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  • IBM i PTF Guide, Volume 24, Number 48
    by Timothy Prickett Morgan on 2022-12-05 at 05:19

    To start right off, there is a security vulnerability in the Hardware Management Console, so those of you who have larger Power Systems that have their logical partitions managed by this out-of-band controller had better listen up. Specifically, check out Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in Bind (CVE-2021-25219) affects Power HMC, which you can read about more here. The fixes for this security vulnerability are as follows: Product VRMF APAR Remediation/Fix Power HMC V9.2.950.0 SP3 ppc MB04373 MH01944 Power HMC V9.2.950.0 SP3 x86 MB04372 MH01943 Power HMC V10.1.1020.0 SP1 ppc MB04363 MF70302 Power HMC V10.1.1020.0 SP1 x86 MB04362 MF70301 As we … The post IBM i PTF Guide, Volume 24, Number 48 appeared first on IT Jungle.

  • SOAP Web Services Fail After WebSphere Liberty Patched
    by Timothy Prickett Morgan on 2022-12-05 at 05:19

    If you had not yet gotten around to putting the October 2022 HTTP Group PTF patches for the WebSphere Liberty web application server on your IBM i system, that may turn out to be a fortunate thing. There is something wonky about SOAP web services running in conjunction with Integrated Web Services (IWS v2.6) and Integrated Application Server (IAS v8.5) middleware on the IBM i platform that is causing SOAP fault errors. This error is documented here by IBM, and the techies that we know are trying to figure out the full extent of the issue. Doug Bidwell, our … The post SOAP Web Services Fail After WebSphere Liberty Patched appeared first on IT Jungle.

  • IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (November 2022)
    by Nathan Williams on 2022-12-04 at 19:34

    Below is a table of the major group PTFs for the last few releases. This is what we are installing for our customers on iTech Solutions Quarterly Maintenance program. 7.5 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 6.1 V5R4 Cumul Pack 22104 22125 22132 21084 17192 15063 12094 Tech. Refresh 1 7 13 9 11 – – Grp Hipers 17 94 171 223 284 210 204 DB Group 3 23 32 27 43 33 33 DB2 Mirror 3 21 – – – – – Java Group 3 16 27 37 48 41 34 Print Group – – – 3 13 31 49 Backup/Recov. 5 35 60 78 75 61 57 Blade/IXA/IXS – – – 1 16 30 15 HTTP 4 24 41 51 53 46 36 TCP/IP 1 8 12 13 11 17 22 Security 11 42 82 114 110 60  33 High Availability 2 11 19 21 18  5 Hardware – 2 18 35 44  17 Open Source – – 6 6 6 – The easiest way to check your levels is to issue the command WRKPTFGRP. They should all have a status of installed, and you should be up to the latest for all the above, based upon your release. Now there are more groups than the ones listed above, but these are the general ones that most people require. We can help you know which group PTFs you should be installing on your machine based upon your licensed programs. Here is a nice tidbit. The Cumulative PTF package number is broken down as YDDD, where Y is the year and DDD is the day it was released. Therefore, if we look at the cumulative package for 7.3, the ID is 21245. We can determine that it was created on the 245th day of 2021, which is September 2, 2021. Look at your machine and this will give you a quick indication of just how far out of date in PTFs you may be. HMCs Fixes are listed below in the order in which they should be installed for each software version. If you are upgrading to a new release, install the base version from recovery media or network image and then apply updates in the order listed. If you already have fixes applied and your current fix level is not in this list, just start with the next higher-numbered fix pack in the list. Be sure to read the release … The post IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (November 2022) first appeared on iTech Solutions Group.

  • Five Reasons Why Managed Security Makes Sense
    by Laurie Leblanc on 2022-12-04 at 19:25

