The most common question I get about disk usage is about the IFS, specifically “what is using all the disk space allocated to it?” Most recently I was asked this question during a PTF install by the good people of RPL in Telford. So, thanks to them for putting food on my table and I […]
Be the Exception. Become an IT Monitoring Hero.
Today’s businesses must be available 24/7 with fewer people having to manage more complex systems and processes. IT departments receive a constant bombardment of information from a diverse variety of operating systems, business applications and critical processes and support a complex array of servers and devices running across their entire network. To monitor every application […]
Zipping / Unzipping IFS Objects in IBM i
Those of you who know me probably know that I’m a lapsed programmer. These days I spend most of my time working at or below the IBM i Operating System layer but every now and then there is an exception that makes me dust off my coding skills and the recent need to Zip / […]
Remain Software partners with CA 2E experts AXOS AG
Remain Software addresses CA 2E community by partnering up with the CA 2E expert from Germany, AXSOS AG. Remain Software continues Partner Network expansion by appointing a new value added reseller in Germany, AXSOS AG based in Stuttgart. The new Partner will distribute Remain’s IBM i application lifecycle management solutions, TD/OMS and Gravity in Germany, […]
Are IBM i Services the future of systems management?
IBM i Services are perhaps the best kept secret of managing and monitoring IBM i. Relatively few users of our favourite platform know what they are and even fewer use them regularly. This is a crying shame as they are truly remarkable. IBM i Services can tell you in seconds what it takes a skilled […]
New IBM i products round-up
This month’s new products roll-call includes two new offerings from France and one from Switzerland. South Paris-based SystemObjects Corporation has launched Push4Servers, a new utility that sends mobile device notifications, text messages and emails to users directly from IBM i or Windows systems/apps. Push4Servers (pictured above) requires IBM i V6R1 or higher and comes in […]
AIX tech tip: a tribute to AIX devices
When you have a device connected to AIX, such as a disk or a tape drive, you can discover it using cfgmgr. As you’d expect, it will have the default parameters that are used for the device driver. Sometimes you’ll want to change these parameters – usually to allow you to tune the device for […]
Five reasons to love your Hardware Management Console
For a while, I’ve noticed that most IBM i sites that have Hardware Management Consoles (HMCs) don’t seem to show them much love. In fact, in many cases I would go as far to say that they actively go out of their way to ignore them. If you have an HMC, ask yourself one question. […]
Is the new HMC interface enhanced or not?
IBM has rather quietly brought out a new interface to its Hardware Management Console (HMC). This became an option in V8R8.1 Service Pack1 of the HMC. IBM has called it the enhanced interface and you will have an option to select it at log in. Don’t worry, you’ll know it when you see it. Before […]
AIX tech tip: which HMC does this LPAR belong to?
In a large Power environment where you have multiple Power Systems and perhaps hundreds of LPARs, there may well be multiple Hardware Management Consoles. When the environment is spread across several sites, it can be a challenge even identifying which HMC to log onto to manage a particular LPAR. I recently had this situation. I […]