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Like opening Russian nesting Matryoshka dolls, studying an AS/400 interactive job reveals many layers. In the outermost layer, a programmer sends DDS source code to the Create Display File (CRTDSPF) command. In the middle layer, display file objects hold intermediate binary structures. In the innermost layer, data management builds 5250 data streams on the fly. Display files in the middle are neither DDS source code nor 5250 data streams. You can look at display file structures with the Retrieve Display File Description (QDFRTVFD) API.

Sometimes, applications need information about display files. QDFRTVFD provides a base for this. With this API, you can build custom tools to do the following tasks:

• Print screen pictures

• Re-create lost DDS source code

• Retrieve subfile size (SFLSIZ) and subfile page size (SFLPAG) numbers to condition subfile processing logic

• Retrieve row and column positions of screen fields to condition program logic

• Document how indicators 01 to 99 are used

• Convert a display file to another form, such as User Interface Manager (UIM) source and Dynamic Screen Manager (DSM) API calls

• Provide a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) program with a source of screen information for dynamic HTML

• Build cross-reference lists of objects used by display files, including the names of message files, printer files, panel groups, documents, folders, search indexes, bookshelves, and other “help” records


QDFRTVFD returns the display file structures directly into a program variable, not into a user space. QDFRTVFD takes five parameters:

• Receiver variable (Output)

• Length of the receiver variable in a Binary(4) variable (Input)

• Receiver format name in a Character(8) variable (the only format available is DSPF0100) (Input)

• Qualified display file name in a Character(20) variable (Input)

• Standard API error data structure (Input/Output)

This parameter list seems simple, but this simplicity is deceiving! Inside the receiver variable lurks a beastly, complex format. I had to reread the System API Reference documentation untold times, hold it up to the light, turn it sideways, and shout, “Eureka!” in the bathtub until I made sense of this thing. Unlike other APIs that return data in fixed offsets, QDFRTVFD returns data in offsets relative to prior offsets. To arrive at data you want, you have to add a series of offsets. Traditional RPG language, with fixed “from” and “through” I-specs and D-specs, isn’t the best choice for this (although recursion and pointer arithmetic help). I rely on recursion and pointer arithmetic in this article’s RPG IV program, DSP001R. You can download this program and associated command, Display a Display File (DSPDSPF), from the MC Web page at www.midrangecomputing.com/mc. Inside the RPG IV program are five subprocedures that you can copy to start building new functions based on QDFRTVFD.

You Ought to Be in Pictures

The DSPDSPF command prints a spool file. It takes five parameters:

• Display file name (FILE). This is the name of a display file object you want to print. You need only the *FILE object, not the DDS source code.

• Print pictures or hexadecimal dumps (TYPE). A value of *PIC (the default) prints all screen pictures from the display file, one screen per page. A value of *HEX prints all structures from the file in hexadecimal dumps.

• Lines per page (LINES). The default is 66. The page overflow line number is equal to this number.

• Lines per inch (LPI). The default is 6.

• Characters per inch (CPI). The default is 10. The combination of LINES, LPI, and CPI lets you fine-tune the spool file size and page breaks for documentation.

Figure 1 shows some sample DDS source code from a window in my users’ application. It consists of input (I), output (O), and both (B) fields; a multiple-choice selection field with mnemonics; constants; and a window title.

Figure 2 shows the DSPDSPF output TYPE(*PIC) over the compiled display file object in Figure 1. You can see the constants, window title, choice mnemonic underlines, choice field slashes, and input field underlines. One picture is in *DS3 dimensions (24x80 mode), and one picture is in *DS4 dimensions (27x132 mode). The area below each


picture lists I/O field names, row/column locations, keyboard shift attributes, field lengths, and I/O buffer positions. *NOLOC appears for hidden (H) and program-to-system (P) field locations. This command makes a handy documentation tool. Try running it over one of your own display files.

Figure 3 shows the first page of DSPDSPF output TYPE(*HEX) over the compiled display file object in Figure 1. This is the raw data from the QDFRTVFD receiver variable. The left column lists offsets denoting the start of each structure. In this example, the offsets begin with 0, 10, 13, 18, 1D, etc. The “dump area” in the middle breaks apart each structure onto separate lines. The angle brackets (< and >) delimit the start and end of each structure. To the right, characters are printed for dump bytes greater than X‘40’. On the far right is the name and description of each structure in the dump, as named in System API Reference: OS/400 File APls. See this book for the detailed layout of each structure.

