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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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    Permissions versus Authority
    Root folder access
    Auditing IFS activities
    Read/Write versus *ALLOBJ
    Anti-Virus Considerations

  • Who’s Afraid of Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS? Not i.

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    This 30-minute recording demystifies Linux on Power, AIX, and VIOS and teaches best practice techniques for maintaining and controlling critical processes and applications running on your Linux, AIX, and VIOS environments.

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by the newest member of the HelpSystems team: Debbie Saugen.
    Debbie is recognized worldwide as an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability. For decades, Debbie has helped IBM i shops build and implement effective business continuity plans.
    In today’s business climate, business continuity is more important than ever. But 83 percent of organizations are not totally confident in their backup strategy.
    During this webinar, Carol and Debbie discuss the importance of a good backup plan, how to ensure you’re backing up your security information, and your options for encrypted back-ups.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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    In this presentation, Alex Roytman (CEO, Profound Logic) and Liam Allan (2016 COMMON Student Innovation Award winner) will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications.
    Learn how Agile Modernization:


    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

    Watch this Webcast NOW!

  • The Truth About Viruses on IBM i

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    Protecting your data from viruses or malicious code is not an unfamiliar concept, but understanding how these threats can affect your Power Systems server may not be as easy to grasp.
    There are many myths about viruses and IBM i—including the belief that the system is immune. Many Power Systems managers still don’t see viruses as a risk because they see them as a Windows threat. While this was once true, today’s connected environments operate under different rules.
    It’s time to take action and protect IBM i and the network that connects to it. This on-demand webinar will help you gain an understanding of the relationships between:

    - Viruses and the integrated file system (IFS)
    - Power Systems and Windows viruses
    - PC-based anti-virus scanning vs native IBM i scanning
    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. Learn the facts to ensure you're fully-protected.

  • Business Process Automation with Robot

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    Automate Process Flow Through the Data Center
    Typical “computerized” business processes are a combination of multiple schedulers, operational scripts, CL programs, and manual file checking, all backed up with the trusty runbook.
    Is there a better way to manage business processes?
    It is a common misconception that a business process cannot be automated if it’s too complicated or requires that someone verify each step. We’re here to tell you there is a better way to manage your business—process automation is possible!
    Take 30 minutes to learn the options for automating your business process flow and how they fit into your data center processing, including cases of:
    - Complex or iterative schedules
    - Event-driven dependencies
    - Multi-platform dependencies
    - Dynamically calculated parameters
    - Exception notification
    - SAP and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration
    How do I know business process automation is effective?
    If you have any doubts that automating complex business processes will improve your level of service, you’ll also hear a success story from the senior systems administrator at Trident Seafoods who embraced automation using the Robot solution and is reeling in the benefits!

  • Find Out Why You Should Keep Data on IBM i

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    It’s simple. IBM i is the most reliable, securable, and powerful platform to house your critical business data.
    IBM i was built for business and has added features and functionality over the years to keep up with modern business needs. You can trust it to run your business, access your data in real-time, and keep your data secure. Plus, IBM i can scale to your business and handle all of your critical data.
    Can your other platforms do that?
    We didn’t think so.
    Watch this 30-minute webinar to learn why you should keep your data on IBM i, including:
    - IBM i is reliable
    - IBM i offers fast and secure real-time data access
    - IBM i helps your business prepare for tomorrow
    Plus, we demonstrate how Sequel Data Access helps you modernize IBM i data access and meet your business needs.

  • Mobile Apps for IBM i Monitoring

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    Overnight and weekend support can be a minefield for operations teams tasked with attempting to maintain system availability, especially when they must rely on laptop-based VPN access—where a delayed response can prove costly.
    With over 2 billion smartphone users worldwide, it’s perfectly reasonable for you to use the BYOD movement to your advantage and start managing your IT infrastructure from the palm of your hand. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn how Halcyon has modernized this crucial layer of support by introducing mobile applications for IBM i monitoring.
    You’ll hear how one company has used the Enterprise Console mobile app to provide a valuable audit trail and speed up response time. You’ll also learn:
    - The benefits of mobile apps
    - How to respond to critical messages within seconds
    - How to get notifications your way on your device
    - How to set up escalation, ensuring alerts are always handled in a timely fashion
    If your team is responsible for managing IBM i applications and services after regular business hours, you won’t want to miss this one!

