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This newsletter includes: Setting a Target System in Navigator for i  Automatic Ethernet Failover Using Virtual IP Addressing Is Your SAVCHGOBJ Really Saving All Changed Objects? Legacy Client Access and Trouble with Secured Connections Options for IBM Storage and POWER9 iTech iTip Videos [ Webinar Series ] Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech [Podcast Episode] IBM i Security: Trends and Challenges Upcoming Events IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (September 2020) Autumn is here, and no — that doesn’t mean pumpkin spice. It means conference season starts

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Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech A Nightmare on IBM i Street Originally recorded on Friday, October 30th. We’re continuing to provide bite-sized technical sessions to help make your workday easier. This session of Sips & Tricks is guaranteed to be spooky with scary stories and nightmares on what can (and has) gone wrong when it comes to IBM i. Trust us, you will want to do what you can to keep these nightmares from happening to you. Join us (if you dare) for A Nightmare on IBM i Street

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Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech DR Planning: What You Need for Success On-Demand We’re continuing to provide bite-sized technical sessions to help make your workday easier.  Join us for DR Planning: What You Need to Have for Success. Presented by Peg Tuttle & Marc Vadeboncoeur. [ Watch Now]

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Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech Business Continuity: What You Need to Have On Your System Originally recorded on Friday, October 2nd We’re continuing to provide bite-sized technical sessions to help make your workday easier.  Join us for Business Continuity: What You Need to Have On Your System. Presented by  Nathan Williams & Rick Marcotte [ Watch Now]

Posted on September 27, 2020

Below is a table of the major group PTFs for the last few releases. This is what we are installing for our customers on iTech Solutions Quarterly Maintenance program.

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Do you have a “backup” for your IBM i system’s Ethernet line in the event that it fails?  If you don’t, did you know that you can configure an automatic failover line quickly and easily in IBM i? Virtual IP Addressing (a.k.a. “VIPA”) is a capability that has existed on IBM i for quite some time, but surprisingly many shops don’t know about it, or, they are aware of it but don’t realize how easy it is to configure and the terrific redundancy it can quickly & easily provide. In

Posted on September 23, 2020

What you may not know about SAVCHGOBJ or BRMS equivalent (Incremental Save), may be detrimental to your backup strategy. By definition: The Save Changed Object (SAVCHGOBJ) command saves a copy of each changed object or group of objects located in the same library. When *ALL is specified for the Objects (OBJ) parameter, objects can be saved from all user libraries or from a list of libraries. When saving to a save file, only one library can be specified. For database files, only the changed members are saved. By default, objects

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Navigator for i has many convenient ways to manage your IBM i system with a graphical interface. You may not realize that in new versions of IBM i Access Client Solutions, you can launch it easily from your 5250 Emulation Sessions by clicking the icon pictured below: Once you sign in to Navigator for i, you’ll notice one of the very first options on the left side of the page is called Target Systems and Groups. This option allows you to access Navigator for i sessions on other systems in

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IBM i Access for Windows/Mac/Linux (a.k.a. “old Client Access”) has been around for a long time. It’s familiar, stable, and probably already installed on most of your end-user PCs. This massive installed base makes it difficult to fathom switching to IBM i Access Client Solutions, especially when the older software continues to work for the vast majority of users. Unfortunately, that may not be the case forever. Many of our customers have made the move in recent years to secure the communication channels into and out of their systems, including

Posted on September 17, 2020

Almost three decades ago, back in 1997, IBM announced the flagship 9337 Disk Array Subsystem, a rack-mount disk unit that offers 1,084 MB to 33.55 GB of DASD for the AS/400 9406 Models B, D, E, and F as well as AS/400 Advanced System Model.  Back in the early ’80s, I engaged in a benchmark of the 9337 Disk Subsystem on an enterprise AS/400 against the EMC Symmetric system in Rochester, Minnesota.  I also presented RAID technology at a local user group meeting, explaining how to protect the data on

Posted on September 4, 2020

It’s not often that we hear the stories of a data center being destroyed, but it happens. If your backups remain onsite, or even worse — they stay in the tape library for a week before you remove them, then you are at risk if a disaster strikes.  We actually had a customer who had a fire in their building.  The tape was still in the tape drive.  Pete’s advice was to cut the cable and grab the tape drive and run. This is not a good disaster recovery plan.

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