If you begin writing a QDFRTVFD-based utility, this TYPE(*HEX) output can help you understand and locate structures in your display files. Use the structure names in the dump to find things in System API Reference. Likewise, use the book as a road map to find things in the dump. DSPDSPF does the hard part for you, resolving the offsets of structures through recursion. Your role is to choose the correct set of offsets to arrive at data you want.

Pointer arithmetic is key here. The RPG IV program DSP001R contains five procedures containing pointer arithmetic to aid navigating through offsets:

• Procedure I2. The input parameter is an absolute offset into the QDFRTVFD receiver variable. The output value is the Binary(2) signed integer value at that location.

• Procedure I4. The input parameter is an absolute offset into the QDFRTVFD receiver variable. The output value is the Binary(4) signed integer value at that location.

• Procedure U1. The input parameter is an absolute offset into the QDFRTVFD receiver variable. The output value is the Binary(1) unsigned integer value at that location.

• Procedure BIT. The input parameters are an absolute offset into the QDFRTVFD receiver variable; they are one byte of “mask” bits.

The output value is an indicator variable and is set to *ON if the byte value at the input location contains any “mask” bits.

• Procedure GET. The input parameters are an absolute of set into the QDFRTVFD receiver variable; they are a length. The output value is the data substring at that location.

Figure 4 contains an example in pseudocode using some of these procedures. Suppose I wanted to get the window title text from the compiled display file object in Figure 1. Using System API Reference as a road map, Figure 4 shows the travel route to that destination.

Comments on the right denote absolute offset results in hexadecimal. Try following this trail of offsets through the dump in Figure 3. Point your finger to offsets 8, 1D, 5D, 7D, and so on. Eventually, you’ll arrive at offset X‘114’. You’ll see it begins the 10-byte value DISABILITY. Once you understand how these offsets add together, you can experiment with a copy of the five RPG IV procedures in DSP001R to locate more things.

The Organization of Structures

QDFRTVFD structures fall into five basic categories.


File-level structures occur at the beginning of the receiver variable. Values that you’ll likely use here include the number of screen sizes, the number of record formats, and a record format table. Entries in the record format table contain offsets to the start of each record section.

A set of record-level structures occurs for each record in the file. Values that you’ll likely use here include the number of fields and field indexing tables. Entries in the field indexing tables contain offsets to the start of each field section.

A set of field-level structures occurs for each field in each record. Values that you’ll likely use here include the field type.

A set of where-used structures occurs at the end of the QDFRTVFD receiver variable. There is a one-to-one correspondence between a where-used structure and a file, record, and field structure. SDA option 3 (Test display file) and the Display File Field Description (DSPFFD) command use these structures for I/O buffer positions. Workstation data management does not use them. Interestingly, display files in OS/400 libraries do not contain the where-used structures, which may explain why you can’t use SDA option 3 and DSPFFD on them.

Nested sets of keyword category structures occur throughout the QDFRTVFD receiver variable for each file, record, and field structure. They contain DDS keyword values that require composite structures. You can study the RPG IV program DSP001R for examples of loops within loops within loops that scan through nests of keyword category structures.

Working Your Way Through

Even if you have no plans to plunge into display file internals, the screen pictures in DSPDSPF output TYPE(*PIC) can still help you quickly document an application. Users will like the pictures.

Programmers will also like the I/O buffer layouts. If, on the other hand, you have the patience to navigate to a new target in display file structures, the DSPDSPF output TYPE(*HEX) can help you visualize and simplify the layout of QDFRTVFD structures as you work your way through its many layers.

References and Related Materials

OS/400 File APIs (SC41-5857, CD-ROM QB3AMI02)

A DSPSIZ(*DS3 *DS4)

A R SCREEN_01

A *DS3 WINDOW(3 11 9 27)

A *DS4 WINDOW(3 11 5 76)

A WDWTITLE((*TEXT 'DISABILITY'))

A CF03

A CF12

A DIS_CUSTOM 9A P

A SHOW_AUTO 1Y 0H

A SHOW_WORK 1Y 0H

A SHOW_TERM 1Y 0H

A SHOW_DIS 1Y 0H

A 2 2'Claimant:'

A *DS4 1 6

A CLAIM_NAME 14A I 2 13

A *DS4 1 17

A 3 2'Employer:'

A *DS4 2 6

A EMPLO_NAME 14A O 3 13

A *DS4 2 17

A 4 2'Provider:'

A *DS4 3 6

A PROVD_NAME 14A B 4 13

A *DS4 3 17

A OPTIONS 2Y 0B 7 2MLTCHCFLD((*NUMROW 2))

A CHOICE(1 '>Auto NF')

