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The QjoRetrieveJournalEntries API offers flexibility in terms of tracking IFS usage.

 

Earlier this month, a question was posed over on MIDRANGE-L related to a user having trouble with IFS objects mysteriously disappearing. The question was if there was a way "to journal or otherwise monitor an IFS directory, that would tell us the who, what, when, where, and why of those deletions?" The system can't help very much with the "why" part of the question, but with journaling the system can certainly provide information related to who, what, when, and where. And with that information, hopefully the "who" can help to explain "why."

 

Today's article will introduce you to the Retrieve Journal Entries (QjoRetrieveJournalEntries) API which, for V5R4, is documented here. The API itself has been available since V4R4. In addition to using this API, you can also access file removal information by using facilities such as the system audit journal, displaying the IFS journal information to an outfile, etc. But as this is the "API Corner," I'm sure you can understand why I've chosen to use the API.

 

To set the scenario, let's say you have IFS directory /MyPlayDir, which is not currently being journaled. To start journaling, we will create the journal receiver IFS1, create the journal IFSJRN, and then start journaling of the MyPlayDir directory, along with any subdirectories of MyPlayDir. The commands you might use to accomplish these actions are these:

 

CRTJRNRCV JRNRCV(IFS1)

 

CRTJRN JRN(IFSJRN) JRNRCV(IFS1)

 

STRJRN OBJ(('/MyPlayDir')) JRN('/qsys.lib/vining.lib/ifsjrn.jrn') +

      SUBTREE(*ALL)

 

Having started journaling of the MyPlayDir directory, what we need now is a program that will tell us, for all files removed from MyPlayDir (and subdirectories of MyPlayDir), information such what's shown below using the RPG DSPLY operation code.

 

DSPLY  Job QPADEV000F/VINING/095249 removed *STMF 

DSPLY  MyMissingFile.txt                          

DSPLY  at 2011-09-04-11.11.14.734704              

DSPLY  using PGM123                           

DSPLY  Path was /MyPlayDir/MyImbeddedDir           

 

These results show that job QPADEV000F/VINING/095249, while running program PGM123, removed the stream file MyMissingFile.txt from subdirectory MyImbeddedDir of /MyPlayDir shortly after 11:00 on September 4. As I mentioned, we don't really know "why" MyMissingFile.txt was removed, but we certainly now know quite a bit about the removal itself.

 

The complete program generating the previous messages, Display File Removal (DSPFRMV), is provided below. While we won't be able to review the entire program this month for space reasons, you will have a working program that you can look at if you are so inclined.

 

h dftactgrp(*no) bnddir('QC2LE')                                      

                                                                       

dRtvJrnE          pr                  extproc('QjoRetrieveJournalEntries')

d RcvVarPtr                       *   value                           

d LenRcvVar                     10i 0 const                           

d Journal                       20a   const                           

d Format                         8a   const                           

d JrnEtoRtv                  65535a   const options(*omit)            

d QUSEC                               likeds(QUSEC) options(*omit)                  

                                                                      

dGetPath          pr              *   extproc('Qp0lGetPathFromFileID')

d RcvVar                         1                                    

d LenRcvVar                     10u 0 value                           

d FileID                        16a   const                           

                                                                      

dGetErrno         pr              *   extproc('__errno')              

                                                         

dPathText         s           1000                       

dRcvVarPtr        s               *                      

dLenRcvVar        s             10i 0 inz(10000000)      

dObject           s            640                       

dPath             s          65535                       

dWait             s              1                       

dX                s             10i 0                    

dSavSeqNoPtr      s               *                      

dLstSeqNoChr      s             20                       

dNullPtr          s               *                      

dErrnoPtr         s               *                      

dErrno            s             10i 0 based(ErrnoPtr)    

                                                         

dRcvVarHdr        ds                  likeds(QJO0100H)   

d                                     based(RcvVarPtr)   

                                                          

dEntHdrPtr        s               *                                

dEntHdr           ds                  qualified based(EntHdrPtr)   

d Hdr                                 likeds(QJO00JEH)             

