‘i Can’ Blog of Blogs

This page is a listing of all the “i Can” blogs in chronological order (oldest at the bottom).

The “i Can” blog started in August of 2009 and there have been blog articles published most weeks since.  That’s a lot of articles! All of these blogs are still accurate and this page provides an easy way to search the titles of all blog posts.

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Multitasking With Navigator for i
Getting Started with the Performance Data Investigator
Collection Services Configuration on IBM i
i Can Homecoming: Upcoming COMMON Events
Upcoming COMMON Events for Fall 2023
System Monitor Configuration With Collection Services
Investigate IBM i Monitor Data Using the Performance Data Investigator
Visualize System Monitor Data for IBM i
Getting Started with IBM i Navigator System Monitors, Revisited
Alerting for System Limits on IBM i
A Look at Upcoming COMMON Events
IBM i Services Update
Ways to Work With Your JVMs in Navigator for i
Navigator TidBits: Exploring New Features
Alternate Subsystem Routing in Navigator
Continuing IBM i Education: COMMON Fall Events
Explore the Security Audit Journal With Navigator for i
Work With PTF, Collection Services and Other IBM i 7.5 Hidden Gems: Part 4
How to Manage Prestart Jobs in New Navigator
Database Tasks in Access Client Solutions
‘No Job Log’ and More Hidden IBM i 7.5 Gems
IBM i 7.5: New System Limits and More Hidden Gems
Routing Work by User Profile and More Hidden IBM i 7.5 and IBM i 7.4 TR6 Gems
Message Monitors in New Navigator
RFE Moves from developerWorks to IBM Ideas
Add Links to Web-Based Tasks with Access Client Solutions
New Navigator Bookmarks and Favorites
New to i COMMON Community
The Value of a COMMON Membership
Never-Ending IBM i Learning
Function Usage Replaces Application Administration in New Navigator
Why Everyone Should Capture Performance Baselines
Active Prestart Jobs in New Navigator
IBM i New Navigator
Ditch DSPLOG – History Log Info is Superior
Get Notified When Nearing the Maximum Number of Spooled Files
Understanding Disk Space Utilization With IBM i Navigator Performance Tasks
IBM Navigator System Monitors
Consolidate SQL Educational Resources With the SQL Tutor
Details on COMMON’s NAViGATE 2021 Conference
IBM i 7.3 TR10 and IBM i 7.4 TR4 Offer a New Query Supervisor Feature
When Does a User Profile Become a Bottleneck?
Extend the IBM i Administration Runtime Expert with Custom Plug-ins
Overview of the IBM i Administration Runtime Expert
The Incredible i Show Spotlights the Latest on IBM i
IBM i Performance Data Investigator: Memory Allocation Perspectives
2 Recent IBM i Enhancements
December 2020 Access Client Solutions Enhancements
COMMON Focus: A Perk for Your 2021 COMMON Membership
PM for Power Systems Is No More
Systems Management with IBM i Services
Navigator for i Graph History: Review Historical Data
Virtual POWERUp 2020
HTTP Server Statistics
Library Information Service
Recent Access Client Solutions Enhancements
Navigator for i Graph History: Enable Historical Data Collection
Awesome Run SQL Scripts Enhancements
IBM i Technical Resources Roadmap
Take Advantage of Job Log Pending
Take Advantage of the Job Log Server
Work from Home: A COMMON Guide to Success
IBM i Services to Find Jobs Holding IFS File References
Route Work by IP Address with QSYS2.SET_SERVER_SBS_ROUTING() Service
Access Client Solutions is Now Shipped with IBM i
IBM i Technology Updates Have a New Home
PDI Enhanced with Modernized Charting
2020 Vision: Optimize System Configuration Settings
Twitter Reloaded: Musings to Close Out 2019
Maximum Spooled Files by Job
Active_Job_Info() for Prestart Server Jobs
Enhancements for Managing Service Tools User IDs in 7.4
Retrieve Commands with F8
Firmware Currency for IBM i
Get Social with IBM i
Interested in Learning More About the new ODBC Driver for IBM i?
