In this workshop we will discuss keeping things current along with best practices on your HMC, your System, and the IBM i Operating system. We will also discuss day-to-day systems management tasks including monitoring, some system tuning, system clean-up, and spooled file handling.
In the morning we will cover setup and verify of Call Home functions on the HMC. Setup of a limited HMC user. A review of HMC command line capability including watching HMC disk space. Setup and verify of Call Home functions in IBM i. What and how to set them up and how to test them to be sure your system is protected. PTF Review and processing. We’ll discuss how to find out your current levels and how to get new levels and tools to help you install them. This will include PTF Groups and Image catalogs. We’ll also touch on HMC Updates, Flexible Service Processor (FSP) updates, why, when and how. Validating your network configuration to assure it is correct and settings to review for best performance and reliability.
In the afternoon, we will explore graphical methods for monitoring IBM i Performance. This includes Management Central and IBM Navigator for i System Monitors. Things to watch out for: Memory usage, Disk I/O and storage, avoiding dead cash batteries. Message queues to use to keep the finger on the pulse of your IBM i. Storage Management – Discover your disk and what’s filling it. Tips for deciding on what doesn’t need to be there. Various System values you should understand. Spool file maintenance including use of iASPs, Joblog Servers, and disconnected spool file functions. This workshop will focus on key items that should be set up and managed on your system to assure it is running well and stays that way!