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  • Subsystem Configuration Documentation
    04/18/2017
  • IBM i Monitors: Automatic Notification and Replacement Variables
    04/05/2017
  • PowerVM LinkedIn Group
    03/28/2017
  • Copy an Open Spooled File
    03/22/2017
  • Subsystem Management with Navigator for i
    03/14/2017
  • 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 |

    IBM i Navigator System Monitors: Collection Interval

    Recently I wrote about IBM i 7.3 System Monitor Enhancements and 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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    Posted: September 08, 2016 |

    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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    Posted: August 17, 2016 |

    IBM i 7.3 Enhancement With Binder Language Export Source

    IBM receives many requests for the IBM i operating system to process all resources directly out of stream files.  An enhancement added in version 7.3 puts IBM i closer to that goal.

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    Posted: August 10, 2016 |

    Workload Group Configuration with IBM i 7.3

    I wrote about workload groups some time ago in “i Can … Manage Workloads Better with IBM i 7.1”.  The information in that older article is still accurate, and I’m not going to repeat a lot of what I wrote there.  If you have not yet used workload groups, you may want to read the older blog for additional information on why workload groups are useful.

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    Posted: July 28, 2016 |

    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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    Posted: July 12, 2016 |

    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.

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    Posted: July 05, 2016 |

    IBM i 7.3 Enhancements for Display Job Log (DSPJOBLOG)

    This week, I’m going to share a super-secret enhancement in the 7.3 release.  The Display Job Log (DSPJOBLOG) command was enhanced with two new parameters: MSGF and DUPJOBOPT.

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    Posted: June 27, 2016 |

    Route More Work to Systems by User Profile

    I initially wrote about the SET_SERVER_SBS_ROUTING procedure in this post, Route DB2 Requests to a Specific Subsystem, and then again in this post, Route Remote Command Requests to a Specific Subsystem.  I’m back again with another post to tell you about more enhancements to this IBM i Service.

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    Posted: June 14, 2016 |

    Graph History: New in 7.3 IBM Navigator for i

    IBM i now has historical data support from Collection Services and graphical display of that data with Graph History in the Performance task of IBM Navigator for i. 

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    Posted: May 31, 2016 |

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