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  • 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
  • IBM i Services

    A couple weeks ago, I wrote Installed PTF Group Currency. In that blog, I gave a very basic introduction to IBM i Services. This week, I’m going to provide a little more information on what they are and why you should be interested in them.

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    Posted: March 19, 2015 |

    IBM Call Home Web and How It Can Work for You

    To first understand what Call Home Web can do for you, here is a brief description of IBM Call Home:
    IBM Call Home constantly monitors the health and functionality of your system. Should an event requiring service occur, the Call Home function first notifies both you and IBM Support of the event. The function then automatically opens a service request and transfers preliminary critical diagnostic data to authorized support personnel. By obtaining information in this way, IBM Support can quickly identify problems and develop an action plan for problem resolution giving you a more effective first contact support session and ultimately, an overall reduction in time to resolution. And rest assured, all information transmitted to IBM is encrypted and sent via secure protocols. Only critical diagnostic information is provided; none of your business data is ever transmitted.

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    Posted: March 10, 2015 |

    Installed PTF Currency

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about how you can Manage PTFs with Navigator; that blog reviewed the PTF management capabilities that you can now use to manage your PTFs via the Web browser. I also mentioned that you can acquire your PTFs from Fix Central. However, there’s one additional thing to consider – how do you easily know if there are PTF updates applicable to your system that you should download?

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    Posted: March 02, 2015 |

    Open Source for IBM i - 5733OPS

    IBM continues to bring more and more industry standard and open source technologies to IBM i. While IBM i has its own (easy-to-learn) interfaces and operating system implementation, it also has an extremely rich set of features that are industry standard as well as open source.

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    Posted: February 25, 2015 |

    New Monitor Metrics in 7.2

    Some time ago, I wrote about the Navigator monitors that were added in the IBM i 7.2 release. The system monitor metrics are performance measurements of different aspects of overall system performance and the data for all these metrics comes from Collection Services. In that blog, I briefly mentioned some of the new monitor metrics that were added - temporary storage utilization, spooled file creation rate, shared processor pool utilization and others. This week I will expand a bit upon the new monitor metrics.

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    Posted: February 11, 2015 |

    IBM i Disk Watcher Can Do More

    I am busy this week at the LUG meetings so I asked Shauna Rollings if she could share some of the additional capabilities offered by IBM i Disk Watcher.

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    Posted: February 04, 2015 |

    Navigator Target Systems and Groups

    Last week, I wrote the blog, Manage PTFs with Navigator, to review the capability you now have to manage IBM i PTFs with Navigator. A reader asked a question about how to get other systems to show up when trying to compare PTFs.

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    Posted: January 27, 2015 |

    Manage PTFs With Navigator

    I’m sure you’ve heard that Navigator for i added support to manage PTFs in the 7.2 release. This functionality is now also available on 7.1 and 6.1 via the December 2014 Navigator PTFs. I thought it was about time to review the PTF management capabilities you can now do from the browser. This is one more step along the way of providing function that was previously only available from System i Navigator into the Web console.

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    Posted: January 20, 2015 |

    New 7.2 VLAN Support

    IBM i 7.2 support of Virtual LAN allows using a single adapter to connect to multiple VLANs. If your system must connect to multiple VLANs, this support can allow you to reduce the number of adapters needed or add redundant network connections without adding additional adapters.

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    Posted: January 13, 2015 |

    IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 4)

    This week I’m going to review the additional temporary storage metrics that are now collected by Collection Services and the new perspectives to visualize those metrics that have been added to the Performance Data Investigator.

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    Posted: January 06, 2015 |

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