    Ransomware is a real threat, and many companies are turning to Cyber Security Insurance to help protect them in the event of an attack. Companies often need to implement solutions like anti-virus, anti-ransomware, and MFA to qualify for this insurance policy. The risk without it is too high. Compliance is another reason that companies need to implement different security solutions like encryption, exit point monitoring, elevated authority monitoring, and exception reporting. Protecting the data is a crucial part of compliance. Part of compliance is reviewing your security data for signs of a potential threat. In addition, compliance requires audits, which request lots of data about security events. The data is available in the QAUDTJRNL of the IBM i. Software solutions make it easier to access the data and report on it. Some solutions can also alert you in real-time to potential threats, which is when you want to find out about them. Implementing security solutions is becoming more critical for companies. The struggle for companies is often the lack of resources or knowledge to do it adequately. I’ve been working with IBM i companies for over twenty-five years, and there is one thing that hasn’t changed: they have good intentions regarding security but often lack the resources or knowledge to do it properly. # 1 Software becomes shelfware Before I worked at iTech, I sold software for twenty years. One of the common issues companies have with acquiring software is they need to become an expert in that application. That means investing in training and then spending the necessary time to become familiar with the inner workings of the solution. The problem is often time. I’ve repeatedly seen that software becomes shelfware when no one is focusing on it. This is an even bigger issue with security because it can expose your data. Not only is this a security threat, but it’s also an expense. The software has maintenance fees that you pay year after year for new releases and fixes. Often when the software becomes shelfware, companies continue to pay the maintenance, with the best intentions to use the software. #2 New Threats Security is not a set-it-and-forget-it item, or it shouldn’t be. There are always going to be new threats and vulnerabilities. This means you must continuously review your security posture and make continuous improvements. Things that were once deemed secure are identified as new threats, and you … The post Five Reasons Why Managed Security Makes Sense first appeared on iTech Solutions Group.

  • How IBM i Invokes Your System Startup Program
    by Marc Vadeboncoeur on 2022-12-04 at 19:25

    In dealing with several customers as of late, I realized that there seems to be some confusion as to exactly how and when IBM i invokes the system startup program that you have defined for your system. As many of you know, there is a system startup program defined in system value QSTRUPPGM that you can display using command DSPSYSVAL SYSVAL(QSTRUPPGM) and it will give you this result: The above example shows the native (base) IBM i operating system startup program QSTRUP in library QSYS being used as the startup program, but you can of course use any custom program that you have in any library.  Most IBM i installations have custom Control Language programs that they have written that start their environments, and you most likely do as well.  But “how” exactly does this system startup program get called and specifically “when”? The system startup program by the widest possible definition gets called whenever the QCTL controlling subsystem is started, which will be one of the following two scenarios: When the system is IPL’d When the system is in a restricted state and is brought out of a restricted state by the issuance of the STRSBS SBSD(QCTL) command Now from a system work management perspective, “how” does the startup program get called?  This is accomplished by the use of an Autostart Job Entry in the QCTL subsystem description.  If you display the QCTL subsystem description on your system using the command DSPSBSD SBSD(QCTL) and take option #3 (“Autostart job entries”), you will see this entry: Because of this job entry, which is the system shipped default configuration, whenever the QCTL controlling subsystem is started, a job named QSTRUPJD will be started in the subsystem using job description QSTRUPJD in library QSYS.  If you display the QSTRUPJD job description using the command DSPJOBD JOBD(QSTRUPJD) and page down to see the “Request data” entry you will notice that system program QSYS/QWDAJPGM is being called: What the QWDAJPGM does is critical, it directly calls the system startup program that you have defined in system value QSTRUPPGM.  This job description is why you see a batch job named QSTRUPJD running in QCTL calling program QWDAJPGM after every IPL or after you bring your system out of a restricted state.  Also worthy of note here, the QSTRUPJD job description also specifies what user profile to use when running the system startup program, the shipped … The post How IBM i Invokes Your System Startup Program first appeared on iTech Solutions Group.

