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  • Optical Containers
    01/18/2017
  • Latest Navigator for i Enhancements
    01/10/2017
  • JSON_TABLE Function
    01/03/2017
  • Automatic Download of Group PTFs with IBM i 7.3
    12/07/2016
  • Displaying Open Files for a Job with Navigator for i
    11/22/2016
  • Optical Containers

    A common problem many IBM i users have is getting the cumulative group PTF media to their machine in a usable form when using a USB thumb drive.  Many users would first carefully format that USB drive on IBM i, move it to an office PC, then copy the cumulative group from IBM distribution onto the thumb drive.  When the thumb drive was put back into IBM i, the PTFs could not be loaded.

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    Posted: January 18, 2017 |

    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.

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    Posted: January 10, 2017 |

    JSON_TABLE Function

    DB2 for i is the first DB2 Family member to add JSON_TABLE() to its SQL language support.  Why did DB2 for i add JSON_TABLE() ? Because JSON is a pervasive data transport technology and like XML, customers can benefit from using a standards based, SQL Query Engine-centric solution.

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    Posted: January 03, 2017 |

    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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    Posted: December 07, 2016 |

    Displaying Open Files for a Job with Navigator for i

    In last week’s blog, Displaying Open Files with Work Job, I described how you can customize the information that is displayed with Work Job, option 14 (display open files).

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    Posted: November 22, 2016 |

    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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    Posted: November 14, 2016 |

    Using BRMS with Cloud Storage Solutions for i

    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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    Posted: October 27, 2016 |

    October 2016 Announcements for IBM i

    IBM i 7.3 Technology Refresh 1 has been announced.  Steve Will has written about the announcement in general on his You and i blog. IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 5 was also announced.

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    Posted: October 11, 2016 |

    Navigator for i - Dashboard

    When you sign in to Navigator for i on a partition that is running the 7.3 release, you will discover the welcome page is no longer displayed; rather you will see the dashboard.  The dashboard consists of six graphs that are updated in real time, providing a quick overview of the health and status of your IBM i partition.

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    Posted: October 03, 2016 |

    IBM i 7.3 Enhancement for End Job Abnormal (ENDJOBABN)

    In the 7.3 release, IBM added a new parameter to the End Job Abnormal (ENDJOBABN) command.

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    Posted: September 20, 2016 |

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