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Everybody Needs an Alias

When creating new AS/400 database fields, go the extra step and add the ALIAS keyword, as well as the COLHDG and TEXT keywords. The ALIAS keyword will create an alternate field name.

When creating a program, the compiler determines if the ALIAS name is to be used. Most languages on the AS/400 will not take advantage of the ALIAS keyword. So why use it? The alternate field name (ALIAS) will be used when you access the file from Microsoft Excel or Access or from most PC-based, SQL-driven software.

After downloading a file, open it in Excel; instead of seeing a cryptic six-character field name, you see up to 30 characters of descriptive text. For example, if you use code like that in Figure 1, users could see OPERATOR_ON_HOURS instead of the cryptic name FATRON in the Excel column heading.

The DDS manual states that the length of an alternative field name is 1 to 30 characters. The first character must be A through Z. Subsequent characters must be A through Z, 0 through 9, or the underscore (_), with no blanks.

You must make sure alternative field names you specify conform to the naming conventions of the high-level language that uses the names. The high-level language compiler checks the syntax of the names when they are brought into the program. In other words, DDS does not perform any language-specific syntax checking. You probably will not have to worry about this; as I’ve stated, most AS/400 languages ignore this ALIAS keyword and use the regular field name.

—Jeff Kinzer ACH Food Companies

A FATRON 2 0 COLHDG('Operator' 'On Hours')
A TEXT('Operator On Hours')
A ALIAS(OPERATOR_ON_HOURS)

Figure 1: Define aliases in keyword area of DDS specs.

Retaining Subfile Fold Status

Normally, when you use the SFLDROP keyword on a multiline subfile record, the subfile records come out truncated (that is, only the first line is displayed). The user can switch between truncated and multiline mode using a command key.


The SFLFOLD keyword works in the opposite way. If you press Enter and redisplay the screen, the subfile does not retain its current setting but reverts to its original setting.

By using the SFLMODE keyword, you can control the setting of the display and preserve it from one EXFMT to the next. The key is using an indicator to jointly control the SFLDROP and SFLFOLD keywords. Assuming you were to use indicator 16 (*IN16) as your controlling indicator, the following two lines would do the work for you:

A 16 SFLDROP(CF16)
A N16 SFLFOLD(CF16)

If *IN16 is off when the program begins, the display shows the entire subfile line. If *IN16 is on, the subfile has truncated lines. However, at this point there is no way to tell what state the subfile is in when the user exits. That’s done through the SFLMODE keyword with the following two lines:

A SFLMODE(&XHMODE)
A XHMODE 1 H

Now, when the EXFMT returns (due to a command key or Enter), a 0 in XHMODE indicates that the screen was fully extended, and a 1 indicates it was truncated. But, because you’re using *IN16 to control that on the EXFMT, you can move XHMODE into *IN16. In RPG, the code required to handle this looks like the following:

C EXFMTSUBFILC1
C MOVE XHMODE *IN16

With this code in place, the display retains its state (folded or truncated) from one EXFMT to the next. You can download the DDS and RPG III source code from which these lines were taken from the Midrange Computing Web site at www.midrangecomputing.com/mc.

—Joe Pluta

%FOUND vs. %EOF

Here’s a “gotcha!” with the %FOUND and %EOF built-in functions that has bitten a couple of people in our shop. The program compiles correctly but produces incorrect results or loops. The original code, like that in Figure 2, used resulting indicators and worked fine. The problem came about when we tried to replace indicators with built-in functions, as in Figure 3. The problem is that CHAIN sets the %FOUND condition, but READE sets the %EOF condition.

For your future reference, the table in Figure 4 shows which I/O operations set %EOF and which set %FOUND. Are you surprised to see that WRITE can set %EOF? This case applies only to subfiles and means the subfile is full.

To fix the problem, we had to replace CHAIN with SETLL and READE, as shown in Figure 5. Notice that the file is specified on the %EOF function. Specifying the file name results in more bulletproof code for two reasons:

• If you use %FOUND or %EOF without specifying a file, you are checking a global condition that can be set by I/O operations on other files and by the LOOKUP, SCAN, CHECK, and CHECKR op codes. If you specify a file, you are checking a condition that is unique to that file.


• The code is easier to understand with the file name specified and doesn’t require significant effort to maintain.

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* HiLoEq
c Key chain MYFILE 90
c dow not *in90

* some processing
c Key reade MYFILE 90
c enddo c Key chain MYFILE
c dow %found

* some processing
c Key reade MYFILE
c enddo C Key setll MYFILE
C Key reade MYFILE
C dow not %eof(MYFILE)

* some processing
C Key reade MYFILE
C enddo

Figure 2: Indicator-laden code works fine.

Figure 3: Replacing resulting indicators with the %FOUND function introduces an error.

