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Posted on June 27, 2019

Well, June has been another action-packed month. Where did it go?  It seemed like it flew by, but we have been so busy on so many fronts, I can see why.  Certainly, June 21st was a big day in the IBM i world. First, it was the day that IBM i 7.4 became available to the general public.  Then, of course, we all know that June 21 was the 31st birthday of the AS/400. IBM i 7.4 has been full of new features and functions and having played with it

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If you have an IASP’s and want/need to use the Collect Disk Space Information option on the DISKTASKS menu, it does not have an option to collect data for an Independent Auxiliary Storage Pool (IASP).  You actually have two methods to use. One method to collect data for an IASP, is by using the RTVDSKINFcommand and specify the IASP device name on the ASPDEV parameter, this can either be submitted to batch or scheduled to run using either the IBM i job scheduler (WRKJOBSCDE), or the Advanced Job Scheduler (GO JS).

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We run into a lot of older iron and because of that we find fax cards and Facsimile Support installed every now and again. The question that stumps almost everyone is “do you still use fax?” That question usually results in someone checking the physical machine to see if there’s a cable plugged into the fax card. No cable? No fax. That’s easy! But if there’s a cable plugged into the card it’s usually a guessing game for the customer. An easy way to determine if you’re using fax support

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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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Posted on June 16, 2019

Pete Massiello, Laurie LeBlanc, Richie Palma, and Rick Marcotte talk about their time at POWERup 2019, COMMON User Group’s annual spring conference surrounding IBM i and IBM Power Systems. Talking points include the buzz around IBM i 7.4, moving to POWER9, High Availability, hosting and more.

Posted on June 7, 2019

What You Need to Know to Successfully Upgrade to IBM i 7.4On-Demand Webinar When doing an upgrade to IBM i, there is more work involved in the planning of the upgrade than in the actual upgrade itself. When you have done the planning, the actual upgrade is simple. We will cover planning tips, pre-requisites, and then post-installation requirements. Your upgrade isn’t complete until this last step is done.  [WATCH NOW]

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