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This article will teach you how to authenticate with IBM i credentials in a Node.js application using the Hapi framework.

In the words of Oliver Hardy, "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." That's what I was saying to myself as the enormity of the code base of this article continued to grow. BTW, if you haven't checked out the "Laurel and Hardy" comedy acts, let's just say you've been missing out. They’re timeless. I grew up watching them with my dad, and my kids can't get enough of them. Hilarious. But I digress.

One of the common questions I've gotten this past year is how to authenticate your IBM i profile and password in a Node.js app and have it retain a session across many pages. That's the primary premise of this article. Of course, if we're going to require authentication, then we need the authentication to be protecting a page with sensitive information. Figure 1 shows a Customer Search page that has balance due information; we definitely should protect that with a login form so no one knows about the sheer amount of sugar-free gummi bear purchases. Suffice to say, Johnson needs treatment.

TechTip: Hapi to Authenticate You - Figure 1

Figure 1: Customer Search page

The login page will look like Figure 2. If a user tries to go to the Customer Search URL (i.e., /customers) while they are not logged in, they will be redirected to the login form.

TechTip: Hapi to Authenticate You - Figure 2

Figure 2: Login form

I've made the implementation of this article simple by putting it all in the Node.js IBM i Collaboration Git repository. You can install it by running the following commands. If you don't have Git installed, you can manually download a zip file of the repo and unzip it into your /home folder on the IFS.

$ cd ~

$ git clone ssh://git@bitbucket.org/litmis/nodejs.git nodejs_collab

$ cd nodejs_collab/examples/hapi_ibmi_auth

$ . env.sh

$ npm install

$ npm start

Let's briefly talk about the install. First, we change into your home directory with cd ~. Next, we clone the Git repo and put it into a directory that is slightly more descriptive, namely nodejs_collab, and cd into the hapi_ibmi_auth directory where the application is located. Then we run the env.sh shell script to set the Node.js version, v6.9.1 as of this writing. The period is necessary so the commands inside the shell script affect this IBM i job instead of spawning another job. The npm install will look at the package.json file and install all of the dependencies. And finally, npm start will start your app by looking, by default, for a file named server.js and attempt to invoke it.

Now you can open your browser and see the application at http://your_ibmi_ip:8000. Use a valid IBM i profile and password to log into the application. Note the application doesn't implement TLS (formerly known as SSL), so your profile and password are being passed in cleartext over your local network. It’s best to create a temporary, and powerless, profile to run this sample application. You've been warned. If you run into issues getting the application started, you can ask questions in the repo's Issues section.

Ok, now that you've seen the application in action, it's time to dive into the code and start explaining how it works. When I first start looking into a Node.js application I am unfamiliar with, I usually look at either the package.json file or the primary .js file, and the latter is usually the only .js file in the root of the directory. In this case, let's review the server.js file by first looking at the external Node.js modules being required at the top of the program, as shown below.

const Hapi = require('hapi');

const Path = require('path');

const Hoek = require('hoek');

const ibmi = require('./lib/ibmi');

const db = require('./models/db2ipool')

const pool = new db.Pool();

We'll be using the Hapi Node.js web framework instead of Express in this article. Either web framework can be used to accomplish business goals, and neither is a wrong decision to pursue, but I am finding Hapi has approaches that I prefer over Express, some of which we'll see in this article. The Hoek module has general-purpose Hapi utilities that we'll see later in the code. The ./lib/ibmi module is one I developed that contains a function named QSYSGETPH, which is an IBM i API that can be used to validate a user and password combination. The ./models/db2ipool module goes back to my previous article where I introduced a Node.js connection pool code base.

First let's look at the ./lib/ibmi module, shown below.

function QSYSGETPH(user, pw, cb){

var xt = require('/QOpenSys/QIBM/ProdData/OPS/Node6/os400/xstoolkit/lib/itoolkit')

var conn = new xt.iConn("*LOCAL");

var pgm = new xt.iPgm("QSYGETPH",{"lib":"QSYS","error":"off"})

pgm.addParam(user.toUpperCase(), "10A")

pgm.addParam(pw.toUpperCase(), "10A")  

pgm.addParam("", "12A", {"io":"out", "hex":"on"})

var errno = [

   [0, "10i0"],

   [0, "10i0", {"setlen":"rec2"}],

   ["", "7A"],

   ["", "1A"]

];

pgm.addParam(errno, {"io":"both", "len" : "rec2"});

pgm.addParam(10, "10i0")

pgm.addParam(0, "10i0")

conn.add(pgm.toXML())

conn.run(function(str) {

   var results = xt.xmlToJson(str)

   cb(null, results[0].success)

}, true) // <---- set to sync for now because bug in iToolkit. Hapijs hangs if this isn't done.

