Wednesday, September 14, 2022

September 2022 meeting - Thank you

Thank you to Steve Pitcher for his presentation. I went and checked what he mentioned on the partitions I am responsible for.

There were two questions that Steve said he would look into and provide an answer to. These were:

  1. Operating system objects damaged by the destruction of the /QDLS file system:
    • 5770-SS1 option 3: extended base support in *ERROR status
    • 5770-SS1 option 9: *PRV CL Compiler Support in *ERROR status
    • Doing some manual checking on legacy QDLS things that broke…SNDSMTPEMM doesn’t work anymore
  2. File extensions in QDLS are not to exceed three characters as indicated. So if the ransomware attempts to change to a longer extension, then that will fail. This character extension limitation does not prevent the destruction of data if malware is launched with that intent.

Friday, September 2, 2022

September meeting

After a summer break the Central Texas IBM i User Group, CTXiUG, returns with an online meeting on Tuesday September 13, 2022, at 6:30 PM US Central Time .

This meeting is online, FREE, and open to everyone who registers. Spaces are limited, and you need to register by clicking here.

The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 PM. The presentation will not be recorded, therefore, if you arrive late you will miss out.

Our presenter is Steve Pitcher.

Presentation:  The real effects of ransomware on IBM i

In this session Steve will talk about the risk of malware on IBM i. He will also demonstrate a live malware attack on an IBM i partition to show the real danger of a misconfigured system.

Bio:  Steve has been involved with IBM i since 2001 primarily in the manufacturing and distribution industries. Over that period he’s been a systems administrator, developer, IT Manager and IT Director. He joined iTech Solutions in 2017 in a combined sales/technical role, bringing additional expertise in security, HCL Domino and WebSphere.

A longtime IBM Champion, first as part of the inaugural group for IBM Collaboration Solutions (2011) and then as an IBM Champion for Power Systems (2016-present), you’ll find Steve speaking at events around the world about IBM i administration, modernization and security. He’s been a community advocate on the COMMON Americas Advisory Council since 2012 and is a former member of the COMMON Americas Board of Directors.

Monday, May 9, 2022

May meeting

The Central Texas IBM i User Group, CTXiUG, is having an online meeting on Tuesday May 17, 2022, at 6:30 PM US Central Time.

This meeting is online, FREE, and open to everyone who registers. Spaces are limited, and you need to register by clicking here.

The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 PM. The presentation will not be recorded, therefore, if you arrive late you will miss out.

Our presenter is Simon Hutchinson.

Presentation:  Db2 for i audit columns maintain “audit data” for a record or row when it is inserted or updated in a file or table. These columns are updated by the database manager, and can be included in any DDL table or DDS physical file. Simon will explain how to add them and why they are the most secure way to keep this kind of information.

Bio:  Simon is the author of the acclaimed blog RPGPGM.COM. He is acting president of this User Group, and believes that the role of LUG, Local User Groups, is to share knowledge to the IBM i community as a whole. His efforts have been recognised by IBM as he has been an IBM Champion for Power for 2021 and 2022.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

March 2022 meeting - Thank you

Thank you to our acting president, Simon Hutchinson, for his well received presentation. All of you who attended are now familiar with what Steve Will, Chief Architect of IBM i, says is one of the surprisingly under utilized features of this operating system.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday May 10 at 6:30 PM (CT). The presenter and subject will be announced at a future date.

Friday, February 11, 2022

March 2022 meeting

The Central Texas IBM i User Group, CTXiUG, is having an online meeting on Tuesday March 8, 2022, at 6:30 PM US Central Time.

This meeting is online, FREE, and open to everyone who registers. Spaces are limited, and you need to register by clicking here.

The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 PM. The presentation will not be recorded, therefore, if you arrive late you will miss out.

Our presenter is Simon Hutchinson.

Presentation:  Temporal tables allow users to be able to look at snap shots of data over time. Simon will demonstrate how to create one. He will insert, update, and delete from it. And show how it is possible to see the data as it was over time.

Bio:  Simon is the author of the acclaimed blog RPGPGM.COM. He is acting president of this User Group, and believes that the role of LUG, Local User Groups, is to share knowledge to the IBM i community as a whole. His efforts have been recognised by IBM as he has been an IBM Champion for Power for 2021 and 2022.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

January 2022 meeting - Thank you

I want to give a big thank you to Liam Allan for a wonderful presentation last night. He has certainly piqued my interest to download Visual Studio Code and all the IBM i plug ins to go and try it out.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday March 8 at 6:30 PM (CT). The presenter and subject will be announced at a future date.

Links to Liam's Visual Studio Code for IBM i

Thursday, December 23, 2021

January 2022 meeting

The first meeting of 2022 of the Central Texas IBM i User Group will be on Tuesday January 11, 2022, at 6:30 PM US Central Time.

The meeting is online, FREE, and open to everyone. Spaces are limited, and you need to register by clicking here. Register now to avoid disappointment.

The meeting start at 6:30 PM promptly, do not be late as you will miss the presentation as it will not be recorded.

Our presenter is Liam Allan.

Presentation description: In this talk, we’ll take a look modern IBM i development when using Visual Studio Code. Covering editing, compiling, linting, and much more.

Bio: Liam is a software advocate, and outside of client work primarily gets to spend his time writing and maintaining open-source code.