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Some countries are known for their particular exports. From furs to clocks, their respective connoisseurs know where to turn. In the IT realm, the commodity is data and shrewd businesspeople have long known where it should be found: the AS/400. What may not be so well-known, however, is how these users can export that information to their UNIX networks in a distributed file access environment. Enter AS/400 Support for Network File System (NFS).

In this article, I’ll provide a complete user’s guide to using the AS/400 Change NFS Exports (CHGNFSEXP) command (or its alias, Export File Systems, EXPORTFS) for making an AS/400 file system available to NFS clients on your network. I’ll provide an in-depth look at everything you need to know to export AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS) files to the network, including prerequisites, file systems that can be exported, the /etc/exports and /etc/netgroup files, and the EXPORTFS command host options.

Before You Export

What needs to be in place before you should attempt a successful export? Generally, your AS/400 must be configured the following way in order to create file exports:

• You need OS/400 V3R7 or later to use AS/400 NFS support.
• The AS/400 user profile administering NFS must have *IOSYSCFG special authority as well as authority to use the EXPORTFS and Start NFS Server (STRNFSSVR) commands.

• The administrator user profile also needs execute (*X) authority to the /etc directory of the root (/) file system. It may also need read (*R) and write (*W) authority to the /etc directory and the /etc/exports file if entries in the file are being exported or modified. From the green-screen, you can modify /etc directory authority by typing in the Work with Authority (WRKAUT) command as follows: WRKAUT OBJ(‘/etc’).

• The user profile administering NFS must be registered in the system distribution directory with the Add Directory Entry (ADDDIRE) command. To determine if a user is registered in the system directory, type in the Work with Directory Entries (WRKDIRE) command and check to see if an entry exists for that user on your system. You can also add entries from the WRKDIRE screen.

• TCP/IP must be started and configured properly on your AS/400.


TCP/IP configuration is administered through the Configure TCP/IP menu, which is accessed by typing in the Configure TCP/IP (CFGTCP) command. If you are not using a Domain Name System (DNS) for address resolution, you must ensure that the local system name—as well as all the client host names you will be specifically exporting to—are listed in the AS/400 TCP/IP host table with their associated IP addresses. Use option 10 on the Configure TCP/IP menu, Work with TCP/IP Host Table Entries, to configure your AS/400 Host Table entries. For each IP address, you should enter both the short name of the host as well as its fully qualified name that includes the domain name. For example, if MYHOST is a machine name in domain SALES.COMPANY.COM, then both MYHOST and MYHOST.SALES.COMPANY.COM need to be entered for MYHOST’s IP address. Doing so is not necessary if DNS is used to provide this information. Also, ensure that the LOCALHOST and LOOPBACK entries for the 127.0.0.1 local interface are defined in the host table.

The NFS servers do not actually have to be started prior to creating an export, but they must be running before a client can mount the file system. Also, if you are using the /etc/exports file to specify your exports, the entries it contains will automatically be exported when you start the servers. The Start NFS Server (STRNFSSVR) command is used to start each of the following six NFS daemons in the QSYSWRK subsystem: QNFSRPCD, QNFSBIOD, QNFSNFSD, QNFSMNTD, QNFSNSMD, and QNFSNLMD. To start these servers, type in the STRNFSSVR command as follows:

STRNFSSVR *ALL

To end the NFS daemons, run the End NFS Server (ENDNFSSVR) command with the *ALL option as follows:

ENDNFSSVR *ALL

What Can Be Exported?

You cannot export every AS/400 IFS file system through AS/400 NFS. The files systems you can export include the Root (/), QOpenSys, User Defined File Systems (UDFS), QSYS.LIB, QDLS, and QOPT (optical) systems. For more information about each of these file systems, see the OS/400 Integrated File System Introduction (SC41-5711) manual. An important point to remember is that you cannot export another NFS file system that is already mounted on your AS/400 server machine. This restriction avoids ambiguous looping situations where directory A on host X is mounted over directory B on host Y, and then an attempt is made to mount directory B on host Y back over directory A on host X.

