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Partner TechTip: CPA5305 File Full Message: To Extend or Not? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

CPF1240/CPF1241: Job ended abnormally/normally.

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

Who hasn't had a "file full" message in QSYSOPR? It's about as common as a cold. But what do you do with the message? Always the same reaction? What about the QSYSOPR job end abnormally and normally messages, CPF1240 and CPF1241? They're nice to know for certain jobs, but for most jobs, you don't care. When a certain job ends, do you want to execute a command, restart the job, notify someone, or do something else?

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00
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Partner TechTip: The Paperless Audit Can Be Reality PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00

Tired of manually filling out the audit log?

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

Do you spend time each day filling out logs to prove to auditors that you have looked at a system report? Do you spend time entering details into a spreadsheet about reports you reviewed? Do you file these reports and then have trouble retrieving them?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 11:07
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Partner TechTip: Save-While-Active for Backups Can Be Handy PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00

Automate your backups with save-while-active.

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

Although the save-while-active feature for backups has been around for many years, a lot of customers are afraid to use this parameter in their save commands. They may have heard something bad about the process at a conference, or they may have tried it and it didn't work. I've found the parameter to be very helpful, but you have to understand how best to use it.

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Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00
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TechTip: With SSHFS, Remotely Mount Linux File Systems Across SSH PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Max Hetrick   
Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00

Working on remote file systems is made simpler with the user-space-defined file system of SSHFS.

max_hetrickWritten by Max Hetrick

Whether you're on a local LAN or in a remote, distant location, chances are you're using SSH to gain remote access to your Linux servers. With SSH access, tools like scp (secure copy) make it possible to transfer files to and from machines but sometimes with a price of repetitive typing of arguments and commands. Other options such as Samba and NFS can be more difficult to configure and use, with firewalls and diverse network configurations in place. With the tool SSHFS, as long as you have SSH access, remote file systems can be mounted locally, where they can be viewed and used with local tools and scripts.

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00
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Partner TechTip: Work Schedule Entry (WRKSCHDE) Is Not Free PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00

Do your developers spend time writing code to manage your schedule?

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

A free scheduler sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? However, Work Schedule Entry isn't free if your team spends time writing code to control dependencies. It isn't free if your operators have to look at QSYSOPR to determine when to force the next job. It isn't free when you consider the time you spend pulling together the reports your auditors demand, such as Who can create jobs or Who changed the job in your scheduler.

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Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00
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Partner TechTip: Get the Message to the Right Expert PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

Notify the correct person, fast!

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

The battle of escalating issues quickly for resolution has two parts. Half of the battle is getting the message to the correct person to handle the issue: Who should you notify? Who is responsible for the problem? Who is the expert? The other half of the battle is solving the issue as quickly as possible: Who knows the right answer? Who has the authority to handle the issue? Who is available?

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Last Updated on Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
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TechTip: Use GO BACKUP to Uncover Holes in Your Backup Strategy PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Friday, 11 June 2010 00:00

Do you know when your libraries were backed up and whether any changes occurred since then? Here's the easy way to find out.

steven_pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Whether you're backing up your system using a custom CL program, a third-party product, or the Backup Tasks menu is irrelevant. Missing objects and libraries in your nightly backup is not.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 12:25
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TechTip: P2V on a Tight Budget PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Jarek Miszczyk   
Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00

Convert your physical Windows XP workstation to a virtual machine.

jarek_miszczykWritten by Jarek Miszczyk

Virtualization has recently become ubiquitous and is rapidly gaining ground in complex data centers as well as on personal computers. One concept that you may have encountered in the context of virtualization is physical to virtual (P2V) system migration. P2V boils down to a process that allows you to take a snapshot image of a fully functional physical system, inject the drivers and configuration artifacts required by the target hypervisor, and deploy the image in a virtual machine (VM). Here are some obvious benefits of running your workload in a virtual machine rather than on a physical system:

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00
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