September 2012 Newsletter


i can do anything with iTech Solutions


Wow, where did the summer go? Welcome to the fall, one of the prettiest seasons here in New England with the changing colors of the
leaves.  We have been extremely busy with OS Upgrades, as we currently have 29 upgrades that we are currently working on.  That is surely a record for us.  With the end of support for V5R4 now just a year away, I would expect this pace to either increase or stay this way until September 30, 2013 when IBM drops support for V5R4.
It has also been a very busy speaking season with presentations at local user groups in Vermont and Rhode Island, COMMON Fall conference in Columbus, Ohio, the iBelieve event in New York city, and the upcoming IBM Power Technical Conference in Las Vegas.  The IBM technical conference is usually all  IBM speakers, but Pete Massiello of iTech Solutions will be there presenting 7 sessions there. Of course one of them will be How to successfully upgrade to IBM i 6.1 or 7.1.  If IBM relies on iTech Solutions to present OS upgrade information to their users, shouldn’t you be thinking about using iTech Solutions for your upgrade?
This issue of our newsletter has five articles. In the first article, we will discuss monitoring your system.  The second article is about Operations Console Direct is going away with 7.1.  The third article lists some of the upcoming events in which iTech Solutions will be participating. The fourth article is about speeding up the save of the IFS.  The last article is for your reference with updated PTF information. Please note that we have added a new PTF group to our recommended list, which is the High Availability Group.  If you are an iTech Solutions PTF Maintenance customer, you will receive this on your next application of PTFs.
If you are still on V5R4, send Pete an email and he can help you upgrade to 6.1 or 7.1. With more upgrades than anyone else to 6.1/7.1 done to date you know iTech Solutions has the expertise and know how.
iTech Solutions can help you improve performance, perform security audits; implement a High Availability solution; perform health checks, systems management, remote administration,  PTF management, blade installations, iSCSI configurations, backup/recovery; upgrade an existing machine; or upgrade to a new machine.  If you are thinking of LPAR or