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OS/400 provides hundreds of commands for almost every task imaginable. Despite this wealth of tools, every AS/400 shop has a few, customized commands it just can't live without. Some of these commands perform functions related to a specific application. Others add to the repertoire of system functions supplied with OS/400. Still others are designed to restrict the functions of an existing command for a specific group of users. It's this last group that this article addresses. By taking advantage of the techniques illustrated in this article, you can create customized versions of OS/400 commands without creating a second copy of the command.

The most common way to customize commands is to write your version of the command and restrict access to specific parameters or parameter values. A more versatile method uses a validity checking program (VCP) to prevent use of some options. A VCP can be implemented for almost any command-both OS/400 commands and those you write yourself. The only restrictions are commands such as IF, ELSE, DO, ENDDO, and CHGVAR.

In this article, I'll illustrate how to write a VCP by creating a VCP to customize the Change Job (CHGJOB) command. If changing this command happens to be a requirement in your shop, this article will give you all the information you need, and the code included with it can be downloaded and put to work without modification. However, the main point of this article is to show you the research required to add a VCP to any OS/400 command. Because each command is different, each one will require a certain amount of detective work. I can only provide guidelines for organizing your investigation. Modifying the sample programs to work with commands other than CHGJOB will require RPG programming skills and investigation of the specific command you want to modify. Since each OS/400 command is different the process may be quite complex.

Why Write a VCP

Before we get into how to write a VCP, consider why this method may be better than creating your own version of the command. When you create a second copy of a command, it is typically stored in a library that is above QSYS in the system portion of the library list. Some weaknesses of this technique are:

o Programmers who use this method will confirm that processing the input from a character string is not trivial. This is particularly true if any parameter allows a list of values or if the user has a choice between a qualified object and a single value.

o Supplying a prompt screen for your version of an IBM command is possible but tedious. When the command retrieves default information from job or system values, this becomes even more difficult.

o A clever programmer may explicitly qualify the command with library QSYS and bypass the customized version.

o Some installations solve the problem noted in the previous item by renaming the IBM command, moving it to another library, or restricting access to the command. However, this creates a new problem. If you have renamed or moved IBM commands, then changes need to be repeated immediately after each release is installed. Renaming or moving IBM commands can create problems if system menus explicitly specify library QSYS.

A VCP offers several advantages over the traditional approach. A VCP supports full prompting and current value retrieval without any special coding. Users cannot bypass the VCP by specifying the library, and the VCP is automatically used when menu options issue IBM commands. However this approach has some shortcomings of its own:

o Determining the data values passed from IBM commands is not easy. IBM does not provide the command definition source for IBM commands. That is where this article will be of assistance.

o You need to add the VCPs to the commands each time a new release of OS/400 is installed.

o IBM sometimes adds parameters to an existing command for a new release. In that case, the VCP will need to be modified to handle the additional parameters.

Command Structure

1 illustrates the general structure of AS/400 commands, whether supplied by IBM or written in-house. Each command names a command processing program (CPP) and can optionally name a VCP.

Figure 1 illustrates the general structure of AS/400 commands, whether supplied by IBM or written in-house. Each command names a command processing program (CPP) and can optionally name a VCP.

The VCP is called before the CPP. A VCP verifies the command parameters and determines if the command execution will continue. It does not modify any data-the parameters passed to the VCP and CPP are the same.

If the VCP returns normally, the command analyzer calls the CPP that will execute the command. To prevent command execution, the VCP should send diagnostic message CPF0006 to describe why the command is not being executed. The VCP should then send escape message, CPF0002, to indicate not to execute the command. 2 shows the framework for a VCP.

If the VCP returns normally, the command analyzer calls the CPP that will execute the command. To prevent command execution, the VCP should send diagnostic message CPF0006 to describe why the command is not being executed. The VCP should then send escape message, CPF0002, to indicate not to execute the command. Figure 2 shows the framework for a VCP.

In theory, if you wanted to add a VCP to one of your commands, you could look at the source code for either the command definition or the CPP to determine the number, order, and value of command parameters. Unfortunately, IBM does not supply source code for the command definition or the CPP, so you must determine the command parameters yourself.