                                                                    

dEntSpcDtaPtr     s               *                                

dEntSpcDta        ds                  qualified based(EntSpcDtaPtr)

d Hdr                                 likeds(QJOJEESD)             

                                                                    

dESD_Ptr          s               *                                

dESD_8            ds                  qualified based(ESD_Ptr)     

d ObjFID                        16                                  

d ParentFID                     16                                 

d NameDsp                       10u 0                              

d ObjJID                        10                                 

d ObjType                        7                                  

                                                                   

dObjNameDtaPtr    s               *                                

dObjNameDta       ds                  based(ObjNameDtaPtr)         

d ObjNameLen                    10u 0                              

d ObjNameCCSID                  10i 0                              

d ObjNameCntryID                 2a                                

d ObjNameLangID                  3a                                

d                                3a                                

d ObjName                      640c   ccsid(1200)                  

                                                                   

dJrnEtoRtv        ds         65535    qualified                     

d Hdr                                 likeds(QJOJEJIR)             

                                                                   

dJrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr...                                             

d                 s               *                                 

dJrnEtoRtvKeyHdr  ds                  likeds(QJOEFVLR)             

d                                     based(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr)    

                                                                   

dJrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr...                                          

d                 s               *                                 

                                                                    

dGetByStrSeqNo    ds                  qualified                      

d                                     based(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr)  

dStrSeqNoChr                    20                                  

dStrSeqNoNbr                    20s 0 overlay(StrSeqNoChr :1)       

                                                                     

dGetByJrnType     ds                  qualified                     

d                                     based(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr)  

d Hdr                                 likeds(QJOJEDK8)              

d JrnTypes                      10    dim(300)                      

                                                                    

dJournal          ds                                                

d JrnName                       10    inz('IFSJRN')                  

d JrnLib                        10    inz('*LIBL')                  

                                                                    

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qjournal                                   

 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                                   

                                                                

 /free                                                          

                                                                

  QUSBPrv = 0;                                                   

                                                                

  JrnEtoRtv.Hdr.QjoNVLR00 = 2;                                  

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr = %addr(JrnEtoRtv) + %size(JrnEtoRtv.Hdr); 

                                                                 

  // Starting sequence number                                   

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00 = 32;                               

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoK01 = 2;                                   

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 = 20;                                

                                                                

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr = JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr +                  

                            %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr);             

  GetByStrSeqNo.StrSeqNoChr = '*FIRST';                         

  SavSeqNoPtr = JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr;                       

                                                             

  // Journal entry type B4                                   

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr += JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00;           

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoK01 = 8;                                

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 = 14;

  if %rem(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 :4) = 0;                

     JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00 = %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) +  

                                 JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00; 

  else;                                                    

     JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00 =                           

        %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) + JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 +

        (4 - %rem((%size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) +                

                   JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00) :4));         

  endif;

                                                             

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr = JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr +                

                            %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr);          

  GetByJrnType.Hdr.QjoNbrIA00 = 1;                           

  GetByJrnType.JrnTypes(1) = 'B4';                           

                                                              

  RcvVarPtr = %alloc(LenRcvVar);                             

                                                             

  dou RcvVarHdr.QjoCH = '0';                                 

      RtvJrnE(RcvVarPtr :LenRcvVar :Journal :'RJNE0100'      

              :JrnEtoRtv :QUSEC);                                    

                                                                     

      EntHdrPtr = RcvVarPtr + RcvVarHdr.QjoOfJE;                     

                                                                      

      for X = 1 to RcvVarHdr.QjoNbrER;                               

          EntSpcDtaPtr = EntHdrPtr + EntHdr.Hdr.QjoDESD;             

          ESD_Ptr = %addr(EntSpcDta.Hdr.QJOESD);                     

                                                                      

          ObjNameDtaPtr = ESD_Ptr + ESD_8.NameDsp;                   

          if ObjNameCCSID = 1200;                                    

             Object = %char(%subst(ObjName :1 :%div(ObjNameLen :2)));

          endif;                                                     

