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Posted on December 19, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we wish to thank you for allowing iTech Solutions to be part of your team.  We hope that our IBM i newsletters, Webinars, Customer Slack Channel, and Podcasts have been educational and informative for you, and that you have learned from them.  We encourage and like to get feedback on what other things we can add to make them more helpful to our customers, and others who read them. Look for even more to come this year in 2020. We have continued our growth

Posted on November 20, 2019

This month’s newsletter includes: Controlling the User Experience in IBM i Access Client Solutions Cleaning up BRMS Data Files POWER9 – Which is Better: Internal or External Storage? My Company Plans to Migrate Off the IBM i – Now What? IBM i 2019 Year in Review: A live Q&A IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs

Posted on October 25, 2019

This newsletter includes: How to install via the USB Drive Using File Shares in IBM i What to Know About IBM i 7.3 TR6 and 7.4 TR1 It’s Domino Renewal Time iPOWER Hour Episode: How to Recover Quickly and Minimize Downtime Upcoming Events IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs

Posted on September 24, 2019

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 August 26, 2019

This newsletter includes: Introducing VERIFi by iTech Solutions  Updating the HMC Hey, We Just Moved a Bunch of Domino Servers from Windows to IBM i BRMS SAVSYS Bypassed for a Control Group Release Levels and PTFs

Posted on July 30, 2019

This newsletter includes: Don’t Neglect Your HMC As the Disk Spins: IBM Disk Drive Announcement for Storwize V5000 and V7000 Storage Systems IBM i at the Ballpark [BLOG] Can Your Backup Survive a Hurricane? Check Your Cache Batteries iPOWER Hour Podcast: Available Episodes Events Release Levels and PTFs

Posted on June 27, 2019

Well, June has been another action-packed month. Where did it go?  It seemed like it flew by, but we have been so busy on so many fronts, I can see why.  Certainly, June 21st was a big day in the IBM i world. First, it was the day that IBM i 7.4 became available to the general public.  Then, of course, we all know that June 21 was the 31st birthday of the AS/400. IBM i 7.4 has been full of new features and functions and having played with it

Posted on May 30, 2019

Hectic. That is what the month of May has certainly been.  Well, perhaps hectic isn’t even close, it was “uber-hectic”. It seems like I was traveling more this month than I was home between conferences and customer visits. The good news is I was away at two of my favorite conferences in May: COMMON’s PowerUP19 conference in Anaheim and IBM’s Technical University in Atlanta.  I had the privilege of speaking at both, and we also had a booth at COMMON.  At both conferences, I had updated my sessions with 7.4

Posted on April 30, 2019

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Last Tuesday morning I wrote in a tweet “It’s a good day to be an IBM i customer”. Someone replied, “Isn’t every day a great day to be an IBM i customer?”  I can’t argue with that. But last Tuesday was IBM announcement day, and who  doesn’t love announcements? Especially new releases of IBM i. Three years is certainly a long time coming, but I think the wait was well worth it, especially when you hear what IBM i 7.4 contained. Internally,

Posted on April 2, 2019

One of the best parts of my job is visiting and helping customers.  Recently, one of the salespeople brought me on a sales call to a new prospects office.  The prospect was basically interviewing us. I will summarize our meeting with just a few of his questions.    He asked what separates us apart from other IBM Business Partners, since we all sell the same IBM hardware.  Without hesitation, I answered our IBM i knowledge, experience, and know how when it comes to your system.  Our team of experienced technical engineers has a wealth

Posted on February 20, 2019

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Greetings iTech Fan! As time marches on, sometimes you look back and think “Wow, that didn’t seem that long ago”. Well, that is my thought about Power6 and Power7 servers which are going End of Life this year. Yeah, the POWER6 has been out quite a long time, and when you look at the specifications compared to a POWER9, it is a slow old machine. POWER6 machines will go end of Life on March 31, 2019, followed by the POWER7 (not POWER7 Plus)

Posted on January 30, 2019

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Greetings iTech Fan 2018 went by very quickly, but what will 2019 bring for IBM i? I think that 2019 is going to be one of the best years ever for the IBM i community. (Read more about my predictions here.) That’s certainly a bold statement, but I have seen the future on trips to Rochester, and I can tell you the development team has been working their butts off on bringing out the next release of IBM i. From the charts

Posted on December 24, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Greetings Michael As 2018 comes to a close, we wish to thank you for allowing iTech Solutions to be part of your team.  We hope that our IBM i newsletters have been educational and informative for you, and that you have learned from them.  We encourage and like to get feed-back on what other things we can add to make them more helpful to our customers, and others who read them. We have continued our growth this year adding additional employees to

Posted on December 12, 2018

Just a few more days to shop, to work, and to wait for Christmas. I thought I would share a little story about how iTech Solutions helped Santa prepare for Christmas this year. As many of our readers remember, Santa Claus and his operations at the North Pole are one of our prized customer accounts. We have been helping St. Nick administer his Power Systems since he was running on an AS/400 and our business partner relationship has encompassed many projects and all aspects of his IT infrastructure. When we

Posted on December 4, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Greetings Mike Thanksgiving has passed, and now Christmas is right around the corner. The year seems to have flown by. Where did 2018 go? It’s been another amazing year here at iTech Solutions! We increased our IBM i services and offerings, added significant staff, many new customers, and are continuing to assist our existing customers. We are actually on track to perform over 400 IBM i OS upgrades this year. There is so much to be thankful for, especially the opportunity to

Posted on October 5, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. Greetings Mike As Halloween is approaching us, and we are thinking of scary things, trick or treats, and grave yards, I thought that would be the perfect way to start my article. So, one scary thing that we have come across lately is customers who aren’t doing a full backup of their machines, and could never restore their system. Steve will have an article below on a recent scenario where we had to help a customer out with restoring their system to the cloud

Posted on September 27, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. I told someone the other day that it was “raining POWER9s”. They said, “What do you mean by that?”. It seems like we are installing a few new POWER9 systems a week at this point, and we have quite a few that we are in the process of helping customers order. These machines are fast, and a great replacement from any previous machine. We recently had a customer who was running a POWER6 at a P20 software tier, and we were able

Posted on August 21, 2018

A Word from iTech Solutions President, Pete Massiello. The summer went by way too fast, I hope you were able to enjoy it. I could have had a few more months of summer. I am not sure that I have a favorite season, as I like them all, but summer on the lake is certainly right up there. Summer hasn’t been all relaxing either. We have been busy with POWER9s and OS Upgrades. Quite honestly, I thought when IBM i 7.1 reached end of life, upgrades would have really stopped.

Posted on July 17, 2018

Greetings iTech Fan Thirty years and still going strong, with a bright future ahead.  Yup, the AS/400, iSeries, IBM i is now 30 years old and they are just getting started bringing even more cool features and functions to this dynamic platform.  For years, I have been hearing that the AS/400 is old technology, well we have been the IBM i for the last 10 years, and if you haven’t looked at all the new technology being introduced with IBM i 7.2 & 7.3, then you are really doing a

Posted on July 10, 2018

I hope you are enjoying the summer, nothing better than Sun, Beach, Vacations, Baseball, and POWER9s. Wait a minute, how did POWER9 get into that list. POWER9 is here in many ways, upcoming announcements, lots of installs, and iTech Solution’s presentations about POWER9 at Baseball games.  It looks from all indications that there is going to be another Power Systems announcement soon, which will be very exciting. Details will be forthcoming, as they are announced. We have been installing many POWER9 scale-out machines, which is the S914, over the last

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