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Last month, in Trying to Allocate an Object?, we enhanced the program AllocObj, which was first introduced in Problems Allocating an Object?. The enhancement was that the program, if run in an interactive job, would build a subfile listing those jobs with locks on the object. From this list, the user could decide to contact someone about one or more of these jobs, end one of more of these jobs, and/or cancel the current running of AllocObj.

This month, we are going to look at the batch side of AllocObj. As batch programs in general do not have access to a workstation in order to present a subfile, AllocObj will now send an inquiry message and then perform processing based on the reply provided to the message. The options provided to the user will be the same types as we supported last month.

Last month, we needed to create the display file AllocObjFM. This month, we will be creating a message file, named PLAYMSGS, and a message description, identified as ALC0001. The following two commands, Create Message File (CRTMSGF) and Add Message Description (ADDMSGD), will create the message file and define our new message, respectively.

CrtMsgF MsgF(PlayMsgs)

AddMsgD MsgID(ALC0001) MsgF(PlayMsgs)

Msg('Object &1 locked by job &4/&3/&2 (R – Retry, F – End job *Immed,

       E – End job *Cntrld, C – Cancel lock checks)')

SecLvl('The job &4/&3/&2 currently holds a lock on the object &1.

         The current job cannot continue until this lock is released.

         Your options are to end job &4/&3/&2 and then use option R to

         retry; have this job end the job in a controlled fashion using

         option E; have this job end the job immediately using option F;

         or cancel lock checking using option C.')

Fmt((*Char 10) (*Char 10) (*Char 10) (*Char 6))

Len(1) Values(R E F C)

SpcVal(('r' R) ('e' E) ('f' F) ('c' C))

The ALC0001 message defines both first- and second-level text with the second-level text accessible using F1 from the inquiry message display. There are four replacement variables defined (&1 for the 10-byte object name, &2 for the 10-byte job name, &3 for the 10-byte job user name, and &4 for the 6-byte job number) and four possible responses (R for retry the allocation request, E to end the identified job in a controlled fashion, F to end the identified job immediately, and C to cancel the current job's attempt to allocate the object). If the provided response by the user is not R, E, F, or C (or their lowercase equivalents), the system will reject the response with CPF2445 – Reply not allowed for inquiry message (unless the user answers with a blank in which case the message will be left as unanswered).

Rather than repeating the program source from last month, this article will look at what needs to be added (or replaced) relative to last month's AllocObj program in order to work with inquiry messages. As we will be using one API to send the inquiry message, Send Nonprogram Message (QMHSNDM), and another to receive the response, Receive Program Message (QMHRCVPM), we will start with the prototypes for these APIs.

d SndNPgmMsg      pr                  extpgm('QMHSNDM')       
d  MsgID                         7a   const                   
d  QualMsgF                     20a   const                   
d  MsgDta                      256a   const options(*varsize) 
d  LenMsgDta                    10i 0 const                   
d  MsgType                      10a   const                   
d  QualMsgQ                     20a   const                   
d  NbrMsgQs                     10i 0 const                   
d  RplyQ                        20a   const                   
d  MsgKey                        4a                           
d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)           
d  CCSID                        10i 0 const options(*nopass) 

The Send Nonprogram Message API QMHSNDM, prototyped as SndNPgmMsg, has quite a few parameters but is very easy to use (as you will see shortly):

 

