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Consuming Journal Receiver Data Easily with SQL

A few weeks ago we were tasked with helping a customer log all IBM i user profile changes and deletes for audit and historical purposes....

Yes or No to Managed Service Providers?

CIOs are tasked with many important duties and responsibilities, two of which include the management of IT personnel and maintaining IT systems and operations.  The...

Securing Spool Files

Let’s chat a little on the security buzzwords you need to know to access and how it affects Spool files. The good thing is we...

IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (April 2022)

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...

How Good Are Your Backups?

How Good Are Your Backups?

How good are your backups? Wait, don’t answer too quickly. Today March 31st is World Backup Day.  It’s probably a good day to review your...

Lock Into the Future of Power10

Not sure if you should buy a Power 9 now or wait until the Power 10 is announced and shipping?  We’re talking Scale-Out Systems here,...

Perform VIOS Backups to your HMC

Keeping your HMC (Hardware Management Console) up to date is not only good for security and for squashing pesky bugs, but it is also good...

IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (March 2022)

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...

What is a “UAK”, Why Do I Need One, and How Do I Update It?

POWER8 (and later) servers include a UAK (update access key) that is checked when system firmware updates are applied to the system. Update access keys...

IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (February 2022)

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...

IBM i Journaling Management

Journal management provides a means by which you can record the activity of objects on your system. When you use journal management, you create an...

How To Explain Cloud Services To Your Mother

Over the past few years’ information technology has embraced cloud environments more and more. While many will say that cloud is steadily increasing in adoption...

Permanently Applying PTFs & Why Doing So is Important

Many of you (well, hopefully, all of you!) regularly apply PTFs to your systems to keep them current with fixes from IBM.  Doing so ensures...

A Simple IBM i Penetration Test Lesson – Part 2

A few months ago we talked about two very simple core components of our IBM i penetration test: exploiting firewall NAT rules and default passwords....

How Does Power Systems Fit In My Organization?

Besides overseeing the core information technology (IT) infrastructure, the CIO is also a visionary; one that needs to catapult the company to the forefront of...