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In today’s e-business environment, most OS/400 shops are trying to determine where to begin with OS/400 Web site development. Generally, these shops are trying to conquer two challenges. The first challenge involves getting an HTTP Server for AS/400 up and running, so that you can serve Web pages to your visitors; the second challenge is how to make your Web server instances do something useful with OS/400 data.

If this scenario describes your situation, fear no more. In this article, I will explore a tremendous aid—provided free by IBM—to help you get the HTTP server running. Additionally, I will also help you build a quick database access script that will provide a good reason to keep the server up and running all the time. By the end of this article, you will know how to move quickly from zero to OS/400 Web applications using IBM’s HTTP Wizard and a simple Net.Data macro.

The Internet Setup Wizards to the Rescue

In response to the first challenge, the folks at the IBM lab in Rochester, Minnesota put together a cool set of wizards to help you quickly get an OS/400 system ready for the Web. There are two wizards: one to help with TCP/IP configuration and another for the HTTP server. Although they are primarily written in Java, both wizards run under Windows and are supported for OS/400 V4R4 and V4R5. The wizards also assist you with getting the WebSphere application server going, although it may be a good idea to gain some experience by getting something a little less complex up and running before you tackle WebSphere.

To that end, here’s my step-by-step procedure for using the HTTP Wizard to set up a working OS/400-based Web site with Net.Data macro capability.

1. Download the self-extracting file that contains the wizards. The Internet setup wizards are found at the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) for AS/400: Internet Setup Wizard Web site at www.iseries.ibm.com/ tcpip/iwizard. The file is large at 15 MB, so plan on an extended download if you only have a low-performance Internet connection available. I downloaded them over my modem just to see how long it would take, and the download took about 90 minutes. After the download is complete, continue with the installation. [Editor’s Note: These wizards are included with the Client Access Express for Windows (Express client) V4R5M0 product, as long as you have service pack 2 or above installed, and they will also be shipped with the new Express client V5R1M0 (currently in beta) when it become available later this year. Look for it in the AS/400


Operations Navigator tree. So, if you are running either of these products, you may already have the wizards and you can skip the download process and go directly to step 4.]

2. Install the two wizards by executing the downloaded file (when I was testing this article, the file name was AS400InternetSetupWizard). Upon installation, two icons are created in an AS/400 Internet setup folder: the HTTP Wizard and the Internet Setup Wizard. For the purposes of this article, I will assume that you already have TCP/IP configured on your iSeries or AS/400 system and that you can use it to access your OS/400 system from your Windows desktop system, so I will not explain the Internet Setup Wizard. Remember, a Web application can be just as useful inside your organization as outside, so a connection to the larger Internet is not an absolute requirement.

3. Open the readme file that was extracted during the installation step before you do anything else. Look at the PTF requirements for your version of OS/400. The Internet setup wizard won’t work at all unless at least some of the indicated PTFs are installed. Many of the noted program service requirements deal with WebSphere, and since you won’t be dealing with it in this example, the update task should be fairly simple.

4. Install the IBM HTTP Server for AS/400 product (5769-DG1). The server is installed by default with OS/400, but it may be worth checking to see if the option has been removed for one reason or another. You can check for its presence by bringing up option 10, Display Installed Licensed Programs, on the Work with Licensed Programs menu (GO LICPGM).

5. Order and install the HTTP server PTFs (at a minimum) that are indicated in step 3 of that product’s readme file. These PTFs are small enough to be downloaded electronically, either over your Electronic Customer Support (ECS) connection or through the iPTF Internet PTF delivery system (available in the Fixes and Updates section on the iSeries and AS/400 Technical Support Web site, http://as400service. rochester.ibm.com). For OS/400 V4R4, a Web server group PTF (SF99026) is called for and it is too large for electronic

transmission. However, I was able to successfully use the HTTP Wizard before installing the group PTF, so you may want to try it while you wait for the delivery of your PTF CD from IBM.

6. Launch the HTTP Wizard in the AS/400 Internet setup folder. Sign on to the system you wish to configure. Client access is not required for this step, only TCP/IP access to the system. The System: prompt can be answered either with the IP address, a domain name for the system, or a name assigned to the system in your local Hosts file. The user ID supplied must have *ALLOBJ and *IOSYSCFG special authority.

7. Select the OK button (this starts the wizard). It can take a bit of time for the logon to occur, and IBM does warn in the readme file that the Windows cursor may not always change to indicate the wizard is working, so please be patient. A progress dialog will keep you advised during this step.

