5 Steps for Setting Up IBM i System Monitoring

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ibmi system monitoringIBM i system monitoring packages such as my MessageFlex software, are some of the most popular and widely used packages in the IBM i community…with good reason. Many shops use these packages to provide 24×7 unattended monitoring, freeing up personnel from watching the system, and alerting on-call responders when a problem occurs.

Being a monitoring ...

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3 Steps to Moving Spooled Files Out-of-Machine for Non-IBM i Managers

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Moving Spooled FilesFor Windows managers, it can be confusing knowing how to post IBM i report data directly to Windows servers or how to send it to your users. While there are several techniques for converting IBM reports for external usage, there are also some IBM i-specific methods you need to be aware of.

Here’s a three-step guide for non-IBM i managers on delivering IBM ...

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Using IBM i Monitoring Software to Monitor for Disconnected Jobs

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IBM i monitoring software and disconnected jobsIBM 5250 Telnet sessions are not dead, but occasionally you have to kill one.

A lot of shops in the IBM i community still use old-fashioned Telnet terminal emulators such as the Personal Communications product that comes with IBM i Access for Windows, third party emulators like Mochasoft’s TN5250, or generic Telnet emulators that come ...

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What to Look for When Choosing a Great IBM i Software Vendor

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Selecting the right IBM i Software VendorWhen buying IBM i professionally developed software, you may find several packages that meet your needs.

But how do you choose between the best IBM i software for your shop? Answer: look for a great software package that has a great vendor.

A great vendor enhances a software purchase beyond the software itself: including offering compatible ...

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9 Ways Report Re-Formatting Software Revitalizes IBM i Reports

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OldIBMiReportsDid you know that you can change and reformat old IBM i reports without changing the underlying programming that created those reports?

With modern report re-formatting packages such as DRVTech’s ReportFlex software used in conjunction with our SpoolFlex package, you can easily modify standard text SCS spooled files to make them easier to convert to other formats, prepare them for graphical printing, or ...

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4 Benefits of Professionally Developed Software that Aids IBM i Development

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Professionally Developed Software for IBM iAs a software company, people ask us why they should buy IBM i professionally developed software instead of programming the functionality themselves.

I started discussing this question in an earlier post on why writing your own IBM i do-it-yourself (DIY) software isn’t really a bargain, and why you should look to professionally developed software for ...

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IBM i Software Pricing for the Non-IBM i Manager

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IBMi software pricingFor Windows and Linux managers, buying IBM i third-party software can be confusing. IBM i software pricing has many similarities with pricing models in other environments, but there are some IBM specific practices that affect pricing.

To make the most of their buying experience, here are two areas that Windows and Linux managers should understand about how vendors price IBM i third-party software.

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5 Strategies for Setting Up IBM i System Monitoring

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Managing Your IBM I StrategyWhen you install IBM i system notification and monitoring software, you can eliminate having dedicated staff watching your partitions. With monitoring software, the system alerts you when it sees an issue.

But before you can configure a system monitoring package like MessageFlex, you’ll need to create a monitoring strategy that can be implemented in your software. This strategy ...

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