27th Annual New Hampshire / Vermont IBM i User Group Meeting

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - Fireside Inn, West Lebanon NH

This event was free to IBM i professionals, and sponsored by NHMUG and VTMUG

IBM Announcements - Steve Fier, IBM

IBM has made some exciting new enhancements to the POWER family. POWER8 low-end I/O enhancements will be coming. Also, there will be new and additional functionality for both IBM 7.1 and 7.2 Steve Fier will review these latest updates.

Security Topics - Robin Tatam, CISM CBCA,PowerTech | A Division of HelpSystems

Part 1 - Security by Obscurity - Insight into a Failed Approach

PowerTech has audited thousands of IBM i servers over the past 12 years, gaining extensive, real-world insight into the deployment state of IBM i security controls.

The results of this wildly popular study, The State of IBM i Security, have revealed vulnerabilities that even auditors miss—providing invaluable insight in six configuration categories:

  • Network-initiated commands & data access
  • Server-level security controls
  • Profile and password settings
  • Administrative capabilities
  • Public accessibility to corporate data
  • System event auditing

Robin Tatam, analyst and author of the study for the past 6 years presents his personal insight into the shocking - and often scary - reality behind IBM i security.

Part 2 - Getting Started with IBM i Security

The IBM i operating system is lauded as one of the most secure available. But, as previously discussed, reaching this state requires many changes to system settings. Its time to take a critical step toward protecting your corporate data assets - regardless of regulatory compliance.

This session, hosted by certified auditor and renowned IBM i expert Robin Tatam, will teach you how to achieve better security through increased awareness of important considerations, including:

  • What controls security configuration?
  • Who has administrative privileges?
  • How to do event auditing for free?
  • What are “black hole” commands?
  • What the heck is public versus private authority?
  • How do users accomplish scary things?

Security and regulatory compliance, although not the same thing, are in the forefront of virtually every CIO's mind. Make sure that you are adequately prepared when the bad guys come knocking!

Robin joined HelpSystems' PowerTech division in 2009 extending an AS/400 and IBM i consulting career that extends more than a quarter century. He has consulted with domestic and international clients on security and compliance issues.

Application Modernization - David Andruchuk - CSDA, Inc

The Why and How of the iModerinze(d) Application Architecture

For most IBM i shops, an ongoing initiative is to take advantage of the new offerings IBM has made to the IBM i hardware and software that has defined and set our platform apart from competitors. The process of converting your non data centric architecture to a data centric architecture can appear to be beyond the reach of many IT staffs.

While the performance gains of modernizing can be easily quantified, the added benefit of flexibility often goes unheralded. Being able to provide faster response to constantly changing business requirements and ever increasing large data demands placed on our environments can be achieved without having to recompile your current programs.

Adapting your database access and software development practices is as much a necessity as changing your business to constantly changing market requirements and security concerns we are now required to comply with.

In this session we will discuss:

  • The process of converting your DDS defined PF and LFs to DDL defined tables, views and indexes
  • Taking advantage of the scalability and flexibility gains offered by modern technologies, both in hardware and in software engineering
  • Adopting the use of views and stored procedures to gain separation between your data model and your programs
  • Designing your system to become easier to implement your web based or graphical UI layer
  • Adding encryption to your table columns using DB2 Field Procedures

 Larry Bolhuis presents to NHMUG

Larry Bolhuis - Tuesday March 17th, 2015

IBM i Systems Management Workshop

In this workshop we will cover the following system components and their management:

  • Hardware Management Console (HMC) what it does, basic setup, user management, backup, HMC Updates
  • Flexible Service Processor (FSP) updates, why, when and how
  • PTFs for IBM i. Understanding them, PTF groups, PTF lifespan, Group PTFs, and when to do PTFs. (Including Fix Central overview) Overview of Image Catalogs
  • Management Central - performance monitoring, PTF distribution, basics of central site inventory
  • General things to watch: Memory usage, Disk I/O and storage, System Messages, avoiding dead cash batteries
  • Storage Management - How much disk is enough (rhetorical question!), disk cleanup
  • System values you need to understand
  • Spool file maintenance including use of iASPs, Joblog Servers, and disconnected spool file functions.

The session is based on IBM i 7.1 although at least 90% of the content is applicable to IBM i 6.1 or 5.4 as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basiscs of the HMC and the System Console
  • Understand IBM i PTFs
  • Understand basic IBM i daily management
  • Understand Management Central and how it can help you
  • Understand System Values and Spooled File Management

Audience:

IBM i System Administrators or developers tasked with System Admin.

Level:

This session is intermediate and expects attendees know a little about IBM i.

Biography:

Larry has grown up with computers since his father became a CE in 1967. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Calvin College in 1982 and soon after began working on IBM midrange equipment with the S/34 and S/36. Larry began working on the As/400 at its introduction In 1988.

After spending many years as a developer Larry began working on communications, networking, and systems management tasks. Years of working with SNA, SDLC, SNADS, APPC, APPN followed by Token Ring, Ethernet, and TCP/IP tought strong communications troublehooting skills. In addition to networking on the IBM side Larry learned the infrastructure components of the network including switches routers and firewalls, working chiefly with Cisco equipment.

In 15 years as an IBM Business partner Larry worked with IBMs systems from design through implementation and migration. He has worked on the smallest and largest and everything in between. He has been involved in many Beta and other early release programs with IBM. Larry has held more than 30 IBM certifications on the AS/400, iSeries, System i and Power Systems, including IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert and is a contributing author to many IBM Certification tests.

