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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 Webinar: Everything Your Business Partner Should Be Doing for You Upcoming Events 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

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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 object

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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I recently answered a Facebook group thread about the frequency of doing an IPL. A couple of people said it’s a best practice to do one every week. One even said it was an “IBM best practice.” Of course, there’s no supporting documentation to support that claim. I’m sure it was an offhand remark by an IBM CE in 1997 while he or she was replacing a 4 GB disk drive. But a weekly IPL as a best practice? I completely disagree. Why? Performance. Database performance specifically. The SQL Plan

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When using BRMS control groups (WRKCTLGBRM), it is possible to add user commands using the *EXIT option for the backup item. These commands can run many different backup items or end/start applications. First and Last *EXIT If used, these are processed outside of the control group. The first *EXIT is the pre-control group exit that runs before any of the control group attributes are run (signing off users, ending subsystems, holding job queues, and so on). The last *EXIT is the post-control group and is run after all entries in

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As 2019 comes to a close, we wish to thank you for allowing iTech Solutions to be part of your team.  We hope that our IBM i newsletters, Webinars, Customer Slack Channel, and Podcasts have been educational and informative for you, and that you have learned from them.  We encourage and like to get feedback on what other things we can add to make them more helpful to our customers, and others who read them. Look for even more to come this year in 2020. We have continued our growth

Posted on December 18, 2019

People are always asking me how often they should be performing PTF maintenance, and when is the right time to upgrade their operating system. Let’s look at PTFs. First, PTFs are Program Temporary Fixes that are created by IBM to fix a problem that has occurred or to possibly prevent a problem from occurring. In addition, sometimes PTFs add new functionality, security, or improve performance. Therefore, I am always dumbfounded as to why customers do not perform PTF maintenance on their machine at least quarterly. If IBM has come out

Posted on December 3, 2019
Posted on November 20, 2019

There’s no doubt that podcasts have become the new media Goliath. Podcasting is seeing rapid growth year over year. According to Podcast Insights1, 51% of the US Population (approximately 144 million people) have listened to a podcast, with this number being up from 44% in 2018. Hundreds of new podcasts are being developed daily with no end to this growth trend in sight. Podcasting is a go-to source for entertainment, education, and news; mostly produced on for the traditional B2C consumer. However, there’s a growing trend of educational entertainment that

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People are always asking me how often they should be performing PTF maintenance, and when is the right time to upgrade their operating system. Let’s look at PTFs. First, PTFs are Program Temporary Fixes that are created by IBM to fix a problem that has occurred or to possibly prevent a problem from occurring. In addition, sometimes PTFs add new functionality, security, or improve performance. Therefore, I am always dumbfounded as to why customers do not perform PTF maintenance on their machine at least quarterly. If IBM has come out

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This month’s newsletter includes: Controlling the User Experience in IBM i Access Client Solutions Cleaning up BRMS Data Files POWER9 – Which is Better: Internal or External Storage? My Company Plans to Migrate Off the IBM i – Now What? IBM i 2019 Year in Review: A live Q&A IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs

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Many executives talk about moving their business applications off the IBM i.  They think the platform is dead, courtesy of the people who have been saying this for the past 20 years.  While we know, the platform is open and offers businesses rock-solid availability, reliability, and securability. They could also be thinking they will save money on hardware.  While that may be true, there will be more servers, requiring more space, more electricity, more cooling, and more human resources to support them.  In reality, they save nothing and perhaps spend

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With Client Solutions now being the only IBM-supported client software for IBM i, quite a few organizations have made the switch from the old iAccess products or are in the process of doing so. ACS is as flexible as the old application was rigid, and there are many different ways to configure it on a PC. One of the recurring questions we get from clients who are planning the switch relates to controlling what the end-user can see and use within the application. To address this,  I’d like to discuss

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Most IBM i customers have an ERP package on their IBM Power server that runs their business.  Typically, a small or mid-sized company can comfortably operate with one Power9 core activation, that provides a CPW of 13,125.  The IBM Power9 model S914 has two processor options, a 4-core, and a 6-core.  Which one do you get if you only need 1 core activation?  The 4-core server is physically the same as the 6-core server, except for the processor and the other differences shown in the table below. Feature 4-core 6-core

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BRMS is not a set it and forget it backup and recovery application.  Since BRMS uses database files to store information, some of these files can get large and have many records inserted and/or deleted every day.  There are ways that you can clean up BRMS data files on a regular and as-needed basis. Regular BRMS data files cleanup strategy: BRMS recommends that the Start Maintenance for BRM (STRMNTBRM) command with *YES specified for the reorganize BRMS database (RGZBRMDB) parameter, is run at least once a month to clean up

Posted on November 13, 2019

On-Demand Webinar Let’s talk about IBM i in 2019. Pete Massiello is here to answer your questions in a live Q&A. At the end of the year, what better time to pause and reflect? Pete Massiello will be answering your questions regarding IBM i in the year 2019. Join us for a live session with discussion starters from the people who work with and love IBM i the most — you. Those who submit a question upon registering for the session will be entered to win one of two $25 Amazon

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