%EOF %FOUND

READ CHAIN

READC DELETE

READE SETGT

READP SETLL

READPE

WRITE

Figure 4: Use these I/O operations to set the % EOF and % FOUND functions.

Figure 5: This is the proper way to replace the resulting indicator with a BIF.

Moving and Restoring *SAVF from a PC Without TCP/IP

With all the fuss over TCP/IP these days, it’s easy to forget that there are many AS/400 users out there who do not have access to TCP/IP-connected devices. For these folks, many of the tips and techniques that some take for granted just aren’t workable, at least not in the normal ways.

Take, for example, the need to move AS/400 save files (*SAVF) from a PC to the AS/400 so that they can be restored. Using FTP, it’s a straightforward, simple process: Create an empty SAVF on the AS/400 in any library you desire; start an FTP session; change the mode to binary to avoid data corruption; and then FTP the file to the *SAVF you created.

Users of non-TCP/IP-connected devices (i.e., SNA devices using a product such as NetSoft/Router or another SNA-based service to connect with and perform file transfers) can’t use FTP to transfer a *SAVF. What can they do?


If you are using Client Access/400’s Data Transfer, or any one of the numerous SNA-based file transfer methods out there, to move files from your PC to the AS/400, here’s how you can also move and restore an AS/400 *SAVF from your PC:

1. Create an empty *SAVF on the AS/400 in any library you choose. Use the Create Save File (CRTSAVF) command to create the save file.

2. Create a directory in the AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS) to temporarily store the *SAVF in after you copy it from the PC. Use the Create Directory (CRTDIR) command to create the directory.

3. Map a drive on the PC to the AS/400 IFS. To do this, right-click on the Network Neighborhood icon on your PC’s desktop and select the Map Network Drive option. Enter a path name in the form of MyAS400 MyIFSDirectory. (MyAS400 is the name of your AS/400 and MyIFSDirectory is the name of the directory, including any subdirectories you created in step 2.)

4. Using Windows Explorer, open the PC directory where the *SAVF is stored. Right- click on this file and select COPY.

5. Using Windows Explorer, open the mapped directory to your AS/400. Right-click on this directory and select PASTE. The AS/400 *SAVF will be copied to the AS/400 IFS, to the directory you created in step 2.

6. On the AS/400, copy the *SAVF from the AS/400 IFS to the *SAVF you created in step 1, using the Copy From Stream File (CPYFRMSTMF) command as follows:

CPYFRMSTMF
FROMSTMF(‘/mydirectory/mysavf’)
TOMBR(‘/qsys.lib/mylibrary.lib/mysavf.file’)
MBROPT(*ADD)

Replace the library, directory, and save file names with your own names. You can now use either the standard Restore Library (RSTLIB) command or the Restore Object (RSTOBJ) command to restore the contents of the *SAVF.

—Shannon O’Donnell Senior Technical Editor

Midrange Computing

The JTOpen Experiment

IBM has two versions of the Java Toolbox for AS/400. Customers who want the “official” toolbox can use the Licensed Program Product (LPP) 5769JC1. For others, there exists an open-source version of the Java Toolbox. (I imagine some companies may have reservations about using an open-source product as part of their core, mission-critical business applications.)

The open-source version, JTOpen, is a superset of the latest toolbox LPP classes and bug fixes, plus additions from contributors outside of IBM. IBM fixes and enhancements to the core classes will appear in JTOpen first, since they can be made available immediately via the Web without waiting for a group PTF or OS/400 release.

Let me address some of the questions I have heard:


• Which is better, JTOpen or the LPP? Users who want the latest, greatest toolbox features should use JTOpen. Anything new added to the LPP will appear in JTOpen first; the same goes for fixes. Also, you can benefit from new classes contributed by your peers.

• Won’t open source mean a lot of junk makes it into the toolbox? No way! No additions can be made to the JTOpen product without the approval of the JTOpen core team. Right now, the core team includes three IBMers and two non-IBMers. Testing requirements and coding standards are rather strict. Fears that open source might lead to “junk” code are misplaced.

• Can I go to IBM Support Line for help with JTOpen? No. If you require that kind of support, stick with the LPP. JTOpen does, however, have a forum at http:// as400service.ibm.com/j_dir/JTOpen.nsf/($All)?OpenView, where you can post questions. Also, JTOpen supports a bug tracking and reporting Web site at http://oss.software. ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/jt400/bugs. Both of these sites are actively monitored and supported by IBM and others in the toolbox user community. So far, I think the support has been amazingly good—much better than what I have gotten used to from the normal IBM Support Line.

• Can I get source code? Yes. The availability of source code (for the access classes) is another big reason to go with JTOpen. Haven’t you ever wondered how some IBM software worked under the cover? Or maybe you thought you could make some improvements. Well, now you can!

