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Brief: If your PCs are linked to an AS/400 through PC Support/400 (or Client Access/400), here's a no-nonsense utility that provides file version control.

Many AS/400 installations use PCs connected to the AS/400 to process PC files. For example, most word processing is done on PCs. More often than not, there's a need to share and control these files among the PC users. Numerous PC-based software solutions provide excellent version control for documents and other files. But most of these packages are only available through a local area network (LAN). Yet many AS/400 installations either don't have a LAN or are hesitant to invest in extensive file-management software.

Some of these LANless installations use a "SneakerNet" (a network of users walking around with diskettes) to share files. This system is not only inefficient, it offers little in the way of control.

With the utility presented here, there's no need to wait for a LAN and no need to handle diskettes. You can start sharing and controlling your documents with two simple PC commands: Check Out (CKO) and Check In (CKI).

To run this utility, PCs must be configured for Extended DOS. The router, shared folders, and data queue function must be active.

What the Utility Does

This application allows a PC file to be checked out of a shared folder and protects it from modification by all users except the one who checked it out. Here the utility is used for document control. However, it could be used for any PC files that need to be shared (e.g., spreadsheets).

The utility creates a copy of the file for editing and places it in a target folder. The utility also creates an archive copy of the file in a special folder so that you have a copy of the file as it existed when it was checked out. This copy is marked as read-only.

The application provides a check-in facility which replaces the original file with the copy from the target folder and makes this replaced version available to other users for update.

1 provides an overview of how the system works. Notice in the example that checking out the ILE.DOC file creates a copy of the file in the target folder RICHARD and at the same time creates a copy in a folder in the ARCHIVE directory. Any editing of the document is done on the copy in the RICHARD folder.

Figure 1 provides an overview of how the system works. Notice in the example that checking out the ILE.DOC file creates a copy of the file in the target folder RICHARD and at the same time creates a copy in a folder in the ARCHIVE directory. Any editing of the document is done on the copy in the RICHARD folder.

A folder by the name of ARCHIVE is automatically created within the folder from which a document is checked out, if it doesn't already exist.

Another folder with the same name as the document being checked out is created within the ARCHIVE folder. It is this folder that will contain the archived copies of the file. The utility uses a version control number to create a special name for the archive copy. Each time the document is checked out, the version control number changes.

Only the person who checked out the file can check it in. However, there is a way to override this if necessary. (See the accompanying sidebar for a description of this technique.)

How to Use It

The best way to use this utility is to assign an administrator to control all checking in and out of documents. This provides centralized control and allows you to secure the folder containing your documents to only one or a few users instead of every user who may need the document. (You can use the Work with Folder (WRKFLR) command to secure folders.)

To check out a file use the CKO PC command as follows:

CKO drive:source-pathfile drive: arget-path

The CKO command requires two parameters. The source-pathfile parameter specifies the document file you want to check out. The target-path parameter specifies the destination folder for the copy of the document. Both parameters must include the drive designator and the full path designation. If you use an administrator to control file check out, the administrator should make sure that the file is checked out to a folder with enough authority to allow users access to the file.

Documents checked out to a folder should be copied to a PC drive before they're edited. Working with the document from a PC drive provides much faster response time than working with it from a folder. For example, administrator Janet checks out a file to folder RICHARD and notifies Richard that the document is available to him. Richard then copies the file from his folder to his PC's C: drive. After he completes editing Richard copies the file back to his folder and notifies Janet that the document is ready to be checked in. To check in a document, use the CKI PC command as follows:

CKI drive:checked-out-pathfile

The checked-out-pathfile parameter is required. It specifies the name of the file you want to check in. The parameter must include the drive designator, the full path designation of the folder, and the document name. The drive:checked- out-pathfile must match the file and the path to which the document was checked out, otherwise a message will appear stating that the file isn't checked out. For example, if you check out ILE.DOC to the RICHARD folder, you must check in the revised document from the RICHARD folder. The CKO PC and CKI PC commands are all that is required to run the application. If you use Microsoft Windows, you could create macros using the Windows Recorder to automate the commands. For example, you could create a separate macro for each user. Then, from the File Manager, you could simply select a file and run the macro.

How it Works

Three important components make this utility possible: the PC Support Check File (CHKFIL) command, the PC Support data queue function, and the PC Support Remote Command (RMTCMD) command.

The CHKFIL command does most of the work. It actually checks the file out and makes the copy to the target folder. It also checks the file in and replaces the checked-out file with the copy from the target folder.

