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Lots of great tools are available to help you evaluate and manage performance.

 

When looking at performance issues, I tend to group them into the following categories:

  • CPU bound
  • Memory bound
  • Disk access
  • Network
  • Process monitoring

 

This article looks at some of the popular tools available to gather information. Based on that information, you can then implement performance-related changes if required.

 

Please note: When considering performance tuning, you are strongly advised to gather evidence of the performance loss or examine the area in which you want to make gains before making tuning changes.

 

Always note any changes you make so that you can back out if the change you made has caused more issues or has not improved performance. Also, be aware of the "little picture" syndrome; it's no good trying to improve, say, disk operations if you have a slow network. The users will notice little difference.

 

In this article, I will try to be generic when using the tools and thus not specific to certain applications; this helps broaden scope of the article. Let's look at the most common tools that are available to show or gather system performance-related information.

Nmon

Without a doubt (in my opinion), the best tool to gather or record system information is nmon. Nmon comes with additional tools for presentation. Particularly helpful is the spreadsheet converter, which presents the metrics data in graphical format on your PC using Excel or some other similar spreadsheet product. Download nmon here.

 

Nmon is typically run from AIX's cron scheduler and commonly runs through a 24-hour cycle. This approach allows the systems administrator to go back in time and view the graphical charts. Nmon will report on the following:

  • CPU
  • Memory
  • Network
  • File systems
  • Disks
  • Top-running processes
  • Paging spaces
  • LPARS
  • Summaries

 

An example of one of the many reports nmon generates is shown in Figure 1, nmon_cpu. This report shows the CPU usages and the applications/processes that were running during a specific time span. The interval for this demonstration represents the nightly batch processing window. We can see that, between 10:00 p.m. (22:00) and midnight (24:00), CPU usage peaked.

 

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Figure 1: The nmon_cpu report shows CPU usage. (Click images to enlarge.)

 

To run nmon for a 24-hour cycle (well, nearly 24 hours), you need to know the format of the cycles. It is best to have each daily capture be just short of 24 hours in order to avoid overlap of performance information from one day to the next. The most common parameters are these:

  • -f means output to spreadsheet format
  • -t includes top-running processors
  • -s is interval in seconds
  • -c is the number of counts between intervals
  • -m is the destination directory for the output file, which would be in the format <hostname<date>.nmon

 

To run for nearly 24 hours (in this demonstration, it's 23.75 hours), I could use the following:

  • -s would be 900 (900 seconds = 15 minutes)
  • -c would be 95 counts

 

Using the above numbers, we come up with 23.75 hours, like so:

15 mins * 95 / 60 = 23.75 hours

 

So, the following crontab entry would generate a daily 24-hour system report. Cron will execute this every day at 9:00 a.m. (09:00).

00 09 * * * /usr/bin/nmon -f -t -s 900 -c 95 -m /opt/dump/nmon

Topas

The tool that will generally be the first port of call for any system admins when experiencing performance issues is topas. Though topas can record and graph, it's more commonly used in real-time mode to see what's happening on the system at a particular point in time. Topas will show everything you need to know to make a quick decision on where the impact is. To navigate through the different real-time reports, be sure to read the man page. Most operations are carried out using keystrokes from the keyboard. Topas will report on these issues:

 

  • Memory
  • Paging space
  • NFS
  • CPU
  • Network
  • LPARS
  • Workloads
  • Disks
  • Processors using resources

 

Figure 2 shows a topas screenshot. In this example, it's displaying in real time the top processes that are using the paging space. Displaying this screen is accomplished by hitting : P on the keyboard and then using the arrow keys to move to the PAGESPACE column. To highlight top CPU processors, use the arrow key to move to the CPU% column.

 

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Figure 2: In this screenshot, topas shows the processes that are using the paging space.

