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Create a useful RPG program to purge unnecessary files from your IFS.

 

The year-end stuff is over, you've captured all your yearly snapshot data in their own files, and you're feeling pretty good about yourself. Next thing is to clean house. Reports are a good place to start. You likely have a lot of PDFs and Excel spreadsheets that should be purged from your IFS, and this article will walk you through developing a reusable program to easily do exactly that.

 

Qhell has a find command that we will be using to provide the functionality to delete files that are beyond a certain age. We'll start by discussing the details of the find command interactively in Qhell. Then we'll build a simple program to utilize this command.

 

Let's jump right in with an example. Then we'll break it apart. Start up Qhell by entering strqsh on your green-screen command line. For our first example, we'll simply list the files in a specific directory that are greater than 90 days old.

 

find /Public/myDirectory -type f -mtime +90 –print

 

Here's a breakdown of the command above:

 

Command Segment

Description

Find

The command that will find the files

/Public/myDirectory

The directory to search for the files

-type f

Look only at files; no directories will be listed

-mtime +90

Include only files that are greater than 90 days old

-print

Display the results on the screen 

 

Executing this command will display the list of files that are older than 90 days within the directory path that you specify. Most of the segments are self-explanatory, but the time parameter requires a little more detail to include a few additional time options that may be of interest.

Different Times: mtime, ctime, and atime

There are several ways to specify the age of the files we are looking for, but for this article, I'll be discussing only the times that relate to days. Here's a brief overview of each one that's available:

 

Time

Description

mtime

Last Modified Time—the last time the data contents were changed

ctime

Last Change Time—the last time the attributes of the file were changed

atime

Last Access Time—the last time the contents of the file were read

 

For this example, we'll be using the last modified time with mtime, which is what I commonly use as my purging criteria. You may want to use another.

 

In the code above, I used a positive (+) number to find older files that were greater than a specified numbers of days. If I wanted to find newer files that were less than a specified number of days, I would use a negative (-) number.

Filtering Files

Suppose you have a mix of files in your directory of Excel spreadsheets, CSV files, and PDF files with the file name extensions of .xls, .csv, and .pdf, respectively. And you want to select only the Excel spreadsheets. You can do this by filtering the files that are identified using the –name parameter as follows:

 

find /Public/myDirectory -type f –name '*.xls' -mtime +90 –print 

 

Running this command will list all the files ending with the .xls file name extension. You can be creative with your file pattern recognition, so you're not just limited to file extensions; you could do more.

Preventing Subdirectory Recursion

By default, the find command will automatically search for files that are found in subdirectories of the directory location that you specify. This may or may not be desirable.

 

For some versions of the find command, there is a –maxdepth option that you can set to the value of 1 to keep the command from going into the subdirectories. Unfortunately, in Qhell, at least in my current version of V7R1, this option is not available.

 

For UNIX-type commands, there are tons of possibilities to be creative with, but I've found the simplest solution is to utilize the –prune option available with the find command. By specifying your target path to search, you can additionally specify a path to prune, which will eliminate all subdirectories.

 

find /Public/myDirectory -path '/Public/myDirectory/*' -prune

-type f –name '*.xls' -mtime +90 –print

 

By using –path, we can specify the directory paths that we want to prevent from being searched, along with the –prune parameter. The –path tells –prune what path to mask from the search, which will be all the subdirectories in this case.

 

The key difference between the search path and the prune path is the slash/asterisk (/*) character combination, which indicates the subdirectories of the search path.

Deleting Files

Up to this point, we've identified the files by listing them on the screen. This verifies that our filter criteria are working harmlessly with no modification being made to any of the files. Next, we are going to use that information to delete the older files to keep the directories clean.

 

I always list my files first to make sure that I'm not going to delete more files than I expect to. I suggest that you do the same. Deleting mass files could have disastrous results if you specify the wrong directory. This is why it doesn't hurt to have the *.xls filter to ensure you're deleting only Excel files.

 

To delete the files, we replace the –print parameter of the find command with the –exec parameter to execute the rm command to remove the files from the IFS, as follows:

 

find /Public/myDirectory -path '/Public/myDirectory/*' -prune

-type f –name '*.xls' -mtime +90 -exec rm {} \;

 

The –exec parameter indicates that we want to execute a command, which is followed by the command. The curly braces ({}) will be replaced with the name of each file that was previously listed so that each file listed will have the specified command executed on it. The backslash (\) escapes the command and the semicolon (;) tells the rm command that the list of arguments has ended.

Writing the IFSCLEAN RPG Program

Now that we know how to do everything in Qhell, let's write an RPG program that we can easily reuse to take advantage of the find command to purge our directories.

 

We will be encapsulating our Qhell code within a procedure named cleanIFS. To support the settings described earlier, our prototype for the procedure will look like this:

 

     D cleanIFS...

