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Nginx (pronounced Engine-X) is a very popular web server, second only to Apache in the open-source world. Did you know it runs on IBM i?


"Put on your big-boy pants!" is what they told me. "Dig deeper and figure stuff out for yourself!" they said. Based on the feedback I was getting from online forums, I realized I needed to step up my game in my first open-source ventures. Those were some tough days for my RPG programmer brain, but I stuck with it. Now I see the advantages of going through many mud puddles.


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So what are these pants I talk of? Well, I was going to write an article about how easy it was to install the popular Nginx web server on IBM i. However, it turns out open source had something else in mind. It wasn't easy, but I figured it out. I want to teach you the "how" of getting Nginx installed and working on IBM i in manual fashion. It's kind of like that "give a man a fish, teach a man to fish" saying.


Before I go on, it would be good to back up a bit and describe Nginx. Nginx is an HTTP web server and is used in similar scenarios to Apache. It has been rising in popularity over the past few years and is a common choice for fronting Ruby, Node.js, and other open-source stacks. Why Nginx when we have Apache on IBM i? Well, DigitalOcean has a good Apache vs. Nginx comparison that you can read to learn more about the differences as I won't be focusing on that here. Instead, I will document the motions I went through to get it working on my machine.


In article Installing Git on IBM i, I showed how to use an open-source shell script named to install Git on IBM i. My plan was to use the same process for installing Nginx but I hit a snag. The snag was when it attempted to run line 304 for the Nginx RPM, as shown below.


execute_cmd "rpm --ignoreos --ignorearch --nodeps --replacepkgs -hUv $rpm"


Side note: RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a popular utility for installing software on UNIX-like systems. Think of it as being similar to a *SAVF for moving software around from one machine to the next. Although, it's really much more.


When that line ran, it showed only the following in my PASE shell, with no indication of successful installation.


install nginx-1.9.4-1.aix5.3.ppc.rpm ...


The first step I take in debugging something like this is to break it into small chunks. In this case, I put together the exact rpm command to run manually, as shown below. Note I am running this from a PASE shell, which you can get to via CALL QP2TERM or SSH into your machine.


$ rpm --ignoreos --ignorearch --replacepkgs --nodeps -hUv nginx-1.9.4-1.aix5.3.ppc.rpm


Not remembering what each option does, I went to Google and searched for "rpm linux command" and came to the "man page" (manual/documentation) for the rpm command. From there I see that -v can be added to create a more verbose output, so I add that to the rpm command and ran it again.


$ rpm -v --ignoreos --ignorearch --nodeps --replacepkgs -hUv nginx-1.9.4-1.aix5.3.ppc.rpm

D: counting packages to install

D: found 1 packages

D: looking for packages to download

D: retrieved 0 packages

D: New Header signature

D: Signature size: 68

D: Signature pad : 4

D: sigsize         : 72

D: Header + Archive: 438096

D: expected size   : 438096

D: opening database mode 0x102 in /opt/freeware/packages

D: found 0 source and 1 binary packages

D: installing binary packages

failed to stat /QNTC: No such file or directory

D: New Header signature

D: Signature size: 68

D: Signature pad : 4

D: sigsize         : 72

D: Header + Archive: 438096

D: expected size   : 438096

D: package: nginx-1.9.4-1 files test = 0

D:   file: /etc/nginx action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/conf.d action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/conf.d/ssl.conf action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/conf.d/virtual.conf action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/fastcgi.conf action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/fastcgi.conf.default action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params.default action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/koi-utf action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/koi-win action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/mime.types action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/mime.types.default action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/nginx.conf action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/nginx.conf.default action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/scgi_params action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/scgi_params.default action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/uwsgi_params action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/uwsgi_params.default action: create

D:   file: /etc/nginx/win-utf action: create

D:   file: /etc/rc.d/init.d/nginx action: create

D:   file: /etc/rc.d/rc2.d/Knginx action: create

D:   file: /etc/rc.d/rc2.d/Snginx action: create

D:   file: /etc/rc.d/rc3.d/Knginx action: create

D:   file: /etc/rc.d/rc3.d/Snginx action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/doc/nginx-1.9.4 action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/doc/nginx-1.9.4/CHANGES action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/doc/nginx-1.9.4/LICENSE action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/doc/nginx-1.9.4/README action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/etc/logrotate.d/nginx action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/man/man8/nginx.8 action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/sbin/nginx action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/share/nginx action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/share/nginx/html action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/share/nginx/html/50x.html action: create

D:   file: /opt/freeware/share/nginx/html/index.html action: create

D:   file: /var/lib/nginx action: create

D:   file: /var/lib/nginx/tmp action: create

D:   file: /var/log/nginx action: create

D:   file: /var/nginx/html action: create

D:   file: /var/nginx/html/404.html action: create

D:   file: /var/nginx/html/50x.html action: create

D:   file: /var/nginx/html/index.html action: create

D:   file: /var/nginx/html/nginx-logo.png action: create

D: running preinstall script (if any)


The D: denotes debugging and gives us an idea of all the directories and files slated for creation. After the command ran, I looked in the IFS to see if program nginx existed, using the following command. I knew to look there based on the debug output declaring that was one of the locations for Nginx files.


