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Performing an IPL on the AS/400 is one of those necessary tasks we all must tackle. Find out what goes on during an IPL and pick up some clues for getting the most out of it for your machine.

As you sit around waiting for your AS/400 to finish an IPL, have you ever wondered what really happens inside your computer? Most of us have seen the system reference codes (SRC) on the front panel of the AS/400 change as the IPL is taking place, but exactly what do those codes tell us? Wouldn’t it be nice to know whether the IPL is almost complete? That way you’d know if you could leave and do something more interesting or whether you should settle in with your bag of chips and Jolt cola. This article gives you some insight into what happens inside your AS/400 during an IPL and introduces you to the Change IPL Attributes (CHGIPLA) command, which helps customize the IPL to meet your shop’s needs.

What Does an IPL Do?

The easiest way to explain the IPL process is to break it into groups of related tasks. In brief, an IPL does the following tasks:

• Executes power on self-test and basic assurance tests of the input/output processors (IOPs)

• Runs diagnostics on the service processor and initializes the licensed internal code
• Initializes the system with LIC
• Displays the Attended IPL menu or Install System menu on the system console
• Executes storage management recovery, journal synchronization, and IPL cleanup
• Loads OS/400 Now, let’s look at each main process in detail and list the SRC codes displayed for each. I gleaned the information in this article from my AS/400 Model 50S; the SRC codes could be different depending on which AS/400 model you use. (Any Xs in the codes indicate that multiple SRCs appear during that particular task. The preliminary procedure in an IPL merely verifies that the system unit and control panel power supplies are operational. The IPL performs these tests before any SRCs are displayed.)

Service Processor Reference Codes

(LIC)

The first main function performed after the power supplies are tested is service processor testing, represented by SRC codes C1XX BXXX. The service processor card contains a set of instructions that constitute the logic required to start the system processor and handle the error messages that may occur during initialization. Here are the SRC codes that fall into this category:

• C100 B1D2—Basic assurance Read-only Storage (ROS) testing on the control panel interface. The system first tests the control panel, and if the control panel is not functioning correctly, the IPL cannot continue and terminates. Because this testing requires little time, you may not even see this SRC.

• C10X B111—Basic assurance ROS testing on Multifunction Input/Output Processor (MFIOP) control storage. As its name suggests, the MFIOP is a multifunction card in the system. Devices that can be attached to the MFIOP vary slightly, depending on the model of AS/400 used, but generally, the MFIOP supports internal tape drives, internal disk units, and the primary workstation controller. During this step, only the control storage portion of the MFIOP is tested.

• C100 B1E9—Basic assurance ROS testing on service processor registers. Registers are storage areas in which data and addresses are held temporarily while being used by a processor.

• C1XX B18X—Basic assurance testing on MFIOP. Those functions on the MFIOP card other than control storage are now tested.

Depending on the size and type of AS/400 you have, these tests require 1 to 5 minutes. After the service processor has been tested, the LIC must be loaded onto it. As the LIC loads, SRCs C1XX XXXX are displayed.

• C1XX 1030—Loading of the service processor LIC from the load source device. A partial IPL is performed on the system bus, and the load source IOP is initialized. Basic assurance tests are performed for a second time on the I/O devices, and the LIC is loaded onto the service processor using the load source device, an internal disk drive that contains all of the LIC and operating system.

System Processor Reference Codes

With the service processor tests completed and the service processor loaded, diagnostics are now run on the system processor. These diagnostics are represented by SRCs C3XX 41XX:

• C320 4135 through C32A 4135.
• C320 4136—Array Built-in Self-test (ABIST) on the system processor. These tests may differ based on the type of processor installed. Tests performed on single processors differ from those performed on multiple processors.

• C320 4190 through C32A 4190—Main storage diagnostics (MSD). (Where information is lean, I was unable to determine exactly what type of diagnostics are performed. IBM does not share that information with the general public. In addition, for any unidentified acronym, I simply listed whatever information was in the IBM manual.) This stage of the IPL varies, depending on the processor type and type of IPL performed. On average, this stage requires 2 to 10 minutes. After the system processor diagnostics have been completed, you may see C100 2060 (a tape-read command issued to the alternate IPL tape device) and C100 2090 (acknowledgement from the alternate IPL tape device).

