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Learn how to write a reply-handling exit program.

 

This is the second in a series of articles related to detecting when an inquiry message has been sent on your system and then making processing decisions based on the inquiry message. The underlying technology being used is known as the reply-handling exit program and has been available since V5R2.
 
The first article, "Beyond Watches," introduced the reply-handling exit point QIBM_QMH_REPLY_INQ documented here, provided a program prototype for an exit program and an explanation of the parameters passed to the exit program from the operating system, and reviewed our requirements for the exit program. The complete source for the RNQMGR exit program is provided below:
 
 
dRNQMgr           pr                  extpgm('RNQMGR')         
d CallType                      10i 0 const                    
d QualMsgQ                      20    const                    
d MsgKey                         4    const                    
d MsgID                          7    const                    
d Reply                        132    options(*varsize)        
d LenReply                      10i 0                          
d ReplyCCSID                    10i 0                          
d ReplyAcnCode                  10i 0                          
                                                               
dRNQMgr           pi                                           
d CallType                      10i 0 const                    
d QualMsgQ                      20    const                    
d MsgKey                         4    const                    
d MsgID                          7    const                    
d Reply                        132    options(*varsize)        
d LenReply                      10i 0                            
d ReplyCCSID                    10i 0                            
d ReplyAcnCode                  10i 0                            
                                                                  
dRcvMsg           pr                  extpgm('QMHRCVPM')         
d Receiver                       1    options(*varsize)          
d LenReceiver                   10i 0 const                      
d Format                         8    const                       
d CSE                           10    const                      
d CSECtr                        10i 0 const                      
d MsgType                       10    const                      
d MsgKey                         4    const                      
d WaitTime                      10i 0 const                      
d MsgAction                     10    const                      
d ErrCde                              likeds(QUSEC)              
d LenCSE                        10i 0 options(*nopass) const     
d QualCSE                       20    options(*nopass) const     
d CSEType                       10    options(*nopass) const      
d CCSID                         10i 0 options(*nopass) const      
d AlwDftRpyRjct                 10    options(*nopass) const      
                                                                  
dSndMsg           pr                  extpgm('QMHSNDM')           
d MsgID                          7    const                       
d QualMsgF                      20    const                       
d MsgDta                       100    options(*varsize) const     
d LenMsgDta                     10i 0 const                       
d MsgType                       10    const                        
d MsgQNames                     20    const                       
d NbrMsgQNames                  10i 0 const                       
d RpyMsgQ                       20    const                       
d MsgKey                         4                                 
d ErrCde                              likeds(QUSEC)               
d CCSID                         10i 0 options(*nopass)            
                                                                  
dPSDS            sds           429    qualified                   
d MsgID                  40     46                                
d JobName               244    253                                
d JobUsr                254    263                                
d JobNbr                264    269                                
                                                                  
 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qmhrcvpm                                 
 /copy qsysinc/qrpglesrc,qusec                                     
                                                                  
dMsgInfo          ds                  based(MsgPtr) qualified     
d MsgHdr                              likeds(QMHM010001)          
                                                                   
dRNQ_Msg          ds                  based(MsgRplDtaPtr)         
d Procedure               1     10                                
d PgmName                11     20                                
d Library                21     30                                
d Statement              31     40                                
                                                           
dMsgQName         ds                                       
d NtfyQ                         10    inz('PGMR')          
d NtfyQLib                      10    inz('QGPL')          
                                                           
dMsgTxt           s            256                         
dMsgPtr           s               *                        
dMsgRplDtaPtr     s               *                        
dInqMsgKey        s              4                         
                                                           
 /free                                                      
                                                           
 monitor;                                                 
                                                           
 if ((MsgID = 'RNQ0100') or                                
      (MsgID = 'RNQ0102') or                               
      (MsgID = 'RNQ0103') or                               
      (MsgID = 'RNQ0121'));                                        
                                                                    
     if PSDS.JobUsr = 'JOE_PGMR';                                  
        // Do not notify support or modify response when inquiry   
        // message is from developer working on new code           
                                                                    
     else;                                                         
        MsgTxt = (MsgID + ' in job ' +                             
                  %trimr(PSDS.JobName) + '/' +                     
                  %trimr(PSDS.JobUsr) + '/' +                      
                  %trimr(PSDS.JobNbr));                            
                                                                   
