The API Corner: Saving Individual User Profiles

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Use the Save Object List API.


I was recently asked by Vasilis F. if there was a way to save specific user profiles from one system and then restore those profiles to one or more other systems. He had found the Restore User Profile (RSTUSRPRF) command, which allows you to restore from 1 to 300 specific profiles but, strangely enough, no Save User Profile command in order to save those specific profiles. Rather, the help text for RSTUSRPRF points to the Save System (SAVSYS) and Save Security Data (SAVSECDTA) commands, both of which are a bit of overkill when you just want to duplicate three user profiles (out of hundreds) to several other systems. Fortunately, the Save Object List (QSRSAVO) API supports, among many other capabilities, the saving of a specific list of user profiles.

To simplify the saving of the user profiles, we'll first create the command SAVUSRPRFS. Note that I am intentionally adding an "S" to the end of the command name so that, if IBM ever comes out with a SAVUSRPRF command, our command will (hopefully) not have a name conflict. The command definition is:

            Cmd        Prompt('Save User Profiles')        

            Parm       Kwd(UsrPrf) Type(*Name) +           

                         Min(1) Max(300) +                 

                         Prompt('User profiles')           

            Parm       Kwd(SavF) Type(QualObj) +           

                         Prompt('Save file')               

QualObj:    Qual       Type(*Name) Len(10) Dft(SavUsrPrfs) 

            Qual       Type(*Name) Len(10) Dft(*Libl) +    

                         SpcVal((*Libl) (*CurLib)) +       


The command requires that you specify at least one user profile (*USRPRF) that is to be saved and allows up to 300 *USRPRFs. An optional second parameter on the command, SAVF, allows you to also specify the qualified name of a save file where the *USRPRF information will be saved. The default for this parameter is a save file named SAVUSRPRF that can be found in the job's current library list. The user of the SAVUSRPRFS command is responsible for creating this save file.

Assuming that you have stored the above command definition in source file QCMDSRC and that the library containing QCMDSRC is in your current library list, then you can create the SAVUSRPRFS command with the following command.

CrtCmd Cmd(SavUsrPrfs) Pgm(SavUsrPrf)

This creates the SAVUSRPRFS command into your current library and specifies that the command processing program (CPP) for the command is the program SAVUSRPRF. The source for the SAVUSRPRF CPP is shown below.

h dftactgrp(*no)                                                 


d SavUsrPrf       pr                                            

d  NbrPrfs_In                    5i 0                           

d  SavF_In                      20a                             


d SavUsrPrf       pi                                            

d  NbrPrfs_In                    5i 0                           

d  SavF_In                      20a                             




d ChgUsrSpcA      pr                  extpgm('QUSCUSAT')        

d  RtnUsrSpcLib                 10a                             

d  QualUsrSpcN                  20a   const                     

d  UsrSpcAttrs                   1a   const options(*varsize)   

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)             


d CrtUsrSpc       pr                  extpgm('QUSCRTUS')         

d  QualUsrSpcN                  20a   const                          

d  XAttr                        10a   const                          

d  IntSize                      10i 0 const                          

d  IntValue                      1a   const                          

d  PubAut                       10a   const                          

d  TxtDesc                      50a   const                          

d  ReplaceOpt                   10a   const options(*nopass)         

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC) options(*nopass) 

d  Domain                       10a   const options(*nopass)         

d  TfrSize                      10i 0 const options(*nopass)         

d  OptSpcAlgn                    1a   const options(*nopass)         


d FinishEntry     pr                                                 


d RtvUsrSpcPtr    pr                  extpgm('QUSPTRUS')             

d  QualUsrSpcN                  20a   const                          

d  UsrSpcPtr                      *                                  

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC) options(*nopass) 


d SavObjLst       pr                  extpgm('QSRSAVO')              

d  QualUsrSpcN                  20a   const                  

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)          




d UsrSpc_Ptr      s               *                          

d SRUS            ds                  likeds(QSRUS)          

d                                     based(UsrSpc_Ptr)      


d SRR_Ptr         s               *                          

d SRR             ds                  likeds(QSRR)           

d                                     based(SRR_Ptr)         