This task is complicated for many reasons. The order in which the command parameters are passed may be different from the order shown by the prompter. The command definition may include some constant parameters that the prompter does not show-IBM often uses hidden constants so the same CPP can be used for multiple operations. For example, create and change commands frequently use the same CPP, taking advantage of a constant to distinguish the functions.

Because IBM does not supply the command definition source you need to follow the steps outlined in this article. The next section describes a step-by-step procedure you can use to determine the command parameters.

Determining the Command Parameters

STEP 1: Display the command definition

Use Display Command (DSPCMD) to determine if a command already has a VCP. The output shown in 3 indicates there is no VCP for the CHGJOB command. Most IBM commands do not have a VCP making it easy to add a VCP. If the command already has a VCP, you can still use the techniques in this article unless you are running security level 40 or 50. Your VCP can perform checks and then call the original VCP.

Use Display Command (DSPCMD) to determine if a command already has a VCP. The output shown in Figure 3 indicates there is no VCP for the CHGJOB command. Most IBM commands do not have a VCP making it easy to add a VCP. If the command already has a VCP, you can still use the techniques in this article unless you are running security level 40 or 50. Your VCP can perform checks and then call the original VCP.

Step 2: Make a copy of the IBM command

Copy the IBM command definition from QSYS into your library. Do not modify the IBM command until you have tested your VCP thoroughly. Working with a copy allows users to run the IBM command without disruption while you make the changes to your version of the command. You will need to have *ALL authority to the CHGJOB command for this step. The following command duplicates the CHGJOB command in your library.

 CRTDUPOBJ OBJ(CHGJOB) + FROMLIB(QSYS) OBJTYPE(*CMD) + TOLIB(MYLIB) 

Step 3: Dump the command

The command definition determines the names and order of the keywords. Since you don't have the command definition source, you'll have to use the command object. Use the following command to dump the contents of the command object to a spooled file.

 DMPOBJ OBJ(MYLIB/CHGJOB) + OBJTYPE(*CMD) 

4 illustrates what the object dump looks like. Notice the interpreted part of the object that appears in red on the right of the dump. The dump of the command object will show all parameters including hidden parameters in the order they are passed to the VCP. This is not necessarily the same order as the prompt. As you scan the printed output, you will begin to recognize the names of the keywords in the interpreted text portion. You can use this information to determine the sequence of the parameters.

Figure 4 illustrates what the object dump looks like. Notice the interpreted part of the object that appears in red on the right of the dump. The dump of the command object will show all parameters including hidden parameters in the order they are passed to the VCP. This is not necessarily the same order as the prompt. As you scan the printed output, you will begin to recognize the names of the keywords in the interpreted text portion. You can use this information to determine the sequence of the parameters.

The command analyzer passes data to the VCP in the order shown in the command dump. 5 shows how you can assign relative parameter numbers to the parameters found in the interpreted portion of the dump. The relative parameter number appears in the right column. You can see that the CHGJOB command for V2R3 has 34 parameters.

The command analyzer passes data to the VCP in the order shown in the command dump. Figure 5 shows how you can assign relative parameter numbers to the parameters found in the interpreted portion of the dump. The relative parameter number appears in the right column. You can see that the CHGJOB command for V2R3 has 34 parameters.

For this example, we are interested in the RUNPTY parameter. The dump shows that RUNPTY is passed as parameter 22. Before you write a VCP, you need to determine the format of the data for this parameter.

Step 4: Determine the format of data passed

The RPG program, DMP001RG (shown in 6), dumps the parameters passed to the VCP. This lets you determine the number and value of the parameters passed to the VCP. To accomplish this, you need to temporarily add the DMP001RG program as a VCP for your copy of the command. This Change Command (CHGCMD) command adds the VCP, DMP001RG, to the test version of the CHGJOB command in MYLIB.

The RPG program, DMP001RG (shown in Figure 6), dumps the parameters passed to the VCP. This lets you determine the number and value of the parameters passed to the VCP. To accomplish this, you need to temporarily add the DMP001RG program as a VCP for your copy of the command. This Change Command (CHGCMD) command adds the VCP, DMP001RG, to the test version of the CHGJOB command in MYLIB.

 CHGCMD CMD(MYLIB/CHGJOB) + VLDCKR(DMP001RG) 

The DMP001RG program is generic so that you can use it for any command you plan to modify.

