IBM AS/400 and iSeries

IBM iSeries News and Tips

Here are some of the latest iSeries news from around the web.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 22, 2007 at 3:11 pm

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IBM Sees the Light, Updates Mainframe Software

I’ve worked on an IBM AS/400/iSeries for a few years now, well, I’m sure some of my colleagues opinions vary on what constitutes work, but, as anyone who has worked on one, the leap from computers to mainframes is huge, and IBM has finally decided to move to a graphical interface in an effort to simplify the running of a mainframe computer.

That means mainframes will finally get more of the graphical interfaces and drag-and-drop controls that are standard on personal computers and servers today. The absence of such features is thought to hinder the recruitment of new mainframe engineers, who are in dire need. Because of the long history of the platform, many mainframe experts are nearing retirement.

The programming effort, along with IBM’s continuing work to encourage mainframe training in university computer science programs, is designed to accelerate the growth of the mainframe, said Jim Stallings, general manager of IBM’s mainframe line.

“It’s not so much about protecting, it’s about going after new customers and markets,” he said. Source: Yahoo

Sounds good to me, a lot of those commands are more difficult than linux commands to remember, especially if you don’t run them very often. I find myself re-learning how to do stuff all the time, but I guess most of that is my fault, because, I could, you know, write it down. And they are right, every IBM guy I know who works on these things are getting old, no offense guys, and if they don’t get some more new blood coming in, they could cease to exist. ;)

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 4, 2006 at 4:34 pm

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Top 10 iSeries Commands

Here is a nice wrap up article from techtarget featuring the top 10 iSeries commands, with relavent information and articles on each command. The commands include.

>> WRKSYSACT (Work with System Activity) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006
>> WRKOBJPDM (Work with Objects using PDM) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006
>> DSPFD (Display File Description) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006
>> WRKCFGSTS (Work with Configuration Status) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006
>> NETSTAT (Network Status) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006
>> WRKOBJLCK (Work with Object Locks) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006
>> DSPPGMREF (Display Program Reference) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006
>> DSPPGM (Display Program) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006
>> WRKACTJOB (Work with Active Jobs) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006
>> DSPPTF (Display PTF) (Search400.com) 01 Aug 2006

What iSeries commands could you not live without? You told us what your favorites are, and we found tips and articles to help you get more out of them. Check them out.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - August 17, 2006 at 3:36 pm

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Frequent questions for PC/Windows connectivity: Top 10 expert Q&As

Shahar Mor, iSeries/i5 PC/Windows connectivity expert, has been answering Search400.com’s member questions for more than five years. iSeries users have asked Shahar the same questions again and again. In an effort to save you time, we’ve compiled the top 10 questions asked about iSeries/i5 connectivity for you. Do you have a question that’s not listed here?
1. Send a PC command from an iSeries program
2. Send files to a Windows machine from a CLP program
3. Automate the process of sending files from a PC to an iSeries
4. Access data in an external database from an RPG program
5. Pull an iSeries HTML file from the Web using HTTP
6. Importing iSeries database files to Excel
7. Send data from Excel to an iSeries database
8. Get a lot of files in one FTP script on the iSeries
9. Call an RPG program from VB using ODBC
10. Print a PDF file from the iSeries
Click here for the answers and more.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 6, 2006 at 9:20 am

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Top Ten iSeries Questions and Answers

Here is a great post on the IBM iSeries, ranging from user level to admin level, check them out here.

Ken Graap, iSeries i5/OS expert, has been answering Search400.com’s member questions for over five years. Ken has seen many of the same issues and concerns asked over and over. Therefore, we’ve compiled the top 10 questions asked about iSeries i5/OS for you. Do you have a question that’s not listed here? Ask Ken your i5/OS questions.

1. Creating a command shortcut for WRKOUTQ PRT03
2. Moving a spool files from one system to another
3. Editing a word document stored in an IFS shared directory
4. Setting up Remote Journaling between two i5 servers
5. Control the creation of job logs on your system
6. Distribute copies of spool files to several different printers
7. Set up you i5 system to forward email to a corporate email system
8. Secure production data from PUBLIC access
9. Run as another user without having to sign on as that user
10. Set up secure access to a command line from an interactive job

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - June 30, 2006 at 3:25 pm

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AS/400 Restore Commands

Trying to restore some files on our integrated Xseries, so I am posting the commands I use here, just in case I do actually get them to work.

RST DEV(‘/QSYS.LIB/TAP01.DEVD’) OBJ((‘mydir/*.psd’ *INCLUDE ‘restoredir’)) SUBTREE(*OBJ)

This command restores files from mydir to the specified restoredir. The example uses *.psd but could be used for programs, documents, etc.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 18, 2006 at 12:21 pm

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