d ObjEntry_Ptr    s               *                          

d ObjEntryHdr     ds                  qualified              

d                                     based(ObjEntry_Ptr)    

d  Nbr                          10i 0                        


d ObjEntry        ds                  qualified              

d                                     based(ObjEntry_Ptr)    

d  Name                         10a                          

d  Type                         10a                          


d LibEntry_Ptr    s               *                          

d LibEntry        ds                  qualified              

d                                     based(LibEntry_Ptr)    

d  Nbr                          10i 0                        

d  Library                      10a                          


d DevEntry_Ptr    s               *                          

d DevEntry        ds                  qualified              

d                                     based(DevEntry_Ptr)    

d  Nbr                          10i 0                        

d  Device                       10a                          


d QualUsrSpcN     ds                  qualified              

d  Name                         10a   inz('SAVUSRPRFS')      

d  Library                      10a   inz('QTEMP')           


d UsrSpcAttrs     ds                  qualified              

d  NbrAttrs                     10i 0 inz(1)                 

d  AutoXtndKey                  10i 0 inz(3)                 

d  LenKeyVal                    10i 0 inz(1)                 

d  AutXtndYes                    1a   inz('1')               

d                                3a                          


d ErrCde          ds                  qualified              

d  Hdr                                likeds(QUSEC)          

d  MsgDta                      256a                          




d AlignOn         s             10i 0 inz(4)                 

d Profile_Ptr     s               *                          

d Profile_In      s             10a   based(Profile_Ptr)     

d RtnUsrSpcLib    s             10a                          

d SavFEntry_Ptr   s               *                          

d SavFEntry       s             20a   based(SavFEntry_Ptr)   

d X               s             10i 0                        




 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qsr                               

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                             




  // Set Key 1 values (List of user profiles)              


  SRR.QSRKNbr = 1;                                         

  SRR.QSRDL = %size(ObjEntryHdr) +                         

              (%size(ObjEntry) * NbrPrfs_In);              


  ObjEntry_Ptr = SRR_Ptr + %size(SRR);                     

  ObjEntryHdr.Nbr = NbrPrfs_In;                            


  for X = 1 to NbrPrfs_In;                                 

      if X = 1;                                             

         Profile_Ptr = %addr(NbrPrfs_In) +                 


         ObjEntry_Ptr += %size(ObjEntryHdr);         


         Profile_Ptr += %size(Profile_In);           

         ObjEntry_Ptr += %size(ObjEntry);            



      ObjEntry.Name = Profile_In;                     

      ObjEntry.Type = '*USRPRF';                     





  // Set Key 2 values (Library)                      


  SRR.QSRKNbr = 2;                                   

  SRR.QSRDL = %size(LibEntry);                        

  LibEntry_Ptr = SRR_Ptr + %size(SRR);               

  LibEntry.Nbr = 1;                                  

  LibEntry.Library = 'QSYS';                         



  // Set Key 3 values (Device)                        


  SRR.QSRKNbr = 3;                                    

  SRR.QSRDL = %size(DevEntry);                         

  DevEntry_Ptr = SRR_Ptr + %size(SRR);                

  DevEntry.Nbr = 1;                                   

  DevEntry.Device = '*SAVF';                          



  // Set Key 4 values (Save file)                     


  SRR.QSRKNbr = 4;                                    

  SRR.QSRDL = %size(SavFEntry);                       

  SavFEntry_Ptr = SRR_Ptr + %size(SRR);               

  SavFEntry = SavF_In;                                



  // Perform the save                                  


  SavObjLst(QualUsrSpcN :QUSEC);                              


  *inlr = *on;                                                



  begsr *inzsr;                                               


    // Set API QUSEC parameter to send exceptions             

    QUSBPrv = 0;                                              


    // Set API ErrCde parameter to not send exceptions        

    ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBPrv = %size(ErrCde);                       


    RtvUsrSpcPtr(QualUsrSpcN :UsrSpc_Ptr :ErrCde);            



       when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl = 0;                           

            // All is OK                                      


       when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSEI = 'CPF9801';                     

            // UsrSpc not found, so create it                  


            CrtUsrSpc(QualUsrSpcN :' ' :512                    

                      :x'00' :'*ALL' :'QSRSAVO input values'   

