TechTip: IFS Containers Part 3, Installing Open Source from the Internet

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One of the core tenets of open source is freedom to obtain and use software. Now it's time to see that benefit in action.

In the first article of this series, we learned about how IFS Containers could be manually created by copying things into a new directory and then running the chroot command against that directory. This was a laborious process that would cause the technology to not be used unless some amount of automation was introduced. In the second article, I introduced the IBM i Chroot (ibmichroot) project, which addresses the automation of creating IFS Containers in a matter of minutes and even more important, uniformity. In this article, we will navigate through the other core feature of the IBM i Chroot project: package installation.

By “package installation,” I mean the process of obtaining software from the Internet and installing it in PASE. This is where one of the core tenets of open source comes into play: the ability to freely obtain software for download or compilation from others. A first question people might have is "What packages are we talking about?" Well, when I set up IFS Containers, there are a handful of packages I always include. I've listed them below.

  • JoeA server-side editor that allows me to quickly edit files in the IFS from a shell session
  • WgetCommand to access URLs; great for quickly downloading things from the Internet
  • ZshThe zsh shell is an alternative to bash, though both work well and I use both

As you can see, my usage of packages involves tools and commands, but they extend much further than that to include things like web servers, programming languages, and much more.

The IBM i Chroot project has two approaches to obtaining and installing packages. The first one is what's been in there since the beginning of the project: obtaining packages from The second is using the yum command to obtain packages. Using yum is still in an experimental phase, so we won't be discussing that here. You can see the yum progress here.

Let's dive into the approach to packages. First, what is It is a site maintained by Michael Perzl; an IBMer who ports Linux packages to AIX. This is very cool for us because PASE is essentially AIX and that means when ports a package it can also run on IBM i. You can see the complete list of ported packages here. (It's important to note his site isn't endorsed or supported by IBM and instead is a personal endeavor.)

To install a package, we need to run the following commands. Please refer to the second article in this series for how to install IBM i Chroot on your IBM i.

$ cd /QOpenSys/ibmichroot/pkg

$ pkg_perzl_joe-3.7-1.lst


Live IBM i session (changes made).





           => `joe-3.7-1.aix5.1.ppc.rpm'


Connecting to[]:80... connected.

HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK

Length: 342,946 [application/x-rpm]

100%[====================================>] 342,946     406.18K/s

12:04:04 (404.86 KB/s) - `joe-3.7-1.aix5.1.ppc.rpm' saved [342946/342946]

install joe-3.7-1.aix5.1.ppc.rpm ...

failed to stat /QNTC: No such file or directory

joe                         ##################################################

First, we use the cd command to enter the /QOpenSys/ibmichroot/pkg directory so we can operate without fully qualifying other paths in the next command. Next, we run the script and provide the package configuration we would like to install, namely pkg_perzl_joe-3.7-1.lst. Package configuration files are used to determine where a package's files are located on the Internet and also what its dependencies are.

Below are the contents of configuration file pkg_perzl_joe-3.7-1.lst.

# Command:

#   > ./ pkg_perzl_joe-3.7-1.lst

# Use:

#   > export PATH=/opt/freeware/bin:$PATH

#   > export LIBPATH=/opt/freeware/lib:$LIBPATH (if error, remove ':$LIBPATH')

#   > any_util (below)

# Contents:

# Other files:


# read file




# rpm list



The # symbol is considered a comment. The :file and :rpm areas are declaring a named delineation of the file. Specifically, :file is used to declare other package configuration files that should be run before proceeding. This is nice for modularizing package installs. The :rpm section is used to declare what RPMs should be installed to completely install the package. The joe utility is simple and has no dependencies. Look at pkg_perzl_gcc-4.8.3.lst to see a larger example with dependencies.

Before going on, it would be good to describe what an rpm is. Wikipedia defines RPM as:

RPM Package Manager (RPM) (originally Red Hat Package Manager; now a recursive acronym) is a package management system. The name RPM refers to the following: the .rpm file format, files in the .rpm file format, software packaged in such files, and the package manager program itself. RPM was intended primarily for Linux distributions; the file format is the baseline package format of the Linux Standard Base.

