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Posted on January 24, 2020

Join us Thursday, February 20th at 1PM ET. Join Jesse Gorzinski from IBM as he explores how you can take advantage of Open Source technology on IBM i.

Posted on January 22, 2020

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

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Join us Thursday, February 13th at 1PM ET. Look at how IBM i 7.4 and POWER9 are positioning themselves for the next era with a more open platform.

Posted on January 21, 2020

This newsletter includes: Running Non-Restricted and Restricted State Functions in BRMS How often should I IPL my IBM i? ODBC Access with Client Solutions Determining When a SAVSYS and Other IBM i Save Commands Were Performed on a System Video: Display the Firmware on your Power System FSP Webinar: Everything Your Business Partner Should Be Doing for You Podcast Episode: FRS reduces their RTO from 48+ hours to 4 hours with iTech Solutions Group Upcoming Events IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs 2019 went by as fast

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Oh Where Oh Where Can My System Save Information Be…? With its unique integrated architecture, the IBM i system has many inherent strengths, not the least of which is fully baked-in and robust save/restore functionality.  When you save an object on the system such as a file or a data area or a program in a user library with commands such as SAVLIB or SAVOBJ, the system will inform you on the “when” and the “where” of the save of that object by displaying the saved date/time of the object

Posted on January 20, 2020

I’ve been asked several times in the last few weeks about ODBC drivers for IBM i and how to obtain them for a PC running Client Solutions. There are actually a number of pieces to the IBM i Access puzzle that are nowhere to be found in the base ACS “installation,” so I thought I’d take a minute to revisit how ACS is structured by IBM for those who might be looking for something specific. The Client Solutions base package, which includes the 5250 emulator and even the SQL scripting

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I recently answered a Facebook group thread about the frequency of doing an IPL. A couple of people said it’s a best practice to do one every week. One even said it was an “IBM best practice.” Of course, there’s no supporting documentation to support that claim. I’m sure it was an offhand remark by an IBM CE in 1997 while he or she was replacing a 4 GB disk drive. But a weekly IPL as a best practice? I completely disagree. Why? Performance. Database performance specifically. The SQL Plan

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When using BRMS control groups (WRKCTLGBRM), it is possible to add user commands using the *EXIT option for the backup item. These commands can run many different backup items or end/start applications. First and Last *EXIT If used, these are processed outside of the control group. The first *EXIT is the pre-control group exit that runs before any of the control group attributes are run (signing off users, ending subsystems, holding job queues, and so on). The last *EXIT is the post-control group and is run after all entries in

Posted on January 14, 2020

WMCPA Spring 2020 Technical Conference March 17-19 Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, WI

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Northeast IBM i User Group Conference April 6-8 Sheraton Framingham Hotel 1657 Worcester Road Framingham, MA

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Join us January 30th, 1 PM ET How do you know your IBM Business Partner is doing a good job?

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