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Author’s Note: Lotus Domino (a.k.a. Notes) will be running native on the AS/400 by the first quarter of this year. Domino will use AS/400 databases as native Notes databases; AS/400 directories will be utilized by Domino. Huge possibilities will exist for Web applications to exchange data with the AS/400 back-end systems. In this article, I’ll show you one possible implementation of this exciting new capability. If you want a hands-on trial of the Web site I’ll be describing in this article, go to URLwww.zerk.com/ customer.nsf.

What a tremendous day! The clear, azure sky allows the bright sun to warm the earth. The birds in the sky dance like the blinking lights on the bank of Lotus Notes servers in James’ office. James sits in his chair breathing restfully as he surveys his servers and behind them, outside the window, the glorious scenery. Suddenly, James leans forward and peers intently out the window; an ominously dark cloud is cruising toward Zerks Unlimited’s corporate headquarters. The phone rings...

An hour later, James hangs up the telephone. Apparently, the guys over at Widgets, Inc. are using Domino and the Internet to arm their traveling sales force with up-to-the- minute information from the corporate miniframe via the Web. James told his boss Jay Griffiths about the technology months ago when Widgets, Inc. began selling its products on the Internet, but it took a three-point jump in Widgets’ stock to convince Jay of the power of Domino.

About a month ago, James installed Domino 4.6 on one of Zerks’ dual-processor AS/400s and has recently decommissioned his main production Domino/Notes NT box to a second development/test server. He can just feel the power of Notes running native on the AS/400 as it sits waiting to serve thousands of people. Each day, James looks forward to the moment when he can access his new Domino server from the Notes Designer for Domino 4.6 running on his Windows 95 workstation. (Designer for Domino has replaced the now defunct Full Client version of Notes.)


In this article, I will investigate the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) process and Web development on the Lotus Domino 4.6 server. I will show you how to first prime your server for the HTTP process by investigating the HTTP section of the Server document in your Name & Address Book (NAB) and starting the HTTP task. I will then show how a basic Notes database evolves into a working Domino application. James’ first stop is in the office of Catherine, the WAN guru, who will set up the Domino server’s IP address and modify the firewall security.

At the heart of every Domino server is the Name & Address Book (NAB), which contains important configuration documents, including Person, Group, Connection, Server, and others. For every Lotus Notes license used, a Person document is created. These “People” make up Groups, which are used for security purposes and mailing lists. The Connection documents allow servers to replicate and route mail among themselves. The Server document is the primary mechanism for configuring zand customizing your Domino server.

Figure 1 shows a partially expanded Server document for the server known as Chaos. Chaos is the server James has been using to develop Notes databases that will be accessed through a Web browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer), but more on that later.

Let’s focus first on the HTTP section of the Server document. For the most part, you can leave the default values in place. I highly recommend changing two values. The Allow HTTP clients to browse databases parameter defaults to Yes, but should be switched to No in most cases. Even if the databases don’t allow anonymous access, it’s still not a great idea to let people see the titles of all the databases on the Domino server. If the value of this parameter was set on James’ system to Yes, a hacker who enters the URL http://www. zerk.com/customer.nsf?OpenServer will see a listing of all databases on that server. When the value is changed to No, the same URL command will yield the following text: ERROR 403: HTTP Web Server: Database Browsing Not Allowed. The default value for the Home URL field should include the home page database name. James decided to name his database CUSTOMER.NSF, so the value for Home URL is customer.nsf/?Open. I also recommend that you add a Host name value and remove the Default home page default. Web browsers use the Host name parameter to reach the Web server. You can enter either the Domino server’s IP address or the machine’s name. James has entered the host name (www.zerk.com), but could have easily have entered the machine’s IP address
(207.112.223.11). If James leaves the Host name field blank, Domino will default to the host name in the machine’s TCP/IP stack. The Default home page field is used when you would rather use an existing HTML file than a Notes database as the home page. This HTML file would need to be placed in the HTML directory as described in the Server document. However, James is very excited about developing an entire database, so he left that field blank and put the database name in the Home URL field as referenced in Figure 1.

Once the Domino server is configured, it has to be rebooted before the changes take effect. Before James does that, he has to add the HTTP task to the ServerTasks list in the NOTES.INI file. (The AS/400 uses the NOTES.INI file just as a machine running Windows NT or OS/2 does.) Using ClientAccess/400, he will link to the root directory of the Integrated File System (IFS) and use a text editor such as WordPad to open the NOTES.INI file located there. He will simply locate the ServerTasks line, add HTTP to the end, then save and exit. When the Domino server is restarted, the HTTP task should start up.

