August 5, 2019 Doug Bidwell
It is definitely summer in IBM i PTF Land. There are a few things to report this week, but not the deluge it has been in prior weeks. There are updates to the Backup and Recovery Group for IBM i 7.4, 7.3 and 7.2, and the SAP 7.1 Final update. There is also a new MGTOOLS for all of the current releases.
As for tips, August 1 was National Water Balloon Day, and we did not know there was such a thing. But it is the first Friday every August. Go figure. We will be going through new and updated …Read more
July 22, 2019 Doug Bidwell
We pay attention to bugs and fixes for the IBM i platform here at the IBM i PTF Guide, and we saw some information in Big Blue’s support databases about APARs – short for Authorized Program Analysis Reports – which is an official response from IBM when customers report a problem with a system or find a suspected defect. Not all APARs get PTFs or permanent fixes in subsequent releases, but many, of course, do.
Here is the interesting set of statistics, which has the number of APARs by operating system release level:
- 19,392 on V7R1
- 11,383 on V7R2
July 15, 2019 Doug Bidwell
A reminder once again: Don’t forget the annual OCEAN technical conference. This is just a reminder that if you are in our neck of the woods in southern California that the OCEAN TechCon19 IBM i Technical Conference – check out CODE LEARN20 – runs from July 25 through 27.
In this week’s IBM i PTF Guide, there are updates to Backup Recovery Solutions for IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3. Also, IBM’s Pre-Upgrade Validation Tool now supports V7R4! See new link in “Links” section of the Guide.
New (Updated) Links this week:
- System: Machine Ineligible Condition
July 8, 2019 Doug Bidwell
All of us at IT Jungle like to support our local user groups, and being from Southern California, the IBM i PTF Guide has a soft spot in its heart for the annual OCEAN technical conference. This is just a reminder that if you are in our neck of the woods, the OCEAN TechCon19 IBM i Technical Conference – check out CODE LEARN20 – runs from July 25 through 27.
Turning back to the IBM i PTF Guide, there is a new High Availability Group for 7.4, and updates for MQ for IBM i – v7.1.0/v8.0.0/V9.0.0 for IBM i …Read more
June 24, 2019 Doug Bidwell
First of all, Happy 31st Birthday to the AS/400, which had its anniversary on June 21 when, absolutely not coincidentally, Big Blue shipped the latest and greatest IBM i 7.4 release of its operating system for the Power Systems platform. We have all been eagerly awaiting this new release because of the many new features it has, and we are just beginning to sink our teeth into it.
For your reference, I upgraded a system running IBM i 7.3 to IBM i 7.4 as soon as the new release was available, and just so you know, all the Java licensed …Read more
June 17, 2019 Doug Bidwell
We are all excited that IBM i 7.4 will be shipping at the end of the week, on the AS/400’s 31st birthday, but there is still the usual tweaking that needs to be done on the earlier and still-current releases thanks to the changes happening in PTF Land.
But to be honest, there is not that much this week. There is a new Java Group for IBM i 7.3, IBM i 7.2, and IBM i 7.1, and that’s about it.
Also, our apologies but in last week’s IBM i PTF Guide, we did a little “fake news,” but not on …Read more
June 12, 2019 Doug Bidwell
Hello once again, good people of IBM i Land, and welcome to the 23rd edition of the IBM i PTF Guide for 2019. This time around, there is an update for the required PTF list to support SAP applications running on IBM i 7.3. There is also a new version of MGTools for IBM i 7.1, IBM i 7.2, and IBM i 7.3 – and we note that it has been quite a while since we have seen an update for IBM i 7.1 on this front.
New (Updated) Links this week:
- ASMI: Accessing the ASMI using a Web browser
June 5, 2019 Doug Bidwell
Welcome back, and we are back on track after the holiday hiatus with the IBM i PTF Guide. In this edition, you will find that there is Fix Pack 6 available for the Rational Developer for i developer environment. And that’s about it because summer is here – even though the summer solstice doesn’t start until June 21, which is also when IBM i 7.4 ships and when the AS/400 turns 31 years old – it is still summer after Memorial Day here in the United States and people have other things to do.
Which is good.
As for …Read more
June 3, 2019 Doug Bidwell
You come to the IBM i PTF Guide to find out what’s new, and I am here to tell you. First of all, there is a new PTF Group for backup and recovery, which is perhaps not very exciting but is nonetheless one of the most critical aspects of the IBM i system. We also find that the HTTP Server in IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3 has security vulnerabilities.
The relevant PTFs for the Web server fixes are:
- 3 SI69900 & SI69828
- 2 SI69901
For further details check this link.
Also, there is a new PTF Group …Read more
May 20, 2019 Doug Bidwell
It has been a busy week out there in the PTF generation factory at IBM, with a new cume for IBM i 7.2 (following a week after the new cume for IBM i 7.3) as well as a new HIPER Group and a new Web Query Group for all three current releases (that’s IBM i 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3).
In this week’s issue, there are a few new or updated links in the Guide, as follows:
- LDAP — IBM Directory Server for IBM i (LDAP)
- SMTP — Configuring SSL Between IBM i and Remote Mail Router WITHOUT Authentication
And …Read more