Larry is a frequent and award winning speaker at users groups around North America covering Systems design and management, networking and connectivity, work management, PTF, and Hardware Management Console topics. He has been a long time volunteer and speaker with COMMON and has been awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and also it's highest Honor the Distinguished Service Award.


Charles Guarino presents to NHMUG

Charles Guarino - Wednesday January 14th, 2015

Get With The Program! It's Not Your Gramdma's RPG Anymore!

Based on the community’s requirements IBM continues to evolve the language. This recent modernization iteration brings sweeping changes to the design, syntax and overall look and feel. We will examine the actual enhancements to each of the four changed specifications. Finally we will show a side-by-side comparison of programs written in both styles.

From STRDBG to the RDi Debugger

Making the decision to abandon the green screen development environment takes a lot of patience. Once you make the leap though you’ll be very glad you did. This session examines our old comfort-zone friend STRDBG and shows the similarities, differences and productivity improvements in this new world of application debugging.

Learning Objectives:

  • Grow confidence in using the Rational Developer for i debugger
  • How to run, debug and control programs using the debugging environment and perspective.

Audience:

Programmers who have little or no knowledge using the new RDi debugger.

Introduction to Processing XML in RPG and SQL Too!

XML has quickly become a standard method of encoding data. It can be used for full document transmittals or data provided via a web service. The extraction of this data into useable information is called parsing. RPG provides two different methods for parsing. This session goes step by step through the entire process of receiving an XML document to successfully parsing it to a database file. The XML-INTO and XML-SAX statements will be reviewed. The challenges and requirements of both statements will be discussed. At the end of this session, you will be able to identify which parsing method works best for your particular situation. Included with this session are program listings that you can take back and put to use immediately. Updates to this session include i7.1 TR6’s exciting SQL XML processing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a basic understanding of XML syntax
  • Learn how XML parsing has been implemented into RPG
  • See live examples of the XML parsers at work.

The Business, Science and Uses of ILE Service Programs

Service programs have been around for some time. In fact, quite some time. Perhaps you’ve even bumped into one in your professional travels. You will certainly find them on the road to application modernization. This session focuses on what they are, how to implement them and making them a regularly used asset during your application development. Topics include service programs, program signatures and using binder language source.

Biography

With an IT career spanning over 30 years, Charles Guarino has been a consultant for most of them. Since 1995 he has been founder and President of Central Park Data Systems, Inc., a New York area based IBM midrange consulting and corporate training company. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a frequent contributor of technical and strategic articles and webcasts for the IT community. He is a proud member of COMMON’s Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame and also Long Island Software and Technology Network’s Twenty Top Techies of 2009. Charles currently serves as a member of COMMON’s Strategic Education Team (SET) and is also Immediate Past President and monthly Q&A host of LISUG, a Long Island IBM i User’s Group www.lisug.org

Charles can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/guarinocharles

Twitter - @charlieguarino


NHMUG presents Pete Massiello

Pete Massiello presents the iTech Soloutions POWER8 & IBM i 7.2 Roadshow on Thursday December 18, 2014

Antique, vintage, second-hand, and used… Those are words that come to my mind when I hear “Roadshow”. The iTech Solutions POWER8™ & IBM i 7.2 Roadshows are none of those things. These Roadshows are about what is new and exciting with the IBM POWER8 servers and the latest level of the OS. If you are still running any of the vintage Power5 or Power6 servers these Roadshow presentations will have everything you need to know about how the new POWER8 servers can vastly improve your operating environment and reduce costs.

Pete Massiello of iTech Solutions will present multiple sessions at this roadshow location. The first session covers the IBM POWER8 servers and how they can significantly improve your organizations processing capabilities. The second session covers the announcement of enhancements that are available in IBM i 7.2. Join us for the iTech Solutions POWER8 and IBM i 7.2 Roadshow where you can learn all about these exciting new announcements that reinforce IBM’s continued commitment to the Power Systems platform and the IBM i operating system.

IBM POWER8tm

This session will review the current IBM POWER8 announcements and how they will improve the processing environment and enhance your investment in the platform. The session will cover the POWER8 processor architecture, new disks and controllers, and the models of the POWER8 scale out servers currently available and what is coming in future announcements. If you are still running any of the vintage Power5 or Power6 servers this presentations will have everything you need to know about the new POWER8 servers and how they can benefit your organization.

IBM i 7.2

This session will review the announcement of availability of IBM i 7.2. That announcement covers enhancements to Security with RCAC(row and column access control), RPG and Applications Development, SQL Performance, Mobile Access, Java, Navigator for i, Websphere, Zend, IBM i Access and BRMS. This session will also cover what previous levels of Power Systems will support this new OS level and which one will not.

Biography

Pete Massiello has been working with the AS/400, iSeries, i5, IBM i since 1989, focusing on system management and technical support. He has held numerous technical positions through out his career. He is the President of iTech Solutions Group, an IBM Premier Business Partner delivering solutions and services to IBM i shops throughout the US. He is a member of IBM's certification test writing team, and IBM Certified Systems Expert with certifications in iSeries Design, Administration, Implementation, LPAR, and HMC management. Pete has a BS in Computer Science from Hofstra University, and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He is current President of COMMON, a COMMON Silver medal winner, and a frequent speaker at user groups all over the world. Pete was one of the initial IBM Champions for Power Systems.