James has already created a Notes database with a DOS name of CUSTOMER.NSF to match the Home URL entry in the Server document. To view the database through the Web, James will go to Netscape and type in the URL www.zerk.com. Figure 2 shows us the plain Notes database as shown through HTML without any tweaks—you see the database icon, title, and a listing of all the views. Lotus has provided a wealth of development tools in 4.6, which James will demonstrate.

First, let’s check out Domino’s database security. Databases are regulated with seven levels of access, ranging from No Access to Manager. You assign people or groups


to a particular level of security, depending on their role in the database. As you can see in Figure 3, there is an entry in the Access Control List (ACL) titled Anonymous. Web users will access this database with the security level of Anonymous, in this case, this means as an Editor without delete capabilities. In the absence of the Anonymous entry, Web users will access this database as dictated by the -Default- entry. However, it is great to be able to distinguish between Web users and Notes clients in the ACL. James has set this database’s -Default- entry to Reader so that Notes clients can only read documents from the database and can not modify or delete them. He also wants the marketing department personnel (represented by the Notes group named Zerk.Marketing) to have Author access so they can act upon any requests by creating response documents. And, of course, James is in the Zerk.Admin group, which has Manager access. Manager access allows James to work on the design of the database, change the ACL, delete the database, and perform other manager-specific tasks.

If James wanted a more granular security scheme, he could implement individual login accounts on the Domino server. One of the possibilities would be to set Anonymous in the ACL to No Access. This would force anyone accessing the server from a Web browser to go through a login procedure. In Figure 4, you can see that the Web password is encrypted and stored in the Person document in the field titled Internet password. This field can either be set manually or set automatically from a registration Web site. Check out http://web7.notes.net/pubdown.nsf/categories to download the Registration database. It’s obvious to say that secure Web sites, such as a Widgets’ sales force automation site, should have individual login accounts, but the Zerks customer site doesn’t need that level of security. However, if Zerks decides to sell its product in the Internet, then a more secure site would be mandated.

As you may have guessed, James is developing a Domino application to encourage customer feedback from the Internet. There is a link named What’s New!, a link for discussion forums, and a link called Customer Feedback. The first two links will be driven from Notes views and the third link will be a Notes form. The What’s New! link lets Zerks communicate information to the general population, while the discussion forum is a vehicle to encourage interaction between the Internet community and the Zerks marketing group. Finally, the suggestion forum is a great way for people to communicate their ideas for improvements in Zerks’ products. We will watch as James improves the look and feel of the home page, then develops each link.

James has decided to use the Notes About document for the Zerks home page. He could have also chosen to use either a Notes navigator or an HTML document. Figure 5 shows the Properties box for James’ databases. Under the Launch tab, you will notice that the On Database Open parameter is set to Restore as last viewed by user and the On Web Open parameter is set to open “About database” document. This second parameter is new in Notes 4.6; it allows a database to launch in different ways depending on how the database is accessed. James wants the Notes launch option to remain the same as it has been, but he wants Web users to open up to the About database document, so he set the On Web Open option to Open “About database” document. Of course, James has created the About database document; it is shown Figure 6.

The completed About database document as displayed by a Netscape browser is rendered in Figure 7. It took James about five minutes to complete the document. The What’s New! and Product Discussion links are actually Notes views. To create a view link, James first went to the What’s New! view from the Notes navigator and selected Edit/Copy As Link/View Link from the menu options. He then went to his newly created About document, typed What’s New!, highlighted the phrase, and executed the menu option Create/Hotspot/Link Hotspot. You will notice the link placed a green box around the text (Figure 6). James repeated the process for the Product Discussion view. Notes does not provide the same linking facility for forms, so James had to create a URL link. He typed Customer Feedback, highlighted the words, and chose Create/Hotspot/URL Link from the Notes menu options. This brought up the Properties box for the URL Link Object. Under


the first tab, he typed /customer. nsf/Web+Feedback?OpenForm&subject=Customer+Feedback and selected the Show border around hotspot option. James knows that URLs do not support the space character, so he substituted a plus sign (+) for each space character when coding URL links. Incidentally, James could also have created URL links for the aforementioned views using the following code:

* /customer.nsf/What’s+New!? _ OpenView * /customer.nsf/Product+ _ Discussion?OpenView To finish off the About document, James centered a title at the top, pasted in the Zerks logo, and included a horizontal rule, some company information, and a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) hit counter. I’ll explain more about CGI in the Tips and Techniques section of this article.