Data queue support provides access to a common data queue between the AS/400 and the PC. Data and commands are passed through this data queue by the PC and the AS/400.

The RMTCMD command allows a PC program to execute an AS/400 command. If you're a programmer and you're interested in more detail on how this utility works, read the remainder of this section.

The CKO.BAT and CKI.BAT programs (see Figures 2 and 3) work essentially the same way. In fact they could be combined into one program with some conditional processing based on a parameter value. However, to keep things simpler two programs are used here.

The batch programs begin by starting the AS/400 REXX procedure F001RX (see 5) using the RMTCMD command. F001RX creates data queue DQNDQ, if it doesn't already exist, and creates a unique name. The unique name is created by taking the first four characters of the file that is being checked out and appending a unique four-digit sequence number to it. The sequence number used is the last four digits of the job number of the communications job that is evoked when the RMTCMD command is run. Every RMTCMD command generates a different communications job, so the job number should always be different.

The batch programs begin by starting the AS/400 REXX procedure F001RX (see Figure 5) using the RMTCMD command. F001RX creates data queue DQNDQ, if it doesn't already exist, and creates a unique name. The unique name is created by taking the first four characters of the file that is being checked out and appending a unique four-digit sequence number to it. The sequence number used is the last four digits of the job number of the communications job that is evoked when the RMTCMD command is run. Every RMTCMD command generates a different communications job, so the job number should always be different.

The unique name is passed to the PC program through the DQNDQ data queue embedded in a PC SET command. The PC program retrieves the command through the Receive Data Queue (RCVDTAQ) command and redirects it to a file. The file is then executed and an environment variable called NAME is set to the unique name.

This unique data queue name is important since each session must be sure to not process commands belonging to another session.

With a unique name now available, the PC program starts the F002RX procedure (see 6). F002RX first performs some editing of the parameters. If the parameters are specified correctly, F002RX then calls program F001RG (see 7) to maintain the CKOFILES file (see 4). F002RX then constructs the required PC commands. Basically, it builds either a CHKFIL OUT or CHKFIL IN command. However, with the check out process (CKO.BAT) several supplemental commands are required.

With a unique name now available, the PC program starts the F002RX procedure (see Figure 6). F002RX first performs some editing of the parameters. If the parameters are specified correctly, F002RX then calls program F001RG (see Figure 7) to maintain the CKOFILES file (see Figure 4). F002RX then constructs the required PC commands. Basically, it builds either a CHKFIL OUT or CHKFIL IN command. However, with the check out process (CKO.BAT) several supplemental commands are required.

Before a file can be checked out, one or two folders linked to the target folder may need to be created. The first one is the ARCHIVE folder. This special folder never contains files-it only contains other folders, one for each document checked out (see 1). The second one is the folder within ARCHIVE that is to contain the archived files for a given document. To create these folders, F002RX sends Make Directory (MD) PC commands to the PC.

Before a file can be checked out, one or two folders linked to the target folder may need to be created. The first one is the ARCHIVE folder. This special folder never contains files-it only contains other folders, one for each document checked out (see Figure 1). The second one is the folder within ARCHIVE that is to contain the archived files for a given document. To create these folders, F002RX sends Make Directory (MD) PC commands to the PC.

After the MD commands are sent, the CHKFIL OUT command is sent followed by a COPY and ATTRIB command. The COPY command is used to create the archive copy of the file. The ATTRIB command marks the archive copy of the file as read-only.

After F002RX is complete, all required commands are in the unique named data queue. The PC program retrieves the commands from the data queue and directs them to batch file RUNPCCMD.BAT. When RUNPCCMD executes, it in turn executes the commands generated by F001RX. The file is checked out or in.

The last thing the PC programs do is delete the unique data queue and clear the NAME environment variable.

Limitations and Recommendations

The maximum length of the source-pathfile or target-path for the CKO command and the checked-out-pathfile for the CKI command is 54 characters, including the drive designator.

The CKI.BAT program requires you to check a file in from the folder to which it was checked out. However it won't prevent someone from using the PC Support CHKFIL command directly to check in a file or replace it with a file from another folder. If you use an administrator to control document check out, you might want to consider securing your document folders on the AS/400.

Keeping a list of the files that are checked out and the folders to which they are checked out could be very useful. The information for such a list is available in the CKOFILES file. If you want this list, just use one of your query tools or write a simple program to display or print the file.