Sar

The system activity reporter sar command is the stable diet of system admins in gathering command-line-readable information about the system. It's typically run from cron but is occasionally run directly from the command line. Sar will, by default, report on user activity, percentage of CPU activity, the time processors were idle, and the number of CPUs used, though sar can report on many different system activities. The following sar example will generate statistics three times running at five-second intervals:

 

# sar 5 3

AIX rs6000 1 7 00C23BED4C00    11/17/11

System configuration: lcpu=4 ent=1.00 mode=Uncapped

13:21:35    %usr    %sys    %wio   %idle   physc   %entc

13:21:40      30      59       0      11    1.24   124.3

13:21:45      24      64       1      11    1.09   108.9

13:21:50      36      53       1      10    1.63   163.0

Average       31      58       0      11    1.32   132.0

Check the Loads

One of the oldest and most commonly used commands is the uptime command. It's a favorite because its output is used in many scripts to report on load averages. It's commonly used in alert email scripts that are run on the system and are sent when load averages hit a certain level, like 60 or 70, to forewarn system admins of a potential issue. The output shown below produces the total time the system has been up in a day and the number of users connected. The load average is displayed in intervals of 1, 5, and 15 minutes:

 

$ uptime
03:37PM up 179 days,  4:38, 27 users, load average: 3.34, 2.39, 2.26

Mpstat

Mpstat will report on all CPU devices, which is particularly useful when investigating CPU bottlenecks. In the following output, mpstat will run once at a 5-second interval:

 

# mpstat 5 1

System configuration: lcpu=4 ent=1.0 mode=Uncapped

cpu  min  maj  mpc  int   cs  ics   rq  mig lpa sysc us sy wt id   pc  %ec  lcs

  0 4940    0    1  632  685  268    0  320 100 263924 42 55  0  4 0.57 35.1  277

  1  990    0    3 1387 2234  805    0  684 100 130290 28 47  0 25 0.27 16.6  649

  2 3943    0    2  531  663  223    0  389 100 276520 44 54  0  3 0.57 34.9  270

  3 1298    0    2 1856 2742  846    0  752 100 82141 31 40  0 29 0.22 13.4  650

ALL 11171    0    8 4406 6324 2142    0 2145 100 752875 39 51  0 10 1.63 163.1 1846

 

Of particular interest is the column maj; this is the total major page faults (i.e., when AIX tries to get a page that is not resident in real memory). In the above output, there is none, so all looks good. A quick way to see how busy your CPUs are is to use this command:

 

# mpstat -s

System configuration: lcpu=4 ent=1.0 mode=Uncapped

   Proc0  Proc2
 39.20%   38.60%
cpu0    cpu1    cpu2  cpu3
20.54% 18.66% 20.00% 18.61%

 

In the above output, we can see that we have two physical CPUs split into two logical CPUs. The percentages of the spread show how busy they are.

Svmon

To look at memory consumption, svmon is the command line tool for you. Svmon will report on general memory usage across the system. It can be run at intervals to gather information over a period. AIX differs from other UNIX operating systems in that it will use all the available memory from the start, so if you see the system using nearly all the memory, this is normal. To display the global memory spread that is in use on a system, with the usage in GB, use this code:

 # svmon -G -O unit=GB

Unit: GB

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

               size       inuse        free         pin     virtual  available

memory         8.50        8.48        0.02        2.14        13.9       1.04

pg space       17.1        7.24

               work        pers        clnt       other

pin            1.85           0           0        0.29

in use         6.94           0        1.54

 

The above output reports on size of real memory, total memory currently in use, free memory, memory that is pinned (that is, it will stay in memory and not be swapped out to paging space), and  virtual memory. The report also displays information on workloads and persistent and client memory.

To find out how much memory user ukinst2 is using, use this code:

 

# svmon -U | head -n 3; svmon -U -O unit=GB |grep ukinst2

User                                 Inuse      Pin     Pgsp  Virtual

ukinst2                              1.16     0.03     0.03     0.50

 

In the above output, we can determine that user ukinst2 is using 1.16 GB of  real memory, 30MB is used by the paging space, 30MB is pinned in memory, and 50MB is currently in virtual memory.

 

You can also use svmon -U to produce a list of all users and their respective memory use.

There is also the vmstat command, which provides reports similar to those of svmon but without as much detail.

