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Partner TechTip: Automate Your Saves PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

Mild-mannered operators by day, caped tape-handlers by night. Shine a light on your backup processes. Save the day with automated backup and recovery, plus audit-friendly media management.

tom huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

While at a finance industry software conference in Orlando this fall, I had an interesting conversation with a customer from a regional bank. He wanted to automate his night processing but was concerned about backups, specifically what to do with the tapes after backups. His operator today unloads the tapes for him and gets them off-site during the night.

 

Auditors had not been particularly excited about this process, and he admitted that they'd had problems in the past where the person responsible had lost a tape somewhere between the computer and the off-site box.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:42
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Partner TechTip: Scale and Quantity: Defining QSystem Monitor's New QTEMP Monitors PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Heather Beck   
Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00

New QTEMP monitoring provides immediate insights for library size and number of objects in those libraries.

heather beckWritten by Heather Beck

With QSystem Monitor version 13, two new options have been added to the PC user interface that allow users to monitor the count of objects in QTEMP libraries and the size of QTEMP libraries. These monitors provide immediate identification of hidden disk use and are invaluable in detecting situations in which jobs or applications may impact auxiliary storage by looping and filling up QTEMP libraries.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:57
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Partner TechTip: Get a Handle on Your Job Stream with Forecasting PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Vivian Hall   
Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

Trying to find a window to schedule maintenance? Need to forecast externally triggered jobs? Get a handle on your job stream with Robot/SCHEDULE.

vivian hallWritten by Vivian Hall

A Robot/SCHEDULE forecast shows you the run activity scheduled for all Robot/SCHEDULE jobs over a time period that you specify. To make its forecast, Robot/SCHEDULE uses the job schedule, job completion history, and any information you add for user jobs, remote prerequisites, and members of remote groups. If you wish, the forecast can also include a run-time analysis of each active subsystem, which uses the subsystem's description to predict job queue wait time.

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 08:30
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TechTip: Exporting Data with IBM Navigator for i PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

IBM Navigator for i provides a rich, modern interface for managing IBM i. In this tip, I'll show you how to easily export data from IBM i database tables.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Have you ever wanted to export data from an IBM i table or physical file into a comma- or tab-delimited file? In the past, I've used commands such as CPYTOIMPF or, if the resulting file and logic to get a subset of the data was relatively complex, I'd write a custom record-reading and stream-file-generating program.

Once again, in the spirit of modernization, we'll talk about how to generate these types of files using IBM's strategic systems management tool: IBM Navigator for i.

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00
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Partner TechTip: Establishing SLAs Around IBM i Performance PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

You won't regret taking this proactive approach to monitoring performance!

tom huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

How do you know what level of performance is acceptable for your IBM i server? What's an acceptable average for response time, database and non-database fault rate, number of seizes and locks, or average disk rate? Many of us don't even know what an acceptable CPU percent is on our server.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 12:03
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Partner TechTip: Insight On Demand: One-Click System i Performance Investigations PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Kurt Thomas   
Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

If you're caught up in extensive system issue investigations, find out how "Show Details" from QSystem Monitor can provide a one-click solution.

kurt thomas.Written by Kurt Thomas

In a manual monitoring environment, for every issue that arises, there's often a multiple-step investigation process to accompany it. Even in the smallest single-system setups, these types of processes require time to sift through what could be hundreds or even thousands of jobs or objects in an effort to identify the one troublemaker that's making its presence felt in the form of a slow system, rapid disk consumption, or some other problem.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:25
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Partner TechTip: Robot/SAVE Restricted State Utility (RSU): Get Your Weekends Back! PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Chuck Losinski   
Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

The simple-to-implement RSU can automate restricted state processes and notify you if something goes wrong.

chuck losinskiWritten by Chuck Losinski

Some processes that are required on your IBM i need to run with the system in what is called a "restricted state" condition. A restricted state is when all subsystems are inactive and new jobs cannot enter the system. Only the system console might be active.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:04
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Tech Tip: Installing IBM Web Content Manager and Portal on IBM i PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00

The documentation for WCM and Portal on IBM i is a little hairy, so we'll go through the installation step by step here.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Must things be so difficult? No! They don't need to be! Clear documentation would make things a lot simpler, but since that wasn't available to me, I decided to make my own after I did the install. I hope this article saves you from some headaches.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:12
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