                      :'*YES' :QUSEC :'*DEFAULT' :0 :'1');     


            // Set user space to autoextend yes                


            ChgUsrSpcA(RtnUsrSpcLib :QualUsrSpcN               

                       :UsrSpcAttrs :QUSEC);                   


            // Get accessibility to user space                 


            RtvUsrSpcPtr(QualUsrSpcN :UsrSpc_Ptr :QUSEC);      



            // Something seriously wrong. Send Escape           




    // Initialize current number of records                  


    SRUS.QSRNbrR = 0;                                       


    // Set SRR_Ptr to first record entry                    


    SRR_Ptr = UsrSpc_Ptr + %size(SRUS);                     








p FinishEntry     b                                         

d FinishEntry     pi                                        




  if %rem(SRR.QSRDL :AlignOn) <> 0;                         

     SRR.QSRRL00 = %size(SRR) + SRR.QSRDL +                  

                   (AlignOn - %rem(SRR.QSRDL :AlignOn));     


     SRR.QSRRL00 = %size(SRR) + SRR.QSRDL;                   



  SRUS.QSRNbrR += 1;                                         

  SRR_Ptr += SRR.QSRRL00;                                    




p FinishEntry     e                                          

The QSRSAVO API, like many other APIs that support a wide range of options (in this case the various options/keywords found on various SAV* CL commands), uses a keyed approach with variable-length records. Each variable-length record starts with three fixed fields, which represent the length of the current record (used to locate the next variable-length record), the key of the current record, and the length of the data associated with the current key, respectively. A fourth field of the variable-length record then provides the data associated with the key. A key value of 1, for instance, is used to identify the objects and object types to be saved with the fourth field containing the list of objects to be saved. This corresponds (loosely) to the OBJ and OBJTYPE keywords of the SAVOBJ command. A key value of 11 is used to identify the target release for the save and corresponds to the TGTRLS keyword of the SAVOBJ command; a key value of 20 identifies whether or not the storage associated with various object types should be freed, corresponding to the STG keyword of the SAVOBJ command; and so on.

For the purposes of saving user profiles, we will be using the following keys:


  • 1The list of *USRPRFs to save (specified by the USRPRF keyword of the SAVUSRPRFS command)
  • 2The library where the *USRPRFs are found (QSYS)
  • 3The device to be used for the save operation (a *SAVF)
  • 4The qualified name of the *SAVF (specified by the SAVF keyword of the SAVUSRPRFS command)


Many system APIs would defined the parameter where you provide this keyed information as a variable length input parameterthat is, a parameter defined as type Char(*). Though not unique to the QSRSAVO API, QSRSAVO takes the approach of passing this keyed information in a user space (*USRSPC). The qualified name of the *USRSPC is the first parameter passed to QSRSAVO. This use of a *USRSPC (rather than just a parameter being passed by our program) could be handy if we wanted to save the same list of objects every night. In that case, we could format the *USRSPC once and then reference the *USRSPC every time we wanted to save the objects, thereby avoiding the need to reformat the *USRSPC contents every time we wanted to save the objects. In the case of our SAVUSRPRF CPP, we will create the *USRSPC into QTEMP as I don't see any need (with our sample program anyway) to retain the formatted contents of the *USRSPC). Another possible use of this *USRSPC, if you're careful about the key values used, is that the *USRSPC could be used as an input to the Restore Object List (QSRRSTO) API (though this reuse does not apply to our saving of *USRRPFs due to the need to later issue commands such as RSTUSRPRF and RSTAUT). The second parameter passed to the QSRSAVO API is the standard API error-code structure.

