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Some programmers are familiar with techniques for tuning Lotus Domino for AS/400. The most common of those techniques are setting NSF_Buffer_Pool_Size_MB appropriately, limiting the number of active users per Domino partition or server, and tuning AS/400 communication lines. Performance tuning is a dynamic “art,” and I’d like to show you some new tuning tricks that you can implement to improve the performance of your Domino servers. Some of these new tricks include changing individual Domino job runtime priority level, optimizing online back-up times through Backup, Recovery and Media Services for the AS/400 (BRMS/400), and using the new platform statistic support to collect AS/400 performance statistics in your Domino server.

Domino Subsystem Tuning

With Domino 5.0, you can change the priorities of Domino jobs permanently. Before 5.0, any changes to the runtime priority of a Domino job lasted only for the life of the job. If you stopped and restarted the Domino subsystem, the priorities of the jobs that had been changed were reset to the original runtime priorities. With 5.0, you can permanently set a Domino job to run at a priority other than the default priority 20. This setup is a two-step process.

First, you need to create a new job class to define which runtime priority you would like to select. The runtime priority can be anything from 10 to 99. The higher you set the runtime priority number, the lower the actual run priority will be: A job with a runtime priority of 20 will get more CPU cycles (i.e., have a higher runtime priority) than a job that has a runtime priority of 30. Use the Create Class (CRTCLS) command for this step. As an example, I am going to create a class with a runtime priority of 30. The name of the class is mailclass, and it will reside in the AS/400 library QUSRNOTES. All classes that are going to be used to change the runtime priority of a Domino job or task must be created in library QUSRNOTES. The actual command to create this class is as follows:

crtcls cls(qusrnotes/mailclass) runpty(30)


The next step is to tell a Domino subsystem which jobs (or tasks) should use this class. Domino for OS/400 looks for this information in a file named /qibm/userdata/lotus/notes/domino_classes in the AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS). There are various ways to edit this file. I will use the OS/400 Edit File (EDTF) command to edit the file. (I could also edit the file by using the Operations Navigator Edit option or by mapping a network drive to the AS/400 and editing as I would any PC-type file with a utility such as Microsoft Word.) Chances are that this file will be empty the first time I edit it; this is normal. All Domino servers on the system will reference this class upon startup to see if alteration of the runtime priority of any jobs/tasks is required. Once I have edited the file /qibm/userdata/lotus/notes/domino_classes to indicate which tasks will use the new runtime priority through the class just created, my screen will look like the one in Figure 1.

I’ll need three keywords to signal the Domino server to change the priority of a task: SERVER, CLASS, and TASKS. SERVER identifies the name of the Domino server that I want to work with. CLASS specifies the name of the class I created in library QUSRNOTES that indicates the new runtime priority. TASKS lists the Domino jobs that should use the new class to obtain their runtime priority. It is very important to list the keywords in this particular order.

The first Domino server I want to work with is Mail01, and the class that has been created to specify the new runtime priority is mailclass. Now I need to tell the Domino server which tasks will use the new priority; I’ve specified calconn and router. If I want to work with the same Domino server but use a different class to specify yet another runtime priority for additional tasks, I would list the keyword CLASS to specify the new class: mailclass2. Next, I use the keyword TASKS to indicate that the task sched will use the runtime priority associated with mailclass2.

Each time the calconn and router jobs are started for Domino server Mail01, they will obtain the runtime priority that was defined in class mailclass: 30. The Domino task sched, which is still associated with Domino server Mail01, will have yet another runtime priority: the priority associated with class mailclass2. As the file /qibm/userdata/lotus/ notes/domino_classes is referenced for all Domino servers on a given AS/400, you can change the runtime priority of a task on a different Domino server by specifying the server with the keyword SERVER and then referencing the CLASS and TASKS that you want to utilize the new runtime priority. I will work with the next Domino server by specifying the keyword SERVER and providing the name of the server, App01. The keyword CLASS is next; it specifies the new class appclass. And then TASKS lists the task—agent manager (Amgr)—that will use the new runtime priority of class appclass.

At this point, the only other thing I need to do for the new runtime priorities of these tasks to take effect is stop and restart the affected Domino servers. You can do this through either the OpsNav client, a Domino administration client, or the Work with Domino Servers (WRKDOMSVR) command on the AS/400 command line.

