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Receive messages from the job log.

 

For the last few months, we've been looking at various considerations related to the running of CL commands using the QCMDEXC, QCAPCMD, and system APIs. As part of that discussion, we've explored some of the ways your RPG program can remove error-related messages from the job log. Due to several notes that I have received on the topic of message retrieval and removal, this article (and a following one) will go into more detail concerning some of the points I briefly discussed last month.

 

In the scenario we'll be using, our application program attempts to clear a member of file SOMEFILE using the Clear Physical File Member (CLRPFM) command, the CLRPFM fails due to CPF3141 (Member not found), the application attempts to add the member using the Add Physical File Member (ADDPFM) command, and the ADDPFM fails with message CPF7306 (Member not added and to see previous messages for the reason of the failure). At this point, the application program needs to determine the cause of the CPF7306 and, depending on the cause, take action to correct the situation.

 

Below is the initial version of the application program that we will be reviewing today. I have restructured the program from previous articles in order to consolidate the various calls to the Send Program Message API (I was getting tired of the duplication in sending messages) and to allow a discussion of how call level can impact the parameter values you pass to various message-handler APIs (a discussion deferred to next month).

 

h dftactgrp(*no)                                                  

                                                                 

dRunCmd           pr                  extpgm('QCAPCMD')          

d SourceCmd                  65535    const options(*varsize)    

d LenSrcCmd                     10i 0 const                      

d CtlBlk                     65535    const options(*varsize)    

d LenCtlBlk                     10i 0 const                      

d CtlBlkFmt                      8    const                      

d ChgCmd                         1    options(*varsize)          

d LenAvlChgCmd                  10i 0 const                      

d LenRtnChgCmd                  10i 0                            

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)              

                                                                  

dSndMsg           pr                  extpgm('QSYS/QMHSNDPM')    

d MsgID                          7    const                      

d QualMsgF                      20    const                       

d MsgDta                     65535    const options(*varsize)   

d LenMsgDta                     10i 0 const                     

d MsgType                       10    const                     

d CSE                        65535    const options(*varsize)   

d CSECtr                        10i 0 const                     

d MsgKey                         4                              

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)             

d LenCSE                        10i 0 const options(*nopass)    

d CSEQual                       20    const options(*nopass)    

d DSPWaitTime                   10i 0 const options(*nopass)    

d CSEType                       10    const options(*nopass)    

d CCSID                         10i 0 const options(*nopass)    

                                                                

dRcvMsg           pr                  extpgm('QSYS/QMHRCVPM')   

d MessageInfo                    1    options(*varsize)         

d LenMsgInfo                    10i 0 const                     

d FmtMsgInfo                     8    const                     

d CSE                        65535    const options(*varsize)  

d CSECtr                        10i 0 const                    

d MsgType                       10    const                    

d MsgKey                         4                             

d WaitTime                      10i 0 const                    

d MsgAction                     10    const                    

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC)            

d LenCSE                        10i 0 const options(*nopass)   

d CSEQual                       20    const options(*nopass)   

d CSEType                       10    const options(*nopass)   

d CCSID                         10i 0 const options(*nopass)   

d AlwDftRpyRej                  10    const options(*nopass)   

                                                               

dSndHardError     pr                                           

dHdlCPF3213       pr                                           

                                                               

dMaxInt           pr            10i 0                          

d Input1                        10i 0 const                    

d Input2                        10i 0 const                    

                                                               

                                                               

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qcapcmd                                

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qmhrcvpm                              

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                                 

                                                               

dPSDS            sds           429    qualified                 

d JobUsr                254    263                             

                                                               

dErrCde           ds                  qualified                

d Common                              likeds(QUSEC)             

d ErrMsgDta                    512                             

                                                               

dMessageInfo      ds                  qualified                

d Common                              likeds(QMHM010001)       

d ErrMsgDta                    512                              

                                                                

dCmd              s            512                              

dMsgKey           s              4                               

dNotUsedChr       s              1                              

dNotUsedInt       s             10i 0                           

                                                                

 /free                                                           

                                                                

  QUSBPRV = 0;                                                  

  ErrCde.Common.QUSBPRV = %size(ErrCde);                        

                                                                 

  QCAP0100 = *loval; // initialize input structure to nulls     

  QCACMDPT = 0;      // Run command                             

  QCABCSDH = '0';    // Ignore DBCS                             

  QCAPA = '0';       // Do not prompt command                   

  QCACMDSS = '0';    // User i5/OS syntax                       

                                                                     

  Cmd = 'CLRPFM FILE(SOMEFILE) MBR(' + PSDS.JobUsr + ')';             

  RunCmd(Cmd :%len(%trim(Cmd)) :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100)            

