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In today's world, where business processes depend on multiple servers and platforms constantly passing transactions back and forth, even slight time differences between servers can make audit trails impossible to decipher. This is where Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) comes in. Simply put, SNTP is a means by which client computers can synchronize their system time with a server system. In this article, we'll explore the enhancements to time synchronization capabilities that IBM added into V5R3.

Client or Server

As I mentioned, the concept behind SNTP is pretty basic. An SNTP client computer is able to automatically adjust its system clock to match that of an SNTP server. The big news in V5R3 is that IBM has added SNTP server capabilities to the existing SNTP client support. This means that in the scenario I just described, the iSeries can play both roles. Now, the iSeries can not only be a client to a time server, but also act as a time server to supply time synchronization services to clients. It can also do both at the same time, synchronizing its time from a public time server and then making synchronization services available to client computers on the local network. IBM has also changed the SNTP client by adding support for multiple time servers, by allowing you to define how the time is adjusted, and by changing which clock is updated. Prior to V5R3, the SNTP client would update the software clock. Now, the system clock is updated.

Let's start off by examining how to set up your iSeries as a time server.

Server Configuration

The process to set up your iSeries as an SNTP server is pretty basic. This can be accomplished using the Change SNTP Attribute (CHGNTPA) command. It's important to note that this command is used to configure both server and client SNTP attributes. Three of the command's parameters are used to configure the SNTP server attributes:

CHGNTPA Parameters for Configuring SNTP Server Attributes
Parameter
Description
SVRAUTOSTR
Defines whether or not to automatically start the SNTP server job when TCP/IP services are started with the STRTCP command
SVRACTLOG
Defines what level of activity logging should be written to the activity logging file located in the IFS folder /QIBM/USERDATA/OS400/TCPIP/NTP/SERVER
SYNCRQD
Identifies whether the SNTP client should be used to synchronize the time with an external time server before starting the time server


The auto start parameter (SVRAUTOSTR) accepts a value of either *YES to define that the SNTP server should start automatically when the TCP/IP server is started or *NO to prevent the SNTP server from starting.

The server activity logging parameter (SVRACTLOG) accepts a value of *NONE to identify that no logging will be done. The value *ERROR is used to define that log entries will be written whenever an error occurs during synchronization. All requests made to the SNTP server will result in a log entry if the value *ALL is specified.

The synchronization required (SYNCRQD) accepts a value of *YES or *NO.

The command below would be used to configure the iSeries SNTP server to run at startup with error logging but without synchronization prior to starting.

CHGNTPA SVRAUTOSTR(*YES) SVRACTLOG(*ERROR) SYNCRQD(*NO)      

After executing this command, you can either stop and start TCP/IP using the ENDTCP and STRTCP commands or simply use the STRTCPSVR command as shown below.

STRTCPSVR SERVER(*NTP) NTPSRV(*SERVER)

Note that the NTPSRV parameter here signifies that the SNTP server service should be started. Once the SNTP server is started, client computers can be configured to utilize the iSeries as a time server.

Client Configuration

The client configuration is also accomplished using the CHGNTPA command. The following seven parameters define SNTP client attributes:

CHGNTPA Parameters for Configuring SNTP Client Attributes
Parameter
Description
RMTSYS
Defines a list of host names or IP addresses of NTP servers to be used for synchronization
AUTOSTART
Identifies whether the SNTP client should be started automatically when TCP/IP is started
POLLITV
Defines the interval in minutes between time server connections
MINADJ
Sets the minimum adjustment difference in milliseconds
MAXADJ
Sets the maximum adjustment difference in minutes
ADJTHLD
Sets the adjustment threshold used to determine whether to reset the clock or gradually adjust it
ACTLOG
Defines the level of client activity log entries to be written to a log file in the IFS folder /QIBM/USERDATA/OS400/TCPIP/NTP


The remote system parameter (RMTSYS) has been enhanced in V5R3 to allow not only one, but multiple time servers. When multiple time servers are specified, the first available time server is used. This gives the SNTP client greater support for failover in case one or more of the time servers is down. It's important to note that if the time server specified is external to your local network (outside of your firewall), your firewall configuration may need to be changed to allow UDP traffic on port 123.