You also need to consider what types of file system objects you are exporting. Basically, you can only export a file or a directory. You will usually be exporting a directory, but a single stream file export is just as valid. When you export a directory path name, everything within that directory, including any subdirectories, is also exported with the options specified.

What does this mean for the QSYS.LIB file system? You are allowed to export
.LIB (libraries), .FILE (files), and .MBR (members) objects, however you are not allowed to perform I/O functions against every type of object that may fit these categories or dwell within them. The restriction is that I/O access is allowed only to physical files that are program-described with one field or source physical files containing a single text field. Prior to V4R4, access was not allowed to externally described files (except source physical files). However, this restriction has been removed so that you can export and access externally described files in V4R4 and later releases. Keep in mind though, that it is completely up to the application reading the file to interpret the field delimiters and other special characters that may be contained in the member. To see if a file is externally described or not, use the Display File Description (DSPFD) command on that file. The first


line under the Data Base File Attributes section will indicate whether the file is externally described.

When working with the QSYS.LIB file system through NFS, it is important to keep in mind that NFS always opens a member in binary mode. This means that the data is read out byte by byte to the end of the record and then wraps to the next record without appending special end-of-line characters to each record. So, if the data in a member was created with an AS/400 editor that opened the file in text mode, the QSYS.LIB file system would have stripped out any end-of-line characters and padded out each record with spaces. Then, when the member is read into your client editor through NFS, you will see a single line of data that consists of text, followed by spaces, followed by more text, etc.

Within any file system, an additional export restriction is that you cannot export a parent or child of a path that is already exported. For example, if you export /QSYS.LIB and then attempt to export /QSYS.LIB/QGPL.LIB, the command will fail because the second path is a child of the first (and is technically already exported). However, ‘/’ could still be exported because it is not in the same file system (it is in the Root ‘/’ file system) as QSY.LIB, although it is the parent directory of the the QSYS.LIB mounted namespace.

Exporting a Directory/folder

The AS/400 command to make a directory available to remote NFS clients is Change NFS Exports (CHGNFSEXP) or its alias, Export File Systems (EXPORTFS). Both commands can be typed in directly from the command line or as options on the Network File Systems Commands menu (accessed by typing in GO CMDNFS). The two first-level parameters are the options string and the directory to export, however, only one of the two parameters is required. The options string parameter consists of a list of flags separated by spaces that control how the folder(s) are to be exported. (A complete list of NFS export options and flags can be found by pressing the HELP key—usually F1 or PF1—as you are entering values into the options string parameter.) The options string follows the same conventions used for traditional UNIX platforms. The most important flag is the ‘-O’ flag, which is followed by a comma-delimited list of export characteristics. If this flag is not used, then either the default export characteristics are assumed or, if the entry is specified in the /etc/exports file, the export characteristics given in that file are used.

If you use *DFT or the ‘-A’ flag for the options parameter, then the EXPORTFS command will export all the entries in the /etc/exports file with the options specified in that file. This is the default action for the command. The commands to export all the /etc/exports file entries are:

EXPORTFS OPTIONS(*DFT) or
EXPORTFS OPTIONS(‘-A’)

If ‘-U -A’ is given for the options parameter, then each of the entries specified in the /etc/exports file is unexported (i.e., made unavailable for clients to access):

EXPORTFS OPTIONS(‘-U -A’)

If anything other than *DFT or ‘-A’ is specified for the export options parameter (or if it is not used at all), then the directory parameter must be provided. The command will attempt to export the single entry specified there. The directory parameter must be an absolute path name (i.e., a fully qualified name beginning with a ‘/’). In this case, if the options parameter is not provided and the directory to be exported is also listed in the /etc/exports file, then the export characteristics specified in the exports file are used. If the ‘-I’ flag is specified, then the command is instructed not to look in the /etc/exports file for the directory options to export. Instead, the path name specified in the directory parameter is exported directly with options provided with the ‘-I’ flag. Here’s an example:


EXPORTFS OPTIONS(‘-I’) DIR(‘/data/myexport’)

This configuration says to ignore the /etc/exports file (‘-I’ flag) and export the /data/myexport directory with the default export characteristics because the ‘-O’ flag was not used. The following are the default export characteristics:

• All clients are allowed to mount the directory and have read-write access to the directory tree

• The anonymous profile is the system-supplied user profile, QNFSANON (‘ANON=4294770710’)

• Requests to set bits in the mode other than the permission bits are allowed by the AS/400 NFS server. Specifically, this refers to the SUID and SGID bits, which allow executable binaries to be run on a UNIX client under the effective credentials of the owning User ID and Group ID respectively. The “sticky” bit is never allowed to be set on the AS/400.

