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Posted on April 28, 2020

Moving files between IBM i systems can sometimes be a cumbersome task, but a feature added to IBM i Access Client Solutions in recent versions allows you to transfer files from a single system to multiple systems. The main requirement is that you have to have IBM i NetServer started on the source system and all the target systems of the transfer. This feature can be found in the Integrated File System function under General tasks.

Posted on April 22, 2020

Has your SWMA lapsed?  If yes, we can help you get it reinstated and save you money. Here’s a short video from Laurie LeBlanc explaining what this means:

Posted on April 16, 2020

Tuesday, April 14th was a big day for the IBM i community. It was announcement day for Technology Refreshes for IBM i 7.4 TR2 and IBM i 7.3 TR8. In honor of announcement day, Lifetime IBM Power Systems Champion and President of iTech Solutions, Pete Massiello, wrote The Business Value of Keeping your Hardware and Software Current, which has been featured in the IBM 2020 iSight blog series. There are many resources that go into detail of the refresh itself, including Steve Will’s announcement blog, and events like iTech’s Sips

Posted on April 15, 2020

Working from home was a wish for many over the years, and some companies would allow it, and others wouldn’t.  Many people, upwards of 75% state they would like to work from home, but is it all that it is cracked up to be? With the outbreak of COVID-19, we are all learning rather quickly what it is like to work from home.  There are certainly benefits to working from home, but there are also some disadvantages. I would say it’s not for everyone, but in times like today, we

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.

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