         :'CPOP0100' :NotUsedChr :0 :NotUsedInt :ErrCde);            

  if ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL > 0;                                      

     select;                                                          

        when ErrCde.Common.QUSEI = 'CPF3141';                        

             Cmd = 'ADDPFM FILE(SOMEFILE) MBR(' + PSDS.JobUsr + ')'; 

             RunCmd(Cmd :%len(%trim(Cmd)) :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100)  

                    :'CPOP0100' :NotUsedChr :0 :NotUsedInt :ErrCde); 

             if ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL > 0;                           

                select;                                              

                   when ErrCde.Common.QUSEI = 'CPF7306';             

                        RcvMsg(MessageInfo :%size(MessageInfo)       

                               :'RCVM0100' :'*' :0 :'*DIAG' :MsgKey  

                               :0 :'*OLD' :ErrCde);                  

                        if ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL > 0;                

                           SndHardError();                            

                        endif;                                        

                        select;                                        

                           when MessageInfo.Common.QMHMI03 = 'CPF3213';

                                HdlCPF3213();                         

                           other;                                     

                                SndHardError();                       

                        endsl;                                        

                   other;                                             

                        SndHardError();                                

                endsl;                                                

             endif;                                                   

                                                                      

        when ErrCde.Common.QUSEI = 'CPF3142';                         

             Cmd = 'CRTPF FILE(SOMEFILE) MBR(' + PSDS.JobUsr +        

                   ') MAXMBRS(*NOMAX) OPTION(*NOSRC *NOLIST)';        

             RunCmd(Cmd :%len(%trim(Cmd)) :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100)  

                    :'CPOP0100' :NotUsedChr :0 :NotUsedInt :ErrCde); 

             if ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL > 0;                           

                SndHardError();                                      

             endif;                                                  

                                                                     

        other;                                                       

             SndHardError();                                          

     endsl;                                                          

  endif;                                                             

                                                                     

  // Do further processing                                            

                                                                     

  *inlr = *on;                                                       

  return;                                                            

                                                                      

 /end-free                                                           

                                                                     

pSndHardError     b                                               

                                                                 

 /free                                                           

                                                                 

  SndMsg(ErrCde.Common.QUSEI :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'                  

         :ErrCde.ErrMsgDta                                       

         :MaxInt(0 :ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL - %size(QUSEC))        

         :'*DIAG' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);                 

  SndMsg('ESC0001' :'OURMSGS   *LIBL' :' ' :0                    

         :'*ESCAPE' :'*PGMBDY' :1 :MsgKey :QUSEC);               

                                                                 

 /end-free                                                        

                                                                 

pSndHardError     e                                              

 *****************************************************           

pHdlCPF3213       b                                               

                                                                 

 /free                                                             

                                                                   

  Cmd = 'CHGPF FILE(SOMEFILE) MAXMBRS(*NOMAX)';                    

  RunCmd(Cmd :%len(%trimr(Cmd)) :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100)         

         :'CPOP0100' :NotUsedChr :0 :NotUsedInt :QUSEC);          

                                                                   

  Cmd = 'ADDPFM FILE(SOMEFILE) MBR(' + PSDS.JobUsr + ')';          

  RunCmd(Cmd :%len(%trimr(Cmd)) :QCAP0100 :%size(QCAP0100)         

         :'CPOP0100' :NotUsedChr :0 :NotUsedInt :ErrCde);          

  if ErrCde.Common.QUSBAVL > 0;                                     

     SndHardError();                                               

  endif;                                                           

                                                                   

 /end-free                                                          

                                                                   

pHdlCPF3213       e                                                

 *****************************************************             

pMaxInt           b                                      

                                                         

dMaxInt           pi            10i 0                    

d Input1                        10i 0 const              

d Input2                        10i 0 const              

                                                         

 /free                                                   

                                                         

  if Input1 > Input2;                                     

     return Input1;                                      

  else;                                                  

     return Input2;                                      

  endif;                                                 

                                                          

 /end-free                                               

                                                         

pMaxInt           e                                     

The program should look familiar to you if you have previously read the article "Automating Recovery, Part II." These are the differences:

 

  • Adding a prototype for the Receive Program Message (QMHRCVPM) API
  • Adding a prototype for the procedure SndHardError (Send Hard Error)
  • Adding a prototype for the procedure HdlCPF3213 (Handle message CPF3213 – Members for file more than maximum allowed)
  • Copying the QMHRCVPM QSYSINC header file for the QMHRCVPM API
  • Defining the data structure MessageInfo, which is defined the same as the data structure QMHM010001 of the QMHRCVPM QSYSINC member with an additional 512 bytes allocated for message replacement data
  • Adding additional error-recovery logic for when the ADDPFM command fails, which we will be reviewing shortly
  • Replacing, at several locations within the program, two calls to the QMHSNDPM API with a call to the new SndHardError procedure
  • Adding a call to the SndHardError procedure
  • Adding the HdlCPF3213 procedure, which we will also be reviewing shortly

