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July 22, 2016 Volume 13 Issue 29


LEAD ARTICLE: TechTip: IBM i Access Client Solutions Update
FEATURED ARTICLE: TechTip: How to Prepare for the DB2 10.5 DBA for LUW Upgrade from DB2 10.1 Certification Exam
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: HelpSystems Delivers Comprehensive IBM i Performance Monitoring
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise
EVENT: Getting Started with IBM i Security: Public Authority

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TechTip: IBM i Access Client Solutions Update

Integrated File System support leads the way with this important new update.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

As of today, there’s a new version of the highly popular IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) product. If you’ve already downloaded the April version of ACS, you can easily upgrade using the new Check for Updates feature underneath the Help option in the title bar. Otherwise, click here and download the latest version. If you want all the ODBC features, those are included in two separate Application Package downloads (one for Windows, one for Linux) found on the IBM ESS website.


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TechTip: How to Prepare for the DB2 10.5 DBA for LUW Upgrade from DB2 10.1 Certification Exam

One of the best ways to prepare for any DB2 certification exam is by answering practice questions that are similar to, and that are presented in the same format as, the questions you are likely to encounter when you take the actual exam.

roger sandersWritten by Roger E. Sanders

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from DB2 10.5 DBA for LUW Upgrade from DB2 10.1: Certification Study Notes (Exam 311) by Roger E. Sanders.


 A few months after the “IBM DB2 10.5 DBA for LUW Upgrade from DB2 10.1” certification exam (Exam 311) was announced, I spent several weeks developing training material that I could use to help individuals prepare for the 311 certification exam. I used the same technique to develop material for that course that I have used to develop my other DB2 certification exam preparation courses and study guides: I carefully reviewed notes I had taken during the exam development process, as well as the questions I wrote for that particular test, and I made sure I covered, in detail, all the objectives that had been defined for that certification exam.


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Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values


Set the tone for data protection with security-relevant system values

Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
The series opens with an introduction to security-relevant system values.
System values are one of the fundamental elements of IBM i security. The security system values enable you to “set the tone” of security on your IBM i, enforce password composition rules, and enable auditing. Watch this on-demand webinar to see Carol Woodbury describe these system values and provide guidance on their best practice settings.

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No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem.


“Security” is definitely on your IT staff’s to-do list, but how often does this item get checked off?

IT doesn’t have enough time for security—the 2016 IBM i Security Study proves it. The trouble is that data security isn’t a set-and-forget project. Data security on your IBM i requires on-going attention and expertise.
In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn how to save time and work more effectively. We’re cutting to the core of IBM i security by outlining the simple strategy developed by our experts.
You’ll see a straightforward approach to understanding and addressing risk to your IBM i data. We’ll also show you how our world-class security services help people protect business-critical data when they don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to tackle IBM i security on their own.

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Multi-Platform Application Monitoring


Make Application Monitoring Easy Across the IBM i, Windows, AIX, and Linux Platforms in Your Environment

IT departments are constantly bombarded by information from a wide variety of operating systems, business applications, and critical processes. At the same time, the department must support a complex array of servers and devices running across their entire network.
With limited resources and the need to keep costs in check, more and more is expected of operational staff to handle this information efficiently.

In this 45-minute recorded webinar, we’ll dissect complex systems monitoring by introducing best practices and smart techniques that will help you:

  • Ensure vital business applications run smoothly and without disruption
  • Respond swiftly and with appropriate actions
  • Confirm that essential data is received at the right time
  • Prove service levels are maintained
  • Keep contingency and high availability strategies fully operational


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Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise


Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

We will demonstrate how Profound UI:

  • Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
  • Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
  • Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
  • Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

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An Automated Recovery Plan Auditors Will Love

Robot SAVE can make your life easier when it comes to recovering your IBM i data. Watch this 30-minute webinar and discover the features that you and your auditors will love, including:

  • Automatically generated system recovery procedures
  • Audit reports listing what was or was not saved
  • Tape integrity for all IBM i systems in the data center
  • Finding and restoring a single object, directory, or library
  • Technical support dedicated to ensuring the accuracy of your configuration

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Who’s Afraid of Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS? Not i.

This 30-minute recording demystifies Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS and teaches best practice techniques for maintaining and controlling critical processes and applications running on your Linux, AIX, and VIOS environments.

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