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Designing databases on the AS/400 can be tedious. Creating source members, editing the DDS statements, and compiling the files can be a time-consuming process. Microsoft Access has a graphical interface for creating databases. Wouldn't it be nice if you could utilize the interface of Access to create databases on the AS/400? With this utility, you can accomplish just that.

Microsoft Access is very nice for defining databases. Its graphical interface makes database generation a point-and-click experience. You can define tables, fields, keys, and indexes visually, so it's easy to see what you're getting.

The utility is a Visual Basic (VB) program that transfers a Microsoft Access database (MDB) to the AS/400. It translates the definitions of the tables and, optionally, keys and data into SQL statements that are run on the AS/400. If you want, it will create an OS/400 SQL collection for the data. (An OS/400 SQL collection is a library with system-maintained files and journals that define and support the database.)

The program was written with the Visual Basic 3.0 Professional Edition. To compile the source code, you must have this program. However, once you've compiled the code, you can use the executable without having VB. If you are using Access 2.0, you'll also need the Jet 2.0/VB 3.0 Compatibility Layer, since, without this layer, VB 3.0 works only with Access 1.1 databases. You can get this utility from Microsoft's FTP site (ftp.microsoft.com). Download the file COMLYR.EXE from the SOFTLIBMSLFILES directory.

The program interfaces to the AS/400 with ODBC, so you need to have an ODBC driver with update capability for it to run. The ODBC driver included with Client Access for Windows will work for this, as will StarWare's StarSQL ODBC driver. For more information on installing and configuring an ODBC driver for use with the AS/400, see "Configuring the Client Access ODBC Driver," MC, April 1996.

The program consists of the form MCDATA.FRM and the module MCDATA.BAS. Because of the length of the code, Figures 2 and 3 are only excerpts of MCDATA.FRM and MCDATA.BAS. To run the code, you need to download the full code. (For information on how to obtain the code, see the accompanying sidebar.) Then, create a new VB project and add these files to it. To create an .EXE file, save the project and select Make EXE from the VB file menu. To run it in the VB environment, save the project and press the F5 key.

Once the program is running, you will see the screen shown in 1. You can use several options to customize the data transfer. If you want the utility to create an OS/400 SQL collection, enter the name you want for it in the Destination Collection field and choose the Create Collection checkbox. If you are running a version of OS/400 prior to V3R1, select the checkbox that says OS/400 V3R0M05 or earlier?. Selecting this box will cause the utility to generate SQL that is compatible with OS/400 versions before V3R1. In the Source Database field, enter the path and file name of the Access database that you want to transfer. (VB gurus may want to add a file-open common dialog box here.) If you want to transfer the data as well as the definition, select the Copy Data option. If you want to create the keys for the tables, select the Create Table Keys option.

Once the program is running, you will see the screen shown in Figure 1. You can use several options to customize the data transfer. If you want the utility to create an OS/400 SQL collection, enter the name you want for it in the Destination Collection field and choose the Create Collection checkbox. If you are running a version of OS/400 prior to V3R1, select the checkbox that says OS/400 V3R0M05 or earlier?. Selecting this box will cause the utility to generate SQL that is compatible with OS/400 versions before V3R1. In the Source Database field, enter the path and file name of the Access database that you want to transfer. (VB gurus may want to add a file-open common dialog box here.) If you want to transfer the data as well as the definition, select the Copy Data option. If you want to create the keys for the tables, select the Create Table Keys option.

When all the options are as you want them, click the Go! button, and the database will be transferred to your AS/400. It can be a slow process, so the program displays status messages as it performs each operation. If you want to abort the transfer, select the Exit button at any time, and the utility will stop.

When you create your databases with Access for transfer to the AS/400, you need to make sure that you use valid AS/400 table names and field names. This will make it easier to refer to those objects when they are transferred to your AS/400. The utility does not do any checking to ensure that these names follow AS/400 naming conventions.

The utility uses the data access objects (DAOs) of Visual Basic. The DAOs are just that-objects. They have properties and methods, just like other objects in VB (for more information on objects in VB, see "Using OLE with AS/400 Data," MC, July 1995). A partial DAO hierarchy is shown in 4 (page 47). Although more objects are available in VB, the figure shows only the objects used in this example. Specifically, you use the Database and TableDef objects to get information about the tables in the Access database. The Database object is a pointer to a database opened with the OpenDatabase function. TableDef objects hold the definitions of tables in the database.