• Where do I find out about JTOpen? Go to the JTOpen project Web site at http://oss.software.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/jt400/.

• How can I tell what is coming out in future toolbox releases? Go to the JTOpen and AS/400 Toolbox for Java Work Items Website at http://oss.software.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/jt400/todo.html, where you can see what is next on the horizon. You can also see what is on the books but has not yet been assigned. Have a neat idea? Submit it to one of the core team members.

This is a grand experiment for IBM. If we support IBM and really embrace this project, who knows what else might be opened up?

—Alex Garrison

What’s Running on Which Port?

Having trouble connecting your TCP/IP-based service, such as a Java Data Queue application you wrote, to your AS/400?

The problem may be that the port that service has been assigned to on your AS/400 is not listening. Here’s how you can find out.

From an AS/400 command line, issue the Network Status (NETSTAT) command and select option 3, Work with TCP/IP connection status. This will display all active (listening) connections on your AS/400.

If the service isn’t active, use the Start Host Servers (STRHOSTSVR) command to start the service you are interested in. If, on the other hand, the service is already active and listening, the problem is likely with the TCP/IP service or application that’s trying to connect to your AS/400. It may be attempting to connect to the wrong port. In that case, use the guide shown in Figure 6 to make sure that your application is attempting to connect to the right port.

—Shannon O’Donnell


Senior Technical Editor

Midrange Computing

A Primer on Radix Conversions

Inevitably, a software developer must convert radices. Look at an IP address data structure through an AS/400 debugger, for example, and you might see hexadecimal nibbles in place of dotted decimals. Or look at file control definitions in source member QSYSINC/H/FCNTL, and prodigal son octal makes a cameo appearance. How do you make sense of these numbers in a human-friendly radix such as base ten? Simply punch them into a pocket calculator with a radix conversion button, of course. But if your pocket calculator is AWOL, the manual method I learned in school from M. Morris Mano’s book Digital Logic and Computer Design is an old friend that bears revisiting.

Consider 246185 in base (radix) decimal. To convert to hexadecimal, place your pencil on the right side of a sheet of paper. Divide 16 into 246185 with long division. The result is quotient 15386 and remainder 9. Move your pencil to the left and divide 16 into 15386, the prior quotient. The result is new quotient 961 and remainder 10. Continue to divide 16 into successive quotients. Work across the page from right to left. Stop when you get a zero quotient. Figure 7 shows that five steps are necessary to get a zero quotient. When you get a zero quotient, read the bottom row of remainders from left to right. As


Port Numbers for Host Servers and Server Mapper

Service Name Description Port Number

as-central Central server 8470 as-database Database server 8471 as-dtaq Data queue server 8472 as-file File server 8473 as-netprt Network print server 8474 as-rmtcmd Remote command/ Program call server 8475 as-signon Sign-on server 8476 as-svrmap Server mapper 449 drda Distributed Data Management (DDM) 446 as-usf Ultimedia facilities 8480 as-admin-http HTTP administration 2001 as-mtgctrl Management Central 5555 telnet Telnet server 23

Port Numbers for Host Servers and Daemons that Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Service Name Description Port Number

as-central-s Secure central server 9470 as-database-s Secure database server 9471 as-dtaq-s Secure data queue server 9472 as-file-s Secure file server 9473 as-netprt-s Secure network print server 9474 as-rmtcmd-s Secure remote command/ Program call server 9475 as-signon-s Secure sign-on server 9476 ddm-ssl Distributed Data Management (DDM) 448 as-usf-s Ultimedia facilities 9480 as-admin-https HTTP administration 2010 as-mgtctrl-ss Management Central 5566 Telnet-ssl Telnet server 992

Figure 6: Determine whether your application is attempting to connect to the right port.

shown in Figure 7, they are 3, 12, 1, 10, and 9. Replacing remainder values 10 to 15 with letters A to F gives 3C1A9. This is the answer. Decimal 246185 is equal to hexadecimal 3C1A9. That’s all there is to it!

To convert decimal to octal, use a constant divisor of 8. If you converted decimal 246185 to binary, your constant divisor would be 2, and your remainders would be a string of 1s and 0s.

To convert from a nondecimal radix to decimal, initialize an accumulator to zero. Read each source digit from left to right. Add each source digit to the accumulator, and if that source digit is not the last (right-most) digit, multiply the accumulator by the target radix number. Figure 8 shows an example of this. Hexadecimal 3C1A9 is being converted to decimal. The constant multiplier is 16. The final answer is decimal 246185.

To convert between two nondecimal numbers, first convert the source number to an intermediate number in a common radix form, and then convert the intermediate number to the target radix.

