Steve Mabbutt gives an overview and installation walk through of the Halcyon Enterprise Console for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Allowing you to view messages and alerts generated by IBM i, AIX®, Linux® and Windows® servers on a centralized graphical console to give a dashboard view of your entire enterprise.

Shannon O'Donnell - TechTip

Have you ever had the need for an IBM service technician to come into your shop to perform some type of maintenance on your iSeries? How about a consultant who you hired to work at your shop temporarily to help diagnose problems with your hardware or system software? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then chances are good that at some point those people needed to gain access to some of the low-level functions on your system that are only available through Service Tools. In the past, anyone with enough authority in their user profile could log on to your iSeries and issue the STRSST command and gain access to those functions. With the advent of OS/400 V5R1, IBM has given you the tools to allow you to control who gains access to Service Tools, when they can have that access, and what functions they can perform once they get started with the utility.

Shannon O'Donnell -

TechTips Just as no one except the security officer needs a user profile with *ALLOBJ authority, not everyone needs to have access to all commands available to them via FTP. After all, when was the last time you had the need to run CL commands on the iSeries via FTP? Do your users need the ability to send and receive in FTP, even though all they ever do is download files from your server? Do you really want people to be able to list the contents of your iSeries directories via FTP? The easiest way to control who can do what via FTP is by taking advantage of the ability of Operations Navigator to lock down FTP.  In this video tutorial, industry expert Shannon O'Donnell shows you step by step how you can use Operations Navigator to secure FTP for both the individual and the entire system.

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TechTips Traditionally, PTFs were ordered either by calling IBM on the phone or by using the green-screen command Send PTF Order (SNDPTFORD). Since IBM is rapidly integrating all former green-screen/command-line functionality into the iSeries Navigator utility, it was only a matter of time before they allowed you to order PTFs directly from iSeries Navigator. You can now download an iPTF plug-in for iSeries Navigator from IBM and install it into your iSeries Navigator GUI. The steps involved, while by no means rocket science, are a bit involved. If you have never installed an iSeries Navigator plug-in before, it can be difficult to figure out where to begin. To take some of the sting out of the process, industry expert Shannon O\'Donnell shows you step by step in this video tutorial how to install the iPTF plug-in for iSeries Navigator.

Shannon O'Donnell - TechTips If you are still not using your iSeries to serve up Web pages, then you are missing out on one of the most important and useful features of this great system. You do not have to be in the e-commerce business to take advantage of Web serving. There are hundreds of other reasons to use it. For example, you can serve up HTML help manuals for your users, post company news, create an online message forum, and much more. If you are not yet using the iSeries for Web serving because you are not sure how to configure it and get started, then you are in luck. In this video tutorial, industry expert Shannon O'Donnell shows you step by step how to configure your iSeries for Web serving and how to replace the default index HTML page with one of your own.

MC Press Magazine

  • MC Press Magazine May 2017 Issue

    mc press magazine click to read the 2017 05 issueIt’s not just software that gets upgraded and enhanced!

    Greetings, readers! Welcome to the first edition of MC Press Magazine. As you can see, we’ve been busy making changes to ensure that your reading experience is convenient, productive, and pleasurable.

    We revised the MC Press Online website in January 2017 (MCPO V2.0) Now, we’re bringing you this new format, an e-magazine that you can read on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone...or even print out if, like me, you still have a passion for paper.

    Enjoy the read!

  • MC Press Magazine June 2017 Issue

    MC Press Magazine 2017 06 read the June issueMagazines or books? Hard copy or digital? What and how do you prefer to read?

    It’s summer! It’s the time for taking vacations, putting meat on the grill, and eating fresh peaches.

    It’s also time to relax with your favorite reading material while you’re hanging out at the pool, lake, or beach. Back in the day, you’d grab your magazines and/or books and stuff them into your tote bag along with your towel, a hat, your beverage of choice, and some snacks. But these days, instead of hard copy, you’re more likely stuffing a laptop, tablet, or smartphone into your bag because that’s where your reading material resides.

    Your digitial edition of MC Press Magazine is here so enjoy the read!

  • MC Press Magazine July 2017 Issue

    mc press magazine click to read the 2017 07 issueThe late, great David Bowie came to mind as I thought about the topic for this column. Turn and face the strange.

    The inadvertent theme of this month’s issue of MC Press Magazine has revealed itself to be changes.

    For starters, you may have noticed that the MC Press Online website underwent a total remodel in July. Positive comments from readers indicate that they’re pleased with the new look and functionality. If you haven’t looked at it yet, I encourage you to do so. The email format of our newsletters has been updated, too. And, of course, we have here the third issue of MC Press Magazine. Everything about the look and feel of MC Press Online is nice and fresh and bright now.

    Enjoy the read!

  • MC Press Magazine Aug 2017 Issue

    mc press magazine click to read the 2017 08 issue“Analysis” is arguably the tech buzzword of the day for businesses.

    Summer’s over. Everyone who is still in school has gone back to focusing on their studies. If you have kids in college, they may be taking some analytics classes—maybe topics about data mining, predictive modeling, data visualization, or business statistics.

    A quick search of available college classes turned up course titles such as Machine Learning and Optimization in Analytics, Social Network Analytics, Web Analytics, Data Management and Visualization in Analytics, and Computational Techniques for Large Scale Data Analysis.

    Does any of this sound familiar to you?

    If you’re racking your brain to think back to your own college days, you’re trying too hard. What I’m talking about should come up easily in recent memory. Think “Watson.”

    All of those course titles represent things a Watson app or service can do for you. You don’t have to spend a whole semester learning how to do it yourself.

    Enjoy the read.

  • MC Press Magazine Sept 2017 Issue

    mc press magazine click to read the 2017 09 issueLots of people love this time of year…for one reason or another.

    It’s autumn! Although I now live in the Southwest, I have nostalgic memories of the Northeast autumns of my youth. There is nothing (to me) as breathtakingly amazing as the beauty of trees’ leaves turning crimson, gold, and orange.

    Many people enjoy the spectacle of autumn foliage, but many, many more get excited about this season for a completely different reason: It’s football season.

    Let’s watch a fantasy football game.

    The MC Presstige is suited up, but instead of being on the gridiron, this all-star team is playing between the front and back covers of MC Press Magazine.

    The Presstige wins the toss. Game on!

  • MC Press Magazine Oct 2017 Issue

    mc press magazine click to read the 2017 10 issueGhosts and witches—they’re kid stuff. But there really are other things to be afraid of.

    By Victoria Mack

    This being October, Steve Pitcher has a bit of a Halloween scare for you. But this goblin isn’t a fantasy. It’s real. IBM has announced end of support for the exceptionally popular POWER7 machines. Will IBM offer extended hardware maintenance? Who knows? It hasn’t happened yet. Read Steve’s article to see his perceptions of what some may consider a truly horrifying announcement.

    If news of the Equifax breach left you quivering with fear, you’re not alone. Many, many people are wondering if they were affected. More importantly, many more are wondering how such a thing could have happened. News sources reported that a database hack was conducted on a “legacy” environment. Hmmm…legacy. You’ve heard that word used to describe the IBM i. Could it have been an IBM i that was hacked? Maybe. Carol Woodbury comments on that possibility and discusses the multiple layers of defense that are available to IBM i sys admins to ensure security breaches don’t happen to their company.

    But there’s more good news than bad news in this issue of MC Press Magazine.