The auto start parameter (AUTOSTART) is used here much in the same way it's used on the server parameter. If *YES is specified, the SNTP client automatically starts when TCP/IP is started.

The poll interval (POLLITV) parameter identifies the number of minutes that should elapse between connections to the time server.

The min and max adjustment parameters (MINADJ and MAXADJ, respectively) allow you to define minimum and maximum differences between client and server times for which adjustments will be made. If, when a connection is made, the difference between the server time and the client time is less than the min (in milliseconds) or greater than the max (in minutes), the time on the client will not be adjusted.

The adjustment threshold parameter (ADJTHLD) identifies the method that should be used to adjust the time, based on a specified number of seconds difference in time. This new parameter in V5R3 adds support for controlling how the time on the local system is updated. If the difference between the server time and the client time is less than the specified value, the clock will be adjusted gradually up or down until the two clocks match. This is done to prevent sudden clock changes, which could cause havoc with applications that use the time value. If, however, the difference is greater than the number of seconds specified, the clock will simply be reset to the server time. The optional special value of *MAXADJ can be specified to identify that any differences up to the value of the MAXADJ parameter should be gradually adjusted and not simply reset.

The activity log parameter (ACTLOG) accepts a value of *NONE to define that no activity log entries should be written, a value of *CHANGE to define that log entries will be written only when a time change occurs, or a value of *POLL to define that a log entry should be written every time a connection is made to the time server and the server sends a response.

The CHGNTPA command below gives an example of configuring the SNTP client.

CHGNTPA RMTSYS('lerc-dns.lerc.nasa.gov') AUTOSTART(*YES) 
     POLLITV(1) MINADJ(1000) MAXADJ(10) ADJTHLD(*MAXADJ) 
     ACTLOG(*POLL)                    

This configuration will result in an SNTP client configuration containing a single time server that will be polled every minute and for which adjustments will be made only when the difference is more than 10 seconds and less than 10 minutes. Any differences less than the maximum adjustment value will be gradually made over a short time. Any other time difference is ignored. Log entries will be written for each time that the client polls the server.

After issuing this command, the SNTP client will be started automatically the next time that TCP/IP is started. Alternatively, you can manually start the SNTP client using the STRTCPSVR command shown below:

STRTCPSVR SERVER(*NTP) NTPSRV(*CLIENT)   

As we saw earlier, the NTPSRV parameter allows us to define whether to start the SNTP client or server. This parameter also accepts a special value of *CFGFILE, which tells the command to check the auto start options defined on the CHGSNTPA command for both server and client. Using this option, you can manually start both client and server with a single command.

Time Zones

When you're retrieving the time from a public time server, it's important to realize that the time server you're using could be anywhere in the world. For that reason, your system must be configured to the correct time zone. Time zone definitions can be found using the Work with Time Zones (WRKTIMZON) command. Figure 1 below shows the WRKTIMZON display.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/V5R3TimeSynchV4--07220500.png
Figure 1: The WRKTIMZON display is used to set up time zone information. (Click image to enlarge.)

This screen allows us to view and change the definition of available time zones. The offset value determines the number of hours that a given time zone is offset from the world clock (GMT). These values are used in conjunction with the QTIMZON system value to help the SNTP server and client determine what the time is on the local system. You can use option 8 from this screen to update the system value with a given time zone description.

Where Do You Find the Time?

Now that you know how to set up the iSeries to utilize SNTP, you may be wondering where you can get a list of available public time servers. This Web site gives information on servers that are open to the public and those that have closed (private) access. You also might want to check out www.ntp.org for more information on how time synchronization works.

Mike Faust is an application programmer for Fidelity Integrated Financial Solutions in Maitland, Florida. Mike is also the author of the books The iSeries and AS/400 Programmer's Guide to Cool Things and Active Server Pages Primer and SQL Built-in Functions and Stored Procedures. You can contact Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mike Faust

Mike Faust is a senior consultant/analyst for Retail Technologies Corporation in Orlando, Florida. Mike is also the author of the books Active Server Pages Primer, The iSeries and AS/400 Programmer's Guide to Cool Things, JavaScript for the Business Developer, and SQL Built-in Functions and Stored Procedures. You can contact Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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In today's world, where business processes depend on multiple servers and platforms constantly passing transactions back and forth, even slight time differences between servers can make audit trails impossible to decipher. This is where Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) comes in. Simply put, SNTP is a means by which client computers can synchronize their system time with a server system. In this article, we'll explore the enhancements to time synchronization capabilities that IBM added into V5R3.

