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iTech Solutions Group user group presentations:

What you need to know when upgrading IBM i (i5/OS) to 7.2, 7.1, or 6.1 (75 minutes)

When doing an upgrade to IBM i, there is more work involved in the planning of the upgrade than in the actual upgrade itself. When you have done the planning, the actual upgrade is simple. We will cover planning tips, pre-requisites, and then post-installation requirements. Your upgrade isn’t complete until this last step is done. While this presentation will focus on upgrading to 7.2, if you are upgrading to an earlier release (6.1, 7.1), we will also cover those releases.

HMC, IBM i, FSP, & Firmware: Putting all the pieces together (75 minutes)

The name “IBM i” isn’t all that’s new to the platform we know and love. Come to this session and dissect all the new components and concepts involved with partitioning your IBM Power Systems. Learn how all the pieces connect to each other, what you need to do to set them up, and how to manage and upgrade them. Get a handle on the various components of the Hardware Management Console (HMC), the Flexible Service Processor (FSP), and the Advanced Systems Management Interface (ASMI). Find out about the firmware in your machine, and how to make the required updates to it in an LPAR environment or on a standalone machine. Get tips for upgrading and setting up communications between the HMC and FSP as well as insight on where the ASMI fits in. Leave this session with up-to-date knowledge on these important hardware features of IBM PowerSystems & IBM i.

Tips and tricks to improve system performance and save disk space (75 minutes)

What can you do to stop the rampant growth of data that’s eating up disk space? How do you improve system performance? Come to this session to find out how to make the most out of your existing configuration by leveraging the many optimization and cleanup techniques that are a part of i5/OS, including reorganization of physical files, sharing of access paths, and using the DISKTASK command. Pinpoint how to reduce your disk I/O by reorganizing files and clean up your system using the Retrieve Disk Information (RTVDSKINF) and Retrieve Directory Information (RTVDIRINF) commands. Learn how sharing access paths can reduce disk utilization and memory faulting. Know your options for reorganizing your files while your users continue to access them.

Basics of i5/OS Systems management (75 minutes)

What is required for the care and feeding of your IBM i (AS/400, iSeries, System i)? In this presentation, we will review the required steps necessary to care and feed your IBM i. All from an Operations or Systems Management perspective. What documentation should you have about your system? What backup strategy should you employ? How to measure and track growth of disk space. When, how often, and which PTFs should I apply. What to do about IPLs, Reclaim Storage, SST/DST security, and Performance.

Step-by-step guide to creating Virtual i Partitions hosted by IBM i (75 minutes)

New starting with IBM i 6.1 is the capability of an IBM i Logical Partition (LPAR) to provide virtual disk storage for other IBM i partition. IBM i has provided “hosted disk” for Windows servers and AIX or Linux partitions for several years, but the ability to host another IBM i LPAR is new. Come see how you can create a partition without any hardware required. I will go through the step-by-step process of what is required to create these virtual partitions. You can create a 7.1 partition for testing while continuing to run 6.1.

Managing IBM i with Navigator for i (75 minutes)

Released in IBM i 6.1, the IBM Navigator for i is a powerful new tool to better manage your i environment. Get expert advice for installation and set up to make sure you get this powerful tool up and running at peak efficiency. Step through the functionality of this product and learn how to leverage the Performance Data Investigator to turn the collection services data into graphs you can use to identify performance issues. Find out how to create monitors to manage your environment and various workloads, as well as how to set up alarm notifications when certain events threaten your environment. See how this tool can help you select and install Logical files on your system to improve performance. Learn about the enhancements to this valuable tool in the release of version 7.1.

A Programmer’s Future: Looking back to see the future (75 minutes)

This session looks back at the history of programming and computing. We examine the skill sets that programmers required in the past, examine the skills of those programmers entering the market, and what is required of today’s programmers to compete in the future. If you don’t invest in yourself, your skills don’t remain static, they actually slowly deteriorate compared to the market. We are taking a light-hearted look at what we need to do with our careers to compete and excel in today’s market.


“When we needed to upgrade our IBM Power System from version 5.4 to 7.1, we chose to use iTech Solutions because of their knowledge and wide experience in upgrading IBM Power Systems. Everything was carefully planned before the upgrade. The upgrade went as planned and a few minor problems were quickly resolved. We are fully satisfied with the entire process and will again at any time choose to use iTech Solutions.”

Remo Grundsøe | FGA Capital Danmark A/S