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Posted on August 26, 2019

It is my pleasure to introduce to you a new product from iTech Solutions. We first developed this for our Managed Services (MSP) customers, and after so many great comments we decided to make it available to everyone.  While our MSP customers get this report daily, this report on our new offering will be sent our weekly. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had an experienced IBM i System administrator give you a report each week on the status of your system?  What is VERIFi? VERIFi is an iTech Solutions

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Have you ever seen or gotten a BRM1744 during a BRMS full system save or SAVSYSBRM?  Here is what you need to do to resolve this, and I am only going to address V5R3M0 and above. When a SAVSYS is performed through BRMS using a backup control group or the SAVSYSBRM command, BRMS will automatically attempt to end the system to a restricted condition by issuing the following command: ENDSBS SBS(*ALL) OPTION(*CNTRLD) In V5R3M0 and above, once the time limit is up on the *CNTRLD ENDSBS SBS(*ALL), BRMS will use

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Every now and then you get to help a customer via a cool solution. Problem: We have a customer who was running three Domino 9 servers (mail, applications and Traveler) on three separate physical Windows servers at various OS versions. One of these servers was drastically underpowered from both processing and network throughput perspectives. Furthermore, nightly maintenance jobs (compact, updall, fixup) were not completing due to the large size of the databases and the underpowered servers. The lack of processing and network speed made backing up those Domino servers a

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Last month, I talked about the importance of the HMC and how it shouldn’t be ignored. That leads to the question: How do I keep it running smoothly? The full answer can be pretty complex. In fact, Pete regularly speaks at conferences on the topic of HMC maintenance and the presentation can easily fill a 90-minute session. Today, I’d like to set our sights a bit lower and just talk about the basics of HMC updates. IBM regularly releases Service Packs and PTFs for each version of the HMC software

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This newsletter includes: Introducing VERIFi by iTech Solutions  Updating the HMC Hey, We Just Moved a Bunch of Domino Servers from Windows to IBM i BRMS SAVSYS Bypassed for a Control Group Release Levels and PTFs

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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. 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 PTF maintenance on their machine at least quarterly. If IBM has come out

Posted on August 20, 2019

IBM Power Server Backup Strategies…That Work! [Watch Now] This webinar will cover: What you can expect from a virtual tape library How to plan appropriately for a back-up A demo and in-depth look into how virtual tape libraries work   Hosted by Derek Henderson & Steve Jones from Cybernetics. Derek Henderson,   Derek Henderson is an industry veteran with nearly a decade of experience in crafting high-performance storage and back up solutions. He is passionate about getting clients a solution the not only completes their RPO and RTO objectives, but does

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