Celebrating 10 Years of i Can
How to Find Anything and Everything About IBM i
Delivered IBM i RFEs
ACS Application Packages and the ODBC Driver for i
Simplified IBM i Program Conversion
Copy a Monitor with Navigator for i
Should You Consider Becoming a CAAC Member? (not brought forward)
IBM i 7.4
Prestart Server Jobs and Exit Programs
TE’s Pick ‘n’ Mix Client Edition
IBM i Job Accounting and Prestart Server Jobs
QSQSRVR Job Considerations
Client Special Registers are Special
The Mysterious QP0ZSPWP Jobs
Retrieving the Current SQL Statement for a Job
Prestart Jobs and Connection Pooling
Prestart Job Messages
Investigate Prestart Jobs
Access Client Solutions Enhancements (November 2018)
Prestart Jobs and QPRTJOBS
Watches and Job Log Messages
The QDFTSVR Job Description
Managing Prestart Server Jobs by Remote IP address
QSYS2.ACTIVE_JOB_INFO Service Enhancements:  QTEMP_SIZE and Much More
IBM i Access Client Solutions – IFS Properties
Work with Active Prestart Jobs
Prestart Jobs and Server Jobs
Subsystem Configuration for Prestart Jobs
Display Active Prestart Jobs
Prestart Job Configuration Settings
IBM i System Supplied Prestart Job Entries
Introduction to Prestart Jobs
Search the Job Log of an Active Job
IBM i QSYS2.Services_Info() and Navigator for i
Improved Temporary Storage Tracking for IBM i (Part 9)
Copy Performance Data using ACS IFS Tasks
Editing a File in the IFS with Navigator for i
Working with the IFS:  Access Client Solutions vs Navigator for i
How to Save 5250 Configurations as Default Profile
Workload Groups and Performance Considerations
IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 8)
Subsystem Management with Navigator for i, Part 2
Active Memory Pools with Navigator for i
How to Identify Your Active 5250 Session
i Can Use IBM DVD Images with my USB 3.0 Adapter
IBM i Embraces Syslog
Meet the PowerHA Family
PowerVM LPM/SRR Automation Tool
PowerVM Live Partition Mobility and Simplified Remote Restart
System Monitoring for HTTP
End Subsystem Options
Manage Trigger Programs in Production
Trace Output Formatted for PCAP
Route FTP and SMTP Workloads to Their Own Subsystem
Integration Between Navigator and Access Client Solutions
Client Advisory Council Meetings in June 2017 (not brought forward)
Graph History – Stacked Charts
COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) and RFEs
Subsystem Configuration Documentation
IBM i Monitors:  Automatic Notification and Replacement Variables
PowerVM LinkedIn Group
Copy an Open Spooled File
Subsystem Management with Navigator for i
Determining the Size of QTEMP
SNMPv3 Auditing and Other Enhancements
Here’s to the Women in IT!
February 2017 IBM i Announcements
Application Administration with Access Client Solutions
Application Administration with Navigator for i
Optical Containers
Latest Navigator for i Enhancements
Automatic Download of Group PTFs with IBM i 7.3
Displaying Open Files for a Job with Navigator for i
Displaying Open Files with Work Job
Using BRMS with Cloud Storage Solutions for i
October 2016 Announcements for IBM i
Navigator for i – Dashboard
IBM i 7.3 Enhancement for End Job Abnormal (ENDJOBABN)
IBM i Navigator System Monitors: Collection Interval
IBM i 7.3 System Monitor Enhancements
IBM i 7.3 Enhancement With Binder Language Export Source
Workload Group Configuration with IBM i 7.3
IBM i 7.3 – Network Connection Auditing
IBM i Performance Frequently Asked Questions Revisited
IBM i 7.3 Enhancements for Display Job Log (DSPJOBLOG)
Route More Work to Subsystems by User Profile
Graph History:  New in 7.3 IBM Navigator for i
Using ALLCHGRCV or ALLDTCRCV Control Group Entries to Save Journal Receivers
IBM i 7.3 – Qshell Jobs and the Inactive Job Time Out
IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 7)
IBM i 7.3 Adds Authority Collection Feature
IBM i Services for Function Usage Information
PowerHA for SMB
Visualizing Database Performance Data With the Performance Data Investigator
Collecting Database Performance Data With IBM i Performance Data Investigator
IBM i Configuration Defaults
Single Object Restore Performance Enhancement
Why You Should be Using Expert Cache
Leveraging SSDs and IASPs with BRMS Migration
SQL CPU Utilization
January 2016 IBM i Large User Group Meeting (not brought forward)
Route Remote Command Requests to a Specific Subsystem
Copy Spooled Files to PDFs using the UIM Exit Point for WRKSPLF
IBM i Job Accounting and Prestart Jobs
IBM i Access Client Solutions and Performance FAQ Updates
Everything is Design:  The Work of Paul Rand
IBM i 7.2 TR3 and 7.1 TR11 Highlights
What Happened to the IBM i PCRM?