        QUSBPRV = 0;                                               
                                                                   
        // Determine size of information available with inquiry    
        // message, allocate that storage, and then receive all    
        // information related to the message                       
                                                                     
        RcvMsg(QMHM010001 :%size(QMHM010001) :'RCVM0100' :'*EXT'     
               :0 :'*ANY' :MsgKey :0 :'*SAME' :QUSEC);               
        MsgPtr = %alloc(QMHBAVL02);                                  
                                                                     
        if MsgPtr <> *NULL;                                          
           RcvMsg(MsgInfo :QMHBAVL02 :'RCVM0100' :'*EXT' :0           
                  :'*ANY' :MsgKey :0 :'*SAME' :QUSEC);               
                                                                     
           if MsgInfo.MsgHdr.QMHDRTN00 >= 30;                        
              MsgRplDtaPtr = MsgPtr + %size(QMHM010001);             
              MsgTxt = %trimr(MsgTxt) + ' running program ' + PgmName;
                                                                     
              select;                                                
                 when ((CallType = 1) or (CallType = 2) or           
                       (CallType = 3));                              
                      select;                                        
                         when PgmName = 'ABC001';                      
                              if Reply <> 'D';                        
                                 Reply = 'D';                         
                                 LenReply = 1;                        
                                 MsgTxt = %trimr(MsgTxt) +            
                                          ', option D forced.';       
                                 ReplyAcnCode = 2;                    
                              endif;                                   
                         other;                                       
                              if Reply <> 'C';                        
                                 MsgTxt = %trimr(MsgTxt) + ', reply ' +
                                          %subst(Reply :1 :LenReply) +
                                          ' changed to C.';           
                                 Reply = 'C';                         
                                 LenReply = 1;                         
                                 ReplyAcnCode = 2;                    
                              endif;                                  
                              if CallType = 1;                        
                                 MsgTxt = %trimr(MsgTxt) +            
                                          ' Initial reply was not +   
                                           provided by system.';      
                              endif;                                  
                      endsl;                                          
                 other;                                               
                      MsgTxt = %trimr(MsgTxt) + 'CallType ' +         
                               %char(CallType) + ' with reply ' +     
                               %subst(Reply :1 :LenReply);            
              endsl;                                                  
              dealloc MsgPtr;                                         
                                                                       
           else;                                                      
              MsgTxt = %trimr(MsgTxt) + ' running program *N';        
           endif;                                                      
                                                                      
        else;                                                       
           MsgTxt = %trimr(MsgTxt) + 'Storage problem in RNQMGR';   
        endif;                                                       
                                                                    
        SndMsg(' ' :' ' :MsgTxt :%len(%trimr(MsgTxt)) :'*INFO'      
               :MsgQName :1 :' ' :InqMsgKey :QUSEC);                
                                                                    
     endif;                                                         
 endif;                                                            
                                                                     
 on-error;                                                         
     MsgTxt = 'RNQMGR failure with message ' + PSDS.MsgId +         
              ' in handling initial error ' + MsgID;                
     SndMsg(' ' :' ' :MsgTxt :%len(%trimr(MsgTxt)) :'*INFO'         
            :MsgQName :1 :' ' :InqMsgKey :QUSEC);                   
 endmon;                                                           
                                                                    
 *inlr = *on;                         
 return;                              
                                       
 /end-free                             
 
Assuming that the QSYSINC library (option 13 of the operating system) is installed on your system, you can create the program RNQMGR into library VINING using the CRTBNDRPG command:
 
CRTBNDRPG PGM(VINING/RNQMGR)
 
The RNQMGR exit program manages the handling of four RPG run-time RNQ inquiry messages:
 
  • RNQ0100—The length or start position is out of range for the string operation.
  • RNQ0102—There's been an attempt to divide by 0.
  • RNQ0103—The target for a numeric operation is too small to hold the result.
  • RNQ0121—An array index is out of range.
 
