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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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Partner TechTip: Seeing Is Believing: How to Visualize Password Failures PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Kurt Thomas   
Monday, 03 June 2013 00:00

Detect reoccurring issues that require investigation.

kurt thomas.Written by Kurt Thomas

QMessage Monitor's features include the ability to keep a watchful eye on events occurring in the Audit Journal. It translates audit journal messages into system messages (with a msg ID of UPW*) and escalates exception messages for the attention of administrators in real-time

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 14:33
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Partner TechTip: Monitor Messages and Resources Automatically PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Chuck Losinski   
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Robot/CONSOLE eliminates manual monitoring on IBM i.

ChuckLosinski 116x116Written by Chuck Losinski

Our customers love that Robot never calls in sick, takes a vacation, or has a bad day. An ideal employee! Here are six ways Robot/CONSOLE automatically monitors your messaging and resources with system availability issues.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 15:06
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Partner TechTip: The Evolution of the Operator Checklist PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Kurt Thomas   
Monday, 06 May 2013 00:00

An automated checklist fits in seamlessly with a proactive approach to systems management.

kurt thomas.Written by Kurt Thomas

Checklists are an indispensable aid to professionals as varied as airline pilots and surgeons through to IT administrators. (Even with all that festive magic at his disposal, Santa Claus himself couldn't do his job without one!) What is it that makes checklists so special, and how has such a simple concept retained its significance and value in a world that functions and depends increasingly on sophisticated systems, procedures, and technology? The answer lies in the checklist's ability to bring order to the chaos of this sophistication. In the case of an airline pilot's pre-flight routine, her checklist not only acts as an aid to memory, but also imposes a system of sequential procedures that collectively dictate what amounts to "best practice" in the cockpit (giving due consideration to factors including safety, performance, passenger comfort, service, resources, and industry regulations to name but a few).

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Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 08:31
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Partner TechTip: 1 Tool to Address Your IFS and Temp Storage Problems PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Monday, 15 April 2013 00:00

Monitoring temporary storage doesn't have to be a headache.

tom huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

I recently spoke with a customer whose IBM i system crashed. Did they lose multiple disk units? Was there a failure of the redundant power supply? No, they had a runaway job that gobbled up temporary storage, they missed the IBM i message "Storage Threshold Exceeded," and, in the middle of the night, their disk hit 100% and the system IPLed.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 April 2013 17:00
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Partner TechTip: Small but Mighty: Controlling the *CLS Object Type PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Kurt Thomas   
Monday, 01 April 2013 00:00

What happens when multiple jobs compete for resources? It's all about the routing.

kurt thomas.Written by Kurt Thomas

Things don't always go according to plan on IBM i. Or do they? While the instinct for administrators and IT managers is to always hunt down a culprita rogue job, an inactive journal receiver, or something elsesometimes the very building blocks of a common process, or rather the specifics that define processes, can be where the trouble at hand resides.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 March 2013 14:14
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Partner TechTip: Hinder Jobs to Make Life More Productive for Users PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Kurt Thomas   
Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

With QSystem Monitor, managing CPU and disk I/O usage is a whole lot easier.

kurt thomas.Written by Kurt Thomas

Below the calm surface of a hard-working IBM i, there is something of a scramble going on. More precisely, it's a scramble for resources, and inevitably, in this job-eat-job scenario, there is little room for sentimentality. You see, the system doesn't care that a payroll job is more important than a large but routine print job. It will happily give that large print job all the CPU it wants, leaving the payroll job to wait for available resources regardless of how long that might take. Fortunately, CCSS provides a command that can put this to rights: MONCHKJCP.

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
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