     D                 PR             1N

     D   argPath                   2000A   const varying

     D   argDays                      3S 0 const

     D   argRecurse                   1N   const options(*NOPASS:*OMIT)

     D   argFilter                  128A   const options(*NOPASS:*OMIT)

     D                                     varying

     D   argTime                      1A   const options(*NOPASS:*OMIT)

 

The parameters will give us the capability to access all of the options that we will want to control for the purging process. Here is the code for the cleanIFS procedure:

 

      *-----------------------------------------------------------------

      * cleanIFS: Delete files on IFS using Qhell

      *-----------------------------------------------------------------

     P cleanIFS...

     P                 B                   EXPORT

     D cleanIFS...

     D                 PI             1N

     D   argPath                   2000A   const varying

     D   argDays                      3S 0 const

     D   argRecurse                   1N   const options(*NOPASS:*OMIT)

     D   argFilter                  128A   const options(*NOPASS:*OMIT)

     D                                     varying

     D   argTime                      1A   const options(*NOPASS:*OMIT)

     D* Local Variables

     D   svReturn      S              1N

     D   svRecurse     S              1N   inz(*OFF)

     D   svFilter      S            128A

     D   svTime        S              1A   inz('m')

     D   svCmdString   S            512A

      /free

        svReturn = *OFF;

        //---------------------------------------------------------

        // Optional Safety Mechanism, only allow full paths in Public

        // <Insert Extensive Warning Here for Other Programmers>

        //---------------------------------------------------------

        if (%subst(argPath:1:8) <> '/Public/');

          return *ON;

        endif;

 

As a warning, the Qhell rm command can be very dangerous; if you aren't careful, you could delete system files, which would not be good. So, I try to put in a safety mechanism that will allow only full paths to be specified within the Public folder. I have structured my IFS so that all of my program output goes into subfolders of the Public directory off the root of the IFS. This is not necessary, but I put this out there to make you consciously aware to be careful. Hard-coding a safety mechanism like this forces a programmer to review the code to see what it's doing and consciously add to the permitted list or override it.

 

To implement this safety net, I am going to ensure that every path that is being purged begins with /Public. If it doesn't, the program will not execute the purge and will pass back a failure value to the calling program.

 

        //----------------------------------------------------------

        // Initialize local variable with parameters (if applicable)

        //----------------------------------------------------------

        if %parms > 2;

          if %addr(argRecurse) <> *NULL;

            svRecurse = argRecurse;

          endif;

        endif;

        if %parms > 3;

          if %addr(argFilter) <> *NULL;

            svFilter = %trim(argFilter);

          endif;

        endif;

        if %parms > 4;

          if %addr(argTime) <> *NULL;

            svTime = argTime;

          endif;

        endif;

 

The preceding segment of code is pretty standard for my procedures. Local variables will be defined to act as preprocessed data that will be prepared for usage through the rest of the code. These variables may be passed in through the parameters or set to default values.

 

The next section of code will start building the string that will be passed to the STRQSH command. The string is initialized with the static value of the command itself, followed by the specified path to purge. The static –type f indicates that we will be processing only files.

 

         //-------------------------------------------------------------

         // Start building the Qhell String

         svCmdString = 'STRQSH CMD(''find '

                     + %trim(argPath)

                     + ' -type f ';

 

Next, we will support the parameters that act as switches to turn certain options on or off. The recursive option will determine if the purge will recursively process all the subdirectories of the primary directory that we are purging.

 

         monitor;

           //-------------------------------------------------------------

           // Safer Road, Default to Not Recursive

           if not svRecurse;

             svCmdString = %trim(svCmdString)

                         + ' -path '''''

                         + %trim(argPath)

                         + '/*'''''

                         + ' -prune';

           endif;

 

I put a note here that it is safer to prohibit recursion. I say this because, if you have subdirectories, they may have a different purpose than the directory that you are targeting. But that's just a safety tip. If you know you want to delete all files within that directory and all subdirectories, then you would allow recursion to occur. It's pretty common to do this; otherwise, recursion would not be the default. Being specific could help protect you against mistakes. However, this precaution is unnecessary after you've tested out your command interactively. But the capability is still relevant when you want to purge only certain files.

 

           //-------------------------------------------------------------

           // Safer Road, Filter on File Name Pattern

           if svFilter <> *BLANKS;

             svCmdString = %trim(svCmdString)

                         + ' -name '''''

                         + %trim(svFilter)

                         + '''''';

           endif;

 

I also put a note here that it is safer to use a filter. I say this because if you accidentally specified a system directory to purge, changes are you wouldn't find any Excel spreadsheets. And if you did, I wouldn't think they would be critical files anyway. The same thinking applies here that once you've verified that your path is correct, then the safety aspect is unnecessary.

 

You may notice that I have a lot of single quotes in the string above. This is not a typo. When you want a single quote to be contained in a string without ending it, you double it up to use two quotes to represent a single quote in the results. In this case, the string will be processed twice, once by QCMDEXC and once by the command being executed STRQSH, so we need five total.