To have the RNQMGR program in library VINING called whenever an inquiry message is sent on the system, you use the Add Exit Program (ADDEXITPGM) command:
 
ADDEXITPGM EXITPNT(QIBM_QMH_REPLY_INQ) FORMAT(RPYI0100) PGMNBR(*LOW) +
     PGM(VINING/RNQMGR)
 
To stop the system from calling the RNQMGR program, you can use the Work with Registration Information (WRKREGINF) command:
 
WRKREGINF EXITPNT(QIBM_QMH_REPLY_INQ) FORMAT(RPYI0100)
 
Option 8 (Work with exit programs) from the displayed panel will then show you all exit programs that are called for inquiry messages. From here, you can then use option 4 (Remove) for the entry showing the exit program RNQMGR in library VINING.
 
When the system calls RNQMGR, a MONITOR group is first established. While it is unlikely that any inquiry message will be sent during the running of the RNQMGR program, it's better to be safe rather than sorry. We would not want an inquiry message issued from RNQMGR to cause RNQMGR to be called in order to handle its own run-time error. This would, as currently created, cause RNQMGR to be called recursively and possibly hide the underlying error(s) related to the initial inquiry message. The monitor group encompasses all statements within the program, up to setting on LR and returning. If any unexpected error is encountered while running, RNQMGR will send a message to the message queue PGMR in library QGPL indicating an internal failure. This message queue is presumably monitored by support personnel within the organization. The actual sending of the message is done in the ON-ERROR block located near the end of the source program.
 
Having established the monitor group, RNQMGR then determines if any of the four RNQ messages listed above are the cause of the exit program being called. If some other inquiry message has been sent, the program ends immediately. When the RNQMGR program ends, the i operating system will then determine if any additional exit programs are registered to the reply-handling exit point. If there are, the system will call the next exit program; if not, the system will process the current reply for the inquiry message.
 
Having verified that the inquiry message is one of the four RNQ messages of interest, RNQMGR then performs additional processing. This processing is done only after verifying the message so that we do not add unnecessary processing within the job. Remember that RNQMGR will be called for every inquiry message within a job on the system. We want to make sure the program does no unnecessary processing until we know we are in an error path of interest.
 
The next check made by RNQMGR is to determine if the job is being run by the user JOE_PGMR. JOE_PGMR represents a developer on the system, and we most likely do not want to be notifying support personnel of program failures that may be part of Joe's normal application development and testing efforts. RNQMGR examines the user profile portion of the current job name, which is available with the Program Status Data Structure (PSDS) variable JobUsr, and if the job is initiated by JOE_PGMR, RNQMGR ends.
 
In practice, it is unlikely we would want to make such a check using a hard-coded name (JOE_PGMR) within the RNQMGR program source. Every time we added a developer, removed a developer, or changed the profile name of a developer, we would need to modify, recompile, and retest the RNQMGR program. A more general-purpose approach would be to have a database file, keyed by *USRPRF name, with one record for each developer. RNQMGR could then CHAIN to the file using the user profile name and, if a record is found (for instance, a record entry for JOE_PGMR), end the program. Then any changes in the development staff could be handled with simple record maintenance to the file and not require any change to the RNQMGR exit program. This database file should be defined as USROPN and only opened after verifying that the inquiry message is one of interest. USROPN should be used in order to avoid having the program automatically open, and close, the file for every inquiry message in the job.
 
Having determined that the inquiry message is one of interest, and that the message is not related to one of the developers, RNQMGR then starts constructing a message (using variable MsgTxt) that will be sent to support personnel, notifying them of the program failure. The message first identifies the job experiencing the failure by logging the inquiry message ID (parameter MsgID, which was passed to RNQMGR by the system) and the qualified job name (determined from the PSDS, as RNQMGR is running in the same job as the program sending the inquiry message).
 
RNQMGR then uses the Receive Program Message (QMHRCVPM) API, documented here, to receive the inquiry message and the message replacement data associated with the message. All four of the RNQ messages return the same initial forty bytes of information; the first 10 bytes are the name of the RPG procedure causing the inquiry message to be sent, the next 10 bytes the name of the RPG program causing the message to be sent, then the library where the RPG program is located, and finally the RPG statement number that caused the inquiry message to be sent. Some of this replacement data will be used in subsequent processing.
 