System Initialization

The hardware has been tested, and C100 2034 is displayed. At this point, IPL control is passed to the system processor, which continues the IPL process. The next stage of the process is the testing and initialization of the system configuration, represented by SRCs C6XX 4XXX:

• C600 4001—Start static paging.
• C600 4002—Start limited paging/call LID manager.

• C600 4003—Initialize IPL termination data area/set up node address communication area (NACA) pointer.

• C600 4004—Check and update MSD subject identifier (SID). The SID is a string that identifies a user or set of users in the distributed computing environment (DCE), a set of services that support the development, use, and maintenance of distributed applications.

• C600 4005—Initialize event manager.
• C600 4006—IPL all buses. The AS/400 supports different bus structures, two of which are Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) and System Products Division (SPD). PCI is growing more popular because PCI cards are less costly than SPD. However, because not all devices can be attached with PCI cards, SPD cards still exist in high-end RISC models. During this step, all buses are initialized for all I/O devices.

• C600 4007—Start error log ID. An error log ID is created to log hardware and software errors that may occur.

• C600 4008—Initialize I/O service, and C600 4009—Initialize I/O machine. These two processes prepare the I/O devices to be used.

• C600 4010—Initialize interactive device exerciser (IDE).
• C600 4011—Initialize remote services.
• C600 4012—Initialize RMAC data values.
• C600 4013—Initialize context management.
• C600 4014—Initialize RM seize lock.
• C600 4015—Initialize MISR.
• C600 4016—Set time of day.
• C600 4017—Initialize RM process management.
• C600 4018—Initialize error log. The error log is prepared to receive log entries.
• C600 4019—Reinitialize the service processor. The service processor is used to start the system processor. This step resets the service processor.

• C600 4020—Initialize machine services.
• C600 4021—Initialize performance data collector. The performance data collector is prepared to gather information about the system regarding response times and throughputs. An example of such a job is job name QPFRCOL running in the QCTL subsystem.

• C600 4022—Initialize event manager.
• C600 4023—Create Machine Interface (MI) boundary manager tasks. The Technology Independent Machine Interface (TIMI) is a logical rather than physical interface to the system hardware. The MI architecture provides a complete set of APIs for OS/400 and all application programs. The boundary manager provides the method of communication between the hardware and system software. Frank Soltis’ Inside the AS/400 contains a detailed explanation of the MI. (See the References section at the end of this article.)

• C600 4024—Disable Continuously Powered Main Storage (CPM). This step is a little confusing. CPM is available on certain AS/400 models to supply main storage power for a short time to allow an orderly system shutdown in the event of power failure. CPM is disabled during this step and is made available at each IPL. CPM is enabled only when utility power is interrupted. It may be necessary to disable CPM to make specific repairs to the system.

• C600 4025—Initialize battery test. If the system has an internal battery, it is tested at this point. If the test fails, the system remains operational, but the system attention light may be lit and an SRC code may be displayed while the system is running.

• C600 4026—Hardware card checkout.
• C600 4028—Start dedicated service tools (DST). During an attended IPL, the DST menu is displayed at this point, allowing DST options to be used. Some of the options that might be used at this time are to start or suspend mirroring, add or remove disk units from the auxiliary storage pool (ASP), start or stop device parity protection or RAID, and other similar tasks where the system must be in a dedicated state.

• C600 4030—Free static storage.
• C600 4031—Destroy IPL task. The system performs a cleanup, removing unnecessary IPL job steps from the system.

• C600 4205—Synchronization of mirrored data. The system checks the integrity of data on mirrored pairs of disk units. If the last power-down was normal, this operation can take just a minute or so per each set of drives. However, if the last power-down was abnormal or you opted to start or stop mirroring from the DST menu, this step can take several hours, depending on the storage size of the drives.

• C600 4056—Journal recovery. If the system ends abnormally, database files in the journal are automatically recovered during this procedure. The database files are updated to reflect all activity recorded in the journal receivers. If the system ends abnormally, this may be a lengthy procedure.

