IBM i PTF Guide, Volume 19, Number 7
February 22, 2017 Doug Bidwell
It has been a fairly quiet week in PTF Land, and that is reasonable considering that IBM has accelerated the ramp of its Technology Refreshes for IBM i 7.2 and 7.3 and is getting them out the door well ahead of the normal April-May spring cleaning for these updates.
As we told you last week, there are several WebSphere Application Server release levels that are covered in various IBM i releases. The idea behind a Program Temporary Fix, which is what PTF stands for, is that when you take the PTF and put it on your system, it fixes the problem. With the WebSphere code, you put the fixes on the system through a separate fixpack from the WebSphere teams and then you have to take further action to actually apply the patches. Starting with WebSphere 9, there are no longer any PTF groups associated with WebSphere. Now, you have to grab the WebSphere fixes separately from the WebSphere people and then patch this code separately from IBM i. Which defeats the entire purpose of an integrated system. We will be updating the guide to reflect this change in the WebSphere group PTFs and help you find these WebSphere updates.
Good luck applying your patches this week, and we will see you next week with whatever IBM does.
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