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IBM i Systems Management - On Demand

Price: $350.00

Presented by Larry Bolhuis

7 Technical Sessions Available On-Demand

Running Time: 463 minutes


If you run IBM i you do so in part because of its world-renowned reliability and ease of use. Even i, however, must be properly managed to be certain it will continue to provide that rock solid reliable service. In this eLearning event, we will cover the important parts of Systems Management needed to continue that reliability.


Session 1: The Care and Feeding of the Hardware Management Console

In this segment we will discuss updates and upgrades and how to maintain the firmware of the POWER systems being managed. We'll discuss proper connectivity to your POWER servers as well as your network to assure it will always be there. Finally, we'll discuss user profiles and security on the HMC to keep your auditors and bosses happy.


Session 2: PTFs

These updates are mandatory to keep everything running smoothly and enable the latest features and functions. We'll discuss getting them, loading them and applying them. In addition, we'll discuss how to determine a PTF strategy that fits your company’s requirements.


Session 3: The (often) Overlooked System Cleanup

Far too frequently this is left until it's nearly too late. We'll cover both the library file system and the IFS as we look for wasted space that can be recovered and give some hints on how to catch things that are consuming disk space at a pace that's outside the norm.


Session 4: Backup and Recovery Basics

You can't truly claim to have a backup if you've never actually done a restore and proved that it all works. While we can't do that test, we can cover all the components of a system backup and when each component needs to be refreshed in order to maintain restorability. We'll discuss ways to minimize downtime during backups for both your applications as well as the system component that are part of the saves.


Session 5: Performance Metrics for your System

We'll discuss system and disk status and which numbers there are the important ones. We'll also have a look at the historical and live performance graphs in Management Central and show how to set events in motion when performance metrics get out of whack.


Session 6: Basic Auditing Setup

We'll talk about setting up the audit journal and the things that need to be set to enable auditing. We'll discuss object and user auditing. As security auditing could be a full day's education you will not be ready to pass a SOX audit after this segment!


Session 7: The Fun Part - Your Network and TCP/IP Configuration

Every system today uses IP for more than 95% of its communications with many systems flatly at 100% for TCP/IP. You can't afford to have some silly mistake in your network setup take down your i. We'll start with assuring the Ethernet Line configuration is set for maximum throughput and reliability. Then we'll cover the base IP configuration items that your system needs to run correctly and keep your connection up as close to 100% of the time as possible.


By the end of this session, you'll have a good handle on many of the things needed to keep your i up and running smoothly and reliably as it should be.


Need assistance with your registration? Contact our customer service team at or by phone at 800-793-5697 or 913-967-1719. Group discounts and invoiced orders available upon request.


Our Instructor:

Larry Bolhuis has grown up with computers since his father began repairing them in 1967. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and began working on IBM's equipment with the S/34 and S/36 in 1984. Larry began work on the AS/400 immediately following its introduction in 1988, has held more than 30 IBM System i family Certifications, and was the first in North America to earn the Certified Advanced Technical Expert - System i certification. Since 1997, he has contributed as an author for many certification tests. Larry has extensive experience with partitioning, the Hardware Management Console, system design, configuration, migration, and administration. Larry has significant networking experience with Ethernet and wireless networks and TCP/IP. He also works on routers, firewalls, switches, load balancing equipment and works with Internet connectivity and security. Larry has won Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals at COMMON as well as its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. He speaks frequently at users groups around North America. Larry is the Chief i-entist and owner of Frankeni Technology Consulting, LLC in Middleville , MI.

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