Hopefully you are aware of and use the IBM Preventive Service Planning (PSP) website. This web page has links to the where you find detailed information you might need on cumulative PTF packages, HIPER PTFs, defective PTFs, PTF Groups and more for currently supported releases.(more…)
For many years, IBM i has provided a means for the system to detect and report problems. What started as hardware problem detection and reporting via a product called Service Director (SD), has grown to include software problem reporting, with inventory and performance data sent using Electronic Service Agent (ESA), which is integrated into the operating system.(more…)
In the 5.4 release, IBM introduced the Work with Traces (WRKTRC) command. This is a handy little utility that allows you to review all the traces that may be active on a partition, as well as a centralized interface for managing traces.(more…)
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Job Trace, followed by an update on how you can instrument your applications for IBM i job trace. Job trace is but one of many tools used to collect diagnostic data on i.(more…)
Last week I wrote about the IBM i Job Trace capabilities. In that article, I briefly mentioned that you can instrument your own application so you can collect your own trace data as part of a job trace.(more…)
When you have a problem you need to resolve, how you approach doing problem determination depends upon the actual problem. IBM i has a very rich set of diagnostic tools for problem determination purposes.
In this week’s blog, I’ll talk about what is called the “job trace facility.”(more…)