Great graphics are an important part of an excellent Web site. Lotus Domino provides two ways to add graphics to your Web site. You can paste any BMP, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, or PCX graphic into a Notes document. This first method does not allow you to use animated GIFs. An alternative method that does allow animated GIFs uses the HTML tag to reference graphics files stored in one of two places. The easiest method is to copy the files into the icon directory, which is configured in the Server document (see Figure 1). However, this method has two major disadvantages. First, you need to have direct access to the Domino server's file system. The other disadvantage is that the Domino application is not truly portable from server to server. You not only have to copy/replicate the NSF file, you also have to remember to copy all the external graphics files. Figure 8 shows us the graphics storage facility that James is using for the Customer Feedback application. This repository is basically an additional view and form within the database. The form has two fields: a text field for the graphic's name and a rich text field into which you attach the graphic file. The view sorts these documents on the graphic's name as entered in the text field. James has also added three more columns for greater usability: graphic size, graphic file name, and create date. These graphics are accessed using the following HTML code:

To further understand, let’s dissect the URL in the listed HTML code:
• /customer.nsf directs the Web browser to the CUSTOMER.NSF Notes database.
• /GraphicView directs the Web browser to a view titled GraphicView in the database.

• /NEW01/ further directs the Web browser to the NEW01 document as sorted in the aforementioned view.

• $FILE/NEW01.GIF opens the file named NEW01.GIF in the previous document. Let’s look at the first link James has created for his Zerks home page—the What’s New! view. Figure 9 shows how this standard Notes view appears in Netscape. Visitors can click on the date of any documents they would like to view. James has set up the document so that Web surfers can easily return to the What’s New! page. Domino uses the Notes view title as the Web browser title and Web page header, inserts the column headers above each view column, and adds the graphics at the top and bottom of the page. However, Domino does not maintain the column width when translating the Notes view in HTML code. James felt that the native Notes view displayed fairly well in Netscape, but wanted to make one modification, which is the addition of the NEW and UPDATED graphics. The column formula takes advantage of the graphics storage facility as detailed in Figure 8:

@If(@Adjust(@Created;0;0;7;0;0;0) _ > _ @Today; ”[_]”; _ @Adjust(@Modified;0;0;7;0;0;0) _ > @Today;”[


/customer.nsf/GraphicView/ _ UPDATED/$FILE/UPDATED.GIF _ ” ALT = ”updated” BORDER= _ 0>]”;””) Basically, this code says that if a Notes document is less than a week old, a NEW graphic is placed to the right of the description. If the Notes document had been edited in the past week, an UPDATED graphic is displayed. This column formula demonstrates that you can combine Notes @functions with HTML code.

James has also developed a second view for Zerks’ home page. Instead of using the default view that Domino serves, as is the case with the What’s New! view in Figure 9, James wanted a more customized look. Domino facilitates this customization in two ways. The first method is to use a form named $$ViewTemplateDefault. As the name implies, this template will apply to all Domino views as shown through a Web browser. If you need unique customization for each view, you can use a form named $$ViewTemplate for . In this case, will be Product Discussion. James has developed $$ViewTemplate for Product Discussion, shown in Figure 10. This form has a ViewTitle field, an Embedded View Web Element, various graphics, and accompanying static text. Lotus has also made provisions for a Web Element called Embedded Folder Pane that displays all the views in the database.

James has found that unlike the Notes environment, developing a good Web site can be more difficult in that the current Web page knows nothing about the page where the person was before, or where the person will be going next. In Notes, we are accustomed to features like inheritance, which do not exist on the Web side. Fortunately, a couple of tools can circumvent this problem. In the Customer Feedback form, James has addressed the problem with two techniques. Let’s first look at the method for passing parameters in the URL. James wants to use the Feedback form in several locations on the Zerks home page, but would like the Subject field customized for each location. For instance, when the form is accessed from the Product Discussion page, he would like the words Product Discussion to appear in the subject, whereas in the Customer Feedback section, James wants to see Customer Feedback displayed in the Subject field. To do this, James will use the URL to pass the Subject field value between Web pages. As seen in Figure 6, James has used the following URL from the Zerks home page to the Customer Feedback page:

‘/customer.nsf/Web+Feedback? _ OpenForm&Subject=Customer+ _ Feedback’ All data after the Ampersand (&) will be placed in the Query_String field. James has then programmed the Subject field to parse out the values it needs from the Query_String field and replace the plus sign (+) with a space. This is accomplished with the following formula:

@Implode(@Explode(@Right(Que _ ry_String;”Subject=”);”+”);” “) Of course, James will need to use a more complicated string parsing formula (using @Left and @Right) if he ever passes more than one variable/value pair in the URL.

