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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

Posted on December 18, 2019

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

Posted on November 20, 2019

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

Posted on October 21, 2019

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

Questions to Ask Yourself When It Comes to Backup and Recovery
Posted on February 26, 2019

When people talk to us about backup and recovery, one of the most common questions is “how often should I be doing a full system save?” Given we’re about to install PTFs or upgrade the OS, my response is always, “when was your last full system save?” What I do next is show them the QSAVSYS data area to at least find out exactly when the last SAVSYS (Save System, or Go Save option 22) was done. Now, this isn’t proof positive that a Go Save option 21 was taken

Incorrect Search in the Service Action Log when searching on year 2019 or 2020
Posted on January 23, 2019

When using Service Tools, the Select Time Frame screen of the Service Action Log (SAL) option of the Hardware Service Manager (HSM) service tool incorrectly does not allow “From” or “To” dates with the year 2019 or 2020. The SAL cannot search from or to dates in 2019 or 2020. The IdeTime Class has a quirk in that the constructor that the SAL search uses assumes dates beginning with 19 or 20 are being specified with the century value 19 or 20. That leads to other bad assumptions about the

Posted on October 25, 2018

There are two ways of using this UAK management feature: Manual: A system administrator can manually kick off the process of checking UAK’s expiration date, downloading UAK, and applying UAK. This is accomplished by running the WRKSRVAGT TYPE(*UAK) command. This can also be accomplished by running the go service command to access the Electronic Service Agent on IBM i main menu, then selecting option 20 (Check and refresh Update Access Key). Automatic: By default, there is no automatic UAK checking. The Change Service Agent Attribute (CHGSRVAGTA) command can be used to

Posted on September 25, 2018

People are always asking me how often they should be performing PTF maintenance, and when is the right time to upgrade their operating system. I updated this article from last month with the current levels of PTFs. 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

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