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Techical Tips for i by Dawn May

 

Automatic Download of Group PTFs with IBM i 7.3

New with the 7.3 release is the ability to automatically download PTF groups to your IBM i partition.  The PTFs are downloaded in save files and stored on your system, ready to be installed.  This enhancement was requested by requirements received through the COMMON Americas and COMMON Europe Advisory Councils.

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Displaying Open Files with Work Job

While I was at the Power Systems Technical University in London a couple of weeks ago, a conference attendee in my work management presentation asked me this question: “How do I make WRKJOB, option 14 (display open files), display the I/O information rather than the activation group information?  I always have to press F11 to see the I/O details.”

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Using BRMS with Cloud Storage Solutions for i

I’d like to thank MJ Thompson for writing this week’s blog.  MJ is part of the BRMS development team at IBM in Rochester, MN.  Thanks MJ!

In release IBM i 7.1 and later, IBM Backup, Recovery and Media Services for i (BRMS) has been enhanced to support the transfer of virtual save media from image catalogs to/from the cloud using product 5733ICC – Cloud Storage Solutions for i. Cloud Storage Solutions for i allows cloud connector resources to be defined for cloud storage providers such as IBM’s SoftLayer and for private interfaces such as file transfer protocol (FTP). 

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IBM i Navigator System Monitors: Collection Interval

Recently I wrote about IBM i 7.3 System Monitor Enhancementsand mentioned the default monitor collection interval was changed to 60 seconds.  On the 7.2 release, the default collection interval was 15 seconds; IBM has recently changed the default on 7.2 to 60 seconds.  For this change, you will need the Navigator service pack that was made available this past June.  You can find the details of the required PTFs and PTF Groups on the developerWorks page for Navigator PTFs

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IBM i 7.3 System Monitor Enhancements

System Monitor support was added to Navigator with the 7.2 release.  Navigator system monitors are similar to Management Central system monitors—they allow you to monitor a set of metrics in real time with the option to set thresholds and define actions to take when those thresholds are hit.  However, system monitor support in 7.2 had limited ability to visualize metrics.

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IBM i 7.3 – Network Connection Auditing

Another day, another security vulnerability. System administrators everywhere battle daily to keep their systems secure. When security algorithms are deemed vulnerable or another network attack is disclosed, how do you know if you’re impacted? How many issues could be caused by turning a weak security algorithm off? Tracing network traffic and analyzing the data is a tedious task and isn’t always straightforward.

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IBM i Performance Frequently Asked Questions Revisited

Back in 2013, IBM first published the IBM i Performance FAQ; this document is a fantastic resource on all types of performance topics.  It reviews the various components of system performance, discusses benchmarking, sizing and capacity planning, monitoring, and covers the performance tools that are available on i.  The document has answers to many commonly asked questions, and ends with an extensive list of references.  I first blogged about it here.

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IBM i 7.3 Adds Authority Collection Feature

IBM i 7.3 is here! IBM i 7.3 has added a feature called “Security Authority Collection” which tracks how applications and application users “use” an object.  Inquiries against that collection will provide advice on securing critical business data and applications from intrusion by identifying who needs to have access to data and in what context.  This is a major enhancement to security management that is unique to IBM i.

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