The API Corner: Saving Only Physical Files in a Library

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It's easily done by using the List Objects and Save Object List APIs.


I recently received a note from Ray J. that included the following:

"I save and restore physical files from one system to another. The libraries contain both physical and logical files. I would like to save and restore only the physical files. However, using the omit parameter on the SAVOBJ commands only allows a few hundred omits, and I have more than 300 omits and more than 1000 files. The best I have come up with so far is to display the object description of all the *FILES, run a query, and output a file containing the names of only *FILES with attribute PF. Then read that file and save each object one at a time. That seems like a lot of overhead. Any other suggestions?"

As you might guess, I do have a suggestion. As Ray correctly points out, CL command definitions have a limit as to the size of a list parameter. That limit is 300 entries, meaning you cannot use a command such as SAVOBJ and then specify more than 300 objects to omit and/or more than 300 objects to includeboth of which Ray would need to exceed. The Save Object List (QSRSAVO), previously introduced in the API Corner article "Saving Individual User Profiles," does not have this specific limitation. There is naturally a limit, but within the context of Ray's note, that limit is in excess of 800,000 objects, which is more than the number of objects you can have in a library anyway. So this article will look at how to use the Save Object List API in order to save thousands of specific file objects, and nothing else, within a library.

A second part of his note discussed how to determine the names of the files with the attribute of PF (which we'll also need for the QSRSAVO API list of objects to save). His approach of using the Display Object Description (DSPOBJD) command to create an outfile containing all file objects and then querying this outfile for those files with an attribute of PF would certainly fulfill this need, but, as this is the API Corner, we'll use the List Objects API (QUSLOBJ) instead.

Below is the source for program SavPFs (Save Physical Files).

h dftactgrp(*no)                                              


d SavPFs          pr                  extpgm('SAVPFS')       

d  Lib_In                       10a   const                  

d  SavF_In                      10a   const                  


d SavPFs          pi                                         

d  Lib_In                       10a   const                  

d  SavF_In                      10a   const                  




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 FmtSavList      pr                                                


d LstObj          pr                  extpgm('QUSLOBJ')             

d  QualUsrSpcN                  20a   const                         

d  Format                        8a   const                              

d  QualObjs                     20a   const                               

d  ObjType                      10a   const                              

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC) options(*nopass)     

d  AutCtl                             const likeds(QUSLAC)               

d                                     options(*nopass)                   

d  SelCtl                             const likeds(QUSLSC)               

d                                     options(*nopass)                   

d  ASPCtl                             const likeds(QUSLASPC)             

d                                     options(*nopass)                   


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 SndAPIMsg       pr                                           


d SndMsg          pr                                            

d  MsgType                      10a   const                    

d  MsgID                         7a   const                    

d  MsgDta                      256a   const options(*varsize)  

d  LenMsgDta                    10i 0 const                    


d SndPgmMsg       pr                  extpgm('QMHSNDPM')       

d  MsgID                         7a   const                    

d  QualMsgF                     20a   const                    

d  MsgDta                      256a   const options(*varsize)  

d  LenMsgDta                    10i 0 const                    

d  MsgType                      10a   const                    

d  CSE                          10a   const                    

d  CSECtr                       10i 0 const                    

d  MsgKey                        4a                            

d  ErrCde                             likeds(QUSEC)            

d  LenCSE                       10i 0 const options(*nopass)   

d  CSEQual                      20a   const options(*nopass)   

d  DspWait                      10i 0 const options(*nopass)   

d  CSEType                      10a   const options(*nopass)    

d  CCSID                        10i 0 const options(*nopass)   




d ObjLHdrPtr      s               *                            

d ObjLHdr         ds                  likeds(QUSH0100)         

d                                     based(ObjLHdrPtr)        


d ObjLDtlPtr      s               *                            

d ObjLDtl         ds                  likeds(QUSL020002)       

d                                     based(ObjLDtlPtr)        


d SavHdrPtr       s               *                            

d SavHdr          ds                  likeds(QSRUS)            

d                                     based(SavHdrPtr)         


d SavRcdPtr       s               *                            

d SavRcd          ds                  likeds(QSRR)             

d                                     based(SavRcdPtr)      


d ObjHdrPtr       s               *                         

d ObjHdr          ds                  qualified             

d                                     based(ObjHdrPtr)      

d  Nbr                          10i 0                        


d ObjEntryPtr     s               *                         

d ObjEntry        ds                  qualified             

d                                     based(ObjEntryPtr)    

d  Name                         10a                         

d  Type                         10a                         


d LibEntryPtr     s               *                         

d LibEntry        ds                  qualified             

d                                     based(LibEntryPtr)    

