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  • Copy Performance Data using ACS IFS Tasks
  • Editing a File in the IFS with Navigator for i
  • Working with the IFS: Access Client Solutions vs. Navigator for i
  • How to Save 5250 Configurations as Default Profile
  • Workload Groups and Performance Considerations
  • PowerVP Offers New Features

    When IBM released PowerVP a couple of years ago, it was designed to optimize your virtualized Power Systems servers and help you understand your current workload performance from virtual machines to physical hardware. This can help you more quickly identify overcommitted resources and resolve performance issues.

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    Posted: August 11, 2015 |

    Route DB2 Requests to a Specific Subsystem

    We all know that a key advantage to IBM i is the work management capabilities, in particular the ability to segregate work into different subsystems. One of the more challenging areas for this, however, has been prestart server jobs.  By default, these prestart jobs run in the QUSRWRK subsystem.  You can configure the subsystem in which these prestart server jobs run by routing the requests based upon the client IP address, but that’s often not sufficient.  Many requests may come from one IP address, or perhaps you would like to segregate work based upon some other criteria - for example, the requesting user profile.

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    Posted: August 03, 2015 |

    IBM i 7.2 Improved Temporary Storage Tracking (Part 6)

    The IBM i Temporary Storage Service allows you to use SQL to retrieve information about the temporary storage buckets. You can view the temporary storage buckets in Navigator for i, but there is no command interface to display that information. If you need a text-based interface to display the buckets, this temporary storage service is how you do it.

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    Posted: July 27, 2015 |

    Tracking IBM i System Limits, Part 2

    My last blog was an Introduction to IBM i System Limits and Maximum Capacities. In that blog, I introduced System Health Services, which allow you to track system limits. System limits tracking support is provided via DB2 PTFs, so be sure to install the latest DB2 Group PTF when you start to explore this capability. The limits tracked vary by release and DB2 Group PTF level.

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    Posted: July 13, 2015 |

    Introduction to IBM i System Limits and Maximum Capacities

    We all know that IBM i is a very scalable platform. It supports businesses from the very small to the very large. However, as the workload running on an IBM i partition increases and becomes large, knowing the limits of your system becomes increasingly important.

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    Posted: July 01, 2015 |

    Access Client Solutions – a Better 5250 Emulator

    Hopefully you are aware of the IBM i Access Client Solutions offering. This has been available for more than two years. IBM is continuing to update and enhance this product with the 1.1.4 version released in February of this year. Check the Web page linked above to find out about updates (yes, clients have asked IBM to provide a better way to be notified about updates…)

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    Posted: June 22, 2015 |

    Spring Break

    This spring has been amazingly busy and I haven’t had much time to write about technical topics. This week, I’ll share with you my busy work schedule and my one-day spring break.

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    Posted: June 15, 2015 |

    Watches Are Wonderful!

    The past month I spoke at COMMON, followed by the IBM Edge2015 conference. One presentation I gave at both conferences reviewed the various ways you can monitor your IBM i partition using IBM provided tools.

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    Posted: May 26, 2015 |

    Java on IBM i Security Updates

    We all know that security vulnerabilities seem constant and ensuring you have the correct level of software to eliminate those vulnerabilities is very important.

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    Posted: May 14, 2015 |

    IBM i Conditional Immediate PTFs

    I’ve previously written about IBM i PTF enhancements in Installed PTF Currency, Audit PTF Install History and Manage PTFs With Navigator. This week, I have another PTF enhancement to share with you - conditional immediate PTFs in 7.2.

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    Posted: May 06, 2015 |

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