A CHCCTL(1 &SHOW_AUTO)

A CHOICE(2 '>Workers')

A CHCCTL(2 &SHOW_WORK)


A CHOICE(3 'Long >Term')

A CHCCTL(3 &SHOW_TERM)

A CHOICE(4 &DIS_CUSTOM)

A CHCCTL(4 &SHOW_DIS)

A *DS4 3 46 Display file . . . . . . : QGPL/FIGURE1 Page: 1
Record . . . . . . . . . : SCREEN_01
Size identifier . . . . : *DS3
Printed on . . . . . . . : 10/13/1999 6:16:39

.........DISABILITY..........
: :

: Claimant: IIIIIIIIIIIIII :
: Employer: OOOOOOOOOOOOOO :
: Provider: BBBBBBBBBBBBBB :
: :

: :

: / Auto NF / Long Term :
: / Workers / OOOOOOOOO :
: :

:...........................:

Field Location Length Input Output
DIS_CUSTOM (*NOLOC) A(9) 1-9
SHOW_AUTO (*NOLOC) Y(1,0) 1-1 10-10
SHOW_WORK (*NOLOC) Y(1,0) 2-2 11-11
SHOW_TERM (*NOLOC) Y(1,0) 3-3 12-12
SHOW_DIS (*NOLOC) Y(1,0) 4-4 13-13
CLAIM_NAME (2,13) A(14) 5-18
EMPLO_NAME (3,13) A(14) 14-27
PROVD_NAME (4,13) A(14) 19-32 28-41
OPTIONS (7,2) Y(2,0) 33-34 42-43

Display file . . . . . . : QGPL/FIGURE1 Page: 2
Record . . . . . . . . . : SCREEN_01
Size identifier . . . . : *DS4
Printed on . . . . . . . : 10/13/1999 6:16:39

..................................DISABILITY..................................
: Claimant: IIIIIIIIIIIIII :
: Employer: OOOOOOOOOOOOOO :
: Provider: BBBBBBBBBBBBBB / Auto NF / Long Term :
: / Workers / OOOOOOOOO :
: :

:............................................................................:

Field Location Length Input Output
DIS_CUSTOM (*NOLOC) A(9) 1-9
SHOW_AUTO (*NOLOC) Y(1,0) 1-1 10-10
SHOW_WORK (*NOLOC) Y(1,0) 2-2 11-11
SHOW_TERM (*NOLOC) Y(1,0) 3-3 12-12
SHOW_DIS (*NOLOC) Y(1,0) 4-4 13-13
CLAIM_NAME (1,17) A(14) 5-18
EMPLO_NAME (2,17) A(14) 14-27
PROVD_NAME (3,17) A(14) 19-32 28-41
OPTIONS (3,46) Y(2,0) 33-34 42-43 Display file: QGPL/FIGURE1 Date: 10/13/1999 6:28:58
Page: 1

_______________________________________________ ________________

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F 0123456789ABCDEF

0: <00 00 0B 2D 00 00 0B 2D 00 1D 00 01 00 00 02 00 | | QDFFBASE: Base File Section

10: 00 00 25> | |

13: <03 00 00 00 98 04 00 00 00 98> | q q | QDFFSCRA: Screen Size Table

1D: <00 00 00 | | QDFFINFO: File Header
Section

20: 40 00 00 06 50 00 00 07 96 00 00 00 50 00 01 00 | & o & |

30: 01 00 00 00 01 00 01 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 | |

40: 24> | |


Figure 1: This is sample DDS source code for a window with two border sizes.

Figure 2: This is DSPDSPF output TYPE(*PIC) over Figure 1’s display file.

41: <00 00 04 40 00 00 02 0D 00 01 01 07 00 00 00 | | QDFFDPDD: Display-File-
Level Device-Dependent Secti 50: 18 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00> | |

5D: Table

60: C5 C5 D5 6D F0 F1 40 00 00 00 00 00 60> |EEN_01 - |

6D: Table

70: F7 F5 F8 C1 F5 F1 F8 F7 C1 F6 00 00 00> |758A5187A6 |

7D: <00 00 01 | | QDFFRINF: Record Header
Section

80: 40 00 00 00 E0 00 00 00 00 00 01 02 00 00 0C 00 | |

90: 22 00 2B 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 1E> | |

9B: <00 00 00 A2 00 | s | QDFFRDPD: Display-Record-
Level Device-Dependent Sec A0: 07 00 03 00 00 00 00 20 10 00 00 00 00 00 60 00 | - |

