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TechTip: Gather Linux Performance Data with nmon PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Max Hetrick   
Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

Use this open-source tool to view from one screen all the stats about CPU utilization, disk and network I/O, kernel performance, and more!

max_hetrickWritten by Max Hetrick

The very handy nmon utility measures live system-performance statistics on Linux, as well as gathers system information and details. The nmon project was originally an internal IBM project for monitoring AIX systems but has since been released under the GPL open-source license. The tool's original project page can be browsed from IBM's Web site. This tip looks at nmon from the Linux angle.

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 August 2011 12:59
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Partner TechTip: Are You Happy with Your Disk Space Collection Utilities? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

How many different collections do you run?

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

One of my favorite parts of visiting with customers for Help/Systems is asking them what tools they're using and what they would like to have. When I ask people what they use for collecting disk space information, I get several answers.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00
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Partner TechTip: A Centralized Scratch Pool Is a Necessity PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00

Trying to find a reliable, centralized tape-management solution?

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

Does your IBM i tape-tracking solution handle your tape-management needs? Are you satisfied with the tape integrity across your partitions? Could your operators write over volumes that contain active data? Are you happy with the reliability of your solution and its reporting capabilities? Can you provide a single report for your off-site storage vendor, documenting all of the volumes that are arriving to and leaving from the data center during the current business day? Does your solution work with your automated backup solution?

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00
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TechTip: Synchronizing Your LDAP Server PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Joe Pluta   
Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

If you use your IBM i as an LDAP server, you'll love this tip that provides a simple command to keep that server synchronized.

joe_plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

I love learning new ways to use my i. I've been programming the midrange for over 30 years now, and I'm still learning new capabilities of the platform. For me, the most recent was the capability of the IBM i to act as a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server.

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Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00
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Partner TechTip: Hey, Programmer, You'll Love Robot/SCHEDULE! PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

Robot/SCHEDULE makes programmers productive and happy.

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

To automate any platform, you need batch commands and scripts. Every programmer calls programs and passes parameters to them. For most tasks, another task must run first. Data must be pushed or pulled from a different server in the network. Documentation is necessary to determine the impact of changing an application.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00
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TechTip: Exploit ManageEngine's Free Software and Utilities PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Max Hetrick   
Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00

ManageEngine offers licensed utilities to assist the IT administrator in network, server, application, and desktop management, but many apps are also free.

max_hetrickWritten by Max Hetrick

ManageEngine is a commercial software management provider that offers many tools and utility suites to assist IT administrators in managing networks and software on Windows desktops. ManageEngine is owned by Zoho Corporation, which is commonly known for providing business and productivity applications. Although much of ManageEngine's software is licensed, the company also offers a free downloads section.

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00
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Partner TechTip: How Valuable Is Your Job Scheduler? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Tom Huntington   
Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

How many tasks do you run through Robot/SCHEDULE?

tom_huntingtonWritten by Tom Huntington

How many jobs or tasks do you launch each day through your job scheduler? Have you been able to reduce your run book? Do you work with end users to bring more into your scheduling solution? Do you allow staff members to use the WRKJOBSCDE command? (My suggestion is to lock down or deactivate WRKJOBSCDE; it only causes problems.) Do you need to run tasks on other machines besides IBM i servers?

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00
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Partner TechTip: Monitor IBM i Database Changes in Real Time PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

DataThread ushers in a new generation of database auditing for IBM i servers.

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

While we often hear that it's the people that are an organization's greatest asset, I think many would agree that data comes in at a photo-finish second place. Without it, most businesses couldn't take orders, manufacture and distribute products, invoice customers, or make timely business decisions. Data is the lifeblood of the technology infrastructure that our enterprise runs on, and without it the modern enterprise cannot survive.

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00
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