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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on September 23, 2019

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

Posted on August 26, 2019

Last month, I talked about the importance of the HMC and how it shouldn’t be ignored. That leads to the question: How do I keep it running smoothly? The full answer can be pretty complex. In fact, Pete regularly speaks at conferences on the topic of HMC maintenance and the presentation can easily fill a 90-minute session. Today, I’d like to set our sights a bit lower and just talk about the basics of HMC updates. IBM regularly releases Service Packs and PTFs for each version of the HMC software

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

Posted on July 30, 2019

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

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The Hardware Management Console (HMC) is a strange beast. Anyone with a partitioned system needs one, and it can be an indispensable tool for anyone whose desk isn’t within 100 yards of the machine room…but it isn’t part of the system itself and it usually isn’t critical to everyday operations once things are up and running. Is it part of your critical path or is it an accessory largely to be forgotten? To answer that question, let’s examine how the HMC relates to your system and how IBM supports the

Posted on June 27, 2019

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

Posted on May 29, 2019

Last month, I talked about how you can make sure your system has the ability to report problems back to IBM in the event of a failure. That functionality can be invaluable for keeping your system running, but what happens if something goes wrong while the OS is still trying to start? What if something fails so far down the hardware stack that the system simply can’t be aware of it before the whole show grinds to a halt? That’s where an HMC has your back, and it can call

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

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