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Posted on August 26, 2019

This newsletter includes: Introducing VERIFi by iTech Solutions  Updating the HMC Hey, We Just Moved a Bunch of Domino Servers from Windows to IBM i BRMS SAVSYS Bypassed for a Control Group Release Levels and PTFs Summer seems to have gone so fast as Labor Day weekend approaches.  Where did it go?  How come winter doesn’t seem to go as fast as summer?  I hope you were able to take some vacation, recharge your batteries, relax with family and friends, or visit some great locations. My summer was busy but

Posted on July 30, 2019

This newsletter includes: Don’t Neglect Your HMC As the Disk Spins: IBM Disk Drive Announcement for Storwize V5000 and V7000 Storage Systems Can Your Backup Survive a Hurricane? Check Your Cache Batteries Release Levels and PTFs I am writing this as I sit in my hotel room in northern California, my 2nd of 3 trips to California over the course of 4 weeks. The team and I have been flying around the country installing new POWER9 systems. Alaska, California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maine,

Posted on July 8, 2019

Combining High Availability with Security to Protect Your Data Join Pete Massiello from iTech Solutions and Becky Hjellming from Syncsort, a leader in IBM i high availability and security, as they discuss the challenges companies struggle with when protecting data from downtime and breach and share their perspectives on solutions to common issues. [WATCH RECORDING] Data is the bedrock of your business. It is the foundation upon which your business runs. Losing access to your data due to regional outages, hardware failures or simply human error can have severe consequences

Posted on June 27, 2019

This newsletter includes: Does your system send faxes or not? DISKTASKS for IAS POWER9 Playground: Test out IBM i 7.4 on a POWER9 Release Levels and PTFs Well, June has been another action-packed month. Where did it go?  It seemed like it flew by, but we have been so busy on so many fronts, I can see why.  Certainly, June 21st was a big day in the IBM i world. First, it was the day that IBM i 7.4 became available to the general public.  Then, of course, we all

Posted on May 30, 2019

This newsletter includes: An Explanation of IBM i 7.4 DB2 Mirror for i IBM i 7.4 Tip #2: Secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) changes How is your HMC Setup? Blog: How to tell if your Disaster Recovery System is a Boat Anchor HMC Phone Home Release Levels and PTFs Hectic. That is what the month of May has certainly been.  Well, perhaps hectic isn’t even close, it was “uber-hectic”. It seems like I was traveling more this month than I was home between conferences and customer

Posted on May 10, 2019

Join Pete Massiello as he gives you a heads up on some of the things you need to be aware of with IBM i 7.4 Topics include: What machines support 7.4 Which Consoles are supported on 7.4 Increasing License Internal Code Space – how to get ready Preparation PTFs that would be needed on 7.2 & 7.3 to upgrade your machine NetServer file share issues to be aware of Changes to SSL & TLS to start thinking about What supported version of the following work with 7.4 Java Domino WebSphere MQ

COMMON CONNECT: Cognitive Compurting & AI
Posted on March 7, 2019

Pete Massiello and Richie Palma have articles published within the February 2019 COMMON Connect Newsletter with a focus on cognitive computing. Massiello’s article, “Your Company Will Likely Go Out of Business” covers the advantage of cognitive computing, its relation to IBM i and the importance of using your data.

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Rapid Fire Admin This overflowing session is designed to help ensure every IBM i administrator and operator has at least a backpack full of valuable tips for when they return home. From command line to shell to IBM Navigator for i, Steve will sprint through these tips at a pace of at least two tips per minute, for at least 150 tips! This session is updated every quarter with new and relevant information so that you don’t miss good foundational tips but are keeping up with what updates IBM is releasing on

Posted on March 5, 2019

What You Need to Know to Successfully Upgrade to 7.3, 7.2, and 7.1 (75 minutes) When doing an upgrade to IBM i, there is more work involved in the planning of the upgrade than in the actual upgrade itself. When you have done the planning, the actual upgrade is simple. We will cover planning tips, pre-requisites, and then post-installation requirements. Your upgrade isn’t complete until this last step is done. While this presentation will focus on upgrading to 7.3, if you are upgrading to an earlier release (7.1, 7.2), we

iTech Solutions COMMON 2018 Fall Conference Speaker Awards
Posted on March 1, 2019

iTech Solutions’ Pete Massiello, Yvonne Enselman, Richie Palma, and Steve Pitcher have been recognized for their sessions at Fall 2018 COMMON conference. COMMON speaker awards are designed to recognize speaker excellence. After each session at the COMMON conference, attendees are given a feedback form to rate their sessions on content and delivery. You can read more about the details of the awards here.

2019 is going to be one of the best years ever for the IBM i community
Posted on January 23, 2019

With 2019 upon us, it’s natural for one to wonder what’s in store for IBM i in the upcoming year. According to iTech President, Pete Massiello, the outlook for IBM i is looking good for this year. How good? “2019 is going to be one of the best years ever for the IBM i community,” Massiello writes.  “IBM has publicly stated (see chart below), that the next version of IBM i, currently called iNext, is coming out sometime this year. I have seen what is in this release, and in

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