• Root authority (sudo), or superuser access, is not allowed for any hosts (‘ROOT=’ list is empty). This does not refer to the mount operation (which is always performed by root from UNIX clients), but rather, subsequent NFS operations after the mount has completed.

The defaults can be modified with the ‘-O’ flag, followed by valid option keywords. For example:

EXPORTFS OPTIONS(‘-I -O RO,ANON=-1,NOSUID’) DIR(‘/data/myexport’)

This export configuration is more restrictive. Although any client is still allowed to mount the directory, the RO keyword says they will be allowed read-only access. The ANON=uid keyword says that any requests made by an unknown user (i.e., one whose User ID is not associated with any profile on the AS/400 server) should be performed using the effective credentials of the AS/400 profile whose User ID number is equal to uid. If you do not specify the ANON=uid keyword, all unknown requests will be processed under the default AS/400 NFS user profile, QNFSANON. In this example, specifying ANON=-1 means that AS/400 NFS will disallow anonymous access entirely and a client will need to access this export with a valid user ID. This does not mean the mount will be unsuccessful (remember mounts are always performed with superuser authority), but that you will be denied access to the mounted file system. The NOSUID keyword says that attempts to set special mode bits (namely SUID and SGID) will not be allowed.

To restrict access on a host-by-host basis, three host list keywords are provided: RW=, ACCESS=, and ROOT=. Here is an example of how to use these keywords:

EXPORTFS OPTIONS(‘-I -O ACCESS=HOST1:78.3.4.167:DEPT5A, RW=HOST1:78.3.4.167,
ROOT=HOST1’) DIR(‘/QDLS’)

Now, requests to mount and use the QDLS file system will only be granted to the clients in the ACCESS list. Notice that each host in the ACCESS list is separated by a colon. In this example, DEPT5A is not a host name, but a netgroup name, which represents a whole group of hosts. It is defined in the /etc/netgroup file. An example netgroup file is shown in Figure 1. You can edit your netgroup file by using the Edit Files (EDTF) command with the ‘/etc/netgroup’ literal in the stream file (STMF) parameter as follows:

EDTF STMF(‘/etc/netgroup’)

The /etc/netgroup file that is shipped with each AS/400 contains a block of help text as comments within the file. These comments explain exactly how to configure your netgroup file.


The RW= list says that only hosts HOST1 and IP address 78.3.4.167 have read- write access. Those in DEPT5A are read-only. In UNIX terms, the ROOT= list specifies that requests originating from HOST1 may be allowed by a root user (i.e., one with sudo authority, a.k.a superuser access) to your exported AS/400 IFS directory. When NFS was implemented on the AS/400, it was decided that having one root user (like QSECOFR), such as UNIX platforms have, left too large of a security hole. So, in AS/400 terms, if a user profile on the AS/400 has *ALLOBJ authority, then NFS considers the user a root user. By default, if a User ID from a client would normally map to a user profile on the AS/400 with *ALLOBJ special authority, then that mapping would not be allowed without the ROOT= option. Instead, the user would be mapped to the anonymous profile if anonymous access is allowed. However, if the request came from a host in the Root list, then the normal mapping is allowed. For example, suppose a client request comes from a user on HOST1 with User ID=725. Now suppose that User ID 725 maps to the profile JERRY on the AS/400 server and JERRY has *ALLOBJ special authority. Because HOST1 is on the Root list, the request is allowed to be executed under the effective credentials of Jerry’s profile rather than the anonymous profile.