$ ls /opt/freeware/sbin/nginx

/opt/freeware/sbin/nginx not found


Hmm… not found. So the install is still unsuccessful, and I have no idea why. However, I do see it hung on "D: running preinstall script (if any)". I go back to the rpm documentation and see I can add a second "v" to get even more debugging information. I run the following command again with more v's. At this point I also dug deeper into some of the rpm options and decided to remove --nodeps (no dependency check) to see what effect that might have.


$ rpm -vv --ignoreos --ignorearch --replacepkgs -hUv nginx-1.9.4-1.aix5.3.ppc.rpm

D: counting packages to install

D: found 1 packages

D: looking for packages to download

D: retrieved 0 packages

D: New Header signature

D: Signature size: 68

D: Signature pad : 4

D: sigsize         : 72

D: Header + Archive: 438096

D: expected size   : 438096

D: opening database mode 0x102 in /opt/freeware/packages

D: found 0 source and 1 binary packages

D:   YES   A libgcc = 4.8.3-1 B libgcc >= 4.5.4-1

D: requires: libgcc >= 4.5.4-1 satisfied by db packages.

D:   YES   A GeoIP = 1.5.1-1   B GeoIP >= 1.5.1-1

D: requires: GeoIP >= 1.5.1-1 satisfied by db packages.

D:   YES   A gd = 2.0.35-5     B gd >= 2.0.35-5

D: requires: gd >= 2.0.35-5 satisfied by db packages.

D:   YES   A libxslt = 1.1.28-2       B libxslt >= 1.1.28-2

D: requires: libxslt >= 1.1.28-2 satisfied by db packages.

D:   YES   A libxml2 = 2.9.2-1 B libxml2 >= 2.9.2-1

D: requires: libxml2 >= 2.9.2-1 satisfied by db packages.

D:   YES   A openssl = 1.0.1p-1       B openssl >= 1.0.1m-1

D: requires: openssl >= 1.0.1m-1 satisfied by db packages.

D:   YES   A pcre = 8.37-1     B pcre >= 8.36-1

D: requires: pcre >= 8.36-1 satisfied by db packages.

D:   YES   A zlib = 1.2.8-1   B zlib >= 1.2.3-7

D: requires: zlib >= 1.2.3-7 satisfied by db packages.

D: requires: AIX-rpm >= unsatisfied.

D: package nginx require not satisfied: AIX-rpm >=

D: requires: /bin/sh   unsatisfied.

D: package nginx require not satisfied: /bin/sh

D: requires: /usr/bin/ksh unsatisfied.

D: package nginx require not satisfied: /usr/bin/ksh

D: requires: libGeoIP.a( satisfied by db provides.

D: requires: libc.a(shr.o) unsatisfied.

D: package nginx require not satisfied: libc.a(shr.o)

D: requires: libcrypto.a( satisfied by db provides.

D: requires: libexslt.a( satisfied by db provides.

D: requires: libgd.a( satisfied by db provides.

D: requires: libpcre.a( satisfied by db provides.

D: requires: libssl.a( satisfied by db provides.

D: requires: libxml2.a( satisfied by db provides.

D: requires: libxslt.a( satisfied by db provides.

D: requires: libz.a( satisfied by db provides.

error: failed dependencies:

       AIX-rpm >= is needed by nginx-1.9.4-1

       /bin/sh   is needed by nginx-1.9.4-1

       /usr/bin/ksh is needed by nginx-1.9.4-1

       libc.a(shr.o) is needed by nginx-1.9.4-1


Bingo. I see some useful information, in particular the lines that say "unsatisfied" and "error: failed dependencies" at the bottom. The first one, "AIX-rpm >= is needed by nginx-1.9.4-1", I don't expect to resolve because we aren't on AIX, though PASE is essentially AIX. The --ignoreos and --ignorearch are in the command for this reason. Moving on, I see sh and ksh are expected to exist. These are programs for the Bourne Shell and Korn Shell, respectively. I run the which command to determine whether they exist and find their location if they do.


$ which sh


$ which ksh



As you can see, they do in fact exist and are available to my current shell session (aka IBM i job) but are located in /QOpenSys instead of /bin. Listing the contents of /bin, I see it is in fact a symbolic link to /QOpenSys/usr/bin, as shown below. Symbolic links are like alias or shortcut files in Windows, basically a way to link to a file or directory from a different directory.


$ ls -all /bin

lrwxrwxrwx   1 aaron   0              34 Oct 30 23:20 /bin -> /QOpenSys/usr/bin


At this point, I chalk the sh and ksh problems up as a red herring and move to error "libc.a(shr.o) is needed by nginx-1.9.4-1". File libc.a is an "archive" file that is similar in nature to an RPG *SRVPGMa way to hold many different modules in a single file or object. Files with names starting in "lib…" are often located in /QOpenSys/usr/lib. Using the ls command, we can see it does in fact exist.