     

  • Speed Up Your Manufacturing and Distribution with Paperless Processes

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    Your ERP system —whether it’s JDE World, Enterprise One, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, VAI, or anything else—is essential to maintaining your company’s key business information and processes. But you’re constantly generating and receiving paper and electronic documents, too, and it’s hard to keep everything straight. So, you wind up chasing documents and data around—and keeping your customers and vendors waiting.
    It’s time to make life easier and make your customers happier. With an electronic document management system, you can integrate with your ERP to keep all of your key documents and data in one spot.
    And when all of your documents are stored digitally, you can speed up your processes and get key documents (like purchase orders and invoices) approved faster.
    Watch the webinar and learn how to:
    - Integrate a document management system with your ERP
    - Capture all of your key shop floor, order, and shipment documents in one central repository
    - Improve customer, vendor, and employee response times
    - Accomplish more work without adding additional staff
    It’s time to deliver your shipments faster and keep your customers happy by streamlining your paperwork processes.

  • Dock Door Signing Made Easy

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    How long does dock door signing take your organization? Too long if you’re still using manual processes and paper.
    From generating to collating to printing to routing to signing, manual processes and paper slow down your organization—and your delivery times. Electronic documents and digital signature capture can change all of that. And your organization will be able to create, route, approve (with digital signatures), and retrieve documents faster.
    Learn how digital signature capture helps you:
    - Eliminate steps in your approval processes
    - Improve auditability
    - Reduce customer service time to resolve questions
    Plus, we’ll demonstrate how digitizing signatures and documents will reduce your organization’s costs over the long haul.

  • 5 Reasons Developers Love Robot Schedule

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    Why AppDev Should Embrace Automation
    Your application development team is an expensive resource that works hard to improve business processes, yet more and more IBM i shops are putting AppDev in charge of managing day-to-day system operations.
    Instead of taking their attention away from the website, business analytics, mobile, security, SQL data access, and more, streamline operations with automation and build in notifications so your teams have visibility into processing when they need it, and can manage the rest by exception.
    In just 30 minutes, our experts will show how AppDev teams can take advantage of Robot automated operations on IBM i and beyond so they can:
    - Stop programming for multi-platform job and file event dependencies
    - Stop struggling with incorrect parameter values
    - Stop wondering where to fit a process into daily, weekly, or monthly cycles
    - Stop the on-call headaches, the firefighting, and the lack of progress cycle
    - Go ahead, give your AppDev team a productivity boost!

  • Affordable Query Tool for Software Developers

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    NGS’ Software Developer Kit (SDK) gives IBM i developers comprehensive query, dynamic mobile reporting, analytics and Web report design features at an affordable cost. Install and create meaningful outputs for managers in one day! Web page and portal integration, email, FTP are included.
    The $895* SDK includes a one user license, online training, user manuals, one year of software maintenance; toll-free support and online incident reporting.
    - Want to modernize beyond Query/400 and PC files transfers?
    - Need a Web reporting solution without the learning curve and overhead of DB2 Web Query?
    - Have many reporting needs, but a tight budget and small staff?
    View the demo and request a FREE TRIAL of the SDK.
    * Limited time offer.

  • Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

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    IBM has provided us with two powerful and very exciting security enhancements in the last two versions of IBM i.

    Scott Forstie of IBM joins Carol Woodbury to demonstrate and describe the V7R2 feature called Row and Column Access Control (RCAC), which extends how you define which users have access to specific rows in a database file. RCAC also provides a way to mask data for all or selected users.

    The recently released V7R3 adds Authority Collection. Authority Collection provides organizations and vendors with the ability to know exactly what authority is required to perform a task, eliminating the guesswork. Gone is the need to set *PUBLIC authority on database files to *ALL or to automatically grant service accounts *ALLOBJ special authority just because you’re unsure of what authority is required.

    Watch Scott and Carol as they discuss these and other new security features delivered in V7R2 and V7R3.