 

The remaining code will set the number of days for the time selection and append the execution command. The command will then be executed within the RPG code:

 

           //-------------------------------------------------------------

           // Time: M, C or A

           svTime = %xlate('MCA':'mca':svTime);

           svCmdString = %trim(svCmdString) + ' -'

                       + svTime + 'time';

           //-------------------------------------------------------------

           // +/- Days

           if (argDays >= 0);

             svCmdString = %trim(svCmdString) + ' +';

           else;

             svCmdString = %trim(svCmdString) + ' -';

           endif;

           svCmdString = %trim(svCmdString)

                       + %trim(%editc(%abs(argDays):'J'));

           //-------------------------------------------------------------

           // -exec rm

           svCmdString = %trim(svCmdString)

                       + ' -exec rm {} \;'')';

           //-------------------------------------------------------------

           ExecuteCommand(%trim(svCmdString):%len(%trim(svCmdString)));

         on-error;

           // Exception

           svReturn = *ON;

         endmon;

        return svReturn;

      /end-free

     P                 E

 

The final part of the service program ensures that the time letter that is passed in is in lowercase and then attaches it to the time parameter of the find command. The days are then formatted to use a sign character as expected by the command. Then the rm execution segment is appended to the end of the command.

 

Once the string is built for the find command, it is executed with ExecuteCommand, which is just a prototype to QCMDEXC.

 

To test our new procedure, we will use a simple program to call the new procedure. This program will simply initialize some variables to pass into the parameters of our new cleanIFS procedure. You can take this further by creating a physical file that could contain these settings for different directories. Then you just loop through the directories and pass in the purge settings.

 

     D displayBytes    S             52A

     D strPath         S            512A

     D strFilter       S            128A

     D strTime         S              1A

     D intDays         S             10I 0

     D boolRecurse     S              1N

     D* Prototype for QCMDEXC API

     D ExecuteCommand...

     D                 PR                  extPgm('QCMDEXC')

     D  argInCommand              65535A   const options(*varsize)

     D  argInLength                  15P 5 const

     D  argInDBCS                     3A   const options(*nopass)

     D*

     D* Prototype for cleaning IFS folders

     D cleanIFS...

     D                 PR             1N

     D   argPath                    512A   const varying

     D   argDays                      3S 0 const

     D   argRecurse                   1N   const options(*NOPASS:*OMIT)

     D   argFilter                  128A   const options(*NOPASS:*OMIT)

     D                                     varying

     D   argTime                      1A   const options(*NOPASS:*OMIT)

 

      /free

       //-------------------------------------------------------------

       // Initialize Parameter Information

       strPath = '/Public/myDirectory';

       intDays = 90;

       boolRecurse = *OFF;

       strFilter = '.xls';

       strTime = 'm';

       //-------------------------------------------------------------

       // Display Purging Information

       displayBytes = 'Path: ' + %trim(strPath);

       dsply displayBytes;

       displayBytes = 'Days: ' + %trim(%editc(intDays:'J'))

                    + ' (' + strTime + ')time';

       dsply displayBytes;

       displayBytes = 'Filter: (' + %trim(strFILTER)

                    + ') Recursive: ' + boolRecurse;

       dsply displayBytes;

       //-------------------------------------------------------------

       if (cleanIFS(strPath: intDays: boolRecurse: strFilter: strTime));

         displayBytes = 'FAIL:( ' + %trim(strPath);

       else;

         displayBytes = 'PASS:) ' + %trim(strPath);

       endif;

       dsply displayBytes;

 

       *inlr = *ON;

      /end-free

 

If you run the program, you'll see the following output:

 

> call mcp049rpg                                              

   DSPLY  Path: /Public/myDirectory      

   DSPLY  Days: 90 (m)time                                     

   DSPLY  Filter: (.xls) Recursive: 0                          

   Command ended normally with exit status 0.             

   DSPLY  PASS:) /Public/myDirectory     

 

You will most likely need to change the code to support the directories that you are using for your files. I used the hard-coded /Public/ folder to prevent accidentally purging from an unintended directory. You can either remove or update this setting to match your directory structure.

 

Take the code for a test drive. You no longer have excuses to postpone those cleanup processes that you've been putting off. I strongly encourage you to run the commands interactively within Qhell that list the files that qualify for purging to become familiar with the commands and ensure that you are deleting the files you intend to purge. Then purge away!

Download the Code

You can download the code used in this article by clicking here.

 

Thomas Snyder

Thomas Snyder has a diverse spectrum of programming experience encompassing IBM technologies, open source, Apple, and Microsoft and using these technologies with applications on the server, on the web, or on mobile devices.

Tom has more than 20 years' experience as a software developer in various environments, primarily in RPG, Java, C#, and PHP. He holds certifications in Java from Sun and PHP from Zend. Prior to software development, Tom worked as a hardware engineer at Intel. He is a proud United States Naval Veteran Submariner who served aboard the USS Whale SSN638 submarine.

Tom is the bestselling author of Advanced, Integrated RPG, which covers the latest programming techniques for RPG ILE and Java to use open-source technologies. His latest book, co-written with Vedish Shah, is Extract, Transform, and Load with SQL Server Integration Services.

Originally from and currently residing in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Tom is currently involved in a mobile application startup company, JoltRabbit LLC.


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  • 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.
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    • 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:

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    • 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:

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    • 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:
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    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:

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    - 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.

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    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:
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    - 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.