}

exports.QSYSGETPH = QSYSGETPH

Here we see the Node.js iToolkit being used to call a *PGM object, namely QSYSGETPH. A special thanks to Brian Garland for putting together a foundation that wraps this API. One thing I wanted to point out is that this code needs to be run synchronously when used in conjunction with Hapi, as is noted by the comment in the code. I have not yet found out why this is the case. If you find the issue, please write it out on the back of a $100 bill and mail it to me.

Next, look to line 28 of server.js, which is the first line shown below.

server.register(

[require('vision'), require('hapi-auth-cookie'), require('inert')],

function(err){

Hoek.assert(!err, err);

server.views({

   engines: { pug: require('pug') },

   path: __dirname + '/views',

   compileOptions: {

     pretty: true

   }

});

There are several things here worth noting. First, we see an array of require(...) statements. These are the Hapi-aware modules we want to register for subsequent use in our app. I say "Hapi-aware" because these modules were written for Hapi. The thing that's very significant, which will sink in further in the next code block, is that all subsequent Hapi configuration code needs to be contained within the callback of the server.register(...) function call. The reason for this is that Hapi configuration APIs were previously synchronous but have now been made to be asynchronous, which inherently means we need to place code in the callback to make it wait to execute until the previous function has completed.

The server.views code section is configuring this application to use the Pug Template Engine (formerly known as Jade), as noted on the engines property. The path property declares the .pug files will be stored in directory /views. The compileOption of pretty has been added to make the HTML delivered to the browser easier to read.

Next, we have the authorization configuration code starting at line 41, as shown below. Again, this code is in the server.register(...) callback function to make sure it runs after the hapi-auth-cookie module registration occurs. There are a lot of settings in this chunk of code, and we'll be discussing only those most relevant to this article. First, it's important to note that Hapi is expecting you to have authorization be part of your application, so they've documented how that fits into the big picture with tutorials and the API reference. This is one of the reason's I prefer Hapi over Express; it just feels a little more complete. That makes sense, given Express has a goal of being a minimalist web framework.

const cache = server.cache({ segment: 'sessions', expiresIn: 3 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000 });

server.app.cache = cache;

server.auth.strategy('session', 'cookie', true, {

   password: 'password-should-be-32-charactersss-or-maybe-alot-more',

   cookie: 'hapi_ibmi_auth',

   redirectTo: '/login',

   redirectOnTry: false,

   isSecure: false,

   validateFunc: function (request, session, callback) {

     cache.get(session.sid, (err, cached) => {

       if (err)

         return callback(err, false);              

       if (!cached)

         return callback(null, false);

       request.isLoggedIn = true;

       return callback(null, true, cached.account);

     });

   }

});

In the above code, it's also important to point out the relationship between the redirectTo and validateFunc settings. The latter is the function that will be invoked when any request is made, and then the server's cache will be checked to see if a session for this user has been created. If one doesn't exist, then it will return false and redirect to the URL specified on the redirectTo setting.

Next, the routes are configured starting on line 61 in server.js, as shown below. I've omitted sections of code that aren't related to logging in and out.

server.route([

. . .

   { method: 'GET',

     path:'/login',

     config: {

       auth: { mode: 'try' },

       plugins: {

         'hapi-auth-cookie': { redirectTo: false }

       },

       handler: function (request, reply) {

         return reply.view('login', {

           loggedIn: request.auth.isAuthenticated,        

            messages: 'To login please specify your profile and password.'

         });

       }

     }

   },

   {

     method: 'POST',

     path:'/login',

     config: { auth: false },

     handler: function (request, reply) {

       let profile = request.payload.profile

       let password = request.payload.password

       ibmi.QSYSGETPH(profile, password, function(err, result){

         if(result==true){

           const sid = String(++uuid);

           var account = {profile: profile, password: password};

           request.server.app.cache.set(sid, { account: account }, 0, (err) => {

             if (err)

               return reply(err);

             request.cookieAuth.set({ sid: sid });

             return reply('Please wait while we log you in').redirect('customers');

           });                    

         } else {

           reply.view('login', {

             loggedIn: request.auth.isAuthenticated,

             profile: profile,

             messages: 'Login failed. Please try again.'