  • The first parameter identifies the message description we want to send (which will be the ALC0001 message we created earlier). You can also use blanks for this parameter if you want to send impromptu text (the text of which would be provided in the third parameter).
  • The second parameter is the qualified name of the message file containing the message description (PLAYMSGS in our case). As with the first parameter, this parameter can also be set to blanks if you want to send an impromptu message.
  • The third parameter is the replacement data we want to use for message substitution variables (that is, the variables &1, &2, &3, and &4 we defined and referenced in message ALC0001). In the case of sending an impromptu message, this is the text to be sent.
  • The fourth parameter is the length of the replacement data and/or impromptu message we are supplying in the third parameter.
  • The fifth parameter is the type of message being sent. The API can be used to send several types of messages. The types supported are completion (*COMP), diagnostic (*DIAG), informational (*INFO), and inquiry (*INQ). As mentioned before, AllocObj will be sending an inquiry message.
  • The sixth parameter is a list of one or more message queues to send the message to. Special values such as *ALLACT for all active users, *REQUESTER for the current user's message queue when run in an interactive job or QSYSOPR if run in a batch job, and *HSTLOG to send the message to QHST are also supported. AllocObj will be using the *REQUESTER support.
  • The seventh parameter is the number of message queues and/or special values passed using the sixth parameter. AllocObj will be using a value of 1.
  • The eighth parameter identifies, for inquiry messages, the message queue that is to receive the response (known as a reply message) to the inquiry message. For all other message types, (*COMP, *DIAG, and *INFO), this parameter is set to blanks. AllocObj will be using the special value *PGMQ to indicate that the reply should be sent to the call stack entry calling the QMHSNDM API.
  • The ninth parameter is the only output parameter of the QMHSNDM API and is used only for inquiry messages. The returned value is a 4-byte character value known as a message key. This message key can be used, in conjunction with the QMHRCVPM API, to access the reply to the inquiry message being sent.
  • The tenth parameter is the standard API error code data structure.
  • The optional eleventh parameter allows you to associate a CCSID with the character data being passed in the third parameter.

 

As message description ALC0001 defines four substitution variables and we need to pass these four values in the third parameter of QMHSNDM, AllocObj defines the data structure ALC0001 as shown below.

d ALC0001         ds                  qualified          
d  Object                       10a                      
d  JobName                      10a                      
d  JobUsrName                   10a                      
d  JobNbr                        6a                      
                                                         
The data structure can be named anything you want, but I find using a data structure name that is the same as the message description identifier to be rather handy. As you can see, the data structure subfields of ALC0001 are assigned names corresponding to how they are used within the message text of message ALC0001 and are defined with the same attributes that were used when adding the message description (the FMT parameter of the ADDMSGD command).

As QMHSNDM will also be returning the message key (the ninth parameter of the API), we also define the field MsgKey as shown below.

MsgKey          s              4a                     

The Receive Program Message API QMHRCVPM, prototyped as RcvPgmMsg, also has quite a few parameters.

d RcvPgmMsg       pr                  extpgm('QMHRCVPM')     
d  RcvVar                        8a   options(*varsize)      
d  LenRcvVar                    10i 0 const                  
d  FmtRcvVar                     8a   const                  
d  CSE                          10a   const                  
d  CSECtr                       10i 0 const                  
d  MsgType                      10a   const                  
d  MsgKey                        4a   const                  
d  WaitTime                     10i 0 const                  
d  MsgAction                    10a   const                  
d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)          
d  LenCSE                       10i 0 const options(*nopass) 
d  CSEQual                      20a   const options(*nopass) 
d  CSEType                      10a   const options(*nopass) 
d  CCSID                        10i 0 const options(*nopass) 
d  AlwDftRplyRej                10a   const options(*nopass)  
                                                         
Like most APIs that retrieve information, the first parameter identifies the receiver variable to receive the information, the second parameter the allocated size of the receiver variable, and the third parameter the format of the information to be returned.

The QMHRCVPM API defines three possible formats that can be used when returning information about a message. Reviewing the API documentation, we see that all three formats (RCVM0100, RCVM0200, and RCVM0300) can return the reply to an inquiry message and as, in general, lower numbered formats provide better performance than higher numbered formats, AllocObj will use format RCVM0100.

Format RCVM0100 returns several pieces of information about the message received. This includes the standard API receiver variable fields of bytes returned and bytes available with also message-specific information such as the message identifier, the type of message, the severity of the message, and so on. A definition of these fixed fields in format RCVM0100 can be found in QSYSINC/QRPGLESRC source member QMHRCVPM, so we also add the following /copy directive to AllocObj.