Client or Server

As I mentioned, the concept behind SNTP is pretty basic. An SNTP client computer is able to automatically adjust its system clock to match that of an SNTP server. The big news in V5R3 is that IBM has added SNTP server capabilities to the existing SNTP client support. This means that in the scenario I just described, the iSeries can play both roles. Now, the iSeries can not only be a client to a time server, but also act as a time server to supply time synchronization services to clients. It can also do both at the same time, synchronizing its time from a public time server and then making synchronization services available to client computers on the local network. IBM has also changed the SNTP client by adding support for multiple time servers, by allowing you to define how the time is adjusted, and by changing which clock is updated. Prior to V5R3, the SNTP client would update the software clock. Now, the system clock is updated.

Let's start off by examining how to set up your iSeries as a time server.

Server Configuration

The process to set up your iSeries as an SNTP server is pretty basic. This can be accomplished using the Change SNTP Attribute (CHGNTPA) command. It's important to note that this command is used to configure both server and client SNTP attributes. Three of the command's parameters are used to configure the SNTP server attributes:

CHGNTPA Parameters for Configuring SNTP Server Attributes
Parameter
Description
SVRAUTOSTR
Defines whether or not to automatically start the SNTP server job when TCP/IP services are started with the STRTCP command
SVRACTLOG
Defines what level of activity logging should be written to the activity logging file located in the IFS folder /QIBM/USERDATA/OS400/TCPIP/NTP/SERVER
SYNCRQD
Identifies whether the SNTP client should be used to synchronize the time with an external time server before starting the time server


The auto start parameter (SVRAUTOSTR) accepts a value of either *YES to define that the SNTP server should start automatically when the TCP/IP server is started or *NO to prevent the SNTP server from starting.

The server activity logging parameter (SVRACTLOG) accepts a value of *NONE to identify that no logging will be done. The value *ERROR is used to define that log entries will be written whenever an error occurs during synchronization. All requests made to the SNTP server will result in a log entry if the value *ALL is specified.

The synchronization required (SYNCRQD) accepts a value of *YES or *NO.

The command below would be used to configure the iSeries SNTP server to run at startup with error logging but without synchronization prior to starting.

CHGNTPA SVRAUTOSTR(*YES) SVRACTLOG(*ERROR) SYNCRQD(*NO)      

After executing this command, you can either stop and start TCP/IP using the ENDTCP and STRTCP commands or simply use the STRTCPSVR command as shown below.

STRTCPSVR SERVER(*NTP) NTPSRV(*SERVER)

Note that the NTPSRV parameter here signifies that the SNTP server service should be started. Once the SNTP server is started, client computers can be configured to utilize the iSeries as a time server.

Client Configuration

The client configuration is also accomplished using the CHGNTPA command. The following seven parameters define SNTP client attributes:

CHGNTPA Parameters for Configuring SNTP Client Attributes
Parameter
Description
RMTSYS
Defines a list of host names or IP addresses of NTP servers to be used for synchronization
AUTOSTART
Identifies whether the SNTP client should be started automatically when TCP/IP is started
POLLITV
Defines the interval in minutes between time server connections
MINADJ
Sets the minimum adjustment difference in milliseconds
MAXADJ
Sets the maximum adjustment difference in minutes
ADJTHLD
Sets the adjustment threshold used to determine whether to reset the clock or gradually adjust it
ACTLOG
Defines the level of client activity log entries to be written to a log file in the IFS folder /QIBM/USERDATA/OS400/TCPIP/NTP


The remote system parameter (RMTSYS) has been enhanced in V5R3 to allow not only one, but multiple time servers. When multiple time servers are specified, the first available time server is used. This gives the SNTP client greater support for failover in case one or more of the time servers is down. It's important to note that if the time server specified is external to your local network (outside of your firewall), your firewall configuration may need to be changed to allow UDP traffic on port 123.