Host Options

The Host options parameter is an export feature exclusive to the AS/400. This parameter defines a list of elements that are unique to a particular host (i.e., client) using an export, telling AS/400 NFS how a directory tree should be exported to a specific host. To reach the Host options on the EXPORTFS command, use F10 to bring up these fields. An example of a defined export using host options is shown in Figure 2. For the host or netgroup name specified in the Host name field, the Data file code page value is the code page that file data will be converted to before being sent to the client. It is also the code page it expects the client to send file data in. The default is *BINARY, which means no conversion is done. In Figure 2, I configured this particular Host option list for DEPT2B, which is comprised of AIX clients that will be accessing text data they expect to be in ASCII. The data is stored in EBCDIC on the AS/400, so specify *ASCII here to allow those clients to interpret it correctly.

The Path name code page value is the code page that exported directory and file names are exchanged in. Normally, you will keep the value as *ASCII since this is what most NFS implementations expect paths to be passed in. The Force synchronous write field designates whether write requests are guaranteed to be written to disk before a response is returned. This value is *SYNC by default because the strict NFS protocol requires it to be. However, because of the architecture of the AS/400, you will get much better performance by specifying *ASYNC here for your exports, which lets the system follow its own course of syncing the data to stable storage.

The /etc/exports File

Once you get your exports and options figured out, you’ll want to stick them in the /etc/exports file so they can be easily exported when the servers are started. You could, of course, manually edit the file, being careful to provide the correct syntax. If you want to manually edit the stream file using the EDTF command (as I did for the /etc/netgroup file), you could type in the following command:

EDTF STMF(‘/etc/exports’)

Similar to the netgroup file, the shipped /etc/exports file contains help text as comments for creating export entries in the file.

However, with OS/400 V4R3 or later, there is an easier way to create your exports file. An additional flag (‘-F’) can be used on the EXPORTFS command line that tells it not


only to perform the export, but also to write the given export into the /etc/exports file. For example:

EXPORTFS OPTIONS(‘-I -F -O ACCESS=DEPT2B’) DIR(‘/QOPT/docs’)

After running this command, /QOPT/docs is available to clients in DEPT2B and the /etc/exports file is modified to contain this export entry. If the /etc/exports file already had an entry for /QOPT/docs, that entry will be replaced with this new export.

Exporting the Graphical Way with OpsNav

NFS has gone graphical with OS/400 V4R3 or later and Client Access for Windows 95/NT V3R2 and Client Access Express for Windows. The AS/400 Operations Navigator

(OpsNav) program was enhanced to allow administrators to start NFS servers and export file systems from the GUI interface. There are two ways to create AS/400 NFS Exports. The first way is to select the Exports option from the pop-up menu that appears when you right-click on the NFS Server in the TCP/IP Servers window. (To get to the TCP/IP Servers window, open the Network-Servers-TCP/IP branch in OpsNav.) When you open the NFS Exports window and select the option to create a new export, OpsNav will show you the New NFS Export window (Figure 3) and it will ask you to define a directory to be exported. By clicking on the Access tab, OpsNav allows you to define the access parameters for that directory. Here you can add netgroups, define read and write access, and specify the host options for each host or netgroup. When you are finished, click on the Export button and the directory is available to your NFS clients.

The second method for exporting an AS/400 IFS directory is by locating the folder you want to export and specifying the export from the folder rather than from the NFS server. To do so, open the File Systems-Integrated File System branch of OpsNav and right-click on the AS/400 IFS folder you want to export. This time, there will be an NFS Exports option on the pop-up menu. Click on NFS Exports and select Properties and you will once again be presented with the window in Figure 3. Here you can modify the specific parameters for this export as detailed in this article, adding hosts or netgroups that are allowed to access this directory or file, changing the type of access, changing the code page values, etc. Also, if you click on the General tab, notice that you can make this export permanent (place it in the /etc/exports file) by checking the appropriate box.

Now You’re an Export Expert

As you can see, it is very easy to create NFS exports on your AS/400. With this information on using the EXPORTFS command and the Related Materials listed below, you should be well on your way to performing successful exports and getting vital data into the hands of your waiting NFS clients.