STEP 5: Enter sample data in the test version of the command

Enter sample data to determine how the values are passed to the CPP. This is where you need to experiment and collect several copies of the data. Be sure to test all possible values for the parameters you want to check. The specific data you'll need to use will vary from one command to another. As a general guideline, you should run tests with the highest valid value, the lowest valid value, a valid value that is neither highest or lowest, no entry (zero or blank), invalid values both above and below the valid range, and a default value. You should also test all of the special values allowed by the command parameter. These values may get mapped to other values.

STEP 6: Analyze the output from DMP001RG

Analyze the output from DMP001RG program to determine the values passed to the VCP. The DMP001RG program shows ten characters of data. The ten characters may contain information from two or more parameters if the current parameter is less than ten characters. This is where your investigative work will be important. I can offer some guidelines about how data is passed, but I cannot be certain that they will apply to the particular command you plan to modify. The following pointers may help you to interpret the data you see when you run DMP001RG.

o The numeric data in IBM commands tends to be passed in binary fields of two or four bytes.

o Character strings are sometimes mapped to a single character. For example, in some commands, OUTPUT(*PRINT) is mapped to the single character "L"-a carry over from the S/38 when the output parameter specified *LIST.

o Some IBM commands use null pointers for the omitted parameters. The use of null pointers intro-duces some complications that I will discuss later.

7 illustrates a sample of the output from DMP001RG obtained by running the following CHGJOB command.

Figure 7 illustrates a sample of the output from DMP001RG obtained by running the following CHGJOB command.

 CHGJOB JOBPTY(7) OUTPTY(8) + RUNPTY(45) JOBQ(TESTJOBQ) + PRTTXT(TEXT) 

I added the keyword names to the left of the dump output using the keyword order determined in Step 3 to help you follow the analysis.

CHGJOB is one of the commands that uses null pointers. 8 eliminates parameters that have null pointers, making it easier to analyze the values passed to the VCP. 9 provides examples to show you how to extract the information you need.

CHGJOB is one of the commands that uses null pointers. Figure 8 eliminates parameters that have null pointers, making it easier to analyze the values passed to the VCP. Figure 9 provides examples to show you how to extract the information you need.

PARM22 is the RUNPTY parameter we are interested in for this example. The value shown for PARM22 is:

'002D000000005C000000'X

The X designates that this parameter is displayed in hexadecimal format.

The value of 45 was specified for the RUNPTY parameter. If you converted 45 to hex, you would get the value 2D. The RUNPTY is passed as a BINARY number of length 2.

Adding the VCP to CHGJOB

Let's review what we discovered so far.

o The number of parameters. CHGJOB has 34 for V2R3.

o The relative number of the parameter we want to restrict. RUNPTY is parameter 22.

o The format of the data passed. RUNPTY is passed as a 2-byte, binary value or a null pointer.

The detective work is over. Now we have enough information to write the VCP.

I first started with a simple CL program as the VCP. Typical of most programming projects, the simple way is not the way that works. This program fails because of the null pointers that are passed when a parameter is not specified. Therefore a CL program cannot be used.

I am not an expert on RPG, so I contacted one of my associates, Russell Popeil, and described my problem of null pointers. Russell was kind enough to provide the program shown in 10. Study this program because it demonstrates clever techniques on how to handle null pointers and send messages from an RPG program.

I am not an expert on RPG, so I contacted one of my associates, Russell Popeil, and described my problem of null pointers. Russell was kind enough to provide the program shown in Figure 10. Study this program because it demonstrates clever techniques on how to handle null pointers and send messages from an RPG program.

The next section explains how to add a VCP for the IBM CHGJOB command. The VCP can detect when a user has entered a run priority of less than 20. The program issues an error message and prevents changing the priority to less than 20. The technique demonstrated can be used to add a VCP to any IBM command.

STEP 1: Add the VCP to the test version of command

Change your test version of the command to add the VCP as shown.

CHGCMD CMD(MYLIB/CHGJOB) +

VLDCKR(MYLIB/VCP001RG)

STEP 2: Test the VCP

Before moving the command to QSYS you should run extensive tests and make sure that you have a backup copy of the original, IBM-supplied command.