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qmhrcvpm                       

The definition of the fixed fields in format RCVM0100 are found in data structure QMHM010001. To access the reply to the ALC0001, message AllocObj defines the data structure RcvPMDta using the IBM-provided definition (QMHM010001) and a 1-byte field (Answer) to accommodate the returned reply. The full definition for RcvPMDta is:

d RcvPMDta        ds                  qualified          
d  Hdr                                likeds(QMHM010001) 
d  Answer                        1a                      
                                                                             

This definition is very specific to AllocObj as it only supports message replies of one byte. This works for AllocObj as the program only sends inquiry messages using ALC0001, which only defines valid responses that are 1 byte in length. A more general solution, though, would be to define RcvPMDta.Answer as being, for instance, 132 bytes in length. This length would then accommodate a variety of replies, to different messages, such as 'C', 'GoAhead', and 'NeverMind'. To enable this type of flexibility format, RCVM0100 also returns an integer value telling you the actual length of the reply data returned in RcvPMDta. This field, RcvPMDta.Hdr.QMHDRtn00, could then be used to substring out the relevant reply found in the 132-byte RcvPMDta.Answer variable. Just in case the reply is actually longer than the allocated size of RcvPMDta.Answer, the API will also, using field RcvPMDta.Hdr.QMHDAvl00, tell you the size of the reply that could have been returned if RcvPMDta were largerthat is, warn you that some of the reply value is truncated when RcvPMDta.Hdr.QMHDAvl00 is greater than RcvPMDta.Hdr.QMHDRtn00.

The remaining parameters of QMHRCVPM are:

 

  • The fourth parameter identifies the base call stack entry from which the message is to be received. The special value '*' identifies the current call stack entry, which corresponds to our use of *PGMQ for the eighth parameter of the QMHSNDM API when sending the inquiry message.
  • The fifth parameter can be used to identify a call stack entry relative to the call stack entry identified by the fourth parameter. For AllocObj, we will be using a value of 0 as the value used for the fourth parameter ('*') needs no adjustment.
  • The sixth parameter identifies the type of message to be received. As AllocObj wants the reply to the ALC0001 inquiry message previously sent, the value we'll use is *RPY. Other special values include *ANY, *FIRST, *NEXT, and *DIAG to mention a few.
  • The seventh parameter identifies the message key of the message to be received. This will be the value of the message key returned by QMHSNDM when sending message ALC0001 (the ninth parameter of QMHSNDM).
  • The eighth parameter specifies how long the program will wait for the message to be received. In the case of an inquiry message, this represents how long the program will wait for a reply. A positive number represents the number of seconds the program will wait, a value of 0 indicates the program should not wait at all, and a value of -1 indicates that the program should wait however long it takes for the message (in our case, the reply) to be received. AllocObj uses the special value -1.
  • The ninth parameter indicates what action should be taken on the received message. The special values supported are *OLD to mark the message as being old, *REMOVE to remove the message from the message queue (and invalidate the message key of the message), and *SAME to receive the message without changing the status of the message. 
  • The tenth parameter is the standard API error code data structure. 
  • Following the error code parameter are several optional parameters that we will not be using today.

 

With the prototype and definition changes to AllocObj taken care of, let's make some changes to the logic found in the function PrcLcksB. Last month, PrcLckB() contained, among other things, the following two operations:

            Dsply ('Lock held by ' +

                 %trimr(JobEnt.QWCJN01) + '/' +         
                   %trimr(JobEnt.QWCJUN) + '/' +  
                   JobEnt.QWCJNbr) ' ' Answer;       
                                                                                         Exit = *on;                             
       

This month, replace the two preceding statements with the following:

            ALC0001.Object = Obj_In;                     
            ALC0001.JobName = JobEnt.QWCJN01;               
            ALC0001.JobUsrName = JobEnt.QWCJUN;             
            ALC0001.JobNbr = JobEnt.QWCJNbr;                
                                                            
            SndNPgmMsg('ALC0001' :('PLAYMSGS  *LIBL')       
                       :ALC0001 :%size(ALC0001)             
                       :'*INQ' :'*REQUESTER' :1 :'*PGMQ'    
                       :MsgKey :QUSEC);                     
                                                            
