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Posted on May 28, 2019

We recently had a customer with a power outage and the HMC and AS400 went down hard.  When the power was restored the AS400 was ready to come up, but the HMC had a hard drive crash. If your HMC is set up right you can just push the button on the AS400 and it should start up.  But this time it wouldn’t power on, the reason was the HMC “Power-On Parameter” policy was set to, User-Initiated.  This needs to be set to Auto Start – Always for this option

Posted on June 11, 2013

IBM i and its predecessor the AS/400 have always been known for reliability, integration, dependability, ease of use, and of course full functionality. To this end, most of the systems even today are sold with internal storage.  It’s just another piece of the IBM i integration puzzle.  From the setup, to the administration, to the day to day use of the storage is so easy with internal disk.  Yet, the industry is changing.  External storage and specifically Storage Area Networks (SANs) are one of the hottest topics in IT today. 

Posted on April 23, 2013

An upgrade to your current IBM i (OS/400 or i5/OS) operating system is something you’ve been putting off for quite some time. Can you afford to keep waiting? IBM already made the answer pretty clear by announcing that it will discontinue its support for V5R4 in six months. As we mentioned in our February newsletter after September 30, 2013, if you are running on V5R4 you will have no support from IBM, as you will be on an unsupported operating system. Six months is all that stands between either having the

Posted on April 22, 2013

Trust is a hard thing to come by in any walk of life, especially when business is on the line. You wouldn’t trust just anyone with the responsibility of managing your critical IT systems, would you? A large number of organizations are faced with that very prospect. It’s either a case of handling everything on their own or reluctantly passing the keys over to someone else. At iTech Solutions, we like to think of ourselves as a happy medium. We are fully capable of providing hands-on management support for all

Posted on March 5, 2013

We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that of all the activities that keep your IT staff busy, putting out fires is at the top of the list. After all, when business systems go down, so does the business. In fact, even a relatively brief server outage can mean missed connections and lost opportunities – both of which translate to lower revenue. When CA Technologies ran a study to measure the impact of downtime, they found that this dreaded problem costs North American businesses $26.5 billion

Posted on February 12, 2013

IBM System i Support Strategies When you stop and think about it, adding more IT talent to your staff is easy. You post ads on all the major IT job websites. You get the word out in your social networks that you’re hiring in IT. You collect, review, and categorize the hundreds of resumes that come in. You hold several rounds of interviews and hire the most qualified people. And then you set them up in your payroll system, give them network credentials, and let them loose on your IT

Posted on November 27, 2012

If you’re making IT decisions for a smaller company that still uses IBM AS/400 servers, then it has probably crossed your mind that you could benefit from an upgrade to the newer IBM System i or IBM Power Systems servers. Easier said than done, of course. In a tight global economy, it’s often tough to pry loose the budget you need for a major hardware upgrade. If you’re going to ask for servers that cost around $30,000 a piece, you’d better have a convincing business case that hits on a

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