Related Materials

OS/400 Integrated File System Introduction V3R6 (SC41-5711-03), http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/cgi-bin/bookmgr/Books Exploring NFS on AS/400, Redbook (SG24-2158-00), www.redbooks.ibm.com OS/400 Network File System Support V4R4 (SC41-5714-01), http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/cgi-bin/bookmgr/Books

The EXPORTFS Troubleshooting Guide


Once you get started, exporting AS/400 IFS directories will turn out to be a snap, but sometimes you will encounter a few hurdles at the beginning that can cause some frustration. To alleviate that stress, here’s a quick list of some common problems and their solutions:

Problem: The EXPORTFS or STRNFSSVR command displays an authority failure message, such as CPFA0D4: “File system error occurred with error number 3401.”

Solution: Your profile may need more authority to the /etc directory, the /etc/exports file, or the /etc/netgroup file, depending on the type of export you are attempting. Also, make sure it has *IOSYSCFG special authority and that it is authorized to the EXPORTFS command.

Problem: The EXPORTFS or STRNFSSVR command displays the CPFA1CE message: “Cannot find address for specified system name.”

Solution: In the cause portion of the message, a host name was given that could not be resolved to a valid IP address on the network. It is possible to get this error even though you are not specifying this host on any of the export options because the entire /etc/netgroup file is processed each time the EXPORTFS command is run. So, if any host name listed in the netgroup file no longer exists on the network, the host will need to be removed (or commented out) from the file before an entry can be successfully exported.

Problem: The EXPORTFS command displays the CPFA0D4 message: “File system error occurred with error number 3470.”

Solution: You are trying to export a path in a file system that NFS does not support. Double-check that your path name is typed in correctly on your EXPORTFS statement or in the /etc/exports file. Retry the command with the corrected name.

Problem: You can’t tell what is exported on a particular AS/400 server.

Solution: If you are signed on to the server, you can call an API from the command line on OS/400 V4R3 or later: CALL QZNFRTVE. Make sure you are viewing detailed messages (F10 option) on your command interface. This will list the current exports and if you press F1 on any one of the exports, the export options for that folder will be displayed. If you are on a UNIX client, issue the command: showmount -e server_host_name.

Problem: You are enrolled in the distribution directory. You’re able to export /QDLS and your client can mount it, but you get message CPFA0A1 (“An input or output error occurred”) whenever you try to access a document or folder from your client.

Solution: The mapped user profile on the AS/400 that the request runs under may not be enrolled in the system directory. Remember that if the User ID for the client is different from the User ID of the expected profile on the server, or if root access is not allowed for a user with *ALLOBJ authority, then the client user will not map to that profile. It may be that you need to add the QNFSANON profile to the system distribution directory.

Problem: You’re able to export and mount the file system, but the NFS response seems to be slow.

Solution: There are several things you can do on the server side to try to increase performance. The one mentioned in “How to Be an AS/400 NFS Export Expert” is to allow asynchronous writes with the *ASYNC Host option parameter on the EXPORTFS command. You can also use the Number of server daemons option on the STRNFSSVR command to start up several NFS server daemon jobs (QNFSNFSD) at the same time. To start up 10 server jobs at the same time, for example, you can enter the STRNFSSVR command as follows:

STRNFSSVR SERVER(*ALL) NBRSVR(10)


By running more server jobs, you can increase the parallel throughput of your NFS requests. Finally, you can use a faster AS/400 IFS file system, if possible. If you can store and export your data from the native UNIX-like AS/400 IFS file systems (Root, QopenSys), NFS will perform better.

—Carl Pecinovsky

Figure 1: You can edit the /etc/netgroup file with the Edit Files (EDTF) command.

Figure 2: Specify Host options on the EXPORTFS command so that different clients can get the data in the code page they expect.


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Figure 3: You can also use Operations Navigator for easy exporting and NFS administration.


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    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).

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

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


    - Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    - Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    - Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    - How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    - High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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

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

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

     

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.