March 20, 2019 Doug Bidwell
Enjoy the quiet while you can, there are no new cumes or groups for any release this week. However, regarding updating QMGTOOLS, here is the command that checks for and pulls down the update if necessary, then installs it:
You might want to think about putting this command into your scheduler for every Sunday morning.
There are no new defectives this week, but once again here is the most recent defective PTF rundown (The last defective for each release):
Defect Defective APAR Fixing Date PTF PTF -------- -------- ------- ------- 7.3 03/05/19 MF65608 MA47478 MF65690 (Available!) MF65603 MF65584… Read more
March 13, 2019 Doug Bidwell
All you people looking for some PTF action, you have some stuff to keep you busy this week. So grab the coffee and let’s get going. First of all, there are new HIPERs for IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3, as well as Database group PTFs for IBM i 7.3. And don’t forget to check the defectives below.
As for new links in the IBM i PTF Guide sheet this week, try these on for size:
- System: IBM Administration Runtime Expert (ARE) for i
- PTF: Temporary Storage PTFs – All Releases
And now, for your weekly tip: Before there …Read more
March 4, 2019 Doug Bidwell
This week, the new PTFs coming out of IBM are just for WebSphere Application Server 8.5, and only on IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3. There isn’t much going on otherwise, and this is a blessing, most definitely not a curse.
I have added a bunch of new links to the spreadsheet that encompasses the IBM i PTF Guide, and these include:
- IWS/IAS: How To Change the Ports Used by IBM IAS v8.5 and IWS v2.6 Servers
- WireShark: Instructions for Collecting a Wireshark PC Sniffer Trace
- AFP: Are AFP Utilities and AFP supported on IBM i 7.3?
And …Read more
February 25, 2019 Doug Bidwell
Right off the bat, there are new High Impact and Pervasive (HIPER) PTFs for IBM i 7.1, IBM 7.2., and IBM i 7.3, which are the three currently support releases of the operating system. (Well, IBM i 7.1 is on extended support, not full support, so that is like having 2.5 or 2.75 releases, depending on how you want to do that math.) So, by all means, get hyper about HIPERs and get a-moving.
As far as new links in the accompanying sheet for the IBM i PTF Guide goes, there was nothing of note this week. But check back …Read more
February 18, 2019 Doug Bidwell
As you will see in the most recent IBM i PTF Guide, there was not a lot going on this week. It looks like somebody at IBM might be taking some time off. That’s the way it goes some weeks, and we call it a win if there is not a lot of patching that is going on. That said, there are probably a bunch of you that might be a little bit behind in applying PTFs – this kind of thing happens. And if you ever get truly behind and need some help sorting it all out, don’t …Read more
February 11, 2019 Doug Bidwell
In this week’s issue, take note of the Defective PTFs for your release (see details below) with an issue of Ethernet frames being dropped running on IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3.
MF65215 – SAL Cannot Search From or To 20 – This is new in the Hardware and related PTFs group:
- V7R3 SF99875
- V7R2 SF99775
- V7R1 SF99705
If you’re migrating from Power8 to Power9, you are gonna want to get the latest HIPER group. There is a HIPER fix for:
- 7.3 MF65605
- 7.2 MF65606
This fixes a subsystem startup failure after migration. You are gonna want it!
New …Read more
February 6, 2019 Doug Bidwell
In the latest iteration of the IBM i PTF Guide, you will see that there is a new Database Group for IBM i 7.3. Also, you will find that IBM Navigator for i is affected by the security vulnerability that is posted in CVE-2019-4040, which you can read about more at this link. The patches relating to this security vulnerability are handled by latest group for the HTTP server for IBM i 7.2 and 7.3.
As for new links in the Guide this week, there are none as yet – I am still catching up.
Here is a …Read more
January 28, 2019 Doug Bidwell
Alright, good people of IBM i Land, here is what is new for the latest edition of the IBM i PTF Guide. There are HIPERs – short for High Impact/Pervasive, meaning you need to pay attention to these – for all three current releases, which means IBM i 7.1 (which is on extended support), IBM i 7.2 (which is still on regular support), and IBM i 7.3 (which is new enough to not care about how old it is yet).
There are also PTFs for the Backup and Recovery group for IBM i 7.2 and IBM i 7.3 releases. …Read more
January 23, 2019 Doug Bidwell
You might be feeling like this is your lucky day, what with getting two PTF guides in one week and all. But there isn’t much new going on in the latest PTF Guide following Monday’s edition. There are no new links to share, but we do have a tip you might find helpful:
Did you know you could set the defaults on the SAVE menu Opt 21 by using Opt 20 on the same menu? This will save you a lot of writing!
There are no new defectives this week, but here is the usual rundown of the last defective …Read more
January 21, 2019 Doug Bidwell
I feel a bit like I am having a small flashback to the Year 2000 software bug, but the trip is a little different but still involves the warping of time. As you see in IBM support bulletin MA47217, the Service Action Log within the Hardware Service Manager can’t seem to get over 2018. Literally. If you try to put either “2019” or “2020” in the From or To year fields, it flies up into its own black hole. This doesn’t appear to be affecting any other areas of Service Tools, or logging – so far.
Here’s the precise …Read more