Before getting into the specifics of the SAVUSRPRF program, I want to point out that this program uses pointers extensively. If you have a phobia concerning pointersor worse, your company forbids the use of pointersthis implementation of the SAVUSRPRF program is most likely not for you. In this case, feel free to send me a note and I will provide a few other implementations of the programapproaches that do not require the use of pointers. These non-pointer-based implementations may not run as fast as the version provided above (note that this does not mean that they'll run like molasses, just that they will not run as fast), be as flexible, or, to my way of thinking anyway, be as "clean" to follow, but they will get the job done. The one thing I won't do is provide a fixed-form RPG implementation; that's just asking too much. J

The *INZSR subroutine of the SAVUSRPRF program is used to establish the environment for the mainline of the program. The processing found in the *INZSR is:

  • Initialize the QUSEC error-code data structure to return API errors as escape messages.
  • Initialize the ErrCde error-code data structure to not return API errors as escape messages but rather as structured feedback information that is available to the SAVUSRPRF program for recovery purposes.
  • Attempt, using the ErrCde error-code data structure, to access a space pointer to the *USRSPC QTEMP/SAVUSRPRFS using the Retrieve Pointer to User Space (QUSPTRUS) API. If successful, the pointer value is returned in variable UsrSpc_Ptr. This pointer addresses the first available byte of the *USRSPC.
  • If an error is encountered accessing the *USRSPC (that is, ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl is not 0), then determine what the problem is:



      • If the error is related to the *USRSPC not being found (ErrCde.Hdr.QUSEI is CPF9801), then create the *USRSPC using the Create User Space (QUSCRTUS) API, use the Change User Space Attributes (QUSCUSAT) API to set the *USRSPC to being auto-extendable as we don't know how big a *USRSPC we need (we could figure it out, but it's so much easier to just let the system automatically grow the *USRSPC to the size we need), and then attempt again to access a pointer to the *USRSPC using QUSPTRUS. In these calls to QUSCRTUS, QUSCUSAT, and QUSPTRUS, we use the QUSEC error-code data structure so that any errors encountered here will be returned as escape messages.


      • If the error is not related to the *USRSPC not being found, then, though not shown, the program should send an escape message to the user, reporting what the problem is. This sending of an escape message can be found in many earlier "API Corner" programs (see "More on Sending Messages from an Application Program" for one article that discusses this).


  • Initialize the variable SRUS.QSRNbrR to 0. Per the documentation for the QSRSAVO API, the first four bytes of the *USRSPC are used to tell the API how many variable-length records are to be processed within the *USRSPC. The variable SRUS.QSRNbrR is defined as a 4-byte integer based on the pointer UsrSpc_Ptr and, as UsrSpc_Ptr is addressing the first byte of the *USRSPC, we are indicating that there are currently 0 variable-length records.
  • Initialize the pointer variable SRR_Ptr to where the next (in the current case, also the first) variable-length record will start. This is done by taking the value of UsrSpc_Ptr and adding to it the size of variable SRUS.QSRNbrR.


Having completed the preparatory work in setting our environment, the main line of SAVUSRPRF builds the various variable-length records, defining what we want to save and where we want to save it. The first record we will format is the list of the user profiles that we want to save. This is done by formatting a variable-length record with a key value of 1.

As mentioned previously, all of the variable-length records have a common header defining three fields: the length of the current record, the key of the current record, and the length of the data associated with the current record's key. This common definition can be found in QSYSINC/QRPGLESRC include member QSR as data structure QSRR. The SAVUSRPRF program defines the data structure SRR as being LikeDS(QSRR) and based on the pointer variable SRR_Ptr. As SRR_Ptr was previously set, in the *INZSR subroutine, to the location of the "next" variable-length record, SAVUSRPRF can simply start formatting this record by setting the key number (SRR.QSrKNbr) to 1 and the data length associated with the key (SRR.QSRDL) to the appropriate length. In reviewing the API documentation, we see that the data associated with key 1 is comprised of two items. The first is a 4-byte integer indicating how many objects are provided in the list of objects to be saved, and the second is the actual list of objects to be saved. Each object entry is 20 bytes in length with the first 10 bytes being an object name, a generic object name, or the special value *ALL; and the second 10 bytes being an object type or a special value. With this information, we can set the data length for key 1 by summing the length of the 4-byte integer representing the number of objects being saved and the size of the object list in bytes. The byte size of the object list can be determined by multiplying the number of user profiles specified by the user (NbrPrfs_In) by the size of each user profile entry (20 bytes or, as shown in the program to avoid hard coding the value 20, %size(ObjEntry)).