  • ​Getting Started with IBM i Security: Event Auditing

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    Learn why event auditing is necessary and how to configure it
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This second session of the series introduces event auditing, with Robin Tatam covering the basics and more:
    - Why auditing is necessary
    - Determine if IBM i auditing is currently active
    - How to configure auditing with one simple command
    - What audit events are recorded (and which are missed!)
    - How high availability (HA) applications often make critical events disappear
    - Event reporting and real-time alerting

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Securing PC Access

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    Protect your system from unauthorized network access through readily available PC tools

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    This on-demand webinar will show you how well-known services like FTP and ODBC enable users to access sensitive data without oversight or restrictions. Robin Tatam will also explain what exit programs are and how you can use them to protect your organization.

  • No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem

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    “Security” is definitely on your IT staff’s to-do list, but how often does this item get checked off?

    IT doesn’t have enough time for security—the 2016 IBM i Security Study proves it. The trouble is that data security isn’t a set-and-forget project. Data security on your IBM i requires on-going attention and expertise.

    In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn how to save time and work more effectively. We’re cutting to the core of IBM i security by outlining the simple strategy developed by our experts.

    You’ll see a straightforward approach to understanding and addressing risk to your IBM i data. We’ll also show you how our world-class security services help people protect business-critical data when they don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to tackle IBM i security on their own.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values

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    Set the tone for data protection with security-relevant system values

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    The series opens with an introduction to security-relevant system values.

    System values are one of the fundamental elements of IBM i security. The security system values enable you to “set the tone” of security on your IBM i, enforce password composition rules, and enable auditing. Watch this on-demand webinar to see Carol Woodbury describe these system values and provide guidance on their best practice settings.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Integrated File System (IFS)

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    The IFS is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of IBM i security
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This recorded session has Robin Tatam introducing IFS security:
    - Defining IFS
    - How the IFS is configured
    - Common IFS security mistakes
    - What a virus can do to IBM i through the IFS
    - Tracking user activity

  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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    Everyone knows that cyber security is important, but getting started on the road to data protection and compliance can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding common vulnerabilities helps you focus your attention and resources on the areas that need the most help.
    We all want “best-practice” security, but what are top organizations doing to achieve and maintain it?
    Watch this webinar to learn the details about how to develop the seven habits that are part of daily life for secure organizations. You’ll learn how to:
    - Break the Ostrich Syndrome
    - Develop a Security Policy
    - Assess Current Standing
    - Perform Security Event Logging and Review
    - Use “Best of Breed” Technologies
    - Monitor for Ongoing Compliance
    - Plan for the Future
    This on-demand webinar examines what each of these habits means to IBM i, and helps you make sure that you don’t become the next security statistic.

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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    "From the world's largest corporations to small Internet stores, compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline, because nothing is more important than keeping your customer’s payment card data secure.” — PCI Security Standards Council
    Complying with the PCI standard is a normal part of doing business in today’s credit-centric world. But, PCI applies to multiple platforms.
    The challenge becomes how to map the general PCI requirements to a specific platform, such as IBM i. And, more importantly, how can you maintain—and prove—compliance?
    Watch this webinar to understand:
    - How PCI requirements relate to IBM i systems
    - IBM i-specific barriers to compliance
    - How PowerTech security solutions help you fulfill PCI requirements, meet compliance guidelines, and satisfy auditors
    You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence you need to evaluate PCI compliance requirements and prepare your IBM i system for today’s regulatory challenges.

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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    Your IBM i holds a massive amount of data. In most organizations, that data constitutes a mission-critical and high-value asset.

    How do you adequately protect the data residing on your IBM i, given its value to your organization? IBM has provided us with many options for protecting our data, but it’s now always clear how to select and implement the best options for your circumstances.

    This recorded webinar describes IBM i’s different data security options, along with implementation recommendations and tips for getting started. Carol Woodbury, one of the world’s top IBM i security experts, also provides considerations to help you determine how many layers of security are right for your organization.

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIBM i is known for its security, but this OS could be more vulnerable than you think.
    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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    Watch 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!
    Watch this Webinar Now!

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

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    Modern, 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.
    We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
    - Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
    - Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
    - Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
    - Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

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

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericHigh availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, jumping 20% from our 2016 survey to take the #2 seat on IT priority lists just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data.
    With major airline outages last year and the recent ransomware attacks, you 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—Tom Huntington, Matt Staddler, and Cole Ragland—deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today, including:

    • 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

    There are no do-overs when it comes to your data. Once it’s gone, it’s gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of these strategic solutions and how you can implement them in a hurry—watch now!