STEP 3: Change the QSYS version of the command

Now that all the tests are complete, you can put the modified CHGJOB command into production. To do this:

1. Move the VCP (VCP001RG in this example) to a production library that is part of the library list for all users.

 MOVOBJ OBJ(MYLIB/VCP001RG) + OBJTYPE(*PGM) + TOLIB(production) 

2. Change the QSYS version of the command to add the validity checking program. You should record the way you run CHGCMD so that you can repeat the change when you install a new release.

 CHGCMD CMD(QSYS/CHGJOB) + VLDCKR(production/VCP001RG) 

STEP 3: Change the QSYS38 version of the command

Some commands also exist in the QSYS38 library, and you need to make a similar change to the CHGJOB command in the QSYS38 library. You can usually assume that the parameter list for the QSYS38 version of the command is the same as the QSYS version, but you need to check. One quick test is to display the QSYS38 version of the command and check the name of the CPP for the QSYS and QSYS38 versions. If both the QSYS and QSYS38 versions of the command use the same CPP, you can use the same VCP.

Additional Comments

You should keep track of any changes you make to IBM commands. When you install a new release, the VCP changes will need to be added to the IBM commands. The recommended method is to store all of the CHGCMD commands in a source member that can be run when the new release is installed. When you install a new release, the command may have additional parameters. If the new version of the command has more parameters than your VCP, you will get an error and need to add more parameters to the RPG program and recompile it.

Limited Access Achieved

The techniques presented in this article were developed as a result of questions I received from AS/400 customers. Standard security functions control access to a command, but it is an all-or-nothing access. AS/400 security does not work at the parameter level. A VCP can limit access at the parameter level. The requirement to restrict access to CHGJOB occurs frequently and cannot be resolved easily with AS/400 security. The methods used in this article for the CHGJOB command can be extended to most OS/400 commands.

For more information on VCPs, consult the CL Programmer's Guide (SC41-8077, CD- ROM QBKA7102), "Writing AS/400 Commands (part 3)," MC, March 1993 or the "Validity-Checking Programs" sidebar in "Message Queue Housekeeper," MC, August 1994.

Wayne O. Evans is an AS/400 security consultant and a frequent speaker on security topics. During his 27 years with IBM Corporation, he was involved with AS/400 security design issues. Prior to working on security, Wayne was the team leader and designer for the command definition and CL language on the S/38.

Russell Popeil is an EDP Manager at Banca Commerciale Italiana in New York.


Modifying OS/400 Commands

Figure 1 AS/400 Command STructure

 UNABLE TO REPRODUCE GRAPHICS 
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Figure 2 Framework of a VCP

 PGM PARM(&P1 &P2 ... &Pn) DCL VAR(&P1) TYPE(type) LEN(length) DCL VAR(&P2) TYPE(type) LEN(length) . . . DCL VAR(&Pn) TYPE(type) LEN(length) /* Determine if the command should be allowed */ IF COND(&OK) THEN(RETURN) SNDPGMMSG MSGID(CPF0006) MSGF(QCPFMSG) MSGDTA('Tell + user why command not allowed') + MSGTYPE(*DIAG) SNDPGMMSG MSGID(CPF0002) MSGF(QCPFMSG) MSGTYPE(*ESCAPE) ENDPGM 
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Figure 3 Display of the CHGJOB Command

 Display Command Information Command . . . . . . . : CHGJOB Library . . . . . . . : QSYS Program to process command . . . . . . : QWTCCCHJ Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : QSYS State used to call program . . . . . : *SYSTEM Source file . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Source file member . . . . . . . . . . : Validity checking program . . . . . . : *NONE Mode(s) in which valid . . . . . . . . : *PROD *DEBUG *SERVICE Where allowed to run . . . . . . . . . : *IMOD *BMOD *IREXX *BREXX *BPGM *IPGM *EXEC *INTERACT *BATCH Allow limited user . . . . . . . . . . : *NO Maximum positional parameters . . . . : 1 More... Press Enter to continue. F3=Exit F12=Cancel 
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Figure 4 DMPOBJ Output for the CHGJOB Command

