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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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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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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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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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Partner TechTip: Performing Top-Down Trend Analysis of Your Business Information Is Not Always Easy PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Floyd Del Muro   
Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

How do you leverage business information easily for on-the-spot analysis?

floyd_delmuroWritten by Floyd Del Muro

Do you need to extract transaction data to your PC for analysis? Is there too much data for your PC to handle? Do you need to move the data in a spreadsheet for ease of use? Does your team need to take the data on the road to critical accounts?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:21
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TechTip: Use Print Adopting Objects (PRTADPOBJ ) to Keep Track of Adoption of Authority PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

Adopting authority enables users to drive the car to the store and back yet stay off the highway. To ensure no one ends up in the ditch, you must know where the keys are at all times.

steve_pitcherWritten by Steven C. Pitcher

Adoption of authority is a solution to the problem of having users who need to execute commands that are otherwise forbidden based on their current IBM i authority level.

 

For example, your helpdesk personnel must have the ability to re-enable user profiles that have been disabled, but you don't want to give them *SECADM special authority and access to the Change User Profile (CHGUSRPRF) command.

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Partner TechTip: The Auditor Needs to See WHAT? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

PowerTech Compliance Monitor v3.0 ushers in the next generation of advanced audit reporting for IBM i.

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

Audits are a way of life in today's regulated world. Whether it's Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Payment Card Industry (PCI), or the multitude of other government and industry standards, few organizations escape the reach of one or more of these regulations. Unfortunately, there are few things that drive fear into the heart of IT personnel more than the arrival of an auditor: "What are they going to ask to see?" "Do I have to explain what *JOBCTL means again?" "How can I get all my normal work done when I have to figure out how to report on the very information that will be used to penalize me?"

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 13:15
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TechTip: What's in the Job Scheduler? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Mike Savino   
Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

Your options have been pretty limited…until now!

mike_savinoWritten by Mike Savino

If you work in a large shop, you probably have hundreds of scheduled batch jobs that run throughout the month. And if you're lucky enough to be using a third-party scheduling tool, you might have canned reports and the ability to query the underlying data in ways that make it easy to figure out who's running the job, when it runs, and what command or program it executes.

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