  • November 2022 Newsletter
    by Pete Massiello on 2022-12-04 at 19:25

    This newsletter includes: The Bell Tolls for Power 8 Five Reasons Why Managed Security Makes Sense A Look at VIOS Performance Advisor How IBM i Invokes Your System Startup Program Watch Replays: iAdmin Fall 2022 iTech iTip Videos Sips & Tricks: Coffee with iTech iBasics: IBM i Education for the Beginner System Administrator Watch Replay: Tactical Security Day iPOWER Hour Episode 41: IBM i 7.3 End of Support and What It Means Upcoming Events IBM i, FSP, and HMC release levels and PTFs (November 2022) When you live in the northeast United States, each season has its own charm and it is totally unique. Although nothing beats a New England fall, it is certainly hard to see the sunlight each day decrease as the cold starts to surround your body every time you go outdoors, but the beauty is amazing.  Starting in October, and ending in early November, the leaves turn from green to sunlit yellow, vibrant orange, and strawberry reds appear all over the gentle hills and the cool crisp air reminds you that snow isn’t too far away.  Fall’s transformation reminds us of the constant change in our lives and the ability we have to create change for others, as well as improve our customer’s IBM i environments. It’s empowering and yet humbling.  At iTech Solutions as well as all of Service Express we are here to help our customers reach their goals, hold their hands along the way, and provide knowledge, know-how, and experience to get them out of any situation, as well as guide them in new endeavors to get the most from their systems. The depth of our technical and sales teams, now allows us to provide help to many customers at once, but each person on the team brings different knowledge and experience that our customers leverage in many ways.  As a customer, we hope you will tell us when we miss the mark, as well as when we hit the mark.  While my role is changing, I am always available for feedback, and you can always reach me at pmassiello@serviceexpress.com.  Your feedback greatly helps drive the changes we can make to serve you better.  That’s the iTech Difference. The iTech Difference is all about our people, and if you look at Service Express with its people-powered data centers, it is the same philosophy and ideals.  As the iTech Difference transitions to become … The post November 2022 Newsletter first appeared on iTech Solutions Group.

  • Finally here’s the translation to English of my IBM ACS macro guide. Hope you enjoy it! @CommonEurope @CommonIberia #IBMi #common #cdinvest #elpresidente
    by jalcudia (superalcudia) (@jalcudia) on 2022-12-04 at 17:30

    Finally here’s the translation to English of my IBM ACS macro guide. Hope you enjoy it! linkedin.com/posts/juan-man… @CommonEurope @CommonIberia #IBMi #common #cdinvest #elpresidente- jalcudia (superalcudia) (@jalcudia)09:17 – Dec 04, 2022

  • @Forstie_IBMi So much fun! Thank you @Forstie_IBMi for telling us about some of the many cool “B-side” features of #IBMi 7.5. Definitely worth a listen! @TechChannelHQ.
    by Charles Guarino (@charlieguarino) on 2022-12-04 at 17:30

    @Forstie_IBMi So much fun! Thank you @Forstie_IBMi for telling us about some of the many cool “B-side” features of #IBMi 7.5. Definitely worth a listen! @TechChannelHQ.- Charles Guarino (@charlieguarino) (in reply to Forstie_IBMi)07:55 – Dec 04, 2022

  • It’s always fun to talk with @charlieguarino … check out this B-sides podcast #IBMi
    by Scott Forstie (@Forstie_IBMi) on 2022-12-04 at 15:26

    It’s always fun to talk with @charlieguarino … check out this B-sides podcast #IBMi techchannel.com/SMB/12/2022/sc…- Scott Forstie (@Forstie_IBMi)07:24 – Dec 04, 2022

  • iPOWER Hour Episode 41: IBM i 7.3 End of Support and What It Means
    by iTech Solutions on 2022-12-03 at 21:57

    In Episode 41, Pete Massiello and Laurie LeBlanc talk about the 7.3 End of Support Announcement. Listen as they discuss where IBM i 7.3 runs, where it doesn’t, the cost of staying on 7.3 vs. upgrading, how to know if you should go to IBM i 7.4 or IBM i 7.5, when to start planning your upgrade, and more.    Get notified when new episodes are available   … The post iPOWER Hour Episode 41: IBM i 7.3 End of Support and What It Means first appeared on iTech Solutions Group.

  • I like the attitude “@CommonDenmark members are not nerds! They are just smarter than you” #ibmi #ibmpower
    by Torbjörn Appehl (@tappehl) on 2022-12-03 at 10:27

    I like the attitude “@CommonDenmark members are not nerds! They are just smarter than you” #ibmi #ibmpower pic.twitter.com/cwpnlOi96M- Torbjörn Appehl (@tappehl)01:03 – Dec 03, 2022

  • Talsco Weekly: Digital Transformation Sales Pitches
    by patrick staudacher on 2022-12-02 at 19:21

    Welcome to another edition of Talsco Weekly Digital Transformation:  Digital Transformation Sales Pitches. IBM Power 10:  The Legacy and Future of IBM POWER. IBM i TRs:  IBM i Technology Refreshes released. Development:  Code for IBM i. Cloud:  Talking about Cloud Migration. Digital Transformation Digital Transformation Sales Pitches If you are an IBM i shop that The post Talsco Weekly: Digital Transformation Sales Pitches appeared first on IBM i (AS/400, RPG) Recruiting, Staffing & Consulting.