The utility uses the data access objects (DAOs) of Visual Basic. The DAOs are just that-objects. They have properties and methods, just like other objects in VB (for more information on objects in VB, see "Using OLE with AS/400 Data," MC, July 1995). A partial DAO hierarchy is shown in Figure 4 (page 47). Although more objects are available in VB, the figure shows only the objects used in this example. Specifically, you use the Database and TableDef objects to get information about the tables in the Access database. The Database object is a pointer to a database opened with the OpenDatabase function. TableDef objects hold the definitions of tables in the database.

The Database object has a property that is a collection of the TableDefs in that database. A collection in Visual Basic is a property that is like an array-that is, it can have several elements. You can identify the number of entries in a collection with the count property. This allows you to step through the elements of a collection in a loop. The code in 2 steps through the TableDef collection of the database to get the name of each table in the database. Each TableDef in the database also has properties of its own. You use the fields collection of the TableDef object to get information about each of the fields in the table. Each field object also has properties, such as name and data type.

The Database object has a property that is a collection of the TableDefs in that database. A collection in Visual Basic is a property that is like an array-that is, it can have several elements. You can identify the number of entries in a collection with the count property. This allows you to step through the elements of a collection in a loop. The code in Figure 2 steps through the TableDef collection of the database to get the name of each table in the database. Each TableDef in the database also has properties of its own. You use the fields collection of the TableDef object to get information about each of the fields in the table. Each field object also has properties, such as name and data type.

To access ODBC databases with VB, you can use a couple of different methods. One method, called passthrough, executes the statements as they are entered. That is, passthrough mode passes the statement through to the ODBC data source without the Jet engine trying to interpret it. The other mode, called nonpassthrough, uses the Jet engine to interpret the SQL statement before it is passed on to the AS/400. Since the AS/400 SQL processor is best at accessing AS/400 data in the quickest manner possible, I used passthrough. The only disadvantage of passthrough is that recordsets returned are read-only.

All AS/400 SQL statements used in this example are performed using either the EXECUTE or the EXECUTESQL database methods. Both of these methods can be used to run SQL statements on the specified database. The difference is that the EXECUTE does not return the number of rows affected by the statement. It also can be used in both passthrough and nonpassthrough modes. The EXECUTESQL method, on the other hand, can be used only in passthrough mode. It returns a value that is the number of rows affected by the statement.

When you select the Go! button, two databases open: the Microsoft Access database and the ODBC data source for the AS/400. If you selected the Create Collection option, an SQL statement is issued to create the collection on the AS/400. The table definition and data are then copied with the CopyFiles function. This routine walks through each table in the database and calls the CopyTable function with the name of the table to be copied. The CopyTable function calls two other functions: CopyStructSQL to copy the definition and, if necessary, CopyData to copy the data.

The CopyStructSQL function ultimately generates the AS/400 SQL statement that is used to create the table. First, however, it checks to be sure that the table doesn't already exist in the library specified. If it does, you are asked whether to delete the existing table. If you choose to delete the table, the SQL statement DROP is issued to do that.

The CopyStructSQL function generates the SQL statement Create Table by walking through each of the fields in each table's TableDef. Each TableDef has two significant associated collections: the Fields collection and the Indexes collection. The Fields collection lists all the fields associated with the TableDef, and the Indexes collection lists all the indexes associated with it. The PrimaryKey element of the index collection holds information about the primary key for the table.

For each field in the Fields collection of the TableDef object, the GetFieldTypeSizeText function is called. This function takes the Access data type and size and translates the values into the appropriate AS/400 SQL text. The data type translations used are shown in 5. I tried to duplicate the data type translations as closely as possible, but because the AS/400 data types don't exactly match the Access data types, sometimes direct translation was not possible. You may want to change the translations made by modifying the GetFieldTypeSizeText function to get data types that more closely match those required by your organization.

For each field in the Fields collection of the TableDef object, the GetFieldTypeSizeText function is called. This function takes the Access data type and size and translates the values into the appropriate AS/400 SQL text. The data type translations used are shown in Figure 5. I tried to duplicate the data type translations as closely as possible, but because the AS/400 data types don't exactly match the Access data types, sometimes direct translation was not possible. You may want to change the translations made by modifying the GetFieldTypeSizeText function to get data types that more closely match those required by your organization.

The CopyStructSQL function creates the primary keys if the primary key option is selected. Because the SQL syntax for creating keys improved in V3R1 with the addition of the Primary Key constraint, I designed this utility to take advantage of this enhancement. This allows the utility to define databases that more closely resemble the Access database. If you select the OS/400 V3R0M05 or earlier? option, the Primary Key constraint is not available. Instead, a unique index is created over the table using the key fields of the Access table. This acts like a key, but technically it is different, because the index is a separate object and the physical file is not keyed.