8. Select Next when you see the dialog that introduces the wizard and the configuration option that is available on the server.

9. Create a one-word name for your Web server at the server description dialog. The Web server name has to be ten characters or less, and it shouldn’t contain blanks or special characters. In addition, some of the Midrange Computing editors report that the Web server name should ideally be all lowercase letters because they had trouble testing a configuration name with both uppercase and lowercase characters. The name you supply will be used as your server configuration name, and it will be used as the name of the jobs associated with


the server in the QHTTPSVR subsystem. The default name is webserver, but you have the opportunity to be creative. Select Next after deciding on a name.

10. Choose a TCP port. The default port for all HTTP servers is 80, but any available port number will do. Choose 80 if this is your first Web server configuration on the system, otherwise use a different value. The OS/400 Work with TCP/IP Network Status (NETSTAT) command with the *CNN option will display the system’s port numbers already in use; you can sort the NETSTAT screen by local port numbers to see if a given port is taken. (Remember to choose a value not already being used.) Port numbers above 3000 usually won’t interfere with other applications and are outside the range of well- known ports defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Choose Next after deciding on a port number.

11. Select Yes, require passwords for some Web pages and select Next again.

12. Define the location on the server for protected and unprotected static Web pages on the next two dialogs (Directory to Serve Files From and Select Directory to Password Protect). The suggested location for unprotected documents will be /www//docs/public under the root (/) directory of the AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS). After clicking Next, the wizard will also suggest a location of /www//docs/private for protected documents. I would suggest leaving the locations alone unless there is a compelling reason to change them. Leaving them alone makes it easier to find things in the future. Click Next.

13. Click No (for our example) if you are presented with two screens asking for information about configuring your Web server configuration to use servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSP).

14. Select Yes, require passwords for all Net.Data macros.

15. Select the default AS/400 IFS directory for storing Net.Data macros. (I suggest using the default, which should be /www//macros/.)

16. Choose the mechanism that will authenticate the users. Since protection was called for on the earlier options, you must decide what protection mechanism will be used to authenticate the users. The Web server supports using either an OS/400-based validation list or your OS/400 user accounts (user profiles). Using the OS/400 accounts is convenient, but care must be taken since passwords are sent over the network in the clear, and your OS/400 security could possibly be compromised. I recommend that OS/400 accounts only be used for Intranet applications, not applications delivered over the Internet. For this example though, choose the OS/400 account option.

17. Input your preferences for access log recording, sizing, and storing in the next few dialogs. Logs, like protection, are desirable for tracking your Web site activity, and the suggested defaults for size and location will be fine. Under the Advanced button, there are options that specify an expiration limit for Web site log files and a log file deletion option for deleting your oldest log files when the total log file size grows above a certain limit.

18. Review your wizard selections in the Web server summary dialog. You can use the back button to return to any of the previous dialogs if a change is required. Additionally, you can save the summary to an HTML-formatted file on your local hard drive, which is a good idea for future reference. (Figure 1 displays a summary listing from a configuration done on my system.)


19. Select Finish on the summary dialog to configure your OS/400 system and get it up and running.

Figure 2 shows you the Welcome to Your New Web site message you will receive once you finish using the HTTP Wizard. The newly created Web server instance will start on your OS/400 server, a browser session will be started on your Windows desktop, and, as shown in Figure 2, the pregenerated Welcome page for your new OS/400-based Web server will be displayed in your browser window. Congratulations, you’ve just completely configured a Web server with scripting capability! Be sure to bookmark the URL that was used to display this instance (complete with port number, if you specified an IP port other than 80) so that you can return to this page. IBM does note that sometimes the browser session will open before the server is completely started. If you get an error message from your Web browser during this step, wait a few seconds and try connecting again.

As noted on the Welcome page, you can now change the configuration of the Web server by using the OS/400 administrative server instance on port 2001. Note that the administrative server (*ADMIN) must be started in OS/400 before you can use it to graphically configure your new Web site. To start the *Admin server, use the OS/400 Start TCP/IP Server (STRTCPSVR) command as follows:

STRTCPSVR SERVER(*HTTP) HTTPSVR(*ADMIN)

To end the administrative server instance, use the End TCP/IP Server (ENDTCPSVR) command with the same parameters:

ENDTCPSVR SERVER(*HTTP) HTTPSVR(*ADMIN)

This server can also be started and stopped by using the AS/400 Operations Navigator program.