The auto start parameter (AUTOSTART) is used here much in the same way it's used on the server parameter. If *YES is specified, the SNTP client automatically starts when TCP/IP is started.

The poll interval (POLLITV) parameter identifies the number of minutes that should elapse between connections to the time server.

The min and max adjustment parameters (MINADJ and MAXADJ, respectively) allow you to define minimum and maximum differences between client and server times for which adjustments will be made. If, when a connection is made, the difference between the server time and the client time is less than the min (in milliseconds) or greater than the max (in minutes), the time on the client will not be adjusted.

The adjustment threshold parameter (ADJTHLD) identifies the method that should be used to adjust the time, based on a specified number of seconds difference in time. This new parameter in V5R3 adds support for controlling how the time on the local system is updated. If the difference between the server time and the client time is less than the specified value, the clock will be adjusted gradually up or down until the two clocks match. This is done to prevent sudden clock changes, which could cause havoc with applications that use the time value. If, however, the difference is greater than the number of seconds specified, the clock will simply be reset to the server time. The optional special value of *MAXADJ can be specified to identify that any differences up to the value of the MAXADJ parameter should be gradually adjusted and not simply reset.

The activity log parameter (ACTLOG) accepts a value of *NONE to define that no activity log entries should be written, a value of *CHANGE to define that log entries will be written only when a time change occurs, or a value of *POLL to define that a log entry should be written every time a connection is made to the time server and the server sends a response.

The CHGNTPA command below gives an example of configuring the SNTP client.

CHGNTPA RMTSYS('lerc-dns.lerc.nasa.gov') AUTOSTART(*YES) 
     POLLITV(1) MINADJ(1000) MAXADJ(10) ADJTHLD(*MAXADJ) 
     ACTLOG(*POLL)                    

This configuration will result in an SNTP client configuration containing a single time server that will be polled every minute and for which adjustments will be made only when the difference is more than 10 seconds and less than 10 minutes. Any differences less than the maximum adjustment value will be gradually made over a short time. Any other time difference is ignored. Log entries will be written for each time that the client polls the server.

After issuing this command, the SNTP client will be started automatically the next time that TCP/IP is started. Alternatively, you can manually start the SNTP client using the STRTCPSVR command shown below:

STRTCPSVR SERVER(*NTP) NTPSRV(*CLIENT)   

As we saw earlier, the NTPSRV parameter allows us to define whether to start the SNTP client or server. This parameter also accepts a special value of *CFGFILE, which tells the command to check the auto start options defined on the CHGSNTPA command for both server and client. Using this option, you can manually start both client and server with a single command.

Time Zones

When you're retrieving the time from a public time server, it's important to realize that the time server you're using could be anywhere in the world. For that reason, your system must be configured to the correct time zone. Time zone definitions can be found using the Work with Time Zones (WRKTIMZON) command. Figure 1 below shows the WRKTIMZON display.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/V5R3TimeSynchV4--07220500.png
Figure 1: The WRKTIMZON display is used to set up time zone information. (Click image to enlarge.)

This screen allows us to view and change the definition of available time zones. The offset value determines the number of hours that a given time zone is offset from the world clock (GMT). These values are used in conjunction with the QTIMZON system value to help the SNTP server and client determine what the time is on the local system. You can use option 8 from this screen to update the system value with a given time zone description.

Where Do You Find the Time?

Now that you know how to set up the iSeries to utilize SNTP, you may be wondering where you can get a list of available public time servers. This Web site gives information on servers that are open to the public and those that have closed (private) access. You also might want to check out www.ntp.org for more information on how time synchronization works.

Mike Faust is an application programmer for Fidelity Integrated Financial Solutions in Maitland, Florida. Mike is also the author of the books The iSeries and AS/400 Programmer's Guide to Cool Things and Active Server Pages Primer and SQL Built-in Functions and Stored Procedures. You can contact Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mike Faust

Mike Faust is a senior consultant/analyst for Retail Technologies Corporation in Orlando, Florida. Mike is also the author of the books Active Server Pages Primer, The iSeries and AS/400 Programmer's Guide to Cool Things, JavaScript for the Business Developer, and SQL Built-in Functions and Stored Procedures. You can contact Mike at mikeffaust@yahoo.com.


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  • 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.