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  • Investigate Prestart Jobs
    December 6, 2018
  • Access Client Solutions Enhancements (November 2018)
    November 27, 2018
  • Prestart Jobs and QPRTJOBs
    November 16, 2018
  • Watches and Job Log Messages
    November 5, 2018
  • The QDFTSVR Job Description
    October 25, 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 |

    IBM i System Supplied Prestart Job Entries

    In my last blog I gave an introduction to, and some history about, prestart jobs. This week, I’ll review the prestart job entries that ship with the system in the QSYSWRK, QUSRWRK and QSERVER subsystems. For each of the prestart job entries, I have provided a link where you can find documentation related to that PJE.

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    Posted: June 29, 2018 |

    Introduction to Prestart Jobs

    I’m sure you have a love/hate relationship with prestart jobs. They provide improved performance by allowing a job to be started prior to handling a work request and can be reused for multiple requests—but they can be difficult to manage. There are many aspects to consider with prestart jobs; this blog post is the first in a series on the topic.

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    Posted: June 21, 2018 |

    Search the Job Log of an Active Job

    Job logs for ended jobs, where the job log is in a spooled file, are easy to search on the green screen. When viewing the spooled job log, you simply enter your search text in the find field and press F16. In addition, you can use F14 to limit the columns in which your search is performed, then press F16 to search.

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    Posted: May 31, 2018 |

    IBM i QSYS2.Services_Info and Navigator for i

    The QSYS2.Services_Info service is an easy way to see all of the available services  along with an example of each. It shows both the IBM i Services and the Db2 for i Services, which are the ones specifically related to the database. This service was made available with 7.3 and added to 7.2 via PTF.

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    Posted: May 10, 2018 |

    Improved Temporary Storage Tracking for IBM i (Part 9)

    IBM continues to enhance temporary storage tracking and management, which was significantly improved beginning with IBM i 7.2.

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    Posted: April 26, 2018 |

    Copy Performance Data using ACS IFS Tasks

    Two weeks ago I compared the IFS tasks between Navigator and ACS. One of the major advantages of the ACS interface is the ability to easily move files between partitions. This week, I want to review considerations for moving performance data to a different partition. 

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    Posted: April 18, 2018 |

    Editing a File in the IFS with Navigator for i

    Last week I compared the features of the Integrated File System between Navigator for i and Access Client Solutions in Working with the IFS:  Access Client Solutions vs Navigator for i. One key difference is with Navigator you can edit files in the IFS, while with ACS you can only view files. I had also previously written about the support to edit files in Navigator with the IFS Enhancements to Navigator for i article. Navigator allows you to edit IFS files with a simple text editor.

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    Posted: April 10, 2018 |

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