d  Nbr                          10i 0                       

d  Library                      10a                         


d DevEntryPtr     s               *                         

d DevEntry        ds                  qualified               

d                                     based(DevEntryPtr)      

d  Nbr                          10i 0                         

d  Device                       10a                           


d UsrSpcAttrs     ds                  qualified               

d  NbrAttrs                     10i 0 inz(1)                  

d  AutoXtndKey                  10i 0 inz(3)                  

d  LenKeyVal                    10i 0 inz(1)                  

d  AutoXtndYes                   1a   inz('1')                


d ErrCde          ds                  qualified               

d  Hdr                                likeds(QUSEC)           

d  MsgDta                      256a                           




d AlignOn         s             10i 0 inz(4)                  

d EntriesToSave   s             10i 0                         

d LstObjSpc       s             20a   inz('PFLIST    QTEMP')  

d MsgKey          s              4a                                

d MsgTxt          s            256a                               

d RtnUsrSpcLib    s             10a                               

d SavFEntryPtr    s               *                               

d SavFEntry       s             20a   based(SavFEntryPtr)         

d SavLFEntryPtr   s               *                               

d SavLFEntry      s             1a   based(SavLFEntryPtr)         

d SavObjSpc       s             20a   inz('SAVLIST   QTEMP')      

d X               s             10i 0                             




 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qsr                                      

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                                    

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusgen                                   

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,quslobj                                  






  for X = 1 to ObjLHdr.QUSNbrLE;                                   

      if X = 1;                                              

         ObjLDtlPtr = ObjLHdrPtr + ObjLHdr.QUSOLD;           

         ObjHdrPtr = SavRcdPtr + %size(SavRcd);              

         ObjHdr.Nbr = 0;                                      


         ObjLDtlPtr += ObjLHdr.QUSSEE;                       



      if ObjLDtl.QUSEOA = 'PF';                              

         if ObjHdr.Nbr = 0;                                  

            ObjEntryPtr = ObjHdrPtr + %size(ObjHdr);         


            ObjEntryPtr += %size(ObjEntry);                  



         ObjEntry.Name = ObjLDtl.QUSObjNU00;                 

         ObjEntry.Type = '*FILE';                            

         ObjHdr.Nbr += 1;                                    




  if ObjHdr.Nbr = 0;                                   

     MsgTxt = 'No PFs found in library';               

     SndMsg('*COMP' :'CPF9897'                          

            :MsgTxt :%len(%trimr(MsgTxt)));            


     // Set Library Information                        


     SavRcd.QSRKNbr = 1;                               

     SavRcd.QSRDL = (%size(ObjHdr) +                   

                     (%size(ObjEntry) * ObjHdr.Nbr));  



     SavObjLst(SavObjSpc :ErrCde);                     

     if ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl <> 0;                       

        MsgTxt = 'Error saving objects: ' +            


        SndMsg('*DIAG' :'CPF9897'                      

               :MsgTxt :%len(%trimr(MsgTxt)));         





  *inlr = *on;                                               



  // ***************************************************     


  begsr *inzsr;                                              


    QUSBPrv = 0;                                             

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


    RtvUsrSpcPtr(LstObjSpc :ObjLHdrPtr :ErrCde);             



       when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl = 0;                          

            // All is OK                                      


       when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSEI = 'CPF9801';                    

            // UsrSpc not found, so create it               


            CrtUsrSpc(LstObjSpc :'PFList' :4096             

                      :x'00' :'*ALL' :'Used by SavPFs'      

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


            RtvUsrSpcPtr(LstObjSpc :ObjLHdrPtr :QUSEC);     



            // Serious problem, so report it                


            MsgTxt = 'Error accessing ObjLHdrPtr: ' +       


            SndMsg('*DIAG' :'CPF9897'                       

                   :MsgTxt :%len(%trimr(MsgTxt)));          




    LstObj(LstObjSpc :'OBJL0200'                            

           :('*ALL      ' + Lib_In) :'*FILE' :ErrCde);      



       when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl <> 0;                        

            MsgTxt = 'Error accessing file info: ' +        


            SndMsg('*DIAG' :'CPF9897'                        

                   :MsgTxt :%len(%trimr(MsgTxt)));          



       when ObjLHdr.QUSIS = 'P';                             

            MsgTxt = 'Only partial file info returned';     

            SndMsg('*DIAG' :'CPF9897'                       

                   :MsgTxt :%len(%trimr(MsgTxt)));          


       when ObjLHdr.QUSNbrLE = 0;                           

            MsgTxt = 'No files found in ' + Lib_In;         

            SndMsg('*ESCAPE' :'CPF9897'                     

                   :MsgTxt :%len(%trimr(MsgTxt)));          