Second, James has used cookies to save some user data for future use by the Web browser, in this case, the Web surfer’s names and telephone numbers. You can equate cookies to Notes environment variables—they both save a variable with its value on the client’s machine in an ASCII file. The HTTP_ COOKIE field is used to store the cookies that are set by the CGI variables.

To set the cookies, James has used some passthrough HTML code in the $$Return field (see Figure 11). “

01-Jan-2002 12:00:00 GMT”>”+ As seen in Figure 12, James has coded the Your Name field with the following code that parses out name cookies as set in the previous HTML code.


tName := @Right _ (HTTP_COOKIE;”UserName=”); @If(@Contains(tName;”;”);@ _ Left(tName;”;”);tName) The $$Return field is significant in that the code in this field is executed when the Submit button is pressed. In this example, the Send Feedback button is actually the Submit button. As you can see in Figure 13, the button text is used as the button descriptor on the Web side. If James had left the button text blank or had not placed a button on the Notes form, the Web browser would display a button labeled Submit. Any code in the actual button is ignored when activated from the Web side, only the code in the $$Return field is executed. The Query_String, HTTP_COOKIE, and $$Return fields (see Figure 13) are hidden from both the Notes client and Web browsers. Figure 12 shows the page rendered in HTML.

Tips and Techniques
• In order for the search function to work, as seen in Figure 9 and Figure 10, you must also create a Full Text Index for the database on the Domino server. To create a Full Text Index, first go to the database Properties box, then press the Create Index... button under the Full Text tab. I would also suggest using the Exclude words in Stop Word file option.

• Normally, the first noncategorized column in a view is the default link column. Figure 14 shows a Properties box for a view column, which allows you to change the link column.

• Since tabs are not included in the HTML standards, use a two-column table in your Notes form to separate the field and associated static text. Remember to uncheck the Fit table to width of window option.

• Horizontal rules, anchor links, and background graphics are both supported in native Notes 4.6.

• JavaScript can be included in your Domino application in two ways. One way is the use HTML Passthrough on the Notes form by using the HTML text properties option to format the raw HTML code. The second is use the Help Description located in the Field Properties box. You can use any of the following scripts to format the Domino document as seen through the Web browser: [], [], or []. For example, by using the [] script in the Date field in Figure 12, the browser will only allows eight characters to be entered.

• CGI scripts work great on the Domino server. Place the files in the CGI-BIN directory as set in the Server document in the NAB and reference the binaries in your HTML code. James has a counter on the Zerks home page coded as:

James has demonstrated some of the basics of development of Domino applications for Web browsers; you can now build on this knowledge to create Domino Web applications for your intranet or the Internet.


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Figure 1: The Server document for the server known as Chaos

Figure 2: The default Notes database shown through a browser


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Figure 3: Domino’s Access Control List (ACL) feature lets you control how users work with databases.

Figure 4: A user’s Web password is encrypted and stored in the Person document in the field titled Internet password.

Figure 5: The Properties box for James’ databases


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Figure 6: The Notes About document is being used as Zerks’ home page.

Figure 7: The completed About database document looks like this when viewed through a Netscape browser.


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Figure 8: The graphics storage facility that James is using for the Customer Feedback application is essentially an additional view and form within the database.

Figure 9: The What’s New! View is a standard Notes view displayed in Netscape.


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Figure 10: The $$ViewTemplate for Product Discussion has a ViewTitle field, an Embedded View Web Element, various graphics, and accompanying static text.

Figure 11: James is using passthrough HTML code to set cookies.


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Figure 12: James has set up the Your Name field in the feedback form to parse out name cookies.

Figure 13: The button text in the Notes feedback form used as the button descriptor on the Web side.


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Figure 14: When you open a Properties box for a view column you can change the link column.


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    • 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.