$ ls /QOpenSys/usr/lib/libc.a



OK, so libc.a does exist, and for some reason the rpm install process couldn't find it. The LIBPATH environment variable can be used to explicitly declare where libraries (of the C variety) can be searched for. So, I set it to look in the directory where I found libc.a, as shown below.


$ export LIBPATH=/QOpenSys/usr/lib


I tried the rpm install again and received the same error. At this point, I am not convinced that libc.a is a red herring but need to keep trying things. Going back to the original debugging info, I remember the "D: running preinstall script (if any)" error. That leads me to look at the rpm command to determine if I can bypass the preinstall script. Sure enough, a couple Google searches lead me to add the --noscripts option to the rpm install, as shown below.


$ rpm --ignoreos --ignorearch --replacepkgs --nodeps -hUv --noscripts nginx-1.9.4-1.aix5.3.ppc.rpm

. . . logs omitted for brevity and duplication sake . . .

nginx   ############################GZDIO:     475 reads, 1277040 total bytes in 0.000 secs


Victory! This time I see what I expect with the "nginx ####..." output. Now to check whether the nginx program is available at the location specified in earlier debugging output.


$ ls /opt/freeware/sbin/nginx  



Victory again!


Next I use the which command to see if it finds the nginx program without my having to specify the fully qualified path of /opt/freeware/sbin.


$ which nginx

nginx not found


Bummer. Let's see if the nginx program can display its version to confirm it works at a minimal level.


$ /opt/freeware/sbin/nginx -v

nginx version: nginx/1.9.4


Back on the winning path!


My assumption at this point is some setup, like symbolic link creation, has been lost because I specified --noscripts. I can deal with that later. For now, I am curious to know whether I can create an Nginx HTTP server with a simple configuration. Below is my nginx.conf file that is as bare bones as possible.


/home/aaron/nginx.conf contents:

pid /home/aaron/;
events {
http {
server {
   listen 8080;
   root   /home/aaron;
   index index.html;  


As you can see from the above nginx.conf, we need to create an index.html file. Below you can see my simple example.


/home/aaron/index.html contents:

   <h1>Have you tried turning it off and on again?</h1>


Now we're ready to start the Nginx web server. By default, the nginx program will look for the nginx.conf file in /etc/nginx, so we need to review the command line options to learn how to override the default. The Nginx docs say to add the -c option along with the path to the config file. Note the tilde (~) character signifies, and is a shortcut to, my home directory (i.e., /home/aaron).


$ /opt/freeware/sbin/nginx -c ~/nginx.conf


Now launch a browser and point it at your machine and the port specified in nginx.conf, as shown below.


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Back on the winning path!


You'll notice that when you run the nginx program it doesn't tie up your session. This is sometimes the case with other tooling. Instead, it starts itself as a daemon, which is similar to submitting a job to batch. At this point, we could use the 5250 NETSTAT command to see that Nginx is listening on port 8080.


To end the web server, we again visit the Nginx command line options and learn about the signal (-s) option and apply it as shown below.


$ /opt/freeware/sbin/nginx -c ~/nginx.conf -s stop


At this point, we've successfully installed, and have running, the Nginx web server on IBM i. In the past, on other machines, I didn't have these same issues. This could be a configuration issue, or maybe I've hosed something on my machine. Regardless, you've now learned a little more on how to debug these types of problemsa necessary skill to have as your shop adopts open source.


I'm curious. Do you (the reader) like these types of articles where I walk through more painful approaches to open source on IBM i? Would you prefer the nicely wrapped and packaged "here are the two commands you need to install Nginx on IBM i"? Or maybe both serve a purpose for you. Let me know in the comments or reach me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Aaron Bartell

Aaron Bartell is Director of IBM i Innovation for Krengel Technology, Inc. Aaron facilitates adoption of open-source technologies on IBM i through professional services, staff training, speaking engagements, and the authoring of best practices within industry publications andwww.litmis.comWith a strong background in RPG application development, Aaron covers topics that enable IBM i shops to embrace today's leading technologies, including Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Git for RPG source change management, and RSpec for unit testing RPG. Aaron is a passionate advocate of vibrant technology communities and the corresponding benefits available for today's modern application developers. Connect with Aaron via email

Aaron lives with his wife and five children in southern Minnesota. He enjoys the vast amounts of laughter that having a young family brings, along with camping and music. He believes there's no greater purpose than to give of our life and time to help others.



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  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
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    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task


  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.


  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends



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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying? It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.


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

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

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  • 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.
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    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
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    • And distribute documents digitally


  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400


    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:

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    • 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:

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    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using 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:

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    • 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:

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    • 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:

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    • 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.
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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
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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

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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?
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    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
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    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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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
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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.