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Losing Sleep Over IBM i System Failures? Get 24/7 Monitoring.

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MessageFlex 2.0 We are excited to announce a major upgrade to MessageFlex, our system notification and monitoring software. We first introduced MessageFlex in 2009 as a tool for IT Managers to be notified 24/7 about any interruptions or malfunctions to their IBM i, iSeries, and AS/400.  It’s a “peace of mind” protocol that generates an immediate text message, email, or instant message ...

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3 Ways to Use IBM i Monitoring Software to Reduce Unscheduled Downtime

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iStock_000062106332_XXXLarge_web.jpgMost people use IBM i System Monitoring and Notification software (System Monitoring) to alert on-call responders for items needing manual intervention such as program errors, disk drive spikes, and runaway jobs.

Beyond this common functionality, there are three configurations you can use in IBM i System Monitoring software like my MessageFlex software, to automatically detect and deal with unexpected downtime.

Expected ...

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25 Things to Monitor on IBM I

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iStock_000039709694_Large_web.jpgI’ve written a lot about using IBM i System Monitoring and Notification software to alert on-call responders when problems occur on your IBM i partitions. I put together a comprehensive list of the possible issues organizations can monitor for in their IBM i environment, using a system monitoring package.

Here are 25 different system issues that most IBM i system monitoring packages can ...

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Justifying the Cost of an IBM i System Monitoring Package

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There are many benefits to buying an IBM i system monitoring and notification package. It detects current issues on your partitions, automatically notifies key responders when an issue occurs, and escalates notifications when necessary. A system monitoring package can also be programmed to automatically take action to solve issues.

Most IT managers understand and appreciate the value of buying a good system monitoring package. But corporate management may take ...

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Six Ways to Monitor IBM i Messages

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Cardiogram-000065812141_LargeIBM i system monitoring software watches an IBM i partition 24/7/365 and immediately takes action after detecting hardware, operating system, or software issues. When finding a problem, the software can alert staff via email or text messages, or it can initiate action on its own to resolve an issue.

The most common system monitoring technique is to monitor ...

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What You Can Expect After Installing IBM i System Monitoring Software

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jjYecB-VzSEkyddQO3re9uTDPke6ZBmAb9Y2LqEueOgKqJhunZHDhsg1A_-bQcfWBq-ect09Luv9j1al7mJVv4As an IBM i system notification and monitoring vendor, we’ve helped a lot of people get started with automating everything about their IBM i systems, including communication and real-time alerts.

It’s always interesting to see how many things change after a shop installs system monitoring software. A new monitoring package not only affects your monitoring strategy, it also impacts ...

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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 vendor, ...

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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 with ...

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