• C600 4065—Start operating system. This function starts the operating system, which is loaded onto the AS/400. OS/400 is the operating system of choice, but, for the advanced 36, SSP is also part of the operating system.

Loading the Operating System

At this point, LIC initialization is complete, and the operating system has started. All of the hardware has been tested and verified. C9XX 2XXX are the tasks required to start the operating system:

• C900 2830—Resolve system objects. The first step in starting the operating system is to locate all of the system objects needed to start the operating system. In the system exists a resolve instruction that uses the name, type, and authority being requested from the unresolved pointer. The libraries on the library list are then searched until the object is found. Once located, the object is said to be resolved.

• C900 28C5—Initialize system objects. After all objects required to load the operating system have been located, they can then be used or initialized.

• C900 2910—Start system log. The system starts logging messages to the log file. If you display the QHST log after the IPL is complete, you can view messages logged from this point forward.

• C900 2920—Library and object information repository (OIR) cleanup. In SystemView System Manager/400, OIR consists of information about each object that identifies its associated product, such as release level, option, and load identifier.

• C900 2925—Verify POSIX root directories. POSIX is a collection of international standards for UNIX-style operating system interfaces. An example of where POSIX standards are used is the AS/400 Integrated File System (IFS) announced for V3R1.

• C900 2930—Database cross-reference.
• C900 2960—Sign-on processing. The system prepares for user access.
• C900 2965—Software Management Services (SMS) initialization. SMS provides the user with consistent distribution, installation, and service strategy. It allows you to save and install user-written application software as though it were licensed.

• C900 2A85—Load POSIX SAG.
• C900 2967—Applying PTFs. When PTFs are loaded onto the system, some of them are applied immediately while others affect hardware and system software and require an IPL to be applied.

• C900 2968—IPL options.
• C900 2970—Database Recovery, Part 1: Journal commit. If the last power-down was normal, this step should be fairly quick. If the last power-down was abnormal, the system recovers what it can from the journal receivers and automatically performs a rollback if a commit was not processed for files that were under commitment control. This option also rebuilds access paths if the system determines that logical files were open when the abnormal power-down occurred. This step can be time-consuming.

• C900 29B0—Spool initialization.

• C900 29C0—Write control block table. A control block is a storage area used by a program to hold control information. In this instance, the system sets up a table for system jobs to use.

• C900 2A90—Start system jobs. Some of the jobs that the system starts at this time are in the QSYSWRK and QALERT subsystems.

• C900 2AA0—Damage notification. Every system object contains header information pertaining to the object. The first header is called the segment header, and the second header is the Encapsulated Program Architecture (EPA) header. The EPA header contains an attribute byte that defines the object as permanent or temporary and determines whether or not the object is suspended or damaged. There are two types of object damage: hard or soft. An object with hard damage is not usable; it can only be removed. Soft damage indicates that some data can still be extracted from the object. One source of damage is bad sectors on a disk drive. If storage management cannot read these sectors, it uses the EPA header to flag the object as damaged.

• C900 2AA5—IFS directory recovery. The same function performed on the DB2/400 database is performed for the IFS. If an abnormal power-down occurs, this step may be extended.

• C900 2AC0—DLO recovery. The system recovers objects that may have been in use during an abnormal power-down or system crash. Folders are examples of DLOs.

• C900 2B10—Establish event monitors. An event is an activity during a machine operation that may be of interest to a user. An example of an event is an I/O operation, such as reading a record from a disk initiated by a read operation from an application program. The mechanism used to report completion of the I/O process is an event because it is caused by an action outside the application program currently executing. The actual I/O processing takes place at the MI level. System arbiter jobs are an example of event monitor. The system arbiter, identified by job name QSYSARB and QSYSARB2 through QSYSARB5, is the central and highest-priority job within the operating system. Each system arbiter responds to systemwide events that must be handled immediately and those that can be handled more efficiently by a single job rather than multiple jobs.

• C900 2B30—Start QLUS job. The logical unit services, identified by job name QLUS, support communication devices. The system arbiter starts QLUS even if no communication devices are configured on the system. QLUS is the event handler for logical unit (communication) devices and also acts as their manager.

