Friday, June 14, 2024

New Technology Refreshes available today

Today the PTFs for the latest Technology Refreshes, IBM i 7.5 TR4 and 7.4 TR10, become available.

There are three sets of PTFs you need to download:

  • General PTFs for the Technology Refresh
  • Database PTFs (SQL)
  • RPG PTFs

The numbers for these PTFs are different for the two releases. These are the numbers I have found so far:

IBM i 7.5 TR4 IBM i 7.4 TR10
General TR PTFs
Database PTFs SF99950   7 SF99704   28
RPG PTFs

I cannot wait to start trying all the new features and functions. When I do, I will write about them on this website.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Eleven years and still going

Another year has passed, and this blog is now eleven years old. It is still a labor of love, and I want to continue to bring you the news about IBM i and IBM Power, and the best examples of using IBM i. I am grateful to all of you for visiting this site, and especially to you who have reached out to me with their feedback and encouragement.

On the personal side I was grateful to be recognized by IBM as an IBM Champion for Power for the fourth year.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

List unused virtual devices

This was a first: I was asked by the auditors for a list of virtual devices that had not been used in the past six months. In all my years of dealing with auditors this was the first time I had been asked this question.

It is not a big deal to get this information. All virtual devices are just device descriptions, object type '*DEVD', with the object attribute of 'DSPVRT'. As they are objects I can get this information from the SQL Table function OBJECT_STATISTICS.

What columns of data am I interested in?

  • Object's attribute
  • Object's name
  • The date the object was created
  • The date the object was last used
  • Object's description

My SQL statement to retrieve the data the auditors are interested in would be:

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Withdrawal of support for some development tools

In an announcement made last month, May 2024, IBM announced the withdrawal of a number of their products and tools for IBM power and IBM i, effective April 30, 2025.

Included are the following IBM Rational Development Studio for i Application Development Toolset tools:

  • Report Layout Utility (RLU)
  • Screen Design Aid (SDA)
  • File Compare and Merge Utility (FCMU)
  • Advanced Printer Function (APF)
  • Character Generator Utility (CGU)
  • Data File Utility (DFU)

You can read the announcement here.

I have reached out to an IBM Business Partner and asked them does this mean that these tools will still work, just they we will no longer get support for issues with them. When I receive a reply from them I will post it here.

I don't think that IBM will stop these tools from working. SEU has been off support for years, but you can still use it (if you must).

Monday, June 3, 2024

June's presentation

I have one engagement this month:

I am travelling to the United Kingdom to attend i-UG's i-Power conference in Northampton. It is a two day event, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June. I will be making three presentations on the Wednesday. If you are in the UK at that time this will be a valuable conference for you to attend to give you the opportunity to learn more about IBM i and the IBM Power server.

You can register for the conference here.

To see the speakers, presentations, etc. click here.

If you are attending and see me please introduce yourself and say "Hello".


If you are a member of an IBM i Local User Group, LUG, and you would like me to talk to your group, use the contact form to reach me. We can then arrange a date and subject.

If you are a member of a LUG that is not listed on my LUG page, please contact me and send me your group's details.