                                                                     

          dsply ('Job ' + %trimr(EntHdr.Hdr.QjoJN02) + '/' +         

                          %trimr(EntHdr.Hdr.QjoUN) + '/' +           

                          %trimr(EntHdr.Hdr.QjoJNbr) +               

                 ' removed ' + %trimr(ESD_8.ObjType));               

          dsply (%subst(Object :1 :52));                             

          dsply ('at ' + EntHdr.Hdr.QjoTS);                         

          dsply ('using ' + EntHdr.Hdr.QjoPgmN);                    

                                                                    

          if GetPath(Path :%size(Path) :ESD_8.ParentFID) = NullPtr; 

             ErrnoPtr = GetErrno();                                 

          else;                                                     

             PathText = %str(%addr(Path));                          

             dsply ('Path was ' + %subst(PathText :1 :42)) ' ' Wait;

          endif;                                                    

                                                                    

          LstSeqNoChr = EntHdr.Hdr.QjoSNbr;                         

          EntHdrPtr += EntHdr.Hdr.QjoDNJH;                          

      endfor;                                                       

                                                                    

      if RcvVarHdr.QjoCH = '1';                                     

         select;                                                    

            when RcvVarHdr.QjoNbrER = 0;                              

                 // RcvVar not large enough to return even one entry...

                                                                      

                 dsply 'Unable to access journal entries' ' ' Wait;   

                 leave;                                               

                                                                       

            when X > RcvVarHdr.QjoNbrER;                              

                 // Get next set of journal entries                   

                                                                       

                 JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr = SavSeqNoPtr;                 

                 GetByStrSeqNo.StrSeqNoNbr =                          

                   (%dec(LstSeqNoChr :20 :0) + 1);                    

                 iter;                                                 

            other;                                                    

         endsl;                                                       

      endif;                                                          

  enddo;                                                              

                         

  dealloc RcvVarPtr;     

  *inlr = *on;           

  return;                

                         

 /end-free               

 

Assuming that your source member name is DSPFRMV, you can compile and run the sample program with the following commands.

 

CRTBNDRPG PGM(DSPFRMV)

CALL DSPFRMV

 

As coded, the sample program will DSPLY all deletions journaled to the IFSJRN journal.

 

The program starts by formatting a call to the QjoRetrieveJournalEntries API. For a retrieve type API, QjoRetrieveJournalEntries is fairly standard in terms of the parameters passed to it. The parameter list is a receiver variable to receive the journal entries, the length of the receiver variable, the qualified name of the journal to be used, the format to be used in returning the journal entries, an omissible parameter defining those journal entries to be retrieved, and an omissible error code parameter.

 

The fifth parameter, Journal entries to retrieve, provides an extremely flexible method to describe what journal entries are to be returned to our program. By default, all journal entries are returned, but, as we're interested today solely in file removals, we will use this parameter to restrict the returned entries to actions related to removing links from the MyPlayDir (and subdirectories of MyPlayDir) directory.

 

The Journal entries to retrieve parameter uses keyed variable-length records to define those journal entries to return. The first element of the parameter is a header record that defines how many of these variable-length records we will be using on the call to the API. A definition of this header record is provided in the QSYSINC/QRPGLESRC member QJOURNAL and is used by the DSPFRMV program (with LIKEDS(QJOJEJIR)) to define the data structure JrnEtoRtv (Journal entries to retrieve) with the header record Hdr. The IBM-provided structure, and our use of the structure, is this:

 

DQJOJEJIR         DS                                                   

D*                                             Qjo JE Jrn Info Retrieve

D QJONVLR00               1      4B 0                                 

D*                                             Num Var Len Rcrds      

 

dJrnEtoRtv        ds         65535    qualified                    

d Hdr                                 likeds(QJOJEJIR)             

 

The data structure JrnEtoRtv is arbitrarily defined with a length of 65535, more than sufficient to contain the variable-length records we will be using in our program. Today, we'll use two variable-length records, and DSPFRMV sets the variable JrnEtoRtv.Hdr.QjoNVLR00 to a value of 2.

