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Posted on October 21, 2019

How to Remove a File Share You can stop sharing an existing file share by using IBM Navigator for i or System i Navigator. To remove a file share, follow these steps:  In IBM Navigator for i In IBM Navigator for i, under the IBM i Management node, expand File Systems > Integrated File System. Navigate through the file system folders until you locate the folder that contains the file for which you want to remove a share. Click on this folder to display its contents in the console workspace. Right-click the shared directory that

Posted on September 25, 2019

One of the topics that seem to pop up in my email on a regular basis is SMB. If you have users that access the IFS through Windows file shares or mapped drives, then you’re probably already somewhat familiar with NetServer. NetServer is an implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol used primarily by Windows clients for file and print sharing. It is to IBM i what Samba is to Unix and similar platforms. Over the years, several different versions of the SMB protocol have been released to address

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Here are 8 helpful hints for upgrading your MIMIX environment. It is important to keep you MIMIX environment update to ensure you are replicating properly. One of the most important things with any upgrade is to determine compatibility between the OS and the releases of 3rd party software. MIMIX is no different, and this chart shows you which versions of MIMIX are compatible with which versions of IBM i.

Posted on September 3, 2019

May Trucking, an iTech Solutions customer, was recently featured in an IBM Systems Magazine case study, Transporting to the Future. Jim Utsler of IBM Systems Magazine teamed up with Becki Wagoner, May Trucking Company’s vice president of strategic innovation and technology, to tell the story of how they modernized their infrastructure by moving to a POWER8 system.

Posted on August 26, 2019

  It is my pleasure to introduce to you a new product from iTech Solutions. We first developed this for our Managed Services (MSP) customers, and after so many great comments we decided to make it available to everyone.  While our MSP customers get this report daily, this report on our new offering will be sent our weekly. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had an experienced IBM i System administrator give you a report each week on the status of your system? 

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Have you ever seen or gotten a BRM1744 during a BRMS full system save or SAVSYSBRM?  Here is what you need to do to resolve this, and I am only going to address V5R3M0 and above. When a SAVSYS is performed through BRMS using a backup control group or the SAVSYSBRM command, BRMS will automatically attempt to end the system to a restricted condition by issuing the following command: ENDSBS SBS(*ALL) OPTION(*CNTRLD)

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Every now and then you get to help a customer via a cool solution. Problem: We have a customer who was running three Domino 9 servers (mail, applications and Traveler) on three separate physical Windows servers at various OS versions. One of these servers was drastically underpowered from both processing and network throughput perspectives. Furthermore, nightly maintenance jobs (compact, updall, fixup) were not completing due to the large size of the databases and the underpowered servers. The lack of processing and network speed made backing up those Domino servers a

Posted on May 30, 2019

At each release, IBM tightens up the security of the system, which is a good thing for many shops.  There are two system values, which while you might have set to *OPSYS, the underlying security will change when you upgrade to a new release.  Now, I certainly recommend that most places have both System Values QSSLPCL (Secure Sockets Layer Protocols) and QSSLCSLCTL (Secure Sockets layer cipher control) both set to *OPSYS.  This way, when IBM changes the defaults associated with the release, you get the newer versions, but you should

Posted on April 29, 2019

Someone asked me what my favorite item was on IBM i 7.4, and I thought, “Well, that is a tough one”.  I thought instead of picking one, I would start a series over the next few months covering my favorite tricks and tips with IBM i 7.4.   This was one request that I had put in as a Request For Enhancement (RFE), so I thought this would be a good one to start our series. Have you ever needed to do a full system save, and after the save

What You Need to Know About IBM i 7.4
Posted on April 23, 2019

If you remember in a statement about my predictions for 2019, I said that the next release of IBM i would contain some of the biggest enhancements ever put out by IBM for OS/400 or IBM i.  Well, it is now announced and being unwrapped today, and IBM i 7.4 (formally known as iNext) comes out with Db2 Mirror for IBM i, Synchronous Replication for Continuous Availability as the biggest enhancement.  This is a very very cool technology, not just cool, even better than very cool, this is crazy cool

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