 5738SS1 V2R2M0 920925 AS/400 DUMP 422912/DEVWOE/BPPAF222S1 02/07/94 18:38:02 PAGE 1 DMPOBJ PARAMETERS OBJ- CHGJOB CONTEXT- QSYS OBJTYPE- *CMD OBJECT TYPE- SPACE *CMD * 000040 00000000 00000000 00010002 32000400 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 * NAME- CHGJOB TYPE- 19 SUBTYPE- 05 LIBRARY- MYLIB TYPE- 04 SUBTYPE- 01 CREATION- 04/18/94 12:51:19 SIZE- 0000001800 OWNER- VMG TYPE- 08 SUBTYPE- 01 ATTRIBUTES- 0800 ADDRESS- 00149400 0000 SPACE ATTRIBUTES- 000000 00000080 00000060 1905C3C8 C7D1D6C2 40404040 40404040 40404040 40404040 * - CHGJOB * 000020 40404040 40404040 A0000000 00000000 00001700 00030000 00000000 00000000 * * SPACE- 000000 0000D8E6 E3C3C3C3 C8D14040 D8E2E8E2 40404040 40400000 5C404040 40404040 * QWTCCCHJ QSYS * 000700 00000000 00010000 41080013 A0000000 00D9E4D5 D7E3E840 40404000 16083601 * _ µ RUNPTY * 000720 0006050D 7802000C 00010000 A10D780D 9E04000B 0002030D 46060DA0 06000820 * _ ~ _ ? µ * 000740 000113B9 FF079400 00006C00 03000400 00000000 01000041 280017F2 00000000 * _ m % _ 2 * 
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Figure 5 Assigning Relative Parameter Numbers

 Interpreted Portion of Command Dump Relative Name of Parameter Number Parameter * - CHGJOB * * µ * * * * TQWTCCCHJ QSYS * * * a q pQCPFMSG *L* *IBL _ * * 4µ T 0 s a * * E ! - _ JOB * 1 JOB * _ g _ _ * * U - _ _ * *JOBQ x _ e _ _* 2 JOBQ * 4 ? % _ ?* * JOBPTY ? _ g* 3 JOBPTY * _ _ " b % x % * * _ c OUTPTY * 4 OUTPTY *, _ g _ _ e b * * z 5 + _ * * PRTTXT 5 _ e _* 5 PRTTXT * _e h he _ _ µ * * _ M LOG * 6 LOG *_ + ? 0 LOGCLP* 7 LOGCLPGM *GM _ _ g _ _o C Io* * { { + ?* * INQMSGRPY { _ * 8 INQMSGRPY * g _ _- J P- _ - T _ * * + ? # BRKMS* 9 BRKMSG *G _ e _ _e 0 0* *e 9 9e ? , + * * ? E STSMSG * 10 STSMSG * _ e _ _e e _ _e e 0* * 0 n * * { SBRKMSG n Y + * 11 SBRKMSG * _ PRTDEV Y * 12 PRTDEV * _ e _ _e e _ _e * * W U - _ ) * * OUTQ 6 _ e * 13 OUTQ *_ _e e e + i * * ? DATFMT Z _ * 18 DATFMT * £ _ _~ _ ?~ 0 ~ 6 ~ _ ~ s* * & + ? * * DATSEP & _ g* 19 DATSEP * _ _- _ PE h E E E E * * E ? o + * * ? - TIMSEP o _ * 20 TIMSEP * g _ _- _ PE h E E E* * E _ 6 + * * A _ SWS * 21 SWS *_ E _ _ % * * _ µ RUNPTY * 22 RUNPTY * _ ~ _ ? µ * * _ m % _ 2 * *TIMESLICE m _ ~ _ * 23 TIMESLICE * S + * * ? PURGE S * 24 PURGE * _ g _ _o C Io { * * % _ DFT* 25 DFTWAIT *WAIT - _ ~ _ £ * * c - * * J ACGCDE E * 26 ACGCDE * {o M _o _ Y + * * * DUPJOBOPT * 34 DUPJOBOPT * _ e _ _e s s ' * * S % * * *_ g _ _ " r * * % * % * 
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Figure 6 RPG Program to Dump VCP Parameters

 *=============================================================== * To compile: * * CRTRPGPGM PGM(XXX/DMP001RG) SRCFILE(XXX/QRPGSRC) * *=============================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 H 1 C *ENTRY PLIST C PARM PARM01 10 C PARM PARM02 10 * Parameters 03-48 are the same -- omitted to save space C PARM PARM49 10 C PARM PARM50 10 * C DUMP * C MOVE *ON *INLR *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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Figure 7 Dump of CHGJOB Values