 

JrnEtoRtv.Hdr.QjoNVLR00 = 2;                                  

 

Each variable-length record within the Journal entries to retrieve parameter uses a standard record layout with the fixed-length portion of each record defined by the data structure QJOEFVLR within QSYSINC/QRPGLERC QJOURNAL. This common record layout defines the length of the current variable-length record (used by the API to access the "next" variable length record), the key of the variable-length record (used to identify the format of the data associated with this variable-length record), and the length of the data associated with the key. The IBM-provided structure, and DSPFRMV's use of the structure to define the based structure JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr, is this:

 

DQJOEFVLR         DS                                                 

D*                                             Qjo JE Fmt Var Len Rcrd

D QJOLVLR00               1      4B 0                                

D*                                             Len Var Len Rcrd      

D QJOK01                  5      8B 0                                

D*                                             Key                   

D QJOLOD00                9     12B 0                                

D*                                             Len Of Data           

D*QJODATA01              13     13                                    

D*                                             Data                  

 

dJrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr...                                             

d                 s               *                                

dJrnEtoRtvKeyHdr  ds                  likeds(QJOEFVLR)             

d                                     based(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr)    

 

The JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr data structure is based so that we can use this common definition, by way of the pointer JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr, to populate the Journal entries to retrieve parameter with appropriate variable-length records describing those journal entries to return. The IBM-provided structure defines a commented QJODATA01 variable to indicate where the data associated with the variable-length record starts. The actual layout of the associated data is not provided in structure QJOEFVLR as it is dependent on the key value we use.

 

To initialize the first variable-length record of JrnEtoRtv, DSPFRMV uses the following:

 

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr = %addr(JrnEtoRtv) + %size(JrnEtoRtv.Hdr); 

                                                                

  // Starting sequence number                                   

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00 = 32;                               

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoK01 = 2;                                   

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 = 20;                                

                                                                

DSPFRMV first sets the pointer JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr to the first byte of JrnEtoRtv following the Hdr record to address where the first variable-length record will begin. The program then initializes the length of the variable-length record to 32 (QjoLVLR00), the key of the variable-length record to 2 (QjoK01), and the length of the data associated with key 2 to 20 (QjoLOD00). In explaining why these values were chosen, we will start with the key value of 2.

 

The QjoRetrieveJournalEntries API supports a wide variety of key values to control the type of journal entries to be returned. The list of key values available to you can be found in the API documentation. The key value of 2, Starting sequence number, enables you to specify the first journal sequence number that is to be considered for retrieval. You can specify a journal sequence number or the special value *FIRST. *FIRST indicates that all entries should be considered for inclusion based on the specified journal receiver range (which can be controlled with the variable-length record associated with a key value of 1 and defaults to the current journal receiver if not specified). In our case, we're using the special value of *FIRST for the starting sequence number.

 

I should point out that we do not really need to specify this particular variable-length record at this point in the program. We could have just used one variable-length record (the one we'll be initializing next) for our initial call to the API. The API default, when no key 2 variable-length record is specified, is to start with the first entry available, which is what we're asking for. We may, however, need to use a Starting sequence number key later in the program, so I chose to simply initialize the variable-length record now as opposed to later (and save the location of the starting sequence number using pointer variable SavSeqNoPtr). The reason for possibly needing the Starting sequence number key later is that our receiver variable may, or may not, be large enough for all removal-related journal entries that are available to be returned. If the allocated receiver variable length does prove to be insufficient in size, then we will be using key 2, when calling the API a subsequent time, to resume with the journal entry following the last entry returned on the previous API call.

 

The value of 20 for QjoLOD00, Length of data, was chosen for the simple reason that, per the API documentation, 20 bytes is the required size of the data associated with key 2.

 

The value of 32 for QjoLVLR00 was determined using the length of the JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr (12 bytes) plus the length of the associated data (20 bytes). This simple addition may not be sufficient in all cases, though. The API documents that each variable-length record must be aligned on a four-byte boundary and, in the case of key 2, the length of the associated data (20) is already a multiple of four. For this reason, we can simply add the length of the associated data to the size of the header (JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) and use this value (32) as the length of the variable-length record (which the API then uses to access the next variable-length record). In other cases—for instance, key 8, Journal entry types—the length of the associated data is variable in length. If the length of the associated data does not happen to be a multiple of four, then we need to provide for padding of the associated data to ensure that the next variable-length record is properly aligned. To accomplish this, we can calculate a valid value for QjoLVLR00 using approaches such as this one:

 

  if %rem(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 :4) = 0;                

     JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00 = %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) +  

                                 JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00; 

  else;                                                    

     JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00 =                           

        %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) + JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 +

        (4 - %rem((%size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) +                

                   JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00) :4));         

  endif;

 

This approach, calculating a valid length, could of course be used rather than hard-coding a value of 32 as was done in DSPFRMV.