You can also configure your new server by using the OS/400 green-screen Work with HTTP Configuration (WRKHTTPCFG) command with the new Web server configuration name in the Configuration name parameter:

WRKHTTPCFG CFG()

As I noted earlier, port 80 is the default for Web serving, so the Web browser does not require you to specify a port number while it is in use. When using other port numbers, like those used by the administrative server, the port number, prefaced with a colon (:), must be appended to the end of the server address or domain name. The HTTP Server for AS/400 Webmaster’s Guide V4R4, available at the IBM V4R4 Publications Web site at http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/html/as400/online/v4r4eng.htm, contains the documentation for all of the server options.

At this point, you can create one or more static Web pages using the editor of your choice (e.g., Microsoft FrontPage, Netscape Composer) and place the pages either in the protected or public AS/400 IFS directory noted on the summary listing. If you create a file named index.html and place it in the public directory, that file will become the default Welcome page for your new Web server instance. The Welcome page also contains a link to a demonstration of a protected page. Selecting the link causes the browser to prompt for a user name and password before the page is displayed. Since you chose to use the OS/400 user directory during the configuration of the server, any enabled OS/400 user profile with appropriate authority can be used. Remember that the password flows in the clear between the Web browser and the server, so care should be taken when connecting to a public network.


Now for Something Entirely Useful

The Welcome page that the HTTP Wizard generated includes a link to a simple Net.Data macro. The macro doesn’t do anything except display a static page, certainly not Net.Data’s greatest strength. Net.Data’s power lies in its ability to build dynamic Web pages from DB2 for OS/400 (DB2/400) database tables with only a minimum of development effort. However, since demonstration is always better than discussion, I will show you an easy macro you can set up after automatically creating your Web site to get started with Net.Data.

Every iSeries and AS/400 system maintains a set of database tables in the QSYS2 library that contain information about the database. When developing Web applications, I often find myself using the OS/400 Display File Field Description (DSPFFD) command, or I find myself querying the QSYS2/ SYSCOLUMNS table to determine the schema of a particular DB2/400 table. To make this task a bit easier, I’ve constructed a simple Net.Data macro that asks for a library/table name and lists the columns contained in the table. This macro uses some of Net.Data’s built-in features to simplify the programming task. Figure 3 contains the downloadable Net.Data script that mimics DSPFFD. It contains two pages: one to input a library and file name and the other to output a page showing the table columns in the desired table.

Download the script source file from the Midrange Network Expert downloadable code Web site at www.midrangecomputing. com/mne/code.cfm, copy it into the Net.Data macro directory noted in the summary listing, call it up by using the URL http://:/cgi-bin/displayfields.ndm/getfields, and you will have a ready-to-use, useful tool. Bookmark the URL in your Web browser, and the tool will be available any time you need it.

Remember that you chose to password-protect Net.Data scripts when you created this server instance in the HTTP Wizard. This selection causes the Web browser to prompt for a user ID and password the first time any script in the server instance is called. The Web browser does cache the signon, so you are prompted only once after you start your browser.

A full discussion of the Net.Data language is beyond the scope of this article, but I will point out a few highlights of the script:

• %DEFINE statement—This statement at the beginning of the file simply commands the default report mechanism to output an HTML table instead of a text table. (The HTML table looks much better.)

• SQL statement—Contained in the Net.Data function, the SQL statement is straightforward, and the values supplied in the request are inserted into appropriate spots in the WHERE clause. SYSCOLUMNS stores library and table name values in uppercase, so the SQL UCASE function is used to force the names to uppercase before the search. Note: The Net.Data default is to use the dotted SQL naming conventions for the library and file name. The function does not contain a %REPORT block, a detail that makes the function produce a default HTML report.

• %MESSAGE block—This block is optional and it could have been left out. However, the syntax is simple and error handling is a little cleaner with it there. Without the block, a somewhat cryptic Net.Data error is displayed instead of the simple explanatory text in the script.


• %HTML block—These blocks in the script contain the pages you see. The first is a simple form that asks for a library name and a file name. Net.Data assumes any text in a script that doesn’t begin the line with either the percent (%) symbol or the at (@) symbol is HTML and simply outputs the script line to the Web browser. (Obviously, there is a lot of room for creative improvement in my example HTML.)