In case you are wondering how NbrPrfs_In was set to the number of user profiles specified by the user, it's a function of how we defined the SAVUSRPRFS command. The USRPRF keyword is defined as being a list parameter of Type(*Name) so the system, by default, will pass the list to the CPP as a 2-byte integer count of the number of list entries specified, immediately followed by that number of 10-byte list entries. Reviewing the prototype and procedure interface of SAVUSRPRF, you'll see that NbrPrfs_In is defined as a 2-byte integer being passed as the first parameter to the program and represents the start of the SAVUSRPRFS's USRPRF list.

Having set two of the three variables defined in the SRR header (the third element we'll set in just a bit during procedure FinishEntry() processing), SAVUSRPRF now formats the actual data associated with key 1. We previously saw that the first item associated with key 1 is the number of variable-length entries. As this item immediately follows the SRR header, SAVUSRPRF sets variable ObjEntry_Ptr to the start of the current SRR structure (SRR_Ptr) plus the size of the SRR structure. Variable ObjEntryHdr.Nbr, which is based on ObjEntry_Ptr, is then set to the value of NbrPrfs_In. Following this, the list of user profiles is loaded by way of a FOR loop that is run NbrPrfs_In times.

On the first iteration of the FOR group (X is equal to 1):


  • Profile_Ptr is set to address the first *USRPRF name specified by the user of the SAVUSRPRFS command. This is done by taking the address of NbrPrfs_In and adding the size of NbrPrfs_In.
  • ObjEntry_Ptr is set to address the location of the first object entry to be passed to the QSRSAVO API. This is done by taking the current value of ObjEntry_Ptr (which is pointing to the number of objects to be saved, ObjEntryHdr.Nbr) and adding the size of ObjEntryHdr.
  • The user profile name addressed by Profile_Ptr is then copied to the location addressed by ObjEntry_Ptr, the object type is set to the special value '*USRPRF', and the next iteration of the FOR group is run.


In these subsequent iterations (X is not equal to 1):


  • Profile_Ptr is set to address the next *USRPRF name specified by the user of the SAVUSRPRFS command. This is done by taking the current value of Profile_Ptr and adding the size of the profile just processed (%size(Profile_In)).
  • ObjEntry_Ptr is set to address the location of the next object entry to be passed to the QSRSAVO API. This is done by taking the current value of ObjEntry_Ptr and adding the size of the ObjEntry just processed (%size(ObjEntry)).
  • The user profile name addressed by Profile_Ptr is then copied to the location addressed by ObjEntry_Ptr, the object type is set to the special value '*USRPRF', and the next iteration of the FOR group is run.


When all *USRPRF names have been copied to the list of objects to be saved. then procedure FinishEntry() is run.

The FinishEntry procedure accomplishes a few common tasks. The first task is related to performance.

In reviewing the documentation for the QSRSAVO API. you may have noticed the following note related to the variable-length records passed to the API:

It is recommended, but not required, to align each variable length record on a 4-byte boundary. That is, you should make the length of each variable length record a multiple of 4, even if the data length is not a multiple of 4.

The first addressable byte of a *USRSPC is always aligned on a 4-byte boundary (for that matter, it's also on a 16-byte boundary in case you ever need to align pointers in a *USRSPC), so the first operation done in FinishEntry() is to determine if the length of the current variable-length record is a multiple of 4 (variable AlignOn). If not currently a multiple of 4 (that is, %rem(SRR.QSRDL :AlignOn) is not equal to 0), FinishEntry() determines how many bytes are needed in order to make the current record length a multiple of 4 so that subsequent records will also start on a 4-byte boundary. This padded length is what is then written to the length of the current record (SRR.QSRRL00). If the current length is already a multiple of 4, then the current length is written to SRR.QSRRL00.

The other two tasks of FinishEntry() are similar to the last two tasks done in the *INZSR subroutine in order to prepare the environment for the adding of variable-length records. FinishEntry() records that another variable-length record has been written to the *USRSPC (SRUS.QSRNbrR += 1) and then sets SRR_Ptr to the starting location of the next (if any) variable-length record. We're now ready to start formatting another variable-length record to pass to the QSRSAVO API.

