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IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (September2021)

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 to Make Your E-mail Server Like You!

As a system administrator, getting email notifications when critical thresholds are hit can help you save your system and be the hero for the day....

Types of Mimix Switches and Best Practices

Currently there are three types of switches for Mimix. Planned Switch, Unplanned Switch, and Virtual Switch. Virtual switch This is a great way to test...

Need Another Tape Drive? Go Virtual!

The save/restore functionality that comes fully integrated with the IBM i operating system out-of-the-box is legendary, with a wide spectrum of functionality and device support...

Why External Storage Makes Dollars and Sense for IBM i

IBM i can make use of internal disk in your Power system or external disk through a SAN.  For years, IBM i shops have relied...

Need a New HMC? Here’s Why a “Virtual” HMC May Be a Very Good Choice

Many (the majority) of our customers have an HMC (Hardware Management Console) appliance to manage their IBM Power systems, whether it be to manage multiple...

A Simple IBM i Penetration Test Lesson

iTech Solutions has had IBM i penetration testing as a service for a little while now. While not discussing anything confidential, offering a little friendly...

IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (August2021)

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, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (July 2021)

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...

Advanced Security Testing: Planning Strategically and Determining End Goals

As I have mentioned many times, there is no such thing as exhaustive testing and one of the main principles of testing is QA shows...

Advanced Security Testing: Moving to Standardized Security Testing

We have been talking about routine vectors that can be exploited to access any system, including IBM via the IFS. Importantly, as environments have become...

IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (June 2021)

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...

Evaluating the State of Your IBM i Security

We are all aware of the Colonial Pipeline and JBS ransomware attacks recently reported in the news.  Ransomware is a significant threat to businesses around...

IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (May 2021)

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...

Load and Stress Testing for Security Concerns

Continuing our discussion of security testing infrastructure, we are up to Denial of Service attacks. Since this focuses on resource depletion, load and stress testing...