No Need to Wait

You can eliminate the "SneakerNet" and you don't have to wait for a LAN to give your users the ability to share and control their PC documents. Just use the CKO and CKI commands and exploit the resources you already have in PC Support. You'll gain some control, save time and your tennis shoes will probably last a lot longer.

Richard Shaler is a senior technical editor for Midrange Computing.

References PC Support/400 DOS Installation and Administration Guide (SC41-0006, CD-ROM QBKA6302). PC Support/400 OS/2 Installation and Administration Guide (SC41-0007, CD-ROM QBKA6802). REXX/400 Programmer's Guide (SC24-5553, CD-ROM QBKA4B02). REXX/400 Reference (SC24-5552, CD-ROM QBKA4C02).

The document control system presented here allows a PC file to be checked out to a user, making it unavailable for modification to all users except the user who checked it out. While a file is checked out, it is available to other users for reading.

At the time a file is checked out, the system creates two copies of the file: a copy in a user specified target folder and a copy in a folder within a special archive folder (see 1). The archive copy is marked as read-only.

At the time a file is checked out, the system creates two copies of the file: a copy in a user specified target folder and a copy in a folder within a special archive folder (see Figure 1). The archive copy is marked as read-only.

When a file is checked back in, the system replaces the original file with the copy from the user specified folder. The file is no longer read-only and is available to any user with authority to the folder.

This application uses the following components.

CKO.BAT: PC batch program that checks out a PC file. It requires two parameters-the source folder path and filename, and the target folder path.

CKI.BAT: PC batch program that checks in a checked-out file. It requires one parameter-the folder path and filename to be checked in.

RMTCMD.EXE: A PC Support command that submits AS/400 commands.

DQNDQ: Data queue used to send a unique data queue name from the AS/400 to the PC.

Data Queue: (Contrived name) Temporary data queue used to send PC commands from the AS/400 to the PC.

F001RX: REXX procedure that creates the DQNDQ data queue if necessary, creates a unique name, and sends the name to the PC through the DQNDQ data queue. Uses no parameters.

F002RX: REXX procedure that creates a uniquely named data queue and sends required PC commands to the PC through the data queue. It accepts three parameters-the source folder path/file to be checked out, the target folder to receive a copy of the file passed in parameter one, and a data queue name.

F001RG: RPG program used to maintain the checked out files (CKOFILES) database file.

CKOFILES: Physical file that contains a record for each checked out file.

The following illustration shows the interaction and relationship of the components. o Create the PC batch programs CKO.BAT (2) and CKI.BAT (3) on the PCs that will use the utility.

The following illustration shows the interaction and relationship of the components. o Create the PC batch programs CKO.BAT (Figure 2) and CKI.BAT (Figures 3) on the PCs that will use the utility.

o Create source physical file CHKFUTLSRC in library QGPL.

o Create the REXX procedure source members F001RX (5) and F002RX (6) in source file QGPL CHKFUTLSRC.

o Create the REXX procedure source members F001RX (Figure 5) and F002RX (Figure 6) in source file QGPL CHKFUTLSRC.

o Create source members CKOFILES (4) and F001RG (7) on the AS/400 and compile according to the instructions in the source member.

o Create source members CKOFILES (Figure 4) and F001RG (Figure 7) on the AS/400 and compile according to the instructions in the source member.

A document checked out by the PC Support or Client Access CHKFIL command can only be checked in by the user who checked it out. If the user that checked out the document is unavailable, you may not be able check the document in. Fortunately, the status of documents within shared folders can be controlled from the AS/400. If for whatever reason you can't get a document checked in, use the Edit Document Library Object Authority (EDTDLOAUT) command on the AS/400. EDTDLOAUT presents a panel from which you can release the document by placing a 'Y' in the "Release checked out document" prompt. You can then replace the document with the copy that was made at check out time.

Be aware that if you don't replace the document with the copy made at check out time, any changes made to the document will not be made to the master copy.