If you select the option to copy the table data to the AS/400, the CopyData function is called. This function retrieves the data from the Access database in a snapshot (for more information on snapshots, see "ODBC Performance Basics," MC, August 1995). For every record in the snapshot, it generates an AS/400 Insert Into SQL statement. The value in each field is changed to an AS/400 format and appended to the statement. Generating a single Insert Into SQL statement for each record is not the most efficient way to insert data into AS/400 tables using ODBC. To improve the performance of inserting records, you may want to modify this routine to use SQL blocked inserts, which insert multiple records in a single operation.

This utility is useful in two ways: It allows you to transfer your Access databases to the AS/400, and it provides a tutorial for using VB to access the AS/400 database. Although it offers a good place to start as it is, there are many ways you can customize and improve it. One thing you might want to do is add the capability to transfer all indexes, not just the primary keys. Expand to your heart's content!

Brian Singleton is an associate technical editor for Midrange Computing. He can be reached by E-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Transfer Access Databases to the AS/400

Getting the Code

Unfortunately, the code for this utility is too long to be printed in the magazine. We have excerpted some of the more important code into the figures shown. There are a couple of easy ways you can get the entire code listing.

One way is to access our Web site at www.as400.com. Point your browser to this location. From here, select "Midrange Computing Magazine." This will bring you to the magazine's home page. On this page is an option to "Download Published Programs." Follow this link to access any of the magazine code published on the Web site, including the code for this utility. Instructions for downloading and creating the utility are on the Web site.

Another way to get the code listing is to use our fax-back service. The phone number is 800-94FAXME (800-943-2963). Simply dial this number, listen to the instructions, and request document #8001. The code listing will be faxed back to you immediately.

Transfer Access Databases to the AS/400

Figure 1: The Database Transfer Utility



Transfer Access Databases to the AS/400

Figure 2: Partial MCDATA.FRM Form Code

Sub Copyfiles () '---------------------------------------------- ' Duplicate the database structure and optionally ' the data '---------------------------------------------- Dim nIdx As Integer Dim nTblCount As Integer nTblCount = dbSource.TableDefs.Count - 1 For nIdx = 0 To nTblCount ' Ignore Access system tables If Mid$(UCase$(dbSource.TableDefs(nIdx).Name), 1, 4) <> "MSYS" Then If Not CopyTable(UCase$(dbSource.TableDefs(nIdx).Name)) Then If MsgBox("There was a problem encountered while transferring the data. Do you wish to continue with the next table?", MB_ICONQUESTION + MB_YESNO + MB_DEFBUTTON2, "Data transfer problem") = IDNO Then Exit Sub End If End If End If Next nIdx End Sub Function CopyTable (sTableName As String) As Integer ' Copies a single table (structure and optionally data) lblStatus = "Copying " & sTableName & " structure" DoEvents If Not CopyStructSQL(dbSource, dbDest, sTableName, sTableName, True) Then MsgBox "Structure copy of " & sTableName & " failed.", MB_ICONEXCLAMATION, "Table Not Created" CopyTable = False Exit Function End If If chkCopyData <> 0 Then lblStatus = "Copying " & sTableName & " data" DoEvents If Not CopyData(dbSource, dbDest, sTableName, sTableName) Then CopyTable = False MsgBox "Data copy of " & sTableName & " failed.", MB_ICONEXCLAMATION, "Data Not Copied" Exit Function End If End If CopyTable = True End Function
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Figure 3: The MCDATA.BAS Module Code