IBM Administration (Application) Runtime Expert for i:  Managing PTFs
Ways to Work With Your JVMs
Routing Work to Subsystems
Installation Tips for PowerVP (obsolete)
PowerVP Offers New Features (obsolete)
Route Db2 Requests to a Specific Subsystem
IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 6)
Tracking IBM i System Limits, Part 2
Introduction to IBM i System Limits and Maximum Capacities
Access Client Solutions – a Better 5250 Emulator
Spring Break
Watches are Wonderful!
Java on IBM i Security Updates
IBM i Conditional Immediate PTFs
COMMON Requirements (obsolete)
IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 5)
IBM i User Groups
IBM i Selfie
IBM i Services
IBM Call Home Web and How It Can Work for You
Group PTF Currency
Open Source for IBM i – 5733OPS
New Monitor Metrics in 7.2
IBM i Disk Watcher Dan Do More
Navigator Target Systems and Groups
Manage PTFs with Navigator
New 7.2 VLAN Support
IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 4)
Navigator for i Enhancements are Available
IBM i Access Solutions:  Mobile – A Technology Preview
IBM i 7.2 – A Few Small Enhancements
IBM i 7.2 Enhancements for Permanent Storage Tracking
New 7.2 System SSL Support
IBM i 7.2 – Audit PTF Install History
IBM i 7.2 SNMP Enhancements
New IBM i 7.2 and 7.1 VPN Enhancements
October 2014 – the Busiest Month Ever! (not brought forward)
IBM i 7.2 – Navigator Monitors
Power Virtualization Technical Webinars on YouTube (obsolete)
IBM i 7.2 – Protect Data With RCAC
IBM Power Systems Technical Symposia … Enjoying the Land Down Under
IBM i 7.2 – Batch Model
New IBM i 7.2 TCP/IP Configuration Information Commands
About Writing “i Can”
Navigator Favorites
Navigator Search
How to End Jobs That Are now Held Due to Maximum CPU or Temporary Storage Usage
IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 3)
PowerVM Processor Virtualization 101 Part 2
PowerVM Processor Virtualization 101
IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 2)
IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 1)
Run an HTTP Server in its own Subsystem
Navigator is the Future – Don’t Get Left Behind
IBM i 7.2 – Systems Management Improvements
Health Indicators in the Performance Data Investigator
Istanbul International Tulip Festival
IBM i Storage Allocation Perspectives
IBM Knowledge Center (obsolete)
IBM i Performance Analysis
Redbooks Mobile App (obsolete)
Sending a Spooled File via TCP/IP When Working With Spooled Files
IBM i Large User Group Winter Meeting (not brought forward)
IBM i on developerWorks (obsolete)
Free Format RPG and 7.1 TR7
IBM Power Virtualization Performance (PowerVP)
Inquiry Messages and System Reply Lists
IBM Techdocs
Getting Started with the Virtual I/O Server
Administration (Application) Runtime Expert – Damaged Object Detection
More Secrets of the History Log
View Memory Pools and Faulting with the Performance Data Investigator
Work with System Status – the Navigator Way
Downloadable PTF Cross Reference Database File
Schedule Verifications with Administration (Application) Runtime Expert
Enhanced SMT Controls for POWER7
IBM Power Systems Webinars
IBM i Wait Accounting
