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Posted on September 25, 2019

One of the topics that seem to pop up in my email on a regular basis is SMB. If you have users that access the IFS through Windows file shares or mapped drives, then you’re probably already somewhat familiar with NetServer. NetServer is an implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol used primarily by Windows clients for file and print sharing. It is to IBM i what Samba is to Unix and similar platforms. Over the years, several different versions of the SMB protocol have been released to address

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Here are 8 helpful hints for upgrading your MIMIX environment. It is important to keep you MIMIX environment update to ensure you are replicating properly. One of the most important things with any upgrade is to determine compatibility between the OS and the releases of 3rd party software. MIMIX is no different, and this chart shows you which versions of MIMIX are compatible with which versions of IBM i.   [ View full-size chart ] MIMIX Upgrade tips: MIMIX 8.0 will not be compatible with OS version V7R4, this is

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I have been asked by customers using BRMS, if there is an easy way to exclude objects in the IFS, that are unable to be saved, when using *LINK, to prevent getting the softer error: “Save of list *LINK completed with errors” (BRM10A1 is issued)”. There are several methods: Create and use a BRMS backup list in your backup control group, type *LNK, specifying the IFS directories or files you want to include and omit, and use that as a backup item *LNK in your BRMS backup control group for

Posted on September 24, 2019

It’s plain and simple. You must execute backups daily. No excuses!  It’s not just about being able to recover in a disaster; you also need to be able to recover a file that is accidentally overwritten or deleted. If you have high availability and you think you don’t need to back up every day, you really should reconsider your strategy.  Replication ensures that your target and source data are in sync, but if you delete a record or several records you need, you can’t get them back with replication.  Backups

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This newsletter includes: Excluding Items from the IFS backup in BRMS 8 Helpful Tips for Upgrading your MIMIX Environment SMB Version Support for IBM i NetServer Five Reasons IBM i Shops Are Considering VTL Solutions [Live webinar] Planning for the Unplanned: Understanding IBM i Business Continuity iPOWER Hour Episode: Installing POWER9, with Nathan Williams Upcoming Events IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs

Posted on September 23, 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. 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 September 17, 2019

If the unplanned were to happen, do you know how long it would take to recover your system? [REGISTER] In this webinar, we will introduce you to the world of IBM i business continuity and what you need to know to deliver the RTO (Recovery Time Objective) and RPO (Recovery Point Objective) your operation demands. From simple physical tape backups to full-blown Active/Active DB2 mirror, and everything in between. Join us as we navigate the waters of IBM i business continuity.  Point in Time backup options Offsite backup solutions Hardware and

Posted on September 3, 2019

May Trucking, an iTech Solutions customer, was recently featured in an IBM Systems Magazine case study, Transporting to the Future. Jim Utsler of IBM Systems Magazine teamed up with Becki Wagoner, May Trucking Company’s vice president of strategic innovation and technology, to tell the story of how they modernized their infrastructure by moving to a POWER8 system. With the help of iTech Solutions, and other partners such as Group 33 Consulting and Profound Logic, May Trucking was able to successfully move from IBM i 5.4 on a Power Systems 520

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