For a detailed list of Domino tasks, refer to the administration’s help database, which you can find in the help folder in the server’s data directory. You can change the runtime priority of all Domino tasks, but it is recommended that you not change the priority of the SERVER or QNNINSTS tasks. These tasks are integral to the functioning of the Domino server, and, therefore, you should leave their runtime priorities at the default of
20. The capability of changing the priority of individual Domino jobs was introduced in R5 of Domino on the AS/400, and it requires OS/400 V4R3 or later.

Saving Your Domino Configuration Is Easy

With V4R4, Domino for AS/400 R5.0.2a supports online backup capability with BRMS/400. Prior to this support, there was no true online backup option for saving Domino databases. With this latest support (provided in PTF SF60285 for BRMS/400),


you can now save Domino databases on the AS/400 while they are in use, with no save- while-active synchronization points.

There are some tricks that will improve the performance of your save operation when using BRMS with your Domino databases. The Domino databases will be saved in groups because writing individual Domino databases to physical devices would not provide acceptable performance. The default group size is five Notes/Domino databases. You can change this group size by adding the following variable in the notes initialization (notes.ini) file for a given Domino server:

SAVDOMBRM_FILES_IN_GROUP=x

The value specified for x indicates the number of files to group into one BRMS package. The maximum group value is 120. As the size of the group increases, the length of your Domino BRMS save operation decreases.

The group size that is appropriate for your save operation depends on when the actual backups occur. If the Domino server is being backed up during off-peak hours, when server usage is low, it is better to change the group size to a larger number, such as 10 to 20 or even higher. On the other hand, if you back up Domino databases when the server has heavy usage, you should keep the group value much smaller. In most cases, the default setting of five will be sufficient, but you may want to reduce the group size to as small as three.

The group size that you use during saves will have an impact on recovery times as well. All databases in the group are journaled during the backup. All changes are backed up separately. Because all the databases in the group are journaled until all are backed up, the time during which changes to the databases can occur is increased and the size of the changes that are backed up will increase. When the databases are recovered, the changes to the database that occurred during the backup will be reapplied. This process takes longer as the number of changes increases. For more information, refer to the Backup, Recovery and Media Services Web site at www.as400.ibm. com/service/brms/domino.htm.

Statistics Confirm Your Plan

New support has been added to Domino R5.0.3 for AS/400 that makes it easier to analyze operating system performance metrics. Prior to this support, it was necessary not only to look at the Domino statistics but also to look at OS/400 statistics through the performance tools. To avoid this two-step process, Domino has made it possible to collect operating system performance information on the Domino server. This feature is disabled by default in R5.0.3 and later releases. You can enable it by adding the following variable to the notes.ini file and stopping and restarting your Domino server:

PLATFORM_STATISTICS_ENABLED=1

Domino can now track OS/400 performance metrics, such as CPU utilization, disk I/O, process, and memory use. Type show stat platform at the Domino console to display the statistics. Performance statistics will be collected continuously until the support is disabled or reset or the server is ended. The server will reset the statistics each time you stop and restart it.

The system statistics are collected for the whole system. The same information is reported for each Domino server or partition. For instance, Platform.

System.TotalUtil indicates the total CPU utilization for all processors on the system.

The memory statistics that are reported for a Domino partition or server will report statistics for the memory pool that the partition is running in. If more than one partition is


running in a memory pool, then the values reported will include activity for all partitions, such as the following:

• Platform.Memory.FaultsPerSec indicates the number of page faults per second in the memory pool this Domino server is running in (usually QBASE).

• Platform.Memory.PagesPerSec calculates the number of pages per second read to or written from the disk in the memory pool this Domino server is running in.

The process statistics for each partition are independent of other partitions. When multiple jobs are required to do the same task, statistics can be collected for up to four of the processes. These are jobs such as agent manager (Amgr), SERVER, replication (REPLICA), and UPDATE. If there are more than four instances of a single process in a partition, only the first four will be saved and reported in the statistics, as follows:

• Platform.Process.SERVER.1.Util—CPU utilization of the first server process for this Domino partition

• Platform.Process.SERVER.2.Util—CPU utilization of the second server process of this partition

• Platform.Process.SERVER.3.Util—CPU utilization of the third server process of this partition

• Platform.Process.SERVER.4.Util—CPU utilization of the fourth server process of this partition

• Platform.Process.AMGR.1.Util—CPU utilization of the first agent manager for this partition

Disk statistics are collected for the whole system. All configured disk units in all auxiliary storage pools (ASPs) are collected as follows:

• Platform.LogicalDisk._Total.1_Total.1.PctTime—average percentage of all disk units on the AS/400 that are busy

• Platform.LogicalDisk._Total.1._Total1.PctUsed—percentage of all configured disk units in all ASPs that is currently allocated for data

To change the collection interval, reset statistics, or stop the collection process, you can use four different arguments with the platform command: TIME, RESET, WAIT, RUN. These arguments perform the following tasks:

• Platform time displays the current sampling rate; the default is 1 minute.