Administration (Application) Runtime Expert – Network Health Checker
How to Back Up Objects on Systems With IASPs
IBM i References
POWER and PowerVM Reference Information
More Changes for the Handling of QINACTITV
Viewing Job Level SQL Metrics with the Performance Data Investigator
Anticipating the Future
PASE Twilight Zone: Removing More Myths About IBM i
PASE for Programmers
Job Level SQL Metrics in Collection Services
A Low-Cost External Storage Configuration With IBM i
Service Automation = Amazing Service
Technology Moves Fast. PASE Can Help
Making a Good First Impression, Then Making It Last
Performance Reports With the Performance Data Investigator
Integrate Web Services With Db2 for i 7.1 Part Two
IBM i Single Level Store … In Lieu of a Crystal Ball
COMMON Annual Meeting, Spring 2013 (not brought forward)
Integrate Web Services with Db2 for i 7.1
IBM Navigator for i – Rebuild Data on Failed Disk Unit in Parity Set
IFS Enhancements to Navigator for i
Navigator for i Enhancements
Moving Data to Solid State Drives
IBM i Performance Frequently Asked Questions
New System SSL Support
New PowerHA SystemMirror Enhancements
IBM i Now Supports USB Flash Drives
IBM i Large User Group
Commands to Manage Performance Collections
New Function Usage IDs
Performance Data Investigator
TCP/IP Redundancy With Virtual Ethernet in IBM i
Performance Data Collectors in IBM i
Removable Mass Storage
Starting TCP/IP When the System is IPLed
Fall Conferences (not brought forward)
Multi-Threaded Job Table Cleanup
Take Another Look at IBM i Access Client Solutions
BRMS Enterprise Function is Coming!
Performance Data Investigator – Better Than Ever
Fall COMMON and Past Blog Entries (not brought forward)
Work With Job and Select a Thread …. to Print Thread Stacks
Job Performance Information
CPF1240 and CPF1241 Messages Contain Summary Performance Information
Function Usage Capabilities, Part 2
Function Usage Capabilities
Three Years of ‘i Can’
Delete That Object
IBM i Security Never Sleeps
Command Retrieve Exit Programs Can Run After Command Completion
Work With Traces
Automatically Starting TCP/IP Servers When TCP/IP is Started
Display Locks with Navigator
COMMON Europe Conference 2012 (not brought forward)
Find All my Performance Collections in One Place
Display File Usage Information
Blog of Blogs, Videos, and References
COMMON 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition (not brought forward)
i Can Use XML in a Relational World
Move My i
IBM Improves the Handling of the Inactivity Timeout
Lesser-Known Features of Work With System Activity
Monitoring Cache Battery Status with IBM Systems Director 6.3 (obsolete)
PowerHA and External Storage
A Peek at AIX From an “i Guy” (ok, Girl)
Is Your IBM i Ready for Daylight Saving Time?
IBM Systems Director 6.3 and IBM i (obsolete)
IBM i Simplifies Leap Year
Db2 Enhancements Update
Remote Journal Filtering Reduces Network Traffic
Achieve Faster IFS Save Times using SAV with ASYNCBRING
Ethernet Link Aggregation in IBM i
Planning for Solid State Drives
2012 – Looking Forward
Interrupt Job Exit – Invoking a Program in Another Job
QTEMP – Temporary or Permanent Storage?