B0: 00 00 28 FF FF 00 00 00 40 00 00 00 58> | |

BD: <00 00 00 | | QDFFXRDP: Display-Record-
Level Device-Dependent Ext C0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 | |

D0: 00 00 00 00 00> | |

D5: <00 01> | | QDFFCOSA: Keyword Category
Displacement String D7: <17 00 5E 00> | ; | QDFFCCOA: Keyword Category
Displacement String Entr DB: <00 02> | | QDFKMRPR: Miscellaneous
Record-Level Structure DD: <08 00 01 | | QDFKMRWP: Miscellaneous
Record-Level Keywords E0: 00 18> | |

E2: | H | QDFKWDTA: Window Data Array
Structure

EE: Structure

F0: 00 03 00 0B 00 05 00 4C 00 00> | < |

FA: <09 00 01 00 1F 00 | | QDFKWDWTTL: Window Title
Structure

100: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 1A 00 0A 00 00 00 00 00 00 | |

110: 00 00 00 00 C4 C9 E2 C1 C2 C9 D3 C9 E3 E8 00> | DISABILITY |

11F: <02 | | QDFFRCTB: Row-Column Table

120: 01 08 1B 40 00> | |

125: Entry

130: 01 02 0C 03 01 03 0C 04 01 04 0C 07 01> | |

13D: <01 05 04 | | QDFFRCTB: Row-Column Table

140: 47 00 00> |Ü |

143: Entry

150: 10 02 05 02 10 03 05 03 10 03 2D 00 00> | |

15D: <00 00 01 | | QDFFFITB: Field Indexing
Table

160: 40 00 01 00 09 00 00 01 60 00 01 00 01 00 00 01 | - |

170: 80 00 01 00 01 00 00 01 A0 00 01 00 01 00 00 01 |[.radical] Ê |

180: C0 00 01 00 01 00 00 01 E0 00 01 00 09 00 00 02 |{ |

190: 10 00 01 00 0E 00 00 02 34 00 01 00 09 00 00 02 | |

1A0: 64 00 01 00 0E 00 00 02 84 00 01 00 09 00 00 02 |¥ d |

1B0: B4 00 01 00 0E 00 00 02 D8 00 01 00 02> |ü Q |

1BD: <00 20 07 | | QDFFFINF: Field Header
Section

1C0: 00 00 00> | |

1C3: | | QDFFFNAM: Named Field
Header Table

1CF: <00 | | QDFFFDPD: Display-Field-
Level Device-Dependent Sect 1D0: 20 00 18 00 00> | |

1D5: <00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00> | | QDFFXFDP: Field-Dependent
Extension Structure 1DD: <00 20 06 | | QDFFFINF: Field Header
Section

1E0: 00 00 00> | |

1E3: <00 00 00 09 00 01 00 03 00 00 00 12> | | QDFFFNAM: Named Field
Header Table

1EF: <00 | | QDFFFDPD: Display-Field-
Level Device-Dependent Sect 1F0: 20 00 18 00 00> | |

1F5: <00 00 00 02 00 00 00 00> | | QDFFXFDP: Field-Dependent
Extension Structure 1FD: <00 20 06 | | QDFFFINF: Field Header
Section

200: 00 00 00> | |

203: <00 01 00 0A 00 01 00 03 00 00 00 12> | | QDFFFNAM: Named Field
Header Table

20F: <00 | | QDFFFDPD: Display-Field-
Level Device-Dependent Sect 210: 20 00 18 00 00> | |

215: <00 00 00 03 00 00 00 00> | | QDFFXFDP: Field-Dependent
Extension Structure

Figure 3: This is the first page of DSPDSPF output TYPE(*HEX) over Figure 1’s display file.


Calculation Resulting Variable Resulting Value

I2(8) FileHeader X’001D’ FileHeader + I4(FileHeader) RecFormatTab X’005D’ FileHeader + I4(RecFormatTab + 12) RecordHeader X’007D’ RecordHeader + I2(RecordHeader + 28) RecDeviceDep X’009B’ RecordHeader + I2(RecDeviceDep + 32) CategoryDisp X’00D5’ RecordHeader + I2(CategoryDisp + 3) MiscStruct X’00DB’ MiscStruct + 2 MiscKeyword X’00DD’ MiscKeyword + I2(MiscKeyword + 3) + 5 TitleStruct X’00FA’ I2(TitleStruct + 14) TitleLength X’000A’ TitleStruct + 26 TitleOffset X’0114’ Get(TitleOffset : TitleLength) WindowTitle DISABILITY

Figure 4: This pseudocode illustrates how the programmer must navigate the offsets returned by QDFRTVFD.


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    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

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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.