• Platform time 5 changes the sampling rate to every 5 minutes.

• Platform reset resets the statistics and restarts the collection process.

• Platform wait pauses collection of the performance data.

• Platform run resumes collection of the performance data.


These new statistics should make Domino performance analysis easier for everyone. However, you may still need to use the OS/400 performance tools. For more information on the new platform statistics tool, see the Lotus Domino for AS/400 5.0.3 Release Notes at www.as400.ibm.com/domino/QMR503.htm.

Performance Is a Perennial Problem

Release 5.0 of Domino offers a number of performance enhancements for not only tuning Domino but also integrating the collection of performance data. With the ability to apply runtime priority changes to individual Domino jobs, Domino is now able to fully take advantage of the AS/400 architecture. This level of performance tuning granularity is unparalleled on any other platform.

The world of performance analysis and tuning is always changing, so keep your ears open and eyes peeled as more great functions within Domino become available. To help you keep abreast of this ever-changing world of tips and tricks, place a bookmark at IBM’s Domino Performance Web site at www.as400.ibm.com/developer/ domino/perform. This site contains two white papers that I originally wrote that are continually updated with the latest AS/400 Domino performance tuning recommendations. Happy tuning to you.

REFERENCES AND RELATED MATERIALS

• Backup, Recovery and Media Services Web site: www.as400.ibm.com/service/brms/domino.htm
• IBM Domino Performance Web site: www.as400.ibm.com/developer/ domino/perform
• Lotus Domino for AS/400 Quarterly Maintenance Release 5.0.3 Web site: www.as400.ibm.com/domino/QMR503.htm

Figure 1: Edit the file /qibm/userdata/lotus/notes/domino_classes to indicate which tasks will use the new runtime priority through the new class you create.


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Some programmers are familiar with techniques for tuning Lotus Domino for AS/400. The most common of those techniques are setting NSF_Buffer_Pool_Size_MB appropriately, limiting the number of active users per Domino partition or server, and tuning AS/400 communication lines. Performance tuning is a dynamic “art,” and I’d like to show you some new tuning tricks that you can implement to improve the performance of your Domino servers. Some of these new tricks include changing individual Domino job runtime priority level, optimizing online back-up times through Backup, Recovery and Media Services for the AS/400 (BRMS/400), and using the new platform statistic support to collect AS/400 performance statistics in your Domino server.

Domino Subsystem Tuning

With Domino 5.0, you can change the priorities of Domino jobs permanently. Before 5.0, any changes to the runtime priority of a Domino job lasted only for the life of the job. If you stopped and restarted the Domino subsystem, the priorities of the jobs that had been changed were reset to the original runtime priorities. With 5.0, you can permanently set a Domino job to run at a priority other than the default priority 20. This setup is a two-step process.

First, you need to create a new job class to define which runtime priority you would like to select. The runtime priority can be anything from 10 to 99. The higher you set the runtime priority number, the lower the actual run priority will be: A job with a runtime priority of 20 will get more CPU cycles (i.e., have a higher runtime priority) than a job that has a runtime priority of 30. Use the Create Class (CRTCLS) command for this step. As an example, I am going to create a class with a runtime priority of 30. The name of the class is mailclass, and it will reside in the AS/400 library QUSRNOTES. All classes that are going to be used to change the runtime priority of a Domino job or task must be created in library QUSRNOTES. The actual command to create this class is as follows:

crtcls cls(qusrnotes/mailclass) runpty(30)


The next step is to tell a Domino subsystem which jobs (or tasks) should use this class. Domino for OS/400 looks for this information in a file named /qibm/userdata/lotus/notes/domino_classes in the AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS). There are various ways to edit this file. I will use the OS/400 Edit File (EDTF) command to edit the file. (I could also edit the file by using the Operations Navigator Edit option or by mapping a network drive to the AS/400 and editing as I would any PC-type file with a utility such as Microsoft Word.) Chances are that this file will be empty the first time I edit it; this is normal. All Domino servers on the system will reference this class upon startup to see if alteration of the runtime priority of any jobs/tasks is required. Once I have edited the file /qibm/userdata/lotus/notes/domino_classes to indicate which tasks will use the new runtime priority through the class just created, my screen will look like the one in Figure 1.