Control Files in Shared Folders

Figure 1 Shared Folder Document Control System Overview

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Figure 2 PC Batch Program CKO.BAT

 ::===================================================================== :: CKO.BAT: Check out a file @echo off IF "%1" == "" GOTO PTHFILEREQ IF "%2" == "" GOTO PTHREQ IF NOT EXIST %1 GOTO NOFILE ECHO. ECHO Checking out file %1, one moment please. ::==================================================================== :: Get data queue name to be used for this session C:PCSRMTCMD "STRREXPRC F001RX SRCFILE(QGPL/CHKFUTLSRC) PARM('%1')" /Z > NUL C:PCSRCVDTAQ DQNDQ /L=QGPL /W=0 /Z > C:PCSRUNPCCMD.BAT CALL C:PCSRUNPCCMD ::==================================================================== ::==================================================================== :: Get PC commands from data queue and execute C:PCSRMTCMD "STRREXPRC F002RX SRCFILE(QGPL/CHKFUTLSRC) PARM('%1 %2 %NAME%')" /Z > NUL C:PCSRCVDTAQ %NAME% /L=QGPL /Z > C:PCSRUNPCCMD.BAT CALL C:PCSRUNPCCMD ::==================================================================== GOTO ENDPGM ::==================================================================== :: Error processing :PTHFILEREQ ECHO. ECHO Parameter one must contain a folder pathfilename. GOTO ENDERROR :PTHREQ ECHO. ECHO Parameter two must contain a folder path. GOTO ENDERROR :NOFILE ECHO. ECHO File %1 doesn't exist. GOTO ENDERROR :ENDERROR PAUSE ::==================================================================== :ENDPGM ::==================================================================== :: Clean up C:PCSDLTDTAQ %NAME% /L=QGPL /Z > NUL SET NAME= ::==================================================================== 
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Figure 3 PC Batch Program CKI.BAT

 ::==================================================================== :: CKI.BAT: Check in a file @echo off IF "%1" == "" GOTO FILEREQ IF NOT EXIST %1 GOTO NOFILE ECHO. ECHO Checking in file %1, one moment please ::==================================================================== :: Get unique name value C:PCSRMTCMD "STRREXPRC F001RX SRCFILE(QGPL/CHKFUTLSRC) PARM('%1')" /Z > NUL C:PCSRCVDTAQ DQNDQ /L=QGPL /W=0 /Z > C:PCSRUNPCCMD.BAT CALL C:PCSRUNPCCMD ::==================================================================== ::==================================================================== :: Get PC commands and check in file C:PCSRMTCMD "STRREXPRC F002RX SRCFILE(QGPL/CHKFUTLSRC) PARM('%1 "IN" %NAME%')" /Z > NUL C:PCSRCVDTAQ %NAME% /L=QGPL /Z > C:PCSRUNPCCMD.BAT CALL C:PCSRUNPCCMD :===================================================================== GOTO ENDPGM ::==================================================================== :: Error processing :FILEREQ ECHO. ECHO Parameter one must contain path/filename. GOTO ENDERROR :NOFILE ECHO. ECHO File %1 doesn't exist. GOTO ENDERROR :ENDERROR PAUSE ::==================================================================== :ENDPGM ::==================================================================== :: Clean up C:PCSDLTDTAQ %NAME% /L=QGPL /Z > NUL SET NAME= ::==================================================================== 
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Figure 4 Physical File CKOFILES DDS

 *=============================================================== * CKOFILES * * To compile: * * CRTPF FILE(QGPL/CKOFILES) SRCFILE(QGPL/CHKFUTLSRC) * * Used by MC Check File Utility. * Stores path/file information for checked out files. *=============================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 A UNIQUE A R CKREC A CKOPTF 54 TEXT('Check out path/file') A CKIPTF 54 TEXT('Check in path/file') A CKDATE 8S 0 TEXT('Date') A CKTIME 6S 0 TEXT('Time') A K CKOPTF *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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Figure 5 REXX Procedure F001RX

 /*==================================================================*/ /* F001RX */ /* */ /* No compile required */ /* */ /* Create unique data queue name and send it data queue &DQN. */ /* Parm 1: Folder pathfile. */ /* File name and job number of job that executes this */ /* procedure are used to generate data queue name. */ /*==================================================================*/ parse arg pathfile abbnamelen = 4 seqnbrlen = 4 dqn = 'DQNDQ' dqlib = 'QGPL' "CRTDTAQ DTAQ(&DQLIB/&DQN) MAXLEN(17) TEXT('Created by", "MC Check File Utility')" if RC = 0 then NOP "RTVJOBA NBR(&JOBNBR)" file = translate(substr(pathfile,lastpos('',pathfile)+1)) parse var file abbname '.' ext wrkfile = substr(abbname,1,abbnamelen,'X') trnjobnbr = substr(jobnbr,3,seqnbrlen) dqnm = translate(wrkfile || trnjobnbr) setcmd = strip('SET NAME=' || dqnm,'t') dtalen = '00017F'X "CALL PGM(QSNDDTAQ) PARM(&DQN &DQLIB &DTALEN &SETCMD)" 
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Figure 6 REXX Procedure F002RX

