Day: January 26, 2021

January 2021 Newsletter

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By now it is clear that 2020 was an unprecedented year, and 2021 has already been eventful. It is hard to say what will happen a month from now, much less a whole year! This is one of the reasons why we stress the importance of planning, preparing, educating, and having the right team. While we are all making resolutions to maximize our opportunities in the year to come, so are hackers resolving to increase their strength and productivity in 2021. So, if you’re making resolutions to improve your health and well-being, let’s not forget about the health of your systems.…

Rolling Back Root Shares Carefully and Successfully

We’ve had a lot of questions recently on how to safely remove an IBM i root directory share in NetServer. Until IBM i 7.4, the only way to do it practically is a little cavalier. You essentially pick a time of day that isn’t too busy, inform your users, and then break the root share in a controlled fashion. How do you break it? Well, you can remove the share or make it read-only, and then you see who complains. If the complaints are minimal, you service those users by finding out what they used to do, then show them the new way. Most likely they’re heading for a subdirectory via the root share so creating them a direct share is the most appropriate course of action.

In IBM i 7.4, we can safely determine if a root share is in use by turning on Authority Collection for the root. We do that with the following command:


Advantages to Virtualizing I/O Using VIOS

Virtualization is something AS/400/iSeries/IBM i has been doing for a very long time. Work can be separated into various subsystems. Each workload can work with a different pool of memory. Jobs can run with different CPU priorities and time slices. Multiple libraries of the same name can exist when separated into multiple independent auxiliary storage pools. Along with all the job virtualization came the ability to virtualize the hardware; allowing you to have a hosting partition to share disk, network, tape, and optical. Then came a whole new operating system based on AIX designed with the sole purpose to virtualize the hardware. That operating system is Virtual I/O Server (VIOS).…

What is IBM Full System Flash Copy (FSFC)?

The IBM Full System Flash Copy (FSFC) for IBM i was created to automate performing backups with minimal impact to a production LPAR. With this toolkit, a full system backup in a restricted state can be performed with the users experiencing a pause for (typically) less than 30 seconds.

This is achieved using a combination of the HMC to manage the partitions, the ability of IBM i to pause database transactions on a commit boundary, and the FlashCopy function of external storage to create a copy of the production LPAR, from which the backups are taken.…