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Posted on June 24, 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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Posted on May 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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Posted on March 23, 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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Posted on February 26, 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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Posted on January 22, 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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Posted on December 18, 2019

Below is a table of the major group PTFs for December 2019. This is what we are installing for our customers on iTech Solutions Quarterly Maintenance program.

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Posted on November 20, 2019

Below is a table of the major group PTFs for November 2019. This is what we are installing for our customers on iTech Solutions Quarterly Maintenance program.

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Posted on October 21, 2019

Below are IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs for October 2019. This is what we are installing for our customers on iTech Solutions Quarterly Maintenance program.

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

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 because a SAVSYS is a part of a backup using Go Save option 21. But in terms of a recovery, a SAVSYS will allow you to at least help get your Licensed Internal Code and operating system going from a bare metal recovery.

Check your last SAVSYS by reviewing the QSAVSYS data area with the following command, then review the Save Date/Time value of the object.

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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 dates in the case of the SAL Select Time Frame screen, where the first 2 digits are always the year including if they are 2019 or 2020. All that leads to considering the dates as invalid and error messages on the screen, as above.

To fix this problem, apply one of the PTFs below for your release.  These PTFs can be applied Immediate or Delayed.

  • 7.1 MF65228
  • 7.2 MF65214
  • 7.3 MF65215

If you would prefer for iTech Solutions to handle all your PTF issues, then contact us via email.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 enable automatic checking, which creates or causes the creation of the job scheduler entry. The CHGSRVAGTA command parameter (REFRESHUAK) can be used to establish automatic UAK management. By default, a job will be run every Sunday, but can be easily customized.

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Posted on September 25, 2018

Below are IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs for September 2018. This is what we are installing for our customers on iTech Solutions Quarterly Maintenance program.

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