 Parameter Output from RPG Dump JOB PARM01 NOT ADDRESSABLE PARM01.P 000000 POINTER(SPP) NULL JOBQ PARM02 00064A CHAR(10) 'TESTJOBQ ' PARM02.P 000010 POINTER(SPP) SPACE OFFSET 1610 '0000064A'X OBJECT QCAWRKAREA JOBPTY PARM03 00065E CHAR(10) '87TEXT ' PARM03.P 000020 POINTER(SPP) SPACE OFFSET 1630 '0000065E'X OBJECT QCAWRKAREA OUTPTY PARM04 00065F CHAR(10) '7TEXT ' PARM04.P 000030 POINTER(SPP) SPACE OFFSET 1631 '0000065F'X OBJECT QCAWRKAREA PRTTXT PARM05 000660 CHAR(10) 'TEXT ' PARM05.P 000040 POINTER(SPP) SPACE OFFSET 1632 '00000660'X OBJECT QCAWRKAREA LOG PARM06 NOT ADDRESSABLE PARM06.P 000050 POINTER(SPP) NULL . . . SWS PARM21 NOT ADDRESSABLE PARM21.P 000140 POINTER(SPP) NULL RUNPTY PARM22 0006D3 CHAR(10) '002D000000005C000000'X PARM22.P 000150 POINTER(SPP) SPACE OFFSET 1747 '000006D3'X OBJECT QCAWRKAREA TIMESLICE PARM23 NOT ADDRESSABLE PARM23.P 000160 POINTER(SPP) NULL 
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Figure 8 Selected Data from DMP001RG of CHGJOB Command

 PARM02 00064A CHAR(10) 'TESTJOBQ ' PARM02.P 000010 POINTER(SPP) SPACE OFFSET 1610 PARM03 00065E CHAR(10) '87TEXT ' PARM03.P 000020 POINTER(SPP) PARM04 00065F CHAR(10) '7TEXT ' PARM04.P 000030 POINTER(SPP) SPACE OFFSET 1631 PARM05 000660 CHAR(10) 'TEXT ' PARM05.P 000040 POINTER(SPP) SPACE OFFSET 1632 PARM22 0006D3 CHAR(10) '002D000000005C000000'X PARM22.P 000150 POINTER(SPP) SPACE OFFSET 1747 
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Figure 9 Extracting Parameter Information from the Program

 1. The value shown for PARM02 is TESTJOBQ, but experience tells us that this is a qualified name. Where is the library name? Although the library name is passed immediately after the object name, we only dumped ten characters so the library name was not shown. Had the DMP001RG program been modified to dump 20 characters, you would have seen the default library name *LIBL. You can determine that the length of PARM02 is 20 by subtracting the space offset of PARM02 from the next parameter PARM03 as follows: PARM03 SPACE OFFSET 1630 PARM02 SPACE OFFSET 1610 Difference 20 2. PARM03 is one character long and currently has a value of 8. You can calculate the length to be one character by subtracting the space offset of the next parameter. Although the value shown for PARM03 is '87TEXT ', the remainder of the ten characters is data for other parameters. 3. The value shown for PARM04 is '7TEXT ' but using what we have learned about determining, the length this field is also a single character long with a value of 7. 4. The value shown for PARM05 is 'TEXT ' but if you calculate the length, you can determine that this field is actually 30 characters long and the dump only shows the first 10. 
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Figure 10 Change Job Validity Checking Program