Using the same general approach as was done for key 1, SAVUSRPRF now formats the variable-length records for keys 2, 3, and 4 (where you might notice a certain pattern being repeated for each record):

          Key 2:

  • Set SRR.QSRKNbr to the value of 2, indicating a library entry.

  • Set SRR.QSRDL to the size of a library entry (%size(LibEntry)).

  • Set LibEntry_Ptr to the first byte following the SRR structure (SRR_Ptr + %size(SRR)).

  • Record the number of libraries (LibEntry.Nbr = 1).

  • Record the name of the library (LibEntry.Library = 'QSYS').

  • Run the FinishEntry() procedure to prepare for the next variable-length entry.


    Key 3:


  • Set SRR.QSRKNbr to the value of 3, indicating a device entry.

  • Set SRR.QSRDL to the size of a device entry (%size(DevEntry)).

  • Set DevEntry_Ptr to the first byte following the SRR structure (SRR_Ptr + %size(SRR)).

  • Record the number of devices (DevEntry.Nbr = 1).

  • Record the type of device (DevEntry.Device = '*SAVF').

  • Run the FinishEntry() procedure to prepare for the next variable-length entry.

          Key 4:

  • Set SRR.QSRKNbr to the value of 4, indicating a *SAVF entry.

  • Set SRR.QSRDL to the size of a *SAVF entry (%size(SavFEntry)).

  • Set SavFEntry_Ptr to the first byte following the SRR structure (SRR_Ptr + %size(SRR)).

  • Record the *SAVF qualified name that was passed to the program as the second parameter (SavF_In).

  • Run the FinishEntry() procedure to prepare for the next variable-length entry.

    Having successfully formatted the four variable-length records defining what profiles to save and where to save them, the QSRSAVO API is then called using the QUSEC error-code structure so that any error encountered while saving the *USRPRFs will be returned as an escape message. Assuming no error was found, the SAVUSRPRF program then ends and you can move the *SAVF to the system(s) where you want to restore the *USRPRFs.

Assuming that you have stored the above program source in source file QRPGLESRC and that the library containing QRPGLESRC is in your current library list, then you can create the SAVUSRPRF program with the following command.

CrtBndRPG Pgm(SavUsrPrf)    

To save *USRPRFs One, Two, and Three, you can now use the following commands to create a *SAVF and save those user profiles.     

CrtSavF File(SavUsrPrfs)

SavUsrPrfs UsrPrf(One Two Three)

After moving the SAVUSRPRFS *SAVF to a target system where you want to restore the *USRPRFs, you can run a command such as this:

RstUsrPrf Dev(*SavF) UsrPrf(One Two Three) SavF(SavUsrPrfs)  

When running the RSTUSRPF, keep in mind that you may, or may not, want to override the defaults for RSTUSRPRF parameters, such as Security data (SECDTA) and Allow object differences (ALWOBJDIF).

To restore the private authorities associated with one of the *USRPRFsfor instance, profile THREEyou will also want to run the RSTAUT command as in:


RstAut UsrPrf(Three) 

Today we've seen how to save specific user profiles and then restore them to a system. More importantly, we've also seen how to work with an API that uses variable-length records as inputs to its processing. There are many such APIs, with QSRSAVO being just one example, so it's my hope that you will find this article to be of assistance in other endeavors involving system APIs.

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.. I'll see what I can do about answering your burning questions in future columns.


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 

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

    SB Profound WP 5539

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

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

    Read Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization Now!


  • 2020 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results


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

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

  • AIX Security Basics eCourse

    Core Security

    With so many organizations depending on AIX day to day, ensuring proper security and configuration is critical to ensure the safety of your environment. Don’t let common threats put your critical AIX servers at risk. Avoid simple mistakes and start to build a long-term plan with this AIX Security eCourse. Enroll today to get easy to follow instructions on topics like:

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


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

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.

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

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

  • What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires

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

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

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


  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

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


  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

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

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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


  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

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

    Watch the webinar today!


  • Easy Mobile Development

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


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

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

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

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.

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

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

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts discuss:

    - Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    - Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    - Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    - How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    - High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!


  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js


  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel


    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


    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 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.



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

    SB Profound WC GenericHave you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
    Watch Now.

  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

    SB Profound WC Generic The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security
    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
    Watch Now.

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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.