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Cilasoft offers its new Job Log Explorer tool to the IBM i community at no cost.

 

guy marmoratWritten by Guy Marmorat

 

Anyone who has searched through mountains of pages in job logs to find specific program messages during the process of troubleshooting knows all too well how time-consuming and tedious this task can be. In fact, as my team and I have worked with customers and partners over the years, we’ve commonly heard complaints about this very thing. But what’s surprising is there hasn’t been a useful tool available (at least that we could find) to help quickly isolate critical job information in these ungainly job logs. It’s basically a process of repeatedly pressing the F16 (Shift+F4) search key while trying various search terms.

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Integrated File System support leads the way with this important new update.

Written by Steve Pitcher

As of today, there’s a new version of the highly popular IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) product. If you’ve already downloaded the April version of ACS, you can easily upgrade using the new Check for Updates feature underneath the Help option in the title bar. Otherwise, click here and download the latest version. If you want all the ODBC features, those are included in two separate Application Package downloads (one for Windows, one for Linux) found on the IBM ESS website.

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Oooh. Executives. Sounds so very sophisticated, doesn’t it? Handsome guys in expensive suits who go to clubs like Laslo’s after work and meet up with slender, willowy brunettes for a martini. Very classy.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

OK, it’s time to talk a bit more about what IBM i managers and executives should know.

 

When we left off last time, we had identified two things that “i leaders” need to be familiar with: what makes the i special and what’s up with the Power architecture these days and why it’s a better choice than Intel for the long haul. But that’s not the end of the story. Come on, walk this way.

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In “What IBM i Execs Don’t Know,” my tone was a tad antagonistic. But now the air is warmer, spring is finally here, and I’m much, much better. So let’s approach things a bit more positively, shall we?

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

I’ll willingly agree that the last column I wrote was just a bit on the negative side. In fact, I really expected to be taken to task for being too hard on poor IBM i IT management.

But, like most things, I was wrong…about being taken to task, that is. As it turned out, everyone who commented agreed with me, and nobody seemed to feel too sorry for IT management as a group.

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IBM has officially announced IBM i 7.3. Here are some additions that interest me.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

It is that time again. IBM has lifted the veil on the new version of the IBM i operating system. IBM i 7.3 is full of enhancements of all sizes. There is certainly a lot to read up on, and I have not been able to kick the tires on some of these enhancements yet. I plan to do just that in the near future.

 

In the meantime, I thought I would point out the enhancements that, in my opinion, are useful or interesting to me as a developer. These features may help you make the case to your management to start planning your upgrade.

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Give your personnel a unified overview of all Windows, Linux, and IBM i servers in your enterprise.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

How can you continuously keep track of all your system activity when the average enterprise has become a diverse mix of applications and infrastructure spread across various on-site premises and into the cloud? What about keeping an eye on specialty operating systems like the IBM i across all shifts? Admins have to be able to take a vacation at some point, right?!

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Accompany an apprentice wizard on this tour of IBM i 7.3 and avoid being whomped by a willow or suffer from petrification.

Written by Scott Forstie

Recently, my wizarding powers were revealed, and I joined a small group of muggles who had special powers. While this may seem neither newsworthy nor consequential to you, the timing of this development couldn't be more fortunate. To develop my skills, I must follow the wizarding training protocol. If this sounds confusing, don't despair. After all, you're not a wizard, are you? I'm required to practice and demonstrate various spells and charms. I've visited Ollivander's and had a wand choose me, and I'm ready to commence my journey.

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If you're running WebSphere, AIX, Linux, or Windows 2008 Server on your IBM i, Support Assistant Team Server can help you troubleshoot Java and other application problems.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

IBM's Support Assistant Team Server (currently in release 5.0.2.1) is a set of diagnostic tools IBM offers at no charge that helps improve productivity by investigating root causes of software problems. The latest version runs under AIX, Linux, and Windows 2008 Server and can also be installed as an Enterprise Archive (EAR) file on servers running WebSphere.

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