 

In the original program utilizing the QCAPCMD API, if the ADDPFM command failed, the application would send the user escape message ESC0001 (ending the program). The current program, on the other hand, interrogates the QCAPCMD API ErrCde parameter to further analyze why the ADDPFM command failed. If the error is not CPF7306 (the Other operation of the Select group), the program calls the SndHardError procedure to log the failure message.

 

If the cause of the failure is CPF7306 (Member not added), the program calls the QMHRCVPM API to receive the diagnostic message associated with the CPF7306 escape message. As was mentioned in last month's article, CPF7306 does not tell you why the ADDPFM failed, only that it did. Diagnostic messages, sent to you prior to the escape message, provide the details behind the failure.

 

The parameters used with the QMHRCVPM API are very similar to some of the parameters used with the Remove Program Message (QMHRMVPM) API first introduced in "Automating Recovery (or Keeping the Help Desk Out of the Loop)" and the Send Program Message (QMHSNDPM) API. The API documentation for QMHRCVPM can be found here. Basically the API receives a message from either a call message queue or an external message queue, and returns information describing the message.

 

The first three parameters, as is true with most retrieve type APIs, define what data we want returned about the message. Format RCVM0100 returns basic message information such as the message ID, the message severity, the message key (which will be utilized in a later enhancement of the example program), and optionally the message replacement data associated with the message. Quite a bit more information is available with format RCVM0200, but the current application has no need for this additional data.

 

The other parameters describe how the message is to be accessed. As the message was sent to the current procedure (the procedure running the ADDPFM command), the '*' value is used as the fourth parameter to indicate that the message is to be found relative to the current call-stack entry (that is, the caller of the API). The fifth parameter, call stack counter, identifies the call stack to be used relative to the call-stack entry identified by the fourth parameter. The value 0 indicates to use the base call-stack entry. The message type parameter value is '*DIAG' as we're looking for the diagnostic message associated with the CPF7306 escape message, and the message key parameter is a value of blanks, indicating we want the first available new message. The message action parameter is set to the value '*OLD', indicating that the received message should be marked as old and retained in the job log. The program could have the message removed as a part of receiving the message, but I prefer to remove the message only after I know it's no longer needed or relevant.

 

Having received the message, the program determines if the message is CPF3213 (Members for file more than maximum allowed). If it is, then procedure HdlCPF3213 is run; otherwise, the SndHardError procedure is run to send the original CPF7306 message, followed by the user escape message ESC0001.

 

The HdlCPF3213 procedure attempts to run the Change Physical File (CHGPF) command to change the maximum number of members to *NOMAX. When running the CHGPF command, the QCAPCMD API error code parameter is specified as QUSEC. This, due to the QUSEC setting of Bytes provided to 0, indicates that any error found with the CHGPF command should result in an escape message being sent. The program does this as there's no recovery logic associated with an error on the CHGPF command. The application could use the ErrCde parameter, rather than QUSEC, followed by a call to SndHardError if the returned ErrCde Bytes available is non-zero, but you've already seen several examples of using this approach.

 

If the CHGPF command is successful—that is, control is returned to the application program as opposed to an escape message being sent by the API—then the ADDPFM command is run again. The odds are good that this add will be successful, though the program does once again check the ErrCde Bytes available field just in case.

 

Calling this level of the program, and running the scenario described above, will result in the successful addition of a new member to file SOMEFILE. In the job log, you will find the three messages:

 

  • CPF3213 – Members for file SOMEFILE more than maximum allowed.
  • CPC7303 – File SOMEFILE in library xxxxxx changed.          
  • CPC7305 – Member yyyyyy added to file SOMEFILE in xxxxxx.

Depending on personal (or corporate) preference, you may or may not want these messages in the job log. Personally, I tend to look at job logs only when something has gone wrong, and I prefer to only have to look at messages related to the failure. These messages, however, are not describing a failure in the application. Rather, they document the successful handling of an environmental problem (namely, the lack of a necessary member). In particular, the CPF3213 message is the type of message that might cause me to spend a few minutes determining if it's a problem, only to find that it's not. So how might we remove this message?

 

Next month, we'll look at how various parameters of the QMHRMVPM API can be used to remove the CPF3213 message, the two CPC messages, and other messages that you might find to be a nuisance in your job logs.

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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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    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.