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TechTip: Data Storage as a Service (SaaS) PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Leo Salvaggio   
Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00

Data Storage as a Service can reduce both the workload and the cost of data storage for IBM i systems.

leo salvaggioWritten by Leo Salvaggio

We hear it every day: Back up your information, secure your data. It is the elephant in the room, the voice that keeps on nagging. The threat of a data breach or loss of valuable data is real. Data disruption, whether through a breach or disaster, has major repercussions on all organizations, often ending in company closure. So why are so many organizations still piecing together their data storage and management solutions?

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00
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Partner TechTip: Coming to Grips with QZDASOINIT Jobs PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Kurt Thomas   
Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00

What is the true nature of database server jobs, and how can we keep them from running wild in the system?

kurt thomas.Written by Kurt Thomas

When an IBM i environment experiences rapid CPU consumption or other conditions that impact memory, there are some jobs that will make the list of usual suspects more often than not. While QZDASOINIT jobs almost always make the lineup, they're rarely solely to blame. More often, they're only guilty by association.

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Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 00:00
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Partner TechTip: Three Tactics to Optimize Your IBM i Disk Space PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Chuck Losinski   
Friday, 06 March 2015 00:00

Don't wait for a critical iSeries storage issue to catch you off-guard. Instead, follow these top three tips for using Robot SPACE to manage your disk space automatically.

ChuckLosinski 116x116Written by Chuck Losinski

As the old adage goes, if a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound if no one is there to hear it? If your disk storage is about to hit the threshold and you get no notification, will there still be a consequence? You bet.

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 00:00
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TechTip: The IBM i Audit Journal Detective PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Michael Sansoterra   
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

Use the audit journal and SQL tools to determine what job is accessing an old program.

Written by Michael Sansoterra

Every whodunnit requires a good detective to solve the case. The IBM i has a built-in detective called security auditing that can be used to help solve many mysteries. Say you're planning to remove a year-old deprecated library from the IBM i when you notice the LAST USED date on a program object (or two) in the library was relatively and unexpectedly recent. At this point, it's time to call in the detective to assist.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 15:21
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TechTip: Rapid Fire Is Your IBM i Friend When You Really Need a Friend PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Frank Hildebrandt   
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

Use this open-source product to reduce application downtime when migrating files with huge quantities of records.

frank hildebrandtWritten by Frank Hildebrandt

Do you have files with millions or even billions of records? Imagine you have to change such a filefor example, a new field has to be added. Possibly, you have the time to migrate this file on the weekend. But what if your shop works 24 hours a day and 7 days a week? In this case, it's absolutely necessary to reduce the time needed for the migration to avoid a long shutdown of the application.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:39
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Partner TechTip: File Monitoring and Other Features of Robot SCHEDULE 12 PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Chuck Losinski   
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

Let's say you have a bank transmission or FTP process that occurs randomly throughout the day. How do you monitor that activity? OPAL? CLP scripts? Not anymore!

ChuckLosinski 116x116Written by Chuck Losinski

Version 12 of Robot SCHEDULE contains some helpful new features that will improve your processes and add value for your business. Perhaps the most important of these features are the new event monitors that can be set up to monitor file activity, allowing Robot SCHEDULE to react to file and directory events happening on IBM i.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
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Partner TechTip: What's New in QSystem Monitor Release 6? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Kurt Thomas   
Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

The new iteration of our comprehensive monitoring solution, QSystem Monitor, allows you to manage your IBM i systems even more efficiently.

kurt thomas.Written by Kurt Thomas

Here's what to expect in the new release.

 

Access Controls: Authority

R6 of QSystem Monitor now features a full-access control system (i.e., Authority). While QSystem Monitor has always had security in the sense that you need to specify a valid user profile and password to use the PC software, once you were past that initial hurdle you had full access to all of QSystem Monitor's configuration and any system's real-time data.

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Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00
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Partner TechTip: Secret Capabilities of Robot/SCHEDULE Revealed PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - System Administration
Written by Chuck Losinski   
Friday, 06 June 2014 00:00

Even after 30 years, Robot/SCHEDULE still has tricks up its sleeve, which shocks (and delights) our tech support team. We asked for their best-kept secrets, and they were happy to share.

ChuckLosinski 116x116Written by Chuck Losinski

For hundreds of satisfied customers, it’s no surprise that Robot/SCHEDULE is the world’s most advanced job scheduler, yet there are still features customers don't know about. These tips from our tech gurus have helped customers who needed to export jobs to another partition, check the value of a Data Area before processing, view a screen to show jobs as they processed, and automate for checking for late jobs.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 13:15
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