I’ll need three keywords to signal the Domino server to change the priority of a task: SERVER, CLASS, and TASKS. SERVER identifies the name of the Domino server that I want to work with. CLASS specifies the name of the class I created in library QUSRNOTES that indicates the new runtime priority. TASKS lists the Domino jobs that should use the new class to obtain their runtime priority. It is very important to list the keywords in this particular order.

The first Domino server I want to work with is Mail01, and the class that has been created to specify the new runtime priority is mailclass. Now I need to tell the Domino server which tasks will use the new priority; I’ve specified calconn and router. If I want to work with the same Domino server but use a different class to specify yet another runtime priority for additional tasks, I would list the keyword CLASS to specify the new class: mailclass2. Next, I use the keyword TASKS to indicate that the task sched will use the runtime priority associated with mailclass2.

Each time the calconn and router jobs are started for Domino server Mail01, they will obtain the runtime priority that was defined in class mailclass: 30. The Domino task sched, which is still associated with Domino server Mail01, will have yet another runtime priority: the priority associated with class mailclass2. As the file /qibm/userdata/lotus/ notes/domino_classes is referenced for all Domino servers on a given AS/400, you can change the runtime priority of a task on a different Domino server by specifying the server with the keyword SERVER and then referencing the CLASS and TASKS that you want to utilize the new runtime priority. I will work with the next Domino server by specifying the keyword SERVER and providing the name of the server, App01. The keyword CLASS is next; it specifies the new class appclass. And then TASKS lists the task—agent manager (Amgr)—that will use the new runtime priority of class appclass.

At this point, the only other thing I need to do for the new runtime priorities of these tasks to take effect is stop and restart the affected Domino servers. You can do this through either the OpsNav client, a Domino administration client, or the Work with Domino Servers (WRKDOMSVR) command on the AS/400 command line.

For a detailed list of Domino tasks, refer to the administration’s help database, which you can find in the help folder in the server’s data directory. You can change the runtime priority of all Domino tasks, but it is recommended that you not change the priority of the SERVER or QNNINSTS tasks. These tasks are integral to the functioning of the Domino server, and, therefore, you should leave their runtime priorities at the default of
20. The capability of changing the priority of individual Domino jobs was introduced in R5 of Domino on the AS/400, and it requires OS/400 V4R3 or later.

Saving Your Domino Configuration Is Easy

With V4R4, Domino for AS/400 R5.0.2a supports online backup capability with BRMS/400. Prior to this support, there was no true online backup option for saving Domino databases. With this latest support (provided in PTF SF60285 for BRMS/400),


you can now save Domino databases on the AS/400 while they are in use, with no save- while-active synchronization points.

There are some tricks that will improve the performance of your save operation when using BRMS with your Domino databases. The Domino databases will be saved in groups because writing individual Domino databases to physical devices would not provide acceptable performance. The default group size is five Notes/Domino databases. You can change this group size by adding the following variable in the notes initialization (notes.ini) file for a given Domino server:

SAVDOMBRM_FILES_IN_GROUP=x

The value specified for x indicates the number of files to group into one BRMS package. The maximum group value is 120. As the size of the group increases, the length of your Domino BRMS save operation decreases.

The group size that is appropriate for your save operation depends on when the actual backups occur. If the Domino server is being backed up during off-peak hours, when server usage is low, it is better to change the group size to a larger number, such as 10 to 20 or even higher. On the other hand, if you back up Domino databases when the server has heavy usage, you should keep the group value much smaller. In most cases, the default setting of five will be sufficient, but you may want to reduce the group size to as small as three.

The group size that you use during saves will have an impact on recovery times as well. All databases in the group are journaled during the backup. All changes are backed up separately. Because all the databases in the group are journaled until all are backed up, the time during which changes to the databases can occur is increased and the size of the changes that are backed up will increase. When the databases are recovered, the changes to the database that occurred during the backup will be reapplied. This process takes longer as the number of changes increases. For more information, refer to the Backup, Recovery and Media Services Web site at www.as400.ibm. com/service/brms/domino.htm.