Even though it was created for use in Red Hat Linux, RPM is now used in many Linux distributions. It has also been ported to some other operating systems, such as Novell NetWare (as of version 6.5 SP3) and IBM's AIX (as of version 4).

An RPM package can contain an arbitrary set of files. The larger part of RPM files encountered are “binary RPMs” (or BRPMs) containing the compiled version of some software. There are also “source RPMs” (or SRPMs) files containing the source code used to produce a package. These have an appropriate tag in the file header that distinguishes them from normal (B)RPMs, causing them to be extracted to /usr/src on installation. SRPMs customarily carry the file extension “.src.rpm” (.spm on file systems limited to 3 extension characters, e.g. old DOS FAT).

Think of an RPM file as being similar to a *SAVF or licensed program install; it can contain compiled programs, IFS files, and pre/post execution scripts.

At this point, the joe editor is installed and available for use. I usually test a package to make sure it is working after I install it. First, I run the following command to learn that the joe command exists and where it is located.

$ which joe | xargs ls -al

lrwx------   1 aaron   0       52 Aug 31 10:18 /QOpenSys/usr/bin/joe -> ../../opt/freeware/bin/joe

And since joe is an editor, you can test it further by actually editing a file using the following command.

$ joe mynewfile.txt

You should now see a screen like the following. Note that you need to have logged in via an SSH connection. Using CALL QP2TERM won't work with joe.

120916bartell figure1 joe dmu

Figure 1: Joe editor in action on IBM i

Before moving on, I want to share a tip I recently learned. Below are a couple user profiles I recommend you create on your system. These aren't required but will greatly lessen the amount of warning logs created while using the command. You'll notice I didn't have many warning messages relating to a profile named “system” or “bin”; that's because the server I ran the install on already had those profiles.



Up to this point, we haven't really talked about how IFS Containers fit into the picture with You can install packages inside an IFS Container or in what I call the "base of PASE" (outside an IFS Container, where it will affect everyone). My best practice is to install as little as possible in the base of PASE. For example, I will usually install zsh, joe, and wget in the base of PASE, but I try to stop at that because, again, it affects everyone, which means I could unintentionally break other things that are running in the base of PASE. In contrast, when IFS Containers are used, we can install packages without worry that they'll affect others.

The steps above are the same when installing in an IFS Container. The difference is you first need to put the IBM i Chroot project inside the IFS Container. Why? Recall from the first article where we learned that if you don't put a file into an IFS Container, then it can't be found.

Below are the commands necessary to create an IFS Container, copied verbatim from the second article in this series.

$ mkdir /QOpenSys/ibmichroot_containers

$ cd /QOpenSys/ibmichroot/chroot

$ chroot_minimal.lst /QOpenSys/ibmichroot_containers/c1

The below cp (copy) command will take the ibmichroot directory from the base of PASE and copy it into the same-named directory in the c1 IFS Containter. You can learn about the copy command in the AIX documentation.

$ cp -R /QOpenSys/ibmichroot /QOpenSys/ibmichroot_containers/c1/QOpenSys/.

Now enter the IFS Container using the chroot command, as shown below.

$ chroot /QOpenSys/ibmichroot_containers/c1 /usr/bin/sh

At this point, as previously mentioned, the process is the same as when we installed packages in the base of PASE. Simply cd (change directory) to the location of the script and then run the script while specifying a package configuration.

$ cd /QOpenSys/ibmichroot/pkg

$ pkg_perzl_joe-3.7-1.lst


Live IBM i session (changes made).




setup rpm.rte ...

New volume on rpm.rte:

Cluster 51200 bytes (100 blocks).