 /*==================================================================*/ /* F002RX */ /* */ /* No compile required */ /* */ /* Send PC commands via data queue to check file out or in. */ /* Parm 1: Folder pathfile to be checked out/in. */ /* Parm 2: Folder path to which file is to be copied. */ /* Parm 3: Data Queue name to be used to send PC commands. */ /*==================================================================*/ parse arg frpthf topth dqnm error = ' ' archdir = 'ARCHIVE' dqlib = 'QGPL' dtalen = '00127F'X dqmsglen = 127 pathlen = 54 abbnamelen = 4 seqnbrlen = 4 frpthf = translate(frpthf) topth = translate(topth) file = substr(frpthf,lastpos('',frpthf)+1) topthf = strip(topth || '' || file,'t') parse var file abbname '.' ext wrkfile = substr(abbname,1,abbnamelen,'X') frpth = strip(substr(frpthf,1,lastpos('',frpthf)-1),'t') toflr = strip(substr(topth,lastpos('',topth)+1),'t') "DLTDTAQ DTAQ(&DQLIB/&DQNM)" if RC = 'CPF2105' then NOP "CRTDTAQ DTAQ(&DQLIB/&DQNM) MAXLEN(&DQMSGLEN) ", "TEXT('Created by MC Check File Utility')" call edit_parms if error = ' ' then do if topth = 'IN' then call check_in else call check_out end if error = ' ' then do "CALL PGM(QSNDDTAQ) PARM(&DQNM &DQLIB &DTALEN &DQMSG)" dqmsg = 'PAUSE' dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') "CALL PGM(QSNDDTAQ) PARM(&DQNM &DQLIB &DTALEN &DQMSG)" end return /*==================================================================*/ edit_parms: if substr(frpthf,2,1) = ':' then do error = 'Y' dqmsg = '@ECHO Invalid drive designator in parameter one.' dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') end if error = ' ' & substr(frpthf,3,1) = '' then do error = 'Y' dqmsg = '@ECHO Invalid path in parameter one.' dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') end if error = ' ' & topth = 'IN' then do if substr(topth,2,1) = ':' then do error = 'Y' dqmsg = '@ECHO Invalid drive designator in parameter two.' dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') end if error = ' ' & substr(topth,3,1) = '' then do error = 'Y' dqmsg = '@ECHO Invalid path in parameter two.' dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') end if error = ' ' & topth = frpth then do error = 'Y' dqmsg = '@ECHO Target path cannot be the same as source path.' dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') end if error = ' ' then do parse var topth drive '' aspath aspath = translate(aspath,'/','') if pos('',aspath) > 0 then do aspath = strip(substr(aspath,1,lastpos('/',aspath)-1),'t') end if toflr = aspath then aspath = '*NONE' trnjobnbr = substr(dqnm,5,seqnbrlen) archfile = translate(wrkfile || trnjobnbr || '.' || ext) /* Does target folder exist? */ "CHKDLO DLO(&TOFLR) FLR(&ASPATH)" if RC = 0 then do error = 'Y' dqmsg = '@ECHO Folder' topth 'not found' dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') end end end return /*==================================================================*/ check_in: frpthf = substr(frpthf,1,pathlen,' ') topathfile = substr(topathfile,1,pathlen,' ') "CALL PGM(F001RG) PARM(I &FRPTHF &TOPATHFILE &ERROR)" file = strip(file,'t') if error = 'NOTCHKDO' then do dqmsg = '@ECHO File' file 'not checked out' dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') end else do frpthf = strip(frpthf,'t') topathfile = strip(topathfile,'t') dqmsg = 'CHKFIL IN' frpthf topathfile dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') "CALL PGM(QSNDDTAQ) PARM(&DQNM &DQLIB &DTALEN &DQMSG)" end return /*==================================================================*/ check_out: frpthf = substr(frpthf,1,pathlen,' ') topthf = substr(topthf,1,pathlen,' ') "CALL PGM(F001RG) PARM(O &FRPTHF &TOPTHF &ERROR)" file = strip(file,'t') if error = 'CHKDOUT' then do dqmsg = '@ECHO File' file 'already checked out' dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') end else do parse var frpthf drive '' aspath aspath = translate(aspath,'/','') if pos('/',aspath) > 0 then do aspath = strip(substr(aspath,1,lastpos('/',aspath)-1),'t') end "CHKDLO DLO(&ARCHDIR) FLR(&ASPATH)" if RC = 'CPF8A82' | RC = 'CPF8A77' then do dqmsg = 'MD' frpth || '' || archdir dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') "CALL PGM(QSNDDTAQ) PARM(&DQNM &DQLIB &DTALEN &DQMSG)" end aspath = aspath || '/' || archdir "CHKDLO DLO(&FILE) FLR(&ASPATH)" if RC = 'CPF8A82' | RC = 'CPF8A77' then do dqmsg = 'MD' frpth || '' || archdir || '' || file dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') "CALL PGM(QSNDDTAQ) PARM(&DQNM &DQLIB &DTALEN &DQMSG)" end dqmsg = 'CHKFIL OUT' strip(frpthf,'t'), strip(topth,'t') dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') "CALL PGM(QSNDDTAQ) PARM(&DQNM &DQLIB &DTALEN &DQMSG)" dqmsg = 'COPY' strip(frpthf,'t') strip(frpth,'t') || '' || archdir, || '' || strip(file,'t') || '' ||archfile dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') "CALL PGM(QSNDDTAQ) PARM(&DQNM &DQLIB &DTALEN &DQMSG)" dqmsg = 'ATTRIB +R' strip(frpth,'t') || '' || archdir, || '' || strip(file,'t') || '' || archfile dqmsg = substr(dqmsg,1,dqmsglen,' ') "CALL PGM(QSNDDTAQ) PARM(&DQNM &DQLIB &DTALEN &DQMSG)" end return 
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Figure 7 RPG Progarm F001RG