    RtvUsrSpcPtr(SavObjSpc :SavHdrPtr :ErrCde);                  



       when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl = 0;                              

            // All is OK                                         


       when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSEI = 'CPF9801';                        

            // UsrSpc not found, so create it                    


            CrtUsrSpc(SavObjSpc :'SaveList' :4096                

                      :x'00' :'*ALL' :'Used by SavPFs'           

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


            ChgUsrSpcA(RtnUsrSpcLib :SavObjSpc                   

                       :UsrSpcAttrs :QUSEC);                     


            RtvUsrSpcPtr(SavObjSpc :SavHdrPtr :QUSEC);           



            // Serious problem, so report it                     


            MsgTxt = 'Error accessing SavHdrPtr: ' +       


            SndMsg('*DIAG' :'CPF9897'                      

                   :MsgTxt :%len(%trimr(MsgTxt)));         












p FmtSavList      b                                         

d FmtSavList      pi                                       




  SavHdr.QSRNbrR = 0;                             

  SavRcdPtr = SavHdrPtr + %size(SavHdr);          


  // Set Library Information                      


  SavRcd.QSRKNbr = 2;                             

  SavRcd.QSRDL = %size(LibEntry);                 

  LibEntryPtr = SavRcdPtr + %size(SavRcd);        

  LibEntry.Nbr = 1;                               

  LibEntry.Library = Lib_In;                      



  // Set Device Information                       


  SavRcd.QSRKNbr = 3;                             

  SavRcd.QSRDL = %size(DevEntry);                 

  DevEntryPtr = SavRcdPtr + %size(SavRcd);        

  DevEntry.Nbr = 1;                               

  DevEntry.Device = '*SAVF';                       



  // Set SavF Information                                  


  SavRcd.QSRKNbr = 4;                                      

  SavRcd.QSRDL = %size(SavFEntry);                         

  SavFEntryPtr = SavRcdPtr + %size(SavRcd);                

  SavFEntry = SavF_In + '*LIBL';                           


  // Set Logical File Information                                  


  SavRcd.QSRKNbr = 18;                                      

  SavRcd.QSRDL = %size(SavLFEntry);                         

  SavLFEntryPtr = SavRcdPtr + %size(SavRcd);                

  SavLFEntry = '0';                           





p FmtSavList      e                                         




p FinishEntry     b                                         

d FinishEntry     pi                                       




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

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

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


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



  SavHdr.QSRNbrR += 1;                                            

  SavRcdPtr += SavRcd.QSRRL00;                                    




p FinishEntry     e                                               




p SndMsg          b                                               

d SndMsg          pi                                               

d  MsgType                      10a   const                       

d  MsgID                         7a   const                     

d  MsgDta                      256a   const options(*varsize)   

d  LenMsgDta                    10i 0 const                      




  SndPgmMsg(MsgID :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL' :MsgDta :LenMsgDta         

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




p SndMsg          e                                             




p SndAPIMsg       b                                             

d SndAPIMsg       pi                                            


d LenMsgDta       s             10i 0                           





    when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl <= 16;                             

         LenMsgDta = 0;                                        

    when ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl > %size(ErrCde);                   

         LenMsgDta = %size(ErrCde.MsgDta);                     


         LenMsgDta = ErrCde.Hdr.QUSBAvl - %size(ErrCde.Hdr);   



  SndPgmMsg(ErrCde.Hdr.QUSEI :'QCPFMSG   *LIBL'                

            :ErrCde.MsgDta :LenMsgDta                          

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




p SndAPIMsg       e                                            

The SavPFs program defines two input parameters:

  • Lib_In identifies the library from which physical files are to be saved.
  • SavF_In identifies the save file to save the physical files to. Note that the caller of SavPFs is responsible for creating this save file and for making sure the library containing the save file is in an appropriate position within the jobs library list.

Upon entry to SavPFs, the *inzsr subroutine is run to set the environment for the main processing of the program. In the *inzsr we:

  1. Initialize the Bytes provided field of the QUSEC error code structure to 0. The QUSEC error code structure is used on API calls when the program has no error recovery in place (it must be a really bizarre error), so an exception will be sent to the caller.
  2. Initialize the Bytes provided field of the ErrCde error code structure to 272, the size of the ErrCde structure. The ErrCde error code structure is used on API calls when some form of error recovery is in place.
  3. Attempt to access the user space QTEMP/PFLIST using the ErrCde error code structure. If this is the initial call of SavPFs in the job, the user space will not exist, so it's created.
  4. Call the List Objects (QUSLOBJ) API asking that a list of *ALL *FILE objects in the library identified by Lib_In be returned in the user space QTEMP/PFLIST using format OBJL0200. Format OBJL0200 is one of seven formats supported by the QUSLOBJ API and is the fastest of the formats that returns the extended attribute of the object being returned. The extended attribute is where we can determine if the *FILE is a PF, LF, PRTF, DSPF, etc. Recall that Ray is only interested in PFs. A few checks are then made on this returned list of *FILE objects. They are:
    1. Was there an error in returning the list? If so, a *DIAG message is sent, followed by an *ESCAPE message identifying the error.
    2. Was only a partial list of *FILE objects returned? If so, a *DIAG message is sent and the program continues. I have to admit that this is one place where the DSPOBJD approach suggested by Ray does have a slight advantage. The DSPOBJD outfile can return as many *FILE objects as might be found in the library. The QUSLOBJ API, on the other hand, can return only the number of *FILE objects that will fit in one user space and, unlike many List APIs, does not support a continuation capability to get the "next" set of objects. This effectively limits QUSLOBJ to returning, when format OBJL0200 is used, around 150,000 *FILE entries. If you have a library with more than 150,000 *FILEs and want to use an API to access all of them, please send me a note. That would give me a wonderful opportunity to write about the Open List of Objects API (QGYOLOBJ), which does not have this limitation.
    3. Were no *FILE objects found in the library? If so, an *ESCAPE message is sent as there is nothing to save
  5. Attempt to access the user space QTEMP/SAVLIST using the ErrCde error code structure. If this is the initial call of SavPFs in the job, the user space will not exist, so it's created and then changed to be auto-extendable. This user space is actually used as an input to the QSRSAVO API providing the list of physical files to be saved. As we don't, at this time, know how many physical files there might be in the library, making the user space auto-extendable allows us to later write as many file entries as we may need without having to worry about running out of room (and not having to pre-allocate a user space of maximum size when we don't need a user space that large).
  6. Call the procedure FmtSavList() to format various controls related to the running of the QSRSAVO API.

The FmtSavList() procedure stores QSRSAVO-related control information into the user space QTEMP/SAVLIST. The majority of the work being done (the setting of library, device, and save file information, calling the FinishEntry() procedure, etc.) was covered in the previous article "Saving Individual User Profiles" and will not be covered again at this time.

The one new item in FmtSavList(), relative to the earlier article, is the use of key 18: Save access paths. This key controls whether or not logical file access paths that are dependent on the physical files being saved are also saved. There are three possible values:

  • '0'The logical file access paths are not saved.
  • '1'The physical file and all eligible logical file access paths over it are saved.
  • '2'The system value QSAVACCPTH determines whether to save the logical file access paths over the physical file being saved.

The default value for key 18 is '2'use the system value QSAVACCPTH. As the IBM-provided default for this system value is *YES and Ray indicated he did not want to save the logical files, SavPFs explicitly uses key 18 and sets the value to '0', indicating that logical file access paths are not to be saved.

Having set key 18, procedure FmtSavList() returns to the *inzsr subroutine which, in turn, gives control to the mainline of SavPFs. The mainline processing is to process all *FILE entries returned by the QUSLOBJ API (called earlier in the *inzsr subroutine) within a FOR loop. If the *FILE entry contains an extended attribute of 'PF', then the file name is added to the list of files to be saved by the QSRSAVO API (along with the object type of *FILE). If the *FILE entry contains any other extended attribute value, then the entry is bypassed and the next *FILE entry examined. The field ObjHdr.Nbr, a part of the control information associated with key 1 (covered in the previous API Corner article), is used to hold the current number of physical files that have been added to the QSRSAVO list of files to be saved.

When the FOR loop is exited, SavPFs determines if any physical files were found in the list of *FILEs. If not (ObjHdr.Nbr is still 0), then a *COMP message is sent indicating that no files were found and SavPFs ends.

If any physical files were found, then the remainder of the key 1 control record is set. This involves setting the key value of 1 to the save control and determining the final size of the list. This final size includes the size of the number of files to be saved field (ObjHdr.Nbr) and the actual size of the *FILE list (which is determined by multiplying the number of files to be saved by the size of each file entry). This size of each file entry is 20 bytes: 10 bytes for the object name, 10 bytes for the object type.

FinishEntry() is then called to, well, finish the key 1 record processing and the QSRSAVO API is called, passing all of the control information in the QTEMP/SAVLIST user space. When the API returns, a check is made to determine if the save operation was successful. If not, a *DIAG message is sent followed by an *ESCAPE message further identifying the error.

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 SavPFs program with the following command.

CrtBndRPG Pgm(SavPFs)    

To save all of the physical files in library SOMELIB, you can now use the following commands to create a *SAVF and save those files.   

CrtSavF File(SavePFs)

Call Pgm(SavPFs) Parm(SomeLib SavePFs)

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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    • 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.