Figure 9 shows a REXX procedure, BAS001RX, which prompts for an input number, an input base, and an output base. Using arithmetic operators, BAS001RX converts the input number to an intermediate decimal number, converts the intermediate decimal number to the target number, and displays the result. You can download this utility from www.midrangecomputing.com/mc.

—Gene Gaunt

0 3 60 961 15386

16/3 16/60 16/961 16/15386 16/246185

3 12 1 10 9

3 (input hexadecimal 3)
x 16

48

+ 12 (input hexadecimal C)

60

x 16

960

+ 1 (input hexadecimal 1)

961

x 16

15376

+ 10 (input hexadecimal A)

15386

x 16

246176

+ 9 (input hexadecimal 9)

246185

/*==================================================================*/

/* PROGRAM - BAS001RX */
/* FUNCTION - convert base */
/* TO RUN - STRREXPRC SRCMBR(BAS001RX) SRCFILE(xxx/QREXSRC) */
/*==================================================================*/

Say 'Type any number.'; Pull Source; If Source = '' Then Return
Say 'What is the input base?'; Pull InBase; If InBase = '' Then Return
Say 'What is the output base?'; Pull OutBase; If OutBase = '' Then Return
Numeric Digits 50
Alphabet = '0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ'

Sum = 0
Do X = 1 To Length( Source )

Digit = Substr( Reverse( Source ), X, 1 )

Place = Pos( Digit, Substr( Alphabet, 1, InBase ))

If Place = 0 Then Do; Say Digit 'is not legal in Base' InBase; Exit; End

Sum = Sum + ( Place - 1 ) * InBase ** ( X - 1 ); End X
Target = ''

Do Until Sum = 0

Target = Substr( Alphabet, 1 + Sum // OutBase, 1 ) || Target

Sum = Sum % OutBase; End
Say 'Base' InBase 'input:' Source


Figure 7: These steps convert decimal 246185 to hexadecimal 3C1A9.

Figure 8: These steps convert hexadecimal 3C1A9 to decimal 246185.

Say 'Base' OutBase 'output:' Target

Figure 9: The REXX utility BAS001RX converts between any two radices.

Having Your Sort Both Ways

Q: I have defined an array to be in descending sequence, but I’d like to be able to sort it in ascending sequence. Does anyone have a way to do this without having to create a duplicate array?

— John M. Daley

A: You can use an overlay rather than a duplicate array, as illustrated in Figure 10.

—Barbara L. Morris

IBM Toronto

D array S 10a dim(35) descend

D arrayAscend S like(array) based(pArray)
D dim(%elem(array)
D ascend
D pArray S * inz(%addr(array))

* Sort array ascending
C sorta arrayAscend

Figure 10: Using an overlay allows for sorting an array in opposite sequence.

Make Called Programs Accept Either Packed or Zoned Decimal Parameters

I do a good bit of programming for shops that run S/36 applications on their AS/400s. One of the problems I run into frequently is that a S/36 RPG II program needs to call an RPG III program and pass it numeric parameters. For instance, consider an accounts-receivable

inquiry program that accepts a seven-digit packed decimal parameter that indicates customer number. The parameter list looks like this:

C *ENTRY PLIST
C PARM CUST 70

Calling it from other RPG III or RPG IV programs is no trouble, since those languages pass numeric parameters in packed decimal format. S/36 RPG II programs, however, pass numeric parameters in zoned decimal format. So making an RPG II program call the RPG III inquiry program is no simple matter.

I have developed several ways to handle this problem, but the one I prefer is making the called program accept either type of numeric value. RPG II programs can pass a zoned decimal number, while RPG III and RPG IV (and even CL, if needed) programs pass packed decimal numbers.

Figure 11 is a portion of an RPG III accounts-receivable inquiry program that can accept either type of parameter. It first determines whether or not the decimal number is zoned data. If the number is not zoned data, the program assumes that the number is packed. Of course, someone could pass in data that fits neither category and cause a data decimal error, but that is true of packed decimal parameters in general. When these calculations are finished, the CUST variable will contain the customer number.

—Ted Holt Senior Technical Editor

Midrange Computing

ICUSWRK DS I 7


I 1 70ZONCUS
I P 1 40PAKCUS
I*
C *ENTRY PLIST
C PARM CUSIN 7
C*
C MOVELCUSIN CUSWRK
C ‘ ‘:’0’ XLATECUSWRK CUSWRK
C TESTN CUSWRK 212121
C *IN21 IFEQ *ON
C Z-ADDZONCUS CUST 70
C ELSE
C Z-ADDPAKCUS CUST
C ENDIF

Figure 11: A program is more flexible if it can accept either packed or zoned decimal data.


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

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

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

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

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

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

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

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

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

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

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

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

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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

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

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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

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

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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