• C900 2B40—Device configuration.
• C900 2C40—Work control block table cleanup. At this point, the system performs a cleanup on the control block table written in step C900 39C0.

Why Is My System Slow?

That was a high-level look at just about every SRC code you’re likely to see during an IPL. When you see 01 B N displayed on your AS/400, you may think the IPL is finished. Well, not quite. Although the operating system initialization is complete when the sign-on screen appears on the console, internal procedures are still happening that are part of the overall IPL process. If you log on during this stage, you may discover that your response time is slower than normal. This slowdown happens because the last IPL event, running the startup program identified by system value QSTRUPPGM, occurs at this point. The startup program determines which subsystems should be started as well as any other functions you wish to run. The runtime for this program depends on the number of subsystems started and the number of devices under each subsystem that must be activated.

Use CHGIPLA to Customize Your IPL

To make IPL operation faster, you can specify the level of diagnostic testing. Starting with V4R1, a change was made to the Power Down System (PWRDWNSYS) command. There are three restart types that may now be specified:

• *IPLA—The value specified on CHGIPLA is used.

• *SYS—The operating system is restarted, and the hardware is restarted only if a PTF that requires a hardware restart is to be applied. In other words, the I/O processors are not IPLed unless a patch has been made to the software running on these processors.

• *FULL—All portions of the system are restarted, including the hardware. CHGIPLA, shown in Figure 1, has several options that you can use to reduce IPL time even further:

• Restart Type is the same as PWRDWNSYS. You can specify *SYS or *FULL. The initial value of the command is *SYS. Hardware diagnostics specify whether certain hardware diagnostics should be performed during the IPL. The list of diagnostics is predetermined by the system and cannot be modified by the user. There are two options for these diagnostics: *MIN, whereby the system performs a minimum set of critical hardware diagnostics, and *ALL, whereby the system performs a complete set of hardware diagnostics (the shipped value for this attribute is *MIN).

• Compress Job Tables specifies when job tables should be compressed to remove unused entries. Excessive unused entries can result in poor performance during IPL steps that process the table and during runtime functions that work with jobs.

• Check Job Tables specifies when a damage check on job tables should be performed. The possible values are:

• *ABNORMAL—job tables are checked during abnormal IPL only. This is the recommended setting.

• *ALL—job tables are checked during all IPLs.
• *SYNC—the job table checks are performed synchronously during all IPLs. The system maintains a product directory of all installed licensed programs. Normally, it is not necessary to rebuild this directory after initial installation of the system; it is rebuilt automatically when the operating system is installed. The possible values are:

• *NONE—indicates the product directory is not fully rebuilt.
• *NORMAL—rebuilds the product directory during normal IPLs only.
• *ABNORMAL—rebuilds the product directory after an abnormal IPL.
• *ALL—rebuilds the product directory after all IPLs.

Reducing Required IPL Time

Another method for reducing IPL time is to set the automatic performance adjustment system value to 0 (no adjustment) or 3 (automatic adjustment). A setting of 1 or 2 performs adjustments at IPL time. When you set your system to make adjustments at IPL time, performance settings are calculated based on the number of devices and network interfaces and the total amount of main storage. If your system is stable, these calculations have the same result each time and adjustments are not made.

To reduce the amount of time required to rebuild access paths in the event of an abnormal power-down, logical files may be kept in a journal.

Although this article may not make the rather dull process of an IPL seem interesting, I hope that I have provided some insight into the process and explained the new IPL options for Version 4.

References

AS/400 Basic System Operation, Administration, and Problem Handling (SC41- 5206-01, CD-ROM QB3AGO00)

AS/400 Master Glossary (SC41-5006-01, CD-ROM QB3AIG00) AS/400 Service Functions (SY44-5902-01) Inside the AS/400, 2nd Edition. Soltis, Frank G. Loveland, Colorado: 29th Street Press, 1997




Figure 1: CHGIPLA offers you several options for reducing IPL time.



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    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

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    • 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.

     

     

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

    SB Profound WC GenericHave 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).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
    Watch Now.

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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:
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  • 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:

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    - 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:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
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  • 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.