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Posted on April 30, 2020

Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech How to Check iTera Replication with Amy Upton On-Demand [ Watch Now ]

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Webinar: The Benefits of External Storage with IBM i Presented by Richie Palma Watch On-Demand [ Watch Now ]

Posted on April 29, 2020

Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech How to Setup Access Client Solutions on a Mac with Marc Vadeboncoeur On-Demand [ Watch Now ]

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This newsletter includes: Enhancing IFS Save Performance CIO Review Magazine Feature: iTech Solutions Group: One-Stop Solution Provider for All IBM i Needs [Video] Our Favorite Things About the Latest Technology Refresh IBM i Virtualization Enhancements HMC’s Might a BIOS Flash Before Upgrading Transferring Files Using IBM i Access Client Solutions Why it Matters to Have an IBM i Cloud Expert [ Webinar Series ] Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech [Podcast Episode] IBM i Technologies to Know About When Working Remotely Upcoming Events IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels

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With many companies considering a move to the cloud, it’s important to note that not all clouds are created equally.  There are many providers for cloud hosting. Some are application providers who host the application and your data in their cloud, and others host your infrastructure.  Some are experts in the hardware and OS and others are application experts.  You should consider what is most important to your company before you select a cloud provider. It’s important to start with the end goal in mind.  What do you want to

Posted on April 28, 2020

It’s been my favorite enhancement of this latest round of Technology Refreshes (TR) for 7.3 and 7.4.  Partially because it was my request to IBM for this enhancement.  So, let me tell you something about that. A while ago we needed an enhancement to IBM i for virtualizing tape libraries.  I put in a Request For Enhancement (RFE) into IBM stating I wanted to share a tape library between IBM i partitions while using IBM i hosting IBM i.  Currently, we can share a tape drive between partitions without moving

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We maintain many customer systems here at iTech, and one thing that seems to be consistent now across all of our customer environments is that system IFS (Integrated File System) directories are getting very large.  Many systems that we manage now have IFS root directories containing over 1 million objects! Large IFS root directories present a problem from a save perspective in that they can take an inordinate amount of time to save using normal IFS save commands such as SAV, SAVBRM, and GO SAVE option #21.  On full system

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This is documented by IBM and also in one of Pete’s newsletters from a while ago, but I saw it today on two HMCs, so I wanted to deliver this short tip. Before doing a version upgrade on an HMC, make sure that the Machine Type-Model and Serial Number reported in the HMC GUI matches that which is printed on the sticker on the front of the machine. If it does not match, then per IBM do not attempt an upgrade.

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Moving files between IBM i systems can sometimes be a cumbersome task, but a feature added to IBM i Access Client Solutions in recent versions allows you to transfer files from a single system to multiple systems. The main requirement is that you have to have IBM i NetServer started on the source system and all the target systems of the transfer. This feature can be found in the Integrated File System function under General tasks.

Posted on April 22, 2020

Has your SWMA lapsed?  If yes, we can help you get it reinstated and save you money. Here’s a short video from Laurie LeBlanc explaining what this means:

Posted on April 21, 2020

Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech Understanding User Access Key (UAK) with Pete Massiello Watch On-Demand [ Watch Now ]

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Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech Basics of BRMS with Steven McIver On-Demand [ Watch Now ]

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Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech Basics of TCP/IP with Nathan Williams Watch On Demand [ Watch Now ]

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Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech Managing Your System When You Become Short Staffed with Ron Dolan & Laurie LeBlanc On-Demand Webinar  [ Watch Now ]

Posted on April 16, 2020

Tuesday, April 14th was a big day for the IBM i community. It was announcement day for Technology Refreshes for IBM i 7.4 TR2 and IBM i 7.3 TR8. In honor of announcement day, Lifetime IBM Power Systems Champion and President of iTech Solutions, Pete Massiello, wrote The Business Value of Keeping your Hardware and Software Current, which has been featured in the IBM 2020 iSight blog series. There are many resources that go into detail of the refresh itself, including Steve Will’s announcement blog, and events like iTech’s Sips

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