  • The PTFs for the latests TRs are out today! 💙#IBMi #rpgpgm #IBMChampion
    by Simon Hutchinson (@RPGPGM) on 2022-12-02 at 19:09

    The PTFs for the latests TRs are out today!💙#IBMi #rpgpgm #IBMChampionrpgpgm.com/2022/12/ibm-i-…- Simon Hutchinson (@RPGPGM)09:45 – Dec 02, 2022

  • Did you miss iAdmin? Now is your chance to watch it on-demand! View two full days of sessions at your own pace. #IBMi
    by iTech Solutions | A Service Express Company (@iTech_Sol) on 2022-12-02 at 19:09

    Did you miss iAdmin? Now is your chance to watch it on-demand! View two full days of sessions at your own pace. hubs.la/Q01tv9fl0 #IBMi pic.twitter.com/pqYU9eLUja- iTech Solutions | A Service Express Company (@iTech_Sol)08:08 – Dec 02, 2022

  • IBM i 7.4 Recommended Fixes – Temporary Disk Space
    on 2022-12-02 at 19:06

    These recommendations are based upon your system already having installed the most current Cumulative PTF Package and HIPER PTF Group.

  • RT @NielsLiisberg: Christmas came early this year – I am just so happy when IBM gives me presents #IBMi #IBMiRPG #CEAC .. well is is calle…
    by Niels Liisberg (@NielsLiisberg) on 2022-12-02 at 18:15

    Torbjörn Appehl (@tappehl) retweeted:Christmas came early this year – I am just so happy when IBM gives me presents #IBMi #IBMiRPG #CEAC .. well is is called *CONVERT – it’s so ok by me pic.twitter.com/RvDgBtgx9h- Niels Liisberg (@NielsLiisberg)05:12 – Dec 02, 2022

  • Security Bulletin: ISC DHCP server for IBM i is vulnerable to a denial of service attack due to a memory leak and refererence count overflow (CVE-2022-2928, CVE-2022-2929)
    on 2022-12-02 at 14:15

    ISC DHCP server on IBM i is vulnerable to a denial of service attack due to a memory leak in the fqdn_universe_decode function and a reference count overflow in the add_option function as described in the vulnerability details section. IBM i has addressed the vulnerabilities in ISC DHCP server with a fix as described in the remediation/fixes section.

  • Thank you to the lovely #IBMi people of #CommonNL for inviting me to speak at their event at #Volvo in Beesd. A great event, with great people, at a great location 👍 Dank u wel #ibmchampion
    by Steve Bradshaw (@smjbradshaw) on 2022-12-02 at 13:59

    Thank you to the lovely #IBMi people of #CommonNL for inviting me to speak at their event at #Volvo in Beesd. A great event, with great people, at a great location 👍Dank u wel #ibmchampion pic.twitter.com/Ya9ICLOKpD- Steve Bradshaw (@smjbradshaw)03:44 – Dec 02, 2022

  • IBM i 7.5 TR1 and 7.4 TR7 PTFs out today
    by Simon Hutchinson on 2022-12-02 at 11:06

    Can I say Christmas has come early? Today is the day the PTFs for the new Technology Refreshes for the current supported releases of IBM i are available: 7.5 TR17.4 TR7 If you want all of the new features and functions don’t forget to tell your System Administrator to download the PTFs for database, which includes SQL, and RPG too. Perhaps it would be easier to ask them to download all the latest CUM PTFs, which should include all of the TR PTFs. Read more »

  • @LANSA We know that you know #ibmi pretty well. This article shows the opposite though.. I can find at least 15 errors in there.
    by Torbjörn Appehl (@tappehl) on 2022-12-02 at 09:27

    @LANSA We know that you know #ibmi pretty well. This article shows the opposite though.. I can find at least 15 errors in there.- Torbjörn Appehl (@tappehl) (in reply to LANSA)00:18 – Dec 02, 2022