Looking Back at 2016
In this post, I look back at 2016 with some reflections on the most useful topics that I explored in the year that just passed. I have several series of posts that I really enjoyed writing and I’m taking this opportunity to recap them in this post and the next one.
Using Internet Key Exchange Today
Internet Key Exchange (IKE) has gone through a lot of changes in the last 20 years. The last major change was the introduction of IKEv2 and communication via port 8500 rather than ports 500 and/or 4500 for setting up what is known as Phase 1 Tunnels.
Latest Navigator for i Enhancements
Late in December 2016, IBM released the latest update to the HTTP Server Group PTF. The Navigator for i PTFs page summarizes the PTF groups you need for each release and you will discover you also want to install the latest level of the Java group and the Performance Tools group.
Christmas Comes Early for RPGers
Yes, it is true: the elves at the Toronto Lab have given us an early Christmas present and, best of all, you can unwrap it and play with it right now, as long as you are running V7.2 or 7.3 anyway. We thought while we were on the topic of RPG, we'd also take the opportunity to ask for your support for Jon's latest "wish" for RPG.
IBM i Future – 2017 Update
One of the most common questions people ask me is “What’s the future for IBM i?”
I think I’ve gotten that question 20 or more times since the start of the year--via e-mail, LinkedIn messages, customer briefings, Twitter direct messages--and as I write this, I have only been at work for eight days in 2017. And this is the slow part of the year.
DB2 12 for z/OS Technical Overview
I don't need to tell you that a career working with DB2 for z/OS is never boring. DB2 for z/OS continues to evolve at an ever-increasing pace. To help you keep up with all these changes, IBM has delivered a new Redbook, "DB2 12 for z/OS Technical Overview."
Thoughts on Performance Tuning
I recently discovered this post to the UNIX & Linux Forums. While it's from 2013, "The Most Incomplete Guide to Performance Tuning" has some great -- and still relevant -- ideas.