 

Having set the appropriate values for the JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr subfields, DSPFRMV then sets the value of the key associated data using these statements:

 

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr = JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr +                  

                            %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr);             

  GetByStrSeqNo.StrSeqNoChr = '*FIRST';                         

 

The pointer JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr is set to the address where the first byte of the associated data value is to be stored by adding the size of the variable-length header to the starting address of the header. As JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr is the basing pointer for data structure GetBGyStrSeqNo, the special value '*FIRST' is then written to GetByStrSeqNo.StrSeqNoChr.

 

We're now ready to initialize the header of the second variable-length record. The approach taken to set this header is similar to how the header was created for the first variable-length record though this time using a calculated value for QjoLOD00.

 

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr += JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00;           

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoK01 = 8;                                

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 = 14;                             

  if %rem(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 :4) = 0;                

     JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00 = %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) +  

                                 JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00; 

  else;                                                    

     JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLVLR00 =                           

        %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) + JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00 +

        (4 - %rem((%size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr) +                

                   JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr.QjoLOD00) :4));         

  endif;                                                    

 

The program…

 

  1. Increments the pointer variable JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr to address the start of the next variable-length record by adding the length of the current variable-length record to the current value of the JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr pointer
  2. Identifies the key value being used as 8, key value 8 being to filter by journal entry type
  3. Sets the length of the key associated data to 14
  4. Sets the length of the new variable length record to the calculated value of 28 (which is adding two bytes of padding to the end of the associated data in order to align the next variable-length record on a 4-byte boundary)

 

In the case of key 8, the associated data is a data structure comprised of an integer value indicating how many journal entry types are being specified followed by that number of journal entry types, where each entry type is 10 bytes in length. The IBM-provided definition for this associated data, the use of this definition by DSPFRMV (allowing up to 300 entries to be specified), and the setting of the associated data is as follows:

 

DQJOJEDK8         DS                                               

D*                                             Qjo JE Data Key 8   

D QJONBRIA00              1      4B 0                              

D*                                             Num In Array        

 

dGetByJrnType     ds                  qualified                     

d                                     based(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr)  

d Hdr                                 likeds(QJOJEDK8)              

d JrnTypes                      10    dim(300)                      

 

  JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr = JrnEtoRtvKeyHdrPtr +               

                            %size(JrnEtoRtvKeyHdr);          

  GetByJrnType.Hdr.QjoNbrIA00 = 1;                            

  GetByJrnType.JrnTypes(1) = 'B4';                           

 

To set the key associated data value for key 8, DSPFRMV:

 

  1. Increments the pointer variable JrEtoRtvKeyHdrDtaPtr to address the first byte of the associated data
  2. Sets the number of journal entry types provided to 1
  3. Sets the first element of the JrnTypes array to the value 'B4', with B4 representing journal entries for removing a link from a parent directory

 

Having set all necessary values for the Journal entries to retrieve parameter DSPFRMV allocates a receiver variable 10,000,000 bytes in size (a totally arbitrary number, but a number sufficiently large to allow the API to return at least one journal entry) and calls the QjoRetrieveJournalEntries API.

 

Next month, we'll look at how the DSPFRMV program processes the returned journal entries. As mentioned earlier, the actual processing logic we'll review next month can be found in the program source provided above, so feel free to "skip ahead."

 

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.

 as/400, os/400, iseries, system i, i5/os, ibm i, power systems, 6.1, 7.1, V7, V6R1

Bruce Vining

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


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    Download your free copy of DR Strategy Guide for IBM i from Maxava today.

     

  • 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

    HelpSystems

    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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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