           });

         }

       })

     }

   },

   {

     method: 'GET',

     path: '/logout',

     config: {

       handler: function (request, reply) {

         request.cookieAuth.clear();

         return reply.redirect('/');

       }

     }

   }

. . .

]);

The first route is for method: 'GET' and path: '/login', which is used to obtain the login form and display it to the user. Normally, you'd have the handler: function next, but in this case we have it inside a config: section so we can enlist some hapi-cookie-auth module config options—namely auth: and plugins:. The goal of those two settings is to declare that, if the user isn't authenticated, it shouldn't attempt to redirect because we are on the authentication page. Inside the handler: function, we see the Pug template engine in action with the call to reply.view(...). The core concept here is we declare the view we want to render, login, and provide name-value pairs of the data we want to pass to the view—namely, loggedIn and messages. The Hapi web framework will look in the /views directory for a file named login.pug, based on how we configured it earlier.

Below is the content of login.pug.

extends layout

block content

.container

   .wrapper

     form.simple-form(method='post', action='/login')

       h2.form-signin-heading Please login

       label

         | Profile:

         input.form-control(type='text', required='', name='profile', value=profile)

       br

       label

         | Password:

         input.form-control(type='password', required='', name='password')

       button.btn.btn-lg.btn-primary(type='submit') Login

   if messages

     .alert.alert-info(role='alert')

       p=messages

What we see in login.pug is the Pug syntax, a short-form way to write HTML and JavaScript. Over the years, I've learned to appreciate these types of template engines because they clean up your code a lot, which makes it easier to maintain. HTML examples on the web aren't often in Pug syntax, so I also make use of tools like html2jade.org to convert from HTML to Pug syntax. It's important to know that you don't have to convert all of your files to Pug syntax. For example, public/js/main.js is plain and raw JavaScript. I only convert HTML and JavaScript to Pug syntax for files ending in .pug, or more specifically, for situations in which I am dynamically rendering the view by calling on the view from the controller, like we did with the reply.view(...) call mentioned earlier.

Doing an in-depth review of Pug is beyond the scope of this article, though I will mention a few things. The opening and closing of tags (aka scope of HTML tags and JavaScript) is based on indentation. I use two spaces of indentation as my standard, though you can use however many you want as long as it is uniform throughout a single document. The other interesting thing is I can have JavaScript inline with my Pug syntax. We see this on the last line with p=messages, where the messages variable supplied by the controller is being placed in an HTML <p> tag.

Time to go back to the Hapi routes and look at the one with method: 'POST' and path: '/login', copied again below for simplicity of referencing.

   {

     method: 'POST',

     path:'/login',

     config: { auth: false },

     handler: function (request, reply) {

       let profile = request.payload.profile

       let password = request.payload.password

       ibmi.QSYSGETPH(profile, password, function(err, result){

         if(result==true){

           const sid = String(++uuid);

           var account = {profile: profile, password: password};

           request.server.app.cache.set(sid, { account: account }, 0, (err) => {

             if (err)

               return reply(err);

             request.cookieAuth.set({ sid: sid });

             return reply('Please wait while we log you in').redirect('customers');

           });                    

         } else {

           reply.view('login', {

            loggedIn: request.auth.isAuthenticated,

             profile: profile,

             messages: 'Login failed. Please try again.'

           });

         }

       })

     }

   },

In the above code, we can see the config setting set to auth: false, which is effectively telling hapi-auth-cookie to not attempt authenticating this web request. It makes sense that we're not authenticating this route because this is processing the login HTML form we previously discussed. You'll notice the handler function isn't inside the config setting. I do not know why it’s like this; it’s how I found it in the documentation. I am conveying this to you so you know it's OK to not have an in-depth understanding of every single feature; and sometimes it's "good enough" when it works as you need.

Within the handler function, we first obtain the profile and password variables from the HTTP form submission and assign them to same-named local variables. I didn't need to do this, but I wanted to make subsequent code less verbose.

The next line is where we make the call into the ibmi.QSYSGETPH(...) module and function, and pass the previously obtained profile and password variables. This is checking to see if the IBM i profile exists and whether it is the correct password. If the user exists and the password is correct, then the callback result variable will contain true. If there is a match, then a server cache will be set for this user’s session, a cookie will be set, and the user will be redirected to the customers URL. If there isn't a match, then the login page will be redisplayed with a message detailing the failure. It's worth noting that you can disable your IBM i profile by triggering enough invalid sign-in attempts.

The final authentication route to discuss is the logout, which I've pasted again below for ease of reference.