For demonstration purposes, RNQMGR uses the two-call technique first introduced in the article "Retrieving Information, Part II" in order to ensure that all available message information is returned to the program. This two-call technique is not actually needed by the example program RNQMGR as we could simply define the receiver variable for the QMHRCVPM API with a size sufficient for these 40 bytes, but not all inquiry messages that you may want to track will be as accommodating as these four RNQ messages, so we will go with the more general-purpose approach of retrieving the message replacement data.
 
Having successfully accessed the message replacement data, RNQMGR now adds the name of the failing program to the message being constructed (MsgTxt). The program name is provided by the message replacement data associated with the message (variable PgmName of the BASED data structure RNQ_Msg). It is worth pointing out that RNQMGR is not using the name of the program sending the inquiry message. The program actually sending the message will often be a language run-time program (such as QRNXIE in the case of ILE RPG). Using the RNQ message replacement data gives RNQMGR access to the program that caused the inquiry message, not sent it.
 
RNQMGR now enters a SELECT group. The first WHEN statement determines if the current reply to the inquiry message can be changed by the exit program (a CallType of 1, 2, or 3). If so, the program enters another SELECT group.
 
Within this second SELECT group, when the program causing the inquiry message is 'ABC001', RNQMGR ensures that an RPG formatted dump is requested in response to the inquiry message. If the current message reply (parameter Reply) is not equal to 'D', RNQMGR changes the message reply to 'D', sets the message reply length to 1 byte (the length of the literal 'D'), appends to the message text stored in variable MsgTxt that a response of 'D' was made by the exit program, and sets the Reply action return code parameter (ReplyAcnCode) to the value '2'. A Reply action return code value of 2 tells the system that the current inquiry message reply should be replaced by the new value of the Reply parameter.
 
If the program causing the inquiry message is not ABC001 (the OTHER statement of the inner select group), RNQMGR ensures that the program is canceled. If the current message reply is not equal to 'C', RNQMGR appends to the message text stored in variable MsgTxt the response that was found (variable Reply), indicates that a response of 'C' was requested by the exit program, changes the message reply to 'C', sets the message reply length to 1 byte, and sets the Reply action return code parameter to the value of '2' (the reply provided by RNQMGR should replace the current inquiry message reply). In addition, RNQMGR determines if the initial inquiry message response was entered by the user (a call type value of 1) as opposed to being a default value. If the user explicitly entered the response (as opposed to simply using the Enter key when the inquiry message was shown), RNQMGR appends the text 'Initial reply was not provided by the system'.
 
If RNQMGR is not able to change the message reply (the OTHER statement of the outer select group), RNQMGR appends to the MsgTxt variable the call type encountered and the message reply being used by the system. This is to document to the support personnel when RNQMGR is unable to alter the reply to the inquiry message.
 
RNQMGR then does some general cleanup: deallocates any storage previously allocated when receiving the inquiry message replacement data, appends error text to the MsgTxt variable if any anticipated errors were encountered, and sends a message containing the MsgTxt variable to the message queue PGMR in library QGPL.
 
The program then ends.
 
Hopefully, this example program gives you a rough idea of the things you can do in terms of being aware of inquiry messages that may be occurring on your system, ways to change the responses being made to these inquiry messages, and some of the considerations you will want to keep in mind in order to minimize the impact of running an exit program within your jobs. When your exit program receives control, only your imagination (and of course your authorization!) limit what you can do within the exit program.
 
One usage note should be made prior to concluding this article. When you are developing a reply-handling exit program, be aware that debug breakpoints within the exit program will not be processed. Any breakpoints you set in the exit program will be ignored, and, after the exit program completes, the message CPF195A (Breakpoint already run when notification received) will be found in the job log. When developing your reply-handling exit program, you may find the RPG DSPLY opcode to be your friend. Additional usage notes can be found in the exit point documentation.
 
In the next article, we'll look at another exit program capability: the inquiry-handling exit point QIBM_QMH_HDL_INQEXT. This exit, available only with V6R1, allows your exit program to run and reply to an inquiry message, preventing the end user from even seeing the inquiry message.
 

Meanwhile, if you have other 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 bvining@brucevining.com. 


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    • 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

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    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

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

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

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

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

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

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

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

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

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

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

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

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

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

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

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

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

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

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

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

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

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

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

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

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