Lvmstat

If the system is suffering from extreme disk activity, you need to identify the source. The lvmstat command will provide information on hotspots contained in your Volume Groups, or Logical Volumes. First, enable logging using lvmstat on the required Volume Group—in this example, appsvg:

 

# lvmstat -v appsvg -e

 

Next, you could run a report on all Logical Volumes contained in that Volume Group, running at 2-second intervals, producing five reports:

 

# lvmstat -v appsvg 2 5

Logical Volume       iocnt   Kb_read   Kb_wrtn      Kbps

  fslv05             19460       280   4165952   1091.84

  fslv04               291        20     68480     17.95

  loglv00               16         0        64      0.02

  fslv03                 0         0         0      0.00

  fslv02                 0         0         0      0.00

Logical Volume       iocnt   Kb_read   Kb_wrtn      Kbps

  fslv04               416        16    104448  52232.00

Logical Volume       iocnt   Kb_read   Kb_wrtn      Kbps

  fslv04               404        12    101376  50694.00

Logical Volume       iocnt   Kb_read   Kb_wrtn      Kbps

  fslv04               390        12     98304  49158.00

Logical Volume       iocnt   Kb_read   Kb_wrtn      Kbps

  fslv04               386        12     97280  48646.00

 

In the above output, we can determine that the Logical Volume fslv04 is getting a high write hit rate, which will require further investigation. To produce a running output of the Logical Volume fslv04, you could use this command:

 

# lvmstat -l fslv04 2

Log_part  mirror#  iocnt   Kb_read   Kb_wrtn      Kbps

      16       1     165        60     32764      7.76

       1       1     162        24     32648      7.72

       4       1     157        48     32768      7.75

      32       1     131         0     32532      7.69

      10       1     130         0     32768      7.74

 

To disable the logging on the Volume Group appsvg, use this:

 

# lvmstat -l appsvg -d

Multi-Threading Enabled

Be sure to have simultaneous multi-threading processors enabled on your AIX box to increase process run times. If your AIX box does linear heavy number-crunching, there will probably be no gains. To see if it's active, use this:

 

# smtctl

This system is SMT capable.

This system supports up to 2 SMT threads per processor.

SMT is currently enabled.

SMT boot mode is not set.

SMT threads are bound to the same physical processor.

proc0 has 2 SMT threads.

Bind processor 0 is bound with proc0

Bind processor 1 is bound with proc0

 

Note that the above output states "SMT is currently enabled." This means it's active. To enable it if it is not active, use this:

 

 # smtctl -m on

 

Bindprocessor

There will be occasions when you need to get a process completed, but it's in contention with other processes during peak load times on the system. One method available is to bind the process to a dedicated CPU. Using the bindprocessor command, display your current processors:

 

# bindprocessor -q

The available processors are:  0 1

 

In the above output, we have two processors. Let's now bind a DB2 instance to processor 1. First, get the process ID of the db2instance, which in this example is db2sysc, which is owned by aixdev:

 

# ps -ef |grep db2sysc

  aixdev 4325606 7209196   0 17:49:38      -  0:00 db2sysc 0

Next, bind process ID 4325606 to processor 1, like so:

 

# bindprocessor 4325606 1

 

To confirm it's bound, the BND column should have a value of 1 for the process ID of 4325606, which it has:

 

# ps -emo THREAD| grep db2sysc

  USER     PID    PPID       TID ST  CP PRI SC    WCHAN        F     TT BND COMMAND

aixdev 4325606 7209196         - A    0  60  1        -    40001      - 1     db2sysc 0

 

After load-processing has completed, you can unbind the process and confirm it is unbound:

 

# bindprocessor -u 4325606

# ps -emo THREAD| grep db2sysc

  USER     PID    PPID       TID ST  CP PRI SC    WCHAN        F     TT BND COMMAND

  aixdev 4325606 7209196         - A    0  60  1        -    40001    -   - d b2sysc 0

Sparsely Does It

Coming across sparse files is a common occurrence when dealing with database systems, especially Oracle. Sparse files have indexes that are not mapped to a data block, causing null data; thus, it's difficult to gauge the size, though the du command can report it correctly. You may think the file is, say, 1GB in size when in fact it could be 10 or 20GB in size. Sparse files can cause headaches, as they fill up file-system space and tie up file-system resources if there are a lot of them. These files can be moved around, but be sure you use the correct tool like gnu tar or  backup. If you don't, the copy will go on forever and the file system will run out of space. To identify a sparse file, use the fileplace command:

 

# fileplace myfile

File: myfile Size: 52299 bytes Vol: /dev/hd3
Blk Size: 4096 Frag Size: 4096 Nfrags: 1

Logical Extent
00060386       1 frags    4096 Bytes, 100.0%
 unallocated   12 frags    49152 Bytes 0.0%

 

Notice in the above output of the file myfile the unallocated 4K 12 blocks; this is indicative of a sparse file. Normal files will have no unallocated blocks. Now that you know how to determine a sparse file, you can monitor or act on it.