 *=============================================================== * F001RG * * To compile: * * CRTRPGPGM PGM(QGPL/F001RG) SRCFILE(QGPL/CHKFUTLSRC) * * Used by MC Check File Utility. * Maintains the Check Out Files (CKOFILES) file. *=============================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 FCKOFILESUF E K DISK A I DS I 1 140TIMDTE I 1 60TIM I 7 140DTE * C *ENTRY PLIST C PARM CFTYPE 1 C PARM FRPTF 54 C PARM TOPTF 54 C PARM ERROR 8 * Check file out C CFTYPE IFEQ 'O' C TOPTF CHAINCKOFILES 50 C *IN50 IFEQ *OFF C MOVE 'CHKDOUT 'ERROR C ELSE C TIME TIMDTE C MOVELDTE CKDATE C MOVELTIM CKTIME C MOVELTOPTF CKOPTF C MOVELFRPTF CKIPTF C WRITECKREC C ENDIF C ENDIF * Check file in C CFTYPE IFEQ 'I' C FRPTF CHAINCKOFILES 50 C *IN50 IFEQ *ON C MOVEL'NOTCHKDO'ERROR C ELSE C MOVELCKIPTF TOPTF C DELETCKREC C ENDIF C ENDIF * C MOVEL*ON *INLR *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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    With so many organizations depending on AIX day to day, ensuring proper security and configuration is critical to ensure the safety of your environment. Don’t let common threats put your critical AIX servers at risk. Avoid simple mistakes and start to build a long-term plan with this AIX Security eCourse. Enroll today to get easy to follow instructions on topics like:

    • Removing extraneous files
    • Patching systems efficiently
    • Setting and validating permissions
    • Managing service considerations
    • Getting overall visibility into your networks

     

  • Developer Kit: Making a Business Case for Modernization and Beyond

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.

    Having trouble getting management approval for modernization projects? The problem may be you're not speaking enough "business" to them.

    This Developer Kit provides you study-backed data and a ready-to-use business case template to help get your very next development project approved!

  • What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires

    HelpSystemsIT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators is small.

    This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn:

    • Why IBM i skills depletion is a top concern
    • How leading organizations are coping
    • Where automation will make the biggest impact

     

  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericLet’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. Are you prepared to handle their departure?
    Our panel of IBM i experts—Chuck Losinski, Robin Tatam, Richard Schoen, and Tom Huntington—will outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
    - Automate IBM i processes
    - Use managed services to help fill the gaps
    - Secure the system against data loss and viruses
    The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.

     

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

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

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

    SB Profound WC GenericIn this presentation, Alex Roytman and Liam Allan will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications. Learn how Agile Modernization:
    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

     

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

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

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

    SB Profound WC GenericWatch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!

     

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

    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

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

    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.

    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.

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

  • 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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    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.