Day: June 27, 2019

June 2019 Newsletter

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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 now for over 3 months, I can tell you it has also been rock solid. 

We did a webinar on June 5th, How to successfully upgrade to IBM i 7.4, which was packed to the maximum that our webinar could hold. 

DISKTASKS for IASP

Chris Flick, Technician at iTech SolutionsIf 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). Where xxxxxx is the name of the IASP:

Does your system send faxes or not?

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 is to check file QAFFTLOG in QUSRSYS. This file will contain all fax transactions the system has ever done.

You just need to query the file. Fields QFDATE and QFTIME contain the date and time respectively of each fax transmission.

If file QAFFTLOG isn’t found then good news. You’ve never had fax support installed.

A simple script to find your fax history in descending order would be:

select * from qusrsys.qafftlog order by qfdate desc;

The top row of your result set will show you the last fax transmission. If it’s a recent transmission then you’re still actively running fax. It’s great info to have when configuring a POWER9.