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Posted on March 24, 2020

This newsletter includes: Tracking the Source of a Bad Password How to Set Up Your Home Printer as an IBM i Printer with ACS Pete’s Perspective: Open Source The Effects of COVID-19 on the IBM i Ecosystem ProtecTIER Backup Migration Made Easy Virtual Days of IBM i Education [Podcast Episode] My Company is Moving Off IBM i — Now What? Upcoming Events IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs A month ago, we were talking about the end of support for IBM i 7.2, and now today the

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

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding the IBM i OS is, should I upgrade to 7.3 or 7.4? The answer is: it depends.  When it comes to deciding whether you should go to 7.3 or 7.4 you have to take dependencies, features and life expectancy into consideration. Identify which versions of IBM i your hardware can support Before you decide, you need to verify which IBM i versions your hardware can support. There are dependencies between the hardware you are running and what OS level it

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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.

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This newsletter includes: POWER9 POWERVM Incomplete State During I/O Concurrent Repair or Dynamic LPAR of IBM i owned hardware Should I Upgrade to IBM i 7.3 or 7.4? Open Source is Now Oh So YUMmy.. Costs of IBM i Storage Beyond the CEC: Expansion Drawers vs. V5030E SAN Everything Your IBM Business Partner Should Be Doing for You Upcoming Events IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs End of Marketing and End of Support for IBM i 7.2 As time marches on, sometimes you look back and think

Posted on February 25, 2020

IBM i Storage by the Numbers: Internal vs External SSD I wrote an article on LinkedIn called “Shocking… IBM i Cost of Storage beyond the CEC: EXP-24S or V3700 SAN?” back in 2016 that sparked many conversations on what place external storage has in the IBM i hardware stack.  As a result of the popularity of my previous article, big innovation in the storage market, changes in storage costs, and a much more open IBM i infrastructure stack, it seemed like a really good time to go through the exercise

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Problem This is only occurring on Power9 servers, and you need to get the FSP firmware updated, as well as a patch for IBM i.  If you don’t have the patches, do not use concurrent maintenance, or dynamic LPAR on POWER9 servers under the following conditions: The resource is a physical PCIe adapter, an EMX0 cable, fanout module, chassis management card, or midplane. The resource physically owned by an IBM i partition The firmware fix is not applied. Without the fix applied, the server can go to an incomplete state

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 January 21, 2020

This newsletter includes: Running Non-Restricted and Restricted State Functions in BRMS How often should I IPL my IBM i? ODBC Access with Client Solutions Determining When a SAVSYS and Other IBM i Save Commands Were Performed on a System Video: Display the Firmware on your Power System FSP Upcoming Events IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs 2019 went by as fast as a blink of the eye (no pun intended), but what will 2020 bring for IBM i? First, 2019 was a good year for IBM i. 

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Oh Where Oh Where Can My System Save Information Be…?   With its unique integrated architecture, the IBM i system has many inherent strengths, not the least of which is fully baked-in and robust save/restore functionality.  When you save an object on the system such as a file or a data area or a program in a user library with commands such as SAVLIB or SAVOBJ, the system will inform you on the “when” and the “where” of the save of that object by displaying the saved date/time of the

Posted on January 20, 2020

I’ve been asked several times in the last few weeks about ODBC drivers for IBM i and how to obtain them for a PC running Client Solutions. There are actually a number of pieces to the IBM i Access puzzle that are nowhere to be found in the base ACS “installation,” so I thought I’d take a minute to revisit how ACS is structured by IBM for those who might be looking for something specific. The Client Solutions base package, which includes the 5250 emulator and even the SQL scripting

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