 Function CopyData (from_db As Database, to_db As Database, from_nm As String, to_nm As String) As Integer Dim nCounter As Long Dim ssSource As Snapshot Dim idx As Long Dim nCount As Long Dim nRec As Long Dim sSQL As String On Error GoTo CopyErr Set ssSource = from_db.CreateSnapshot(from_nm) ssSource.MoveLast ssSource.MoveFirst nRec = ssSource.RecordCount nCount = ssSource.Fields.Count - 1 DoEvents Do While Not ssSource.EOF nCounter = nCounter + 1 frmMCData!lblCounter = "Copying record " & nCounter & " of " & nRec DoEvents sSQL = "insert into " & to_lib & gsSepChar & to_nm & " values(" For idx = 0 To nCount If IsNull(ssSource(idx)) Then sSQL = sSQL & " NULL," Else Select Case ssSource(idx).Type Case DB_TEXT, DB_MEMO sSQL = sSQL & "'" & UCase$(HandleQuote((ssSource(idx)))) & "'," Case DB_CURRENCY, DB_DOUBLE sSQL = sSQL & ssSource(idx) & "," Case DB_DATE sSQL = sSQL & "'" & Format$(ssSource(idx), "yyyy-mm-dd-hh.nn.ss") & "'," Case Else sSQL = sSQL & ssSource(idx) & "," End Select End If Next sSQL = Mid$(sSQL, 1, Len(sSQL) - 1) & ")" to_db.Execute sSQL, DB_SQLPASSTHROUGH ssSource.MoveNext Loop frmMCData!lblCounter = "" CopyData = True Exit Function CopyErr: MsgBox to_nm & " - " & Error$ Resume Next End Function Function CopyStructSQL (from_db As Database, to_db As Database, from_nm As String, to_nm As String, create_ind As Integer) As Integer On Error GoTo CSSQLErr Dim nIdx As Integer Dim tbl As New TableDef 'table object Dim fld As Field 'field object Dim ind As Index 'index object Dim sName As String 'filename string Dim sSQL As String Dim nTemp As Long Dim sPrimaryKey As String ' Holds the primary key Dim sIndexSQL As String sPrimaryKey = from_db.TableDefs(from_nm).Indexes("PrimaryKey").Fields 'search to see if table exists For nIdx = 0 To to_db.TableDefs.Count - 1 If UCase(to_db.TableDefs(nIdx).Name) = UCase(to_lib & gsSepChar & to_nm) Then If MsgBox(to_nm + " already exists, delete it?", 4) = IDYES Then frmMCData!lblStatus = "Dropping the existing table..." DoEvents sSQL = "Drop table " & to_lib & gsSepChar & to_nm nTemp = to_db.ExecuteSQL(sSQL) Else CopyStructSQL = False Exit Function End If Exit For End If Next 'create the fields sSQL = "create table " & to_lib & gsSepChar & to_nm & " (" frmMCData.lblStatus = "Creating the fields" DoEvents For nIdx = 0 To from_db.TableDefs(from_nm).Fields.Count - 1 frmMCData!lblCounter = "Field " & nIdx DoEvents sSQL = sSQL & from_db.TableDefs(from_nm).Fields(nIdx).Name & " " sSQL = sSQL & GetFieldTypeSizeText((from_db.TableDefs(from_nm).Fields(nIdx).Type), (from_db.TableDefs(from_nm).Fields(nIdx).Size)) & " " ' If the field is part of the key, make it not null If InStr(UCase$(sPrimaryKey), UCase$(from_db.TableDefs(from_nm).Fields(nIdx).Name)) Then sSQL = sSQL & " NOT NULL " End If sSQL = sSQL & "," Next frmMCData!lblCounter = "" 'frmMCData!lblStatus2 = "" frmMCData!lblStatus = "Creating new table in database" DoEvents ' Add the primary key If frmMCData!chkV3R0 = 0 Then sSQL = sSQL & SetPrimaryKeyv3r1(sPrimaryKey) ' Finish off the SQL string sSQL = Trim$(sSQL) & ")" nTemp = to_db.ExecuteSQL(sSQL) Else ' Trim the trailing comma sSQL = Mid$(Trim$(sSQL), 1, Len(Trim$(sSQL)) - 1) & ")" nTemp = to_db.ExecuteSQL(sSQL) ' Build the index sIndexSQL = "Create unique index " & to_lib & "." & to_nm & "1" & " on " & to_lib & "." & to_nm & " " & SetPrimaryKeyv2r3(sPrimaryKey) nTemp = to_db.ExecuteSQL(sIndexSQL) End If frmMCData!lblStatus = "" CopyStructSQL = True Exit Function CSSQLErr: MsgBox Error$, MB_ICONEXCLAMATION, "Program Error" CopyStructSQL = False Exit Function End Function
Transfer Access Databases to the AS/400

Figure 4: Partial VB Data Access Object Hierarchy


Transfer Access Databases to the AS/400

Figure 5: Data Types Translated by the Utility


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Brian Singleton is former editor of Midrange Computing. He has worked in the IBM midrange arena for many years, performing every job from backup operator to programmer to systems analyst to technology analyst for major corporations and IBM Business Partners. He also has an extensive background in the PC world. Brian also developed a line of bestselling Midrange Computing training videos, authored the bestselling i5/OS and Microsoft Office Integration Handbook, and has spoken at many popular seminars and conferences.

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    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

     

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying? It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

     

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.