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  • IBM i Job Accounting and Prestart Server Jobs
    March 7, 2019
  • QSQSRVR Job Considerations
    February 20, 2019
  • Client Special Registers are Special
    February 12, 2019
  • The Mysterious QP0ZSPWP Jobs
    February 1, 2019
  • Retrieving the Current SQL Statement for a Job
    January 21, 2019
  • Watches and Job Log Messages

    Trying to track down a message sent to the job log of a prestart job is much like looking for a needle in a haystack; on busy systems, there could be hundreds of jobs to look through. If the error was relatively minor, the jobs may end and not generate a job log.

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    Posted: November 5, 2018 |

    The QDFTSVR Job Description

    Many prestart server jobs on IBM i use the default server job description (QGPL/QDFTSVR) provided with the operating system. Several of host servers use the QSYS/QZBSJOBD job description, but that job description has the same default parameter settings as the QDFTSVR job description.  These job descriptions are defined for optimal performance for prestart jobs.

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    Posted: October 25, 2018 |

    Managing Prestart Server Jobs by Remote IP Address

    I recently wrote Work with Active Prestart Jobs, which reviewed how you can manage your prestart server jobs with WRKACTJOB. This approach works well if you want to find jobs by subsystem, job name or the job’s current user profile.

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    Posted: October 3, 2018 |

    QSYS2.ACTIVE_JOB_INFO Service Enhancements: QTEMP_SIZE and Much More

    Several enhancements to IBM i services were announced with IBM i 7.3 TR5 and IBM i 7.2 TR9. The Db2 Group PTF, which includes these enhancements, was released on September 14th.

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    Posted: September 25, 2018 |

    IBM i Access Client Solutions: IFS Properties

    This week, I am taking a break from the series on prestart jobs to review the improved Properties feature added to the IFS support in ACS.  

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    Posted: September 11, 2018 |

    Work with Active Prestart Jobs

    In a previous blog about Prestart Jobs and Server Jobs, I noted there is no green screen interface for server jobs. What’s the best way to manage your prestart jobs using a 5250 session? This blog will review features of Work with Active Jobs (WRKACTJOB) that make finding prestart jobs easier.

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    Posted: September 5, 2018 |

    Prestart Jobs and Server Jobs

    In 2009, I wrote a blog article titled, Identifying Server Jobs, where I reviewed what server jobs are, how you identify a job as a server job and where you can find documentation on server jobs. The information in that blog is still relevant and I’m not going to revisit that material, although you may want to review that older article for some background information.

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    Posted: August 16, 2018 |

    Subsystem Configuration for Prestart Jobs

    Before configuring multiple subsystems for your prestart jobs, you need to have a strategy for how to separate the work. In this post, I outline some options available for subsystem configuration.

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    Posted: August 3, 2018 |

    Display Active Prestart Jobs

    In my last blog, I wrote about Prestart Job Configuration Settings. The Display Active Prestart Jobs (DSPACTPJ) command can be very helpful to determine the values to use for those configuration parameters.

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    Posted: July 24, 2018 |

    Prestart Job Configuration Settings

    Prestart job entries are shipped with default configuration parameters. This basic configuration allows the operating system to manage the prestart jobs and generally works well on small systems or environments with limited use. But as your environment gets larger and the use of prestart jobs increases, you will need to review these parameters and customize them. You can view and change your presetart job entries via the command interface or with the Navigator graphical interface. 

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    Posted: July 11, 2018 |

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