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Today’s Thought: Disk is cheap but it’s not free

Disk is cheap but it’s not free. With increased disk space comes increased responsibility to use it wisely. Additional expenses incur, particularly for backup, replication, and maintenance. Inexpensive disk drives cost more than the purchase price. It’s a paradox in … Continue reading

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Heard on the Street: IBM i Business Partners Busy Writing Extended Support Contracts for V5R4

Maybe not a groundswell but… I’m hearing that some business partners are doing a good business writing extended maintenance contracts for customers who haven’t yet migrated off i5/OS V5R4┬ábefore the V5R4 end of support date of this Monday, September 30, … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Dealing with IBM i Extended Maintenance

At some point in your IBM i Power systems’ life, you may have to extend software and hardware maintenance on your machine. If your current maintenance contract is running out, here are five things to consider when you’re looking at … Continue reading

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IT Jungle: Cleaning Up Excessive Job Logs on Your IBM i Box

IT Jungle just published my latest tip on detecting and deleting excessive job logs on an IBM i machine. To view this article, click here. ************************************************** This post sponsored by Hertvik Business Services (HBS). HBS provides IT consulting and content … Continue reading

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Running an IBM i HA Switch Exercise This Weekend

This weekend, my shop is running an IBM I high availability switchover exercise. We’re switching processing to go live on our backup box for four hours on Sunday morning, and bringing in 25 users to certify that the Capacity BackUp … Continue reading

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What Color is My LTO Tape?

One of my more popular articles, reposted on 9-14-13: Some of my technical cohorts and I were having a discussion as to whether you could tell what type of LTO tape you were holding by the color of the tape … Continue reading

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Admin Alert: Six Tips for Managing IBM i Spooled File Storage

IT Jungle just published my latest tip on keeping tabs on and reducing IBM I spooled file storage. Check it out by clicking here. ******************************************* This post is sponsored by Hertvik Business Services. Follow Joe Hertvik on Twitter @JoeHertvik. You … Continue reading

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Nice Set of IBM Tips on Cleaning Up QSPL Storage

I’m working on a project to identify and clear out unnecessary spooled file storage on an IBM i (AS/400) system. To that end, I ran across a nice IBM i document on QSPL Storage Cleanup Tips. This is more of … Continue reading

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