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Posted on December 19, 2019

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 August 26, 2019

Last month, I talked about the importance of the HMC and how it shouldn’t be ignored. That leads to the question: How do I keep it running smoothly? The full answer can be pretty complex. In fact, Pete regularly speaks at conferences on the topic of HMC maintenance and the presentation can easily fill a 90-minute session. Today, I’d like to set our sights a bit lower and just talk about the basics of HMC updates. IBM regularly releases Service Packs and PTFs for each version of the HMC software

Posted on July 30, 2019

The Hardware Management Console (HMC) is a strange beast. Anyone with a partitioned system needs one, and it can be an indispensable tool for anyone whose desk isn’t within 100 yards of the machine room…but it isn’t part of the system itself and it usually isn’t critical to everyday operations once things are up and running. Is it part of your critical path or is it an accessory largely to be forgotten? To answer that question, let’s examine how the HMC relates to your system and how IBM supports the

Posted on June 27, 2019

If you have an IASP’s and want/need to use the Collect Disk Space Information option on the DISKTASKS menu, it does not have an option to collect data for an Independent Auxiliary Storage Pool (IASP).  You actually have two methods to use. One method to collect data for an IASP, is by using the RTVDSKINFcommand and specify the IASP device name on the ASPDEV parameter, this can either be submitted to batch or scheduled to run using either the IBM i job scheduler (WRKJOBSCDE), or the Advanced Job Scheduler (GO JS).

Posted on May 29, 2019

Last month, I talked about how you can make sure your system has the ability to report problems back to IBM in the event of a failure. That functionality can be invaluable for keeping your system running, but what happens if something goes wrong while the OS is still trying to start? What if something fails so far down the hardware stack that the system simply can’t be aware of it before the whole show grinds to a halt? That’s where an HMC has your back, and it can call

Posted on February 13, 2018

It’s always exciting when IBM announces new hardware and today is no exception! We have been hearing about the new POWER9 Chip for several months. In December IBM released the first set of LINUX machines powered by P9. Now the next set of servers on the POWER9 chip is announced – the Scale-out line. IBM i has been running POWER chips since the POWER5 introduction in 2004 and the roadmap below illustrates the history and future of this powerful technology. Welcome POWER9!

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