• Second %HTML block—This block simply repeats the values supplied in the form and executes the SQL function. Net.Data’s default report capability takes care of the balance of the page.

The last part of your URL used to access the page—after the last forward slash (/)—is the same as the name following the %HTML statement in the script. This is the mechanism Net.Data uses to select the appropriate page from the script source file (this is similar to having a number of function names in an ILE service program).The action statement in the HTML form tag, which is in the first HTML block, shows how the query result page is accessed.

In my getfields function, I’ve chosen to output only a few of the available fields in the SYSCOLUMNS table. Obviously, there are more available, and the ones I have defined may not be the most useful for you. To make the tool more useful for you, a simple change in the SELECT clause of the SQL statement will adjust which fields are presented and in what order they are presented.

• SYSCOLUMNS table—This table is only one of a series of tables in QSYS2 that describe the OS/400 DB2/400 database. Some of the other tables describe how they are indexed, how they are related, and how they are organized in the system libraries. Spending a little time expanding this simple script could make for an extensive database administration and examination tool.

• The Net.Data getfields SQL function—This function can contain any valid SQL statement including complex subqueries, joins, and updates. Given that fact, any data in your collection is a good candidate for Web access.

I’ve yet to encounter a problem with the HTTP configuration wizard, though I’ve run it a number of times against a number of different systems. It is an extremely simple and powerful way to create an OS/400 Web server instance with the most desirable and necessary options enabled. But, in this era of e-business, static Web pages are of limited use both inside and outside our organizations. Beyond getting the server going, the Net.Data scripting tool provides you with a quick and simple way to publish and update the valuable data you’ve collected in your DB2/400 database.

References and Related Materials

AS/400 Net.Data home page Web site: www.iseries.ibm.com/ netdata

Net.Data Administration and Programming Guide for OS/400 Web site: www-
4.ibm.com/software/data/net.data/docs/ noframes/400/dtwa2m02.htm

Net.Data Reference Web site: www.iseries.ibm.com/products/ netdata/docs/manuals/dtwr1m02.htm

“The HTTP Server for AS/400 Webmaster’s Guide V4R4” (This reference is available at the IBM V4R4 Publications Web site: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/html/as400/ online/v4r4eng.htm


Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) for AS/400: Internet Setup Wizard Web site: www.iseries.ibm. com/tcpip/iwizard.

URL: http://10.1.12.201/ (Note: You can also use any host name you have mapped to
this IP address in a DNS.)

URL for private files http://10.1.12.201/private/

Web server root /www/webserver/docs/public/

Protected directory /www/webserver/docs/private/

Net.Data macro directory /www/webserver/macros/

Server instance name webserver

Configuration name webserver

Password protection Basic authentication

Net.Data macros protected Yes

Welcome page index.html

IP port 80

Access Log Yes

Access Log Directory /www/webserver/logs/

Access Log Format Extended

Access Log Daily Size 2 MB

Remove Old Logs Never

Figure 1: You will see a detailed summary listing of your server instance configuration after completing the OS/400 system configuration with the Internet wizard.

Figure 2: After using the HTTP Wizard, the new Web server instance is started on your server, a browser session is started on your desktop, and the pregenerated welcome page displays.


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%{ Instant scripting - Display all the fields in a UDB table.

Randy Dufault
%}

%define { DATABASE = "*LOCAL"

DTW_HTML_TABLE = "YES"
%}

%{ This function uses the DTW_SQL language environment to access the database.

The output from the query will be displayed using Net.Data's default report format. %}

%FUNCTION (DTW_SQL) getfields() {

SELECT sys_cname, coltype, length, scale, labeltext

FROM qsys2.syscolumns

WHERE sys_tname = UCASE('$(table)') and sys_dname = UCASE('$(library)')

%MESSAGE {

100 : "No columns found" : continue

default : "SQL error $(RETURN_CODE) occurred" : continue
%}

%}

%{HTML sections are the pages of the site - kind of nice that they can all be in one file %}

%{ The entry form. The performance of the query is much better if the library name is supplied. %}

%HTML(getfields) {


Display table fields

Display table fields





File to display:

  /  






%}

%{ This is the result page. Very simple, just calls the sql and displays the table. %}

%HTML(fields) {

Display table fields


Fields in table $(library)/$(table)



@getfields()


%}

Figure 3: Here’s a simple downloadable Net.Data macro that mimics DSPFFD functionality in a browser.


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    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

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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.