Statistics Confirm Your Plan

New support has been added to Domino R5.0.3 for AS/400 that makes it easier to analyze operating system performance metrics. Prior to this support, it was necessary not only to look at the Domino statistics but also to look at OS/400 statistics through the performance tools. To avoid this two-step process, Domino has made it possible to collect operating system performance information on the Domino server. This feature is disabled by default in R5.0.3 and later releases. You can enable it by adding the following variable to the notes.ini file and stopping and restarting your Domino server:

PLATFORM_STATISTICS_ENABLED=1

Domino can now track OS/400 performance metrics, such as CPU utilization, disk I/O, process, and memory use. Type show stat platform at the Domino console to display the statistics. Performance statistics will be collected continuously until the support is disabled or reset or the server is ended. The server will reset the statistics each time you stop and restart it.

The system statistics are collected for the whole system. The same information is reported for each Domino server or partition. For instance, Platform.

System.TotalUtil indicates the total CPU utilization for all processors on the system.

The memory statistics that are reported for a Domino partition or server will report statistics for the memory pool that the partition is running in. If more than one partition is


running in a memory pool, then the values reported will include activity for all partitions, such as the following:

• Platform.Memory.FaultsPerSec indicates the number of page faults per second in the memory pool this Domino server is running in (usually QBASE).

• Platform.Memory.PagesPerSec calculates the number of pages per second read to or written from the disk in the memory pool this Domino server is running in.

The process statistics for each partition are independent of other partitions. When multiple jobs are required to do the same task, statistics can be collected for up to four of the processes. These are jobs such as agent manager (Amgr), SERVER, replication (REPLICA), and UPDATE. If there are more than four instances of a single process in a partition, only the first four will be saved and reported in the statistics, as follows:

• Platform.Process.SERVER.1.Util—CPU utilization of the first server process for this Domino partition

• Platform.Process.SERVER.2.Util—CPU utilization of the second server process of this partition

• Platform.Process.SERVER.3.Util—CPU utilization of the third server process of this partition

• Platform.Process.SERVER.4.Util—CPU utilization of the fourth server process of this partition

• Platform.Process.AMGR.1.Util—CPU utilization of the first agent manager for this partition

Disk statistics are collected for the whole system. All configured disk units in all auxiliary storage pools (ASPs) are collected as follows:

• Platform.LogicalDisk._Total.1_Total.1.PctTime—average percentage of all disk units on the AS/400 that are busy

• Platform.LogicalDisk._Total.1._Total1.PctUsed—percentage of all configured disk units in all ASPs that is currently allocated for data

To change the collection interval, reset statistics, or stop the collection process, you can use four different arguments with the platform command: TIME, RESET, WAIT, RUN. These arguments perform the following tasks:

• Platform time displays the current sampling rate; the default is 1 minute.

• Platform time 5 changes the sampling rate to every 5 minutes.

• Platform reset resets the statistics and restarts the collection process.

• Platform wait pauses collection of the performance data.

• Platform run resumes collection of the performance data.


These new statistics should make Domino performance analysis easier for everyone. However, you may still need to use the OS/400 performance tools. For more information on the new platform statistics tool, see the Lotus Domino for AS/400 5.0.3 Release Notes at www.as400.ibm.com/domino/QMR503.htm.

Performance Is a Perennial Problem

Release 5.0 of Domino offers a number of performance enhancements for not only tuning Domino but also integrating the collection of performance data. With the ability to apply runtime priority changes to individual Domino jobs, Domino is now able to fully take advantage of the AS/400 architecture. This level of performance tuning granularity is unparalleled on any other platform.

The world of performance analysis and tuning is always changing, so keep your ears open and eyes peeled as more great functions within Domino become available. To help you keep abreast of this ever-changing world of tips and tricks, place a bookmark at IBM’s Domino Performance Web site at www.as400.ibm.com/developer/ domino/perform. This site contains two white papers that I originally wrote that are continually updated with the latest AS/400 Domino performance tuning recommendations. Happy tuning to you.

REFERENCES AND RELATED MATERIALS

• Backup, Recovery and Media Services Web site: www.as400.ibm.com/service/brms/domino.htm
• IBM Domino Performance Web site: www.as400.ibm.com/developer/ domino/perform
• Lotus Domino for AS/400 Quarterly Maintenance Release 5.0.3 Web site: www.as400.ibm.com/domino/QMR503.htm

Figure 1: Edit the file /qibm/userdata/lotus/notes/domino_classes to indicate which tasks will use the new runtime priority through the new class you create.


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  • Easy Mobile Development

    SB Profound WC GenericWatch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!

     

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

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

    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.

    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).

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts discuss:


    - Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    - Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    - 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

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    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

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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.