   {

     method: 'GET',

     path: '/logout',

     config: {

       handler: function (request, reply) {

         request.cookieAuth.clear();

         return reply.redirect('/');

       }

     }

   },

The above code is very simple. When a user clicks the logout link, we simply want to clear the cookie and redirect to the home page.

The only route we haven't talked about is the one that relates to doing the actual searching for customers, which I've pasted again below for ease of reference.

   {

     method: 'GET',

     path:'/customers',

     handler: function (request, reply) {

       if(request.query.search_str==undefined){

         return reply.view('customers',{

           customers:[],

           loggedIn: request.auth.isAuthenticated,

         });

       }

       var search_str = request.query.search_str.toUpperCase();

       var sql =

       `select * from QIWS.QCUSTCDT \

         WHERE (UPPER(CUSNUM) LIKE '%${search_str}%' or \

               UPPER(LSTNAM) LIKE '%${search_str}%' or \

               CAST(ZIPCOD AS VARCHAR(5)) LIKE '%${search_str}%') \

         LIMIT 20`;

       pool.easy(sql, function(result) {

        reply.view('customers', {

           loggedIn: request.auth.isAuthenticated,

           search_str: search_str,

           customers: result,

           messages: ''

         });

       })

     }

   }

I've cheated a little on this one because I have both the conveyance of the page and the processing of the page in the same route and handler. Specifically, the first six lines of the handler function could have been put in a separate route. If the code had been more complex, I would have separated them out.

The content of this code doesn't need too much explaining because we've covered most of the concepts, though I will comment on each piece for the sake of repetition learning. First, we obtain the search_str variable from the query string and store the uppercase version by invoking toUpperCase(). The goal of this search is to be "Google-like," meaning we will search many columns for the same value without the user having to occupy specific UI fields. That's why we needed to uppercase the search_str and also why the WHERE clause uses the UPPER(...) function for the LIKE comparison. If you aren't familiar with the backticks, then you should check out the newish JavaScript template literals, an easy way to do string interpolation.

Once the SQL has been composed, we can send it to DB2 for processing via a call to pool.easy(...). The database connection pool capabilities were introduced in a previous article, and this is a tangible example implementation of how to make use of them. When the database transaction is complete, we then call reply.view(...) with the search results, which will iterate through the result variable in the customers Pug view to display the list to the user. At this point, the user can peruse the customer list or type in new search criteria.

The final feature I want to convey to you is how the currently displayed data can be exported to a CSV file, which is easily importable into Excel. This feature is available through a small Excel icon located immediately above the customer listing, which you can see in the screenshots at the beginning of this article. The implementation of this feature is in file public/main.js, which is shown, in part, below.

$( "#csv_export" ).click(function() {

var csvContent = "data:text/csv;charset=utf-8,";

var json = JSON.parse($('#csv_export_data').html());

csvContent += json.map(function(d){

   return JSON.stringify(d);

})

.join('\n')

.replace(/(^\{)|(\}$)/mg, '');

window.open( encodeURI(csvContent) );

});

The above code listens for a click on the Excel icon. When it is clicked, the code will obtain a JSON object from a page id named csv_export_data. If you go back to the views/customers file, you'll find the result variable is used to convey an HTML listing for visual purposes and also to be held in JSON form should the user desire to export the data. I could have used JavaScript to iterate over the existing HTML table and saved duplicate data from being sent from the server, but simplicity of code won out.

Once the JSON is obtained, it is converted into CSV format and the window.open(...) API is invoked to simulate a file download so the file is saved to the user’s local computer.

That concludes this article. I hope this has equipped you to authenticate using IBM i credentials and also helped you see how Hapi and Pug work in Node.js. As always, if you have any questions or comments, then please comment below or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Aaron Bartell

Aaron Bartell is Director of IBM i Innovation for Krengel Technology, Inc. Aaron facilitates adoption of open-source technologies on IBM i through professional services, staff training, speaking engagements, and the authoring of best practices within industry publications andwww.litmis.comWith a strong background in RPG application development, Aaron covers topics that enable IBM i shops to embrace today's leading technologies, including Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Git for RPG source change management, and RSpec for unit testing RPG. Aaron is a passionate advocate of vibrant technology communities and the corresponding benefits available for today's modern application developers. Connect with Aaron via email atabartell@krengeltech.com.

Aaron lives with his wife and five children in southern Minnesota. He enjoys the vast amounts of laughter that having a young family brings, along with camping and music. He believes there's no greater purpose than to give of our life and time to help others.

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    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

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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.