classic GUI Sign into the HMC V7 Sign in OR Sign into the HMC V8 (V8R8.3.0 through V8R8.6.0) Check Classic (V8R8.6.0 final support for Classic GUI) Sign In In the

Questions to Ask Yourself When It Comes to Backup and Recovery
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When people talk to us about backup and recovery, one of the most common questions is “how often should I be doing a full system save?” Given we’re about to install PTFs or upgrade the OS, my response is always, “when was your last full system save?” What I do next is show them the QSAVSYS data area to at least find out exactly when the last SAVSYS (Save System, or Go Save option 22) was done. Now, this isn’t proof positive that a Go Save option 21 was taken

Posted on February 25, 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

Five Things to Consider When Selecting a Cloud Provider
Posted on February 22, 2019

Deciding to move to the cloud is often a decision made by the business; the idea is to reduce overhead and costs.  With so many companies offering cloud-based services, it can be difficult to determine which one is the best fit.  The truth is that not all cloud providers are created equal, and it’s important to consider several things when selecting your cloud provider. The key is that you have to protect your business. Which means you have to find a partner who can deliver the solution you need, and

Posted on February 20, 2019

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Greetings iTech Fan! As time marches on, sometimes you look back and think “Wow, that didn’t seem that long ago”. Well, that is my thought about Power6 and Power7 servers which are going End of Life this year. Yeah, the POWER6 has been out quite a long time, and when you look at the specifications compared to a POWER9, it is a slow old machine. POWER6 machines will go end of Life on March 31, 2019, followed by the POWER7 (not POWER7 Plus)

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