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Posted on May 30, 2019

At each release, IBM tightens up the security of the system, which is a good thing for many shops.  There are two system values, which while you might have set to *OPSYS, the underlying security will change when you upgrade to a new release.  Now, I certainly recommend that most places have both System Values QSSLPCL (Secure Sockets Layer Protocols) and QSSLCSLCTL (Secure Sockets layer cipher control) both set to *OPSYS.  This way, when IBM changes the defaults associated with the release, you get the newer versions, but you should

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This newsletter includes: An Explanation of IBM i 7.4 DB2 Mirror for i IBM i 7.4 Tip #2: Secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) changes How is your HMC Setup? Blog: How to tell if your Disaster Recovery System is a Boat Anchor HMC Phone Home Release Levels and PTFs Hectic. That is what the month of May has certainly been.  Well, perhaps hectic isn’t even close, it was “uber-hectic”. It seems like I was traveling more this month than I was home between conferences and customer

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Pete Massiello Well, it has been a hell of a week, which seemed to start even on the way to the airport with getting in a few last minute calls.  So, how was my week at COMMON’s premier event, POWERUp 2019? Probably the hardest place is where to start.  It seems like we have been here for a lifetime, and at the same time the days went by so quickly.  Certainly, the highlight for me was seeing so many friends, customers, meeting new people, and spending time with the other

Posted on May 29, 2019

Last month, I talked about how you can make sure your system has the ability to report problems back to IBM in the event of a failure. That functionality can be invaluable for keeping your system running, but what happens if something goes wrong while the OS is still trying to start? What if something fails so far down the hardware stack that the system simply can’t be aware of it before the whole show grinds to a halt? That’s where an HMC has your back, and it can call

Posted on May 28, 2019

On April 23rd, 2019, IBM announced the newest release of the operating system IBM i 7.4. The announcement contained hundreds of updates to the OS and licensed programs.  One new licensed program, DB2 Mirror for i was also announced. It provides continuous availability for IBM i applications. “Continuous Availability” is a new term, which previously we had High Availability.  How is Continuous Availability different than High Availability? What are the software and hardware requirements for Db2 Mirror for i?  Does DB2 Mirror for i replace all the Data Replication products? 

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Now that I have your attention, I want to discuss a serious topic; disaster recovery.  In the event of an actual disaster, you want to be able to recover as quickly as possible to reduce the number of transactions that you lose, and the business you will lose as a result.  The real question is: Have you ever tested your disaster recovery process? If the answer is, “no” or “not in a few years”, then your DR system might be nothing more than a boat anchor.

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We recently had a customer with a power outage and the HMC and AS400 went down hard.  When the power was restored the AS400 was ready to come up, but the HMC had a hard drive crash. If your HMC is set up right you can just push the button on the AS400 and it should start up.  But this time it wouldn’t power on, the reason was the HMC “Power-On Parameter” policy was set to, User-Initiated.  This needs to be set to Auto Start – Always for this option

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Below are IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs for May 2019. This is what we are installing for our customers on iTech Solutions Quarterly Maintenance program.

Posted on May 15, 2019

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Posted on May 10, 2019

Join Pete Massiello as he gives you a heads up on some of the things you need to be aware of with IBM i 7.4 Topics include: What machines support 7.4 Which Consoles are supported on 7.4 Increasing License Internal Code Space – how to get ready Preparation PTFs that would be needed on 7.2 & 7.3 to upgrade your machine NetServer file share issues to be aware of Changes to SSL & TLS to start thinking about What supported version of the following work with 7.4 Java Domino WebSphere MQ

Posted on May 8, 2019

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