Thanks for the Memory

When an application is in use and requires more memory, if there is not enough in the system to give it more, then portions will be paged into the paging space (see the Paging Space section below). You can avoid this paging by locking the application into memory, also known as pinning. The application to be pinned will require further configuration for this, so use the following vmo command to view current attributes set:

 

# vmo -a

 

To enable pinning, use this command:

 

# vmo –p –o v_pinshm=1

 

In normal operations, AIX will move page frames that contain files and programs around in order to free up memory. To help AIX know what percentage to reach before it does this, three settings can be used:

  • maxperm
  • minperm
  • maxclient

 

If the amount of pages is above the maxclient and maxperm, then pages will be moved. If the amount of pages is between minperm and maxclient, pages are moved based on past history page movement. There is a direct memory relationship between maxclient and maxperm; it should either be the same as or less than the value of maxperm.

 

 # vmo -a |grep -w maxperm%

              maxperm% = 90

# vmo -a |grep -w maxclient%

            maxclient% = 90

 

The minperm% should ideally be set quite low:

 

# vmo -a |grep -w minperm%

              minperm% = 5

Paging Space

The paging space, sometimes called swap space, is used when an application or process cannot be accommodated fully into the current memory allocation. When this happens, memory pages are moved out to the paging space. (Actually, there's a lot more to it than that, but that that topic is out of scope for this article.) So how much paging space should you have? Well, that depends on the type of applications you're running. As a rule of thumb, I create the paging space size to be 1.5 times the amount of the memory size. By default, AIX will use the paging device to hold the dump file if the system crashes. This is the case if you have a system with a small amount of memory. Boxes with large amounts of memory have separate dump devices for their core dumps; however, you can create your own dump devices no matter how small your memory is.

 

Some system admins have very little paging space configured to ensure everything stays in memory. This approach is generally used when performance is a high priority and no paging of the application should happen.

 

A newly installed AIX box with 2GB of memory would as a rule have 512MB for the paging space:

 

# lsps -s

Total Paging Space   Percent Used

      512MB               23%

 

To view full details of the paging space, use this command:

 

# lsps -a

Page Space      Physical Volume   Volume Group Size      %Used Active  Auto  Type Chksum

hd6             hdisk0            rootvg       512MB     23     yes   yes    lv   0

 

Paging space usage should be reviewed constantly. If you're running out of paging space, increase the paging space device. If you're still running out of paging space, create a device and place it on different disks.

Async It

If you have database systems like Oracle, DB2, or Sybase, be sure to enable async I/O as some database systems won't run without it. Async I/O allows other processing to continue before it has committed a transaction. A maximum of 10 processes running per CPU is generally considered the standard. To see if async I/O is running, use this command:

 

# pstat -A| grep aio

67 s   430f1    2008a  unbound      RR  27   0            aioserver

 70 s   46011    3a076  unbound      RR  27   0           aioserver

104 s   680ff    28088  unbound      RR  27   0           aioserver

 

In AIX version 6 and up, aio is dynamic and can be viewed via the ioo command.

Increase Bandwidth

To increase network bandwidth to your box, you can create an etherchannel. This involves using two or more network cards and binding them up to create an etherchannel interface. Doing so can double the capacity of the data going through the network card. Also consider enabling jumbo frames, which allows bigger frames through your card than the standard 1500 frames allowed. Extra work needs to be done on the switch side for both of the above changes to work.

Summary

The performance tools I covered in this article allow the system admin to gather information from the system on the current (and past) workloads. Using this information, anyone should be able to find what the potential performance issues might be and, more importantly, where the source of the problem is.

 

David Tansley

David Tansley has over 10 years experience as a pSeries AIX administrator. When not working, he enjoys playing badminton and watching Formula 1. But his favorite social activity is touring on his GSA motorbike with his wife and fellow riders.

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    • 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.