   Volume number 1

   Date of backup: Thu Mar 1 09:26:22 2012

   Files backed up by name

   User BUILD

x           0 ./

x         2473 ./lpp_name

x           0 ./usr

x            0 ./usr/lpp

x           0 ./usr/lpp/rpm.rte

x       57382 ./usr/lpp/rpm.rte/liblpp.a

x           0 ./usr/lpp/rpm.rte/inst_root

x         8610 ./usr/lpp/rpm.rte/inst_root/liblpp.a

x           0 ./usr/lpp/rpm.rte/inst_root/etc/rpm

x         1147 ./usr/lpp/rpm.rte/inst_root/etc/info-dir

x           0 ./usr/linux

x           0 ./usr/linux/bin

x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/bin

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x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/cs/LC_MESSAGES

x       37014 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/cs/LC_MESSAGES/

x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/fi

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x       28184 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/fi/LC_MESSAGES/

x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/ja

x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/ja/LC_MESSAGES

x        45951 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/ja/LC_MESSAGES/

x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/pt_BR

x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/pt_BR/LC_MESSAGES

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x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/sk

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x          0 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/sr

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x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/share/locale/tr

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x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/src/packages/SOURCES

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x         584 ./usr/opt/freeware/lib/rpm/brp-strip-comment-note

x         422 ./usr/opt/freeware/lib/rpm/check-prereqs

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x           0 ./usr/opt/freeware/man

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x           0 ./usr/src

x           0 ./usr/lpp/rpm.rte/inst_root/var/lib

x           0 ./usr/lpp/rpm.rte/inst_root/var/opt/freeware

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x           0 ./usr/swlag

x          0 ./usr/swlag/en_US

x       27520 ./usr/swlag/en_US/

   total size: 3448054

   files restored: 139

mkdir: cannot create /var.

/var: File exists

ln: /var/opt exists. Specify -f to remove.

setup wget-1.9.1-1.aix5.1.ppc.rpm ...

failed to stat /QNTC: No such file or directory

wget                       ##################################################

GNU Wget 1.9.1

Copyright (C) 2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,

but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of


GNU General Public License for more details.

Originally written by Hrvoje Niksic <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;.


           => `joe-3.7-1.aix5.1.ppc.rpm'


Connecting to[]:80... connected.

HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK

Length: 342,946 [application/x-rpm]

100%[===================================================================================>] 342,946     314.01K/s

15:22:28 (313.50 KB/s) - `joe-3.7-1.aix5.1.ppc.rpm' saved [342946/342946]

install joe-3.7-1.aix5.1.ppc.rpm ...

failed to stat /QNTC: No such file or directory

joe                         ##################################################

That's it! You're now successfully using IFS Containers on IBM i! It's worth noting that the manual steps we took to copy the ibmichroot directory into the c1 IFS Container could be automated by including the copy command in a custom chroot_xxxxx.lst that is for a specific purpose in your business.

On final note, the work of Michael Perzl has been extremely useful for IBM i shops to get up and running with a variety of open-source software packages. What we're now finding is we are outgrowing his efforts. Specifically, what happens if we need to use a package he hasn't yet ported? What do we do if we need a more recent version of a package that isn't yet available on his site? What if the package doesn't install successfully because it's expecting something that's specific to AIX (see Nginx article)? That's why we're venturing into how to create our own RPM files on and for IBM i. This is where the IBM i Chroot efforts with yum come into play. Watch this space, as they say.

If you have any questions or comments, then please comment below or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Aaron Bartell

Aaron Bartell is Director of IBM i Innovation for Krengel Technology, Inc. Aaron facilitates adoption of open-source technologies on IBM i through professional services, staff training, speaking engagements, and the authoring of best practices within industry publications andwww.litmis.comWith a strong background in RPG application development, Aaron covers topics that enable IBM i shops to embrace today's leading technologies, including Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Git for RPG source change management, and RSpec for unit testing RPG. Aaron is a passionate advocate of vibrant technology communities and the corresponding benefits available for today's modern application developers. Connect with Aaron via email

Aaron lives with his wife and five children in southern Minnesota. He enjoys the vast amounts of laughter that having a young family brings, along with camping and music. He believes there's no greater purpose than to give of our life and time to help others.

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    - Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    - How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    - High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!


  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js


  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel


    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?


  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    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


    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 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.



  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave 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.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
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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:
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  • 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:
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    - 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:

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    - Browser interface to make notes
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  • 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:
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  • 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.