            RcvPgmMsg(RcvPMDta :%size(RcvPMDta) :'RCVM0100' 
                      :'*' :0 :'*RPY' :MsgKey               
                      :-1 :'*OLD' :QUSEC);                  
                                                            
            Answer = RcvPMDta.Answer;                       
                                                            
            select;                                         
               when Answer = 'R';                     
                    // Retry/refresh list             
                                                      
               when Answer = 'E';                     
                    // Controlled end                 
                                                      
                    EndCntrld(JobEnt.QWCJNbr + '/' +  
                              %trimr(JobEnt.QWCJUN) + '/' +  
                              %trimr(JobEnt.QWCJN01));      
                                                            
               when Answer = 'F';                           
                    // Immediate end                        
                                                            
                    EndImmed(JobEnt.QWCJNbr + '/' +         
                             %trimr(JobEnt.QWCJUN) + '/' +  
                             %trimr(JobEnt.QWCJN01));       
                                                            
               when Answer = 'C';                           
                    // Just return to caller                
                                                            
                    Exit = *on;                             
            endsl;  

           leave;

With the above changes, AllocObj now sends inquiry message ALC0001, identifying the first job found with a lock on the specified object (and that is not the current job), asking what to do. The processing is fairly straightforward.

  • As message ALC0001 has four substitution variables defined, AllocObj first sets the subfields of the ALC0001 data structure to the appropriate values.

  • Inquiry message ALC0001 is sent using the QMHSNDM API, passing the substitution variables set in the previous step.

  • The reply to the inquiry message is received using the QMHRCVPM API.

  • The reply (RcvPMDta.Answer) is moved to the variable Answer.

  • A Select group is entered, which processes the Answer using the same approach as we used in PrcLcksI() of last month.

 

The DoFor, after processing one job and the reply to message ALC0001, is left.


As provided in this article, each iteration of PrcLcksB() will send only one inquiry message and then return to try and again get a lock on the desired object. If the allocation attempt is unsuccessful, then PrcLcksB() will again identify the first job found to be holding a lock using message ALC0001. The reason I chose to send only one inquiry message per iteration is due to the processing delay inherent in waiting for a reply to the sent message. During the time the operator is responding to (or, more likely, even noticing) the message, the system environment might change quite a bit. Rather than processing the remainder of the listpossibly missing new lock holders and finding previous lock holders in the list that no longer hold a lockI would prefer to attempt again to allocate the object (requesting the release of locks for new lock holders) and then process the then-current list of lock holders.

We could implement a few more features in AllocObj, but they would be variations on what we have previously looked at. PrcLcksB() could, for instance, test to see if the job holding the lock is currently in the process of ending and, if so, continue in the DoFor loop looking for another job to identify in the ALC0001 message as there is no need to prompt the user for a job already ending. This type of check, however, was covered last month in the UpdSFL subroutine of PrcLcksI(), where we tested field QUSES00 after calling the QUSRJOBI API. Likewise, PrcLcksB() could check if the same job has been in an ending status for longer than 10 minutes and, if so, replace the EndJob command being run with an EndJobAbn command. This would just be a refinement of how AllocObj is using the QCAPCMD API, however. So we'll consider AllocObj "done" for our purposes today.

As usual, if you have any API questions, send them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Bruce Vining

Bruce Vining is president and co-founder of Bruce Vining Services, LLC, a firm providing contract programming and consulting services to the System i community. He began his career in 1979 as an IBM Systems Engineer in St. Louis, Missouri, and then transferred to Rochester, Minnesota, in 1985, where he continues to reside. From 1992 until leaving IBM in 2007, Bruce was a member of the System Design Control Group responsible for OS/400 and i5/OS areas such as System APIs, Globalization, and Software Serviceability. He is also the designer of Control Language for Files (CLF).A frequent speaker and writer, Bruce can be reached at bvining@brucevining.com. 


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  • 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.