Understanding Disk Space Usage
IBM i Diagnostic Tools – i Does it Better
The Story of Administration (Application) Runtime Expert
Power Systems Technical University in Copenhagen (not brought forward)
IBM i 7.1 Enhancements – Something for Everyone
IBM’s THINK Exhibit in New York City
Fall Conferences (not brought forward)
Instrument Your Applications for IBM i Job Trace
IBM i Job Trace
Recent Enhancements Documented in developerWorks
SNA Applications on i
iZone Shows You the Enhancements (obsolete)
Customizing a Perspective in PDI
Encrypt Your Data on Disk
Working With Your Spooled Output
New IBM i iSCSI Solution Guide Streamlines iSCSI Documentation (obsolete)
Job Log Output
Job Log Pending
Query/400 Modernization
Clone an Integrated Windows Server
Are You Ready for World IPv6 Day
New Navigator Service Packs (somewhat dated)
Using the ARPING Tool to Test Network Connectivity
Copy Spooled Files to PDFs
COMMON, the Minneapolis Advantage (not brought forward)
COMMON 2011 Annual Meeting (not brought forward)
IPCONFIG – A Secret Tool for IP Configuration
Jobs Exceeding Their CPU or Storage Limits are now Held
Suspend My i
Top Ten Most Commonly Used IBM i Passwords
Control XML Decomposition Order of Target Tables
Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association Conference (not brought forward)
Automate Extra IPL for PTF Install
Name that Thread
The Internet is Full – i is Ready
Active Jobs with IBM Systems Director (obsolete)
IBM Navigator for i – Work Management Integration with Performance Tasks
Work With Active Jobs
Rethinking Twitter
Multi-Threaded Interactive Jobs?
IBM i Job Structures
Detach Spooled Files From a Job
New Years Wishes
The Secret History Log Enhancements
Avoid Locking Libraries in the Library List
Using SQL to Interrogate Journal Objects
COMMON Europe Power of I Tour (not brought forward)
Automated Problem Reporting With Service Monitor
Subsystem Configuration for SQL Server Mode Jobs
IBM Power Systems Technical University – What Happens in Vegas Is for You to Know (not brought forward)
Additional Work Management Controls
Fall Conference Update (not brought forward)
IBM Navigator Can Manage Target Systems
Find Hot Spots Using Program Profiling
How to Use the Integrated Web Application Server
Use Subsystems With Many Devices
i Can … Benefit from IBM Systems Lab Services and Training (obsolete)
Find SQL Server Mode Jobs
Manage Workloads Better With IBM Workload Groups
Using the Debug Memory Manager with RPG
Debug Heap-Usage Problems
Improve Performance with Argument Optimization
Display the Status of Your IOA Cache Batteries
Support SNMP V3 with 7.1
Collect More Performance Data in 7.1
Encrypt my Backups with BRMS
i Can … Attend COMMON Europe (not brought forward)
Add all Electronic Software Delivery Files to an Image Catalog Automatically
Use AnyNet in 7.1?
Remove Disk Units Without an IPL at 7.1
Cool Tips With the Work Management GUi
Measure Disk Response Times
Manage My Passwords with IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for i
i Can … Say This is a Great Conference (not brought forward)
i Can … Question the Answer? (not brought forward)
i Can … Learn New Things and Plan for Today (not brought forward)
i Can … Plan My Week at COMMON (not brought forward)
Export Spooled Files to PDF Files
Search XML in OmniFind V1R2
Share the Secrets of 7.1
Find a Needle in a Haystack using OmniFind Text Search Server for DB2 for i
Understand Scaled CPU Time
i Can Direct the use of Navigator?  Or is that Navigate the use of Director?
i Can be a DHCP Client
i Can Manage i with IBM Systems Director (obsolete)
Reclaim Spooled Files
Excel at SAP Benchmarking With IBM i 6.1 and POWER7
Use POWER7 Features with IBM i 6.1.1
Remember Craig
Analyze Command Performance
Associate Service Tools User IDs With User Profiles
Automate Monitoring with Watches
Use RPG and SQL Together
Identify Your Server Jobs
Retrieve Spool Information
Cancel SQL Statements
Secure my Telnet Remote Terminal Session
i Can Tell You Why You’re Waiting
Install IBM i 6.1.1. Over the Network
Get Better Performance by Using a Temporary File Systems
Display CPU Utilization for all Partitions
Investigate Performance Data
Use Client Special Registers
Display Call Stacks
Change Memory Pools
Dump a Communications Trace
Extend DB2 Web Query’s Capabilities
Activate Your Programs on Demand
Work With Your JVMs
Tell Time in Your Time Zone
Navigating IBM i’s Documentation Web
Why i Can