 *=============================================================== * To compile: * * CRTRPGPGM PGM(XXX/VCP001RG) SRCFILE(XXX/QRPGSRC) * *=============================================================== * * PURPOSE * Valitity check program for the CHGJOB command * The RUNPTY (run priority parameter) is checked * to prevent any priority less that 20. * * IMPLEMENTATION * If the RUNPTY is not specified on the CHGJOB command * a null parameter is passed. When the program * attempts to reference a null pointer, an exception * is detected which is handled by the program status * data structure. * *=============================================================== *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 * Error code data structure for API's IERR IDS I I 16 B 1 40BIN1 I B 5 80BIN2 I 9 15 MSGID I 16 16 FILLER * Call stacker counter I IDS I B 1 40STKCTR I B 5 80DTALEN * Qualified Message IMSGFLB IDS I I 'QCPFMSG' 1 10 MSGF I I '*LIBL' 11 20 MSGFL * Named Constant I '0000Runpty Cannot b- C TEXT I 'e Changed' * BINARY TO DECIMAL CONVERSION IXDS IDS I B 1 20X I 2 2 XX * Program status data structure I SDS I* Exception number I 43 46 ENUM I* CPF message text I 91 170 CPFMSG *=============================================================== C *ENTRY PLIST C PARM PARM01 10 C PARM PARM02 10 * Parameters 03-20 are the same -- omitted to save space C PARM PARM21 10 C PARM PARM22 2 Runpty C PARM PARM23 10 * Parameters 24-33 are the same -- omitted to save space C PARM PARM34 10 * * Convert character to binary thru data structure C CLEARXDS C MOVE PARM22 XX * * If program gets here then the program status subroutine was * not evoked, because a RUNPTY was passed to the validity * checking program * * The Following line will test to see if RUNPTY of less than 20 * was passed. C X IFLT 20 * * Send CPD0006 to command prompter C Z-ADD28 DTALEN C MOVELTEXT MSGDTA P C MOVEL'*DIAG' MSGTYP P C MOVEL'*' TPGMQ P C MOVE 'CPD0006' ERRMSG 7 C EXSR SNDMSG * * Follow by CPF0002 to force prompter to display CPD0006 text C Z-ADD0 DTALEN C Z-ADD1 STKCTR C MOVE *BLANKS MSGDTA C MOVEL'*ESCAPE' MSGTYP P C MOVEL'*' TPGMQ P C MOVE 'CPF0002' ERRMSG C EXSR SNDMSG C ENDIF * C MOVE *ON *INLR *=============================================================== C SNDMSG BEGSR * * Call Send Program Message API C CALL 'QMHSNDPM' C PARM ERRMSG C PARM MSGFLB C PARM MSGDTA 28 C PARM DTALEN C PARM MSGTYP 10 C PARM TPGMQ 10 C PARM STKCTR C PARM MSGKEY 4 C PARM ERR * C ENDSR *=============================================================== C *PSSR BEGSR * C PSRFLG IFEQ '1' * If *PSSR is already handling error and then receives another * set on H1 and return. C MOVE *ON *INH1 C RETRN C ELSE C MOVE '1' PSRFLG 1 C ENUM IFEQ '3601' C MOVE *ON *INLR C RETRN C ENDIF C ENDIF * Reset *PSSR error flag at exit of routine C MOVE '0' PSRFLG * C ENDSR * *. 1 ...+... 2 ...+... 3 ...+... 4 ...+... 5 ...+... 6 ...+... 7 
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    Order your copy here.

  • DR Strategy Guide from Maxava: Brand New Edition - now fully updated to include Cloud!

    SB Maxava PPL 5476PRACTICAL TOOLS TO IMPLEMENT DISASTER RECOVERY IN YOUR IBM i ENVIRONMENT

    CLOUD VS. ON-PREMISE?
    - COMPREHENSIVE CHECKLISTS
    - RISK COST CALCULATIONS
    - BUSINESS CASE FRAMEWORK
    - DR SOLUTIONS OVERVIEW
    - RFP BUILDER
    Download your free copy of DR Strategy Guide for IBM i from Maxava today.

     

  • White Paper: Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization

    SB Profound WP 5539

    If your business is thinking about modernizing your legacy IBM i (also known as AS/400 or iSeries) applications, you will want to read this white paper first!

    Download this paper and learn how Node.js can ensure that you:
    - Modernize on-time and budget - no more lengthy, costly, disruptive app rewrites!
    - Retain your IBM i systems of record
    - Find and hire new development talent
    - Integrate new Node.js applications with your existing RPG, Java, .Net, and PHP apps
    - Extend your IBM i capabilties to include Watson API, Cloud, and Internet of Things


    Read Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization Now!

     

  • 2020 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

    HelpSystems

    This year marks the sixth edition of the popular IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. Each year, HelpSystems sets out to gather data about how businesses use the IBM i platform and the IT initiatives it supports. Year over year, the survey has begun to reveal long-term trends that give insight into the future of this trusted technology.

    More than 500 IBM i users from around the globe participated in this year’s survey, and we’re so happy to share the results with you. We hope you’ll find the information interesting and useful as you evaluate your own IT projects.

  • AIX Security Basics eCourse

    Core Security

    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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    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.