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Posted on April 28, 2020

It’s been my favorite enhancement of this latest round of Technology Refreshes (TR) for 7.3 and 7.4.  Partially because it was my request to IBM for this enhancement.  So, let me tell you something about that. A while ago we needed an enhancement to IBM i for virtualizing tape libraries.  I put in a Request For Enhancement (RFE) into IBM stating I wanted to share a tape library between IBM i partitions while using IBM i hosting IBM i.  Currently, we can share a tape drive between partitions without moving

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We maintain many customer systems here at iTech, and one thing that seems to be consistent now across all of our customer environments is that system IFS (Integrated File System) directories are getting very large.  Many systems that we manage now have IFS root directories containing over 1 million objects! Large IFS root directories present a problem from a save perspective in that they can take an inordinate amount of time to save using normal IFS save commands such as SAV, SAVBRM, and GO SAVE option #21.  On full system

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This is documented by IBM and also in one of Pete’s newsletters from a while ago, but I saw it today on two HMCs, so I wanted to deliver this short tip. Before doing a version upgrade on an HMC, make sure that the Machine Type-Model and Serial Number reported in the HMC GUI matches that which is printed on the sticker on the front of the machine. If it does not match, then per IBM do not attempt an upgrade.

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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 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 February 26, 2020

System Down with No Coverage It was 9 PM on a Sunday night about a year ago when I received a call on my cell phone from a local IBM i customer. For the purposes of this article, we’ll call him…Gary. I reached out to Gary a couple of times before to introduce myself but never had any return communication until then. Turns out, Gary had a down system. His staff did an IPL and the system just wouldn’t come back online. He did what we all would do and

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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

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