     

  • 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 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether 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.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

    • 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

    This webinar will include a live product demonstration and Q&A with the presenters.

    Download and watch today!

  • 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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    IBM i is one of technology’s best-kept secrets, with little information available about what IBM i users are doing on this server. Even companies that use this technology struggle to explain to their own teams what IBM i stands for and who else is using it.
    The IBM i Marketplace Survey—now in its 3rd year—was designed to solve this problem. Watch this on-demand webinar for the exclusive results of the 2017 survey. IBM i Champion Tom Huntington is joined by a panel of technology experts to discuss year-over-year trends and new insights. The panel will discuss:

    • What other platforms do you run alongside IBM i?
    • What programming and Open Source languages are you using?
    • What are your top IT issues?
    • What version of POWER and what OS level is most prevalent?
    • Are you expanding your usage of IBM i?
    • Is IBM i a good ROI?

    The expert panel will provide industry insight and comments about the results. When the webinar concludes, you’ll get access to the full results.

  • 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

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    Everyone wants a piece of your business data. But keeping up with data access requests in the era of constantly growing data is a challenge. As a result, your IT department can be overwhelmed, inundated, and constantly needing to play catch-up.
    It’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 in 2018.
    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

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    Let’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 noted 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...

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    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel Data Access, you can deliver the IBM i data your organization needs quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups.
    In this session, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.
    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
    • Watch the webinar and learn why you shouldn’t just settle for Query/400.

     

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    Capturing documents means scanning and filing—which takes you away from tasks that actually matter to the business. Managing documents means sorting through an endless sea of shared folders or filing cabinets—and sometimes documents can’t be found. Distributing documents means following a frustrating, manual process for routing documents internally and sending them to vendors and customers.
    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

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    Get 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.

  • Monitor VIOS (and AIX) from Your IBM i

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    Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) runs on AIX and allows you to share input/output resources across logical partitions. The health of your VIOS server is critical to the performance of all your Power server partitions, so monitoring it is a must.
    Our 2017 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results uncovered a cool trend: an increasing number of IBM i shops are running AIX instances alongside IBM i on Power Systems servers. We like to see these systems playing nicely together on the same server, though it does shine a spotlight on shared resources.
    During this 30-minute recording, our experts demonstrate the new VIOS and AIX monitoring capabilities in Robot Monitor. You’ll learn about:

    • The top AIX metrics that impact VIOS
    • Real-time monitoring with dashboard displays
    • Threshold and notification options
    • Identifying trends to better allocate resources

    With VIOS/AIX running alongside IBM i, you need visibility into your entire Power environment.
    Watch now to see how Robot Monitor can get you there!

     

     

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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    You’re responsible for looking after Windows, Linux, AIX, and VIOS, but you worry that you don’t understand their complexities well enough to make your job effective—or easy.
    No problem! Simplify the management of multiple operating systems and applications without becoming experts in each area.
    In 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 and shows how easy monitoring multiple operating systems and applications can be using point-and-click technology.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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    When IBM i disk space pulls its notorious disappearing act, you don’t have time to waste figuring out how the trick is done. You need to know when disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer.
    Looking behind the curtain to keep a close eye on disk space—especially in a multi-partition environment—can have its challenges, but every good admin can have an ace up their sleeve. 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

    Start seeing through the sleight of hand and get instant visibility into disk usage. Add advance warning of potential threats and—abracadabra!—you’ll reduce the risk of disk space depletion and curb the sudden flurry of activity to clean things up.

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

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    Still following manual processes for extracting and transferring data across platforms? You’re not alone. Many business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation. And that leads to a lot of manual effort.
    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, you’ll see a demonstration of how data automation software from HelpSystems will help you finally stop re-keying data.

     

  • Survey Results: 2018 Top Cybersecurity Risks and Mitigation Strategies

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    Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
    IT pros have many tactics to choose from, but time (and budgets!) are not unlimited. The key is prioritizing risks and identifying the most effective ways to mitigate the danger.
    In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
    In this on-demand webinar, our team of cybersecurity security experts analyzes results. You’ll learn about:

    • Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
    • How managers and executives prioritize security
    • Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
    • Where IT pros turn for assistance with security

    You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

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    When it comes to IBM® Rational® Open Access: RPG Edition (also known as RPG Open Access), 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
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