Sessions - Systems Management & Performance

2019 Sessions will include:

  • The Art of Performance Diagnostics with the IBM i Performance Data Investigator

  • IBM i Performance Tools for the Application Developer

  • IBM i Services for the System Administrator

  • Predictive Performance Management

  • Cool Things in Navigator to be a Star Administrator

  • Tips and Tricks to Improve System Performance and Save Disk Space

  • What You Need to Know When Upgrading IBM i to 7.3

  • Moving from Classic HMC GUI to Enhanced HMC GUI

  • Rapid Fire Admin

  • Mission: Possible! Journaling Forensics 101 (with Free Tools)

  • An administrator's guide to IBM i Access Client Solutions

  • Manage PTFs and monitor your systems with IBM Administration Runtime Expert

  • Managing open source on IBM i

  • Hidden Gems of IBM i

The Art of Performance Diagnostics with the IBM i Performance Data Investigator (Alan Seiden)

Do you want to analyze your IBM i performance data but don’t know where to start? This presentation will use actual examples from the field to show how to approach performance analysis and diagnostics with Performance Data Investigator and Job Watcher. In addition, Alan will use charts generated by these tools to tell true stories of performance problems and solutions.

IBM i Performance Tools for the Application Developer (Dawn May)

Application developers should consider the performance characteristics of new and changed applications as part of the development process. After all, finding a performance problem during test is far better than having an issue occur on production. This presentation will review the primary tools IBM i developers have available to them to understand the performance of their applications. This session will review Wait
Accounting, Job Watcher, and Performance Explorer and how these tools can be used to understand the performance characteristics of your applications.

IBM i Services for the System Administrator (Dawn May)

IBM i Services is a hot topic today and you've probably heard about these SQL interfaces that provide access to useful system information. Traditional interfaces such as commands, displays, outfiles, APIs, and the Navigator GUI provide access to IBM i management information, but with the IBM i Services, you can now use SQL to access much of this information. SQL provides additional flexibility, allowing you to determine what data you want to review and how you want to organize that data. Attend this webinar to learn more about these services and how they can extend your IBM i management toolset.

Predictive Performance Management (Dawn May)

Can the past predict the future? What about the present - right here and now? And if you know the past, and can predict the future, how can you determine the impact to your applications? Performance management on IBM i has proactive monitoring features and historical data capabilities, as well as application performance modeling. Attend this session to learn how you can use monitoring to identify and resolve potential issues before they become actual problems, learn about historical performance data and how you can use the past trends to plan for the future, and application modeling to understand what hardware changes will mean to your applications.

This presentation is focused on the features in IBM i 7.2 and 7.3 releases.

Cool Things in Navigator to be a Rock Star Administrator  (Pete Massiello)
IBM Navigator for i is a powerful tool to better manage your i environment. Get expert advice for installation and set up to make sure you get this powerful tool up and running at peak efficiency. Step through the functionality of this product and learn how to leverage the Performance Data Investigator to turn the collection services data into graphs you can use to identify performance issues. Find out how to create monitors to manage your environment and various workloads, as well as how to set up alarm notifications when certain events threaten your environment. See how this tool can help you select and install Logical files on your system to improve performance. Protect your system against unwanted intrusions and FTP. There are so many cools functions in Navigator for i to make your life as a System Administrator easier

Tips and Tricks to Improve System Performance and Save Disk Space
(Pete Massiello)  

What can you do to stop the rampant growth of data that’s eating up disk space? How do you improve system performance? Come to this session to find out how to make the most out of your existing configuration by leveraging the many optimization and cleanup techniques that are a part of i5/OS, including reorganization of physical files, sharing of access paths, and using the DISKTASK command. Pinpoint how to reduce your disk I/O by reorganizing files and clean up your system using the Retrieve Disk Information (RTVDSKINF) and Retrieve Directory Information (RTVDIRINF) commands. Learn how sharing access paths can reduce disk utilization and memory faulting. Know your options for reorganizing your files while your users continue to access them.

What You Need to Know When Upgrading IBM i to 7.3 (Pete Massiello)  
When doing an upgrade to IBM i, there is more work involved in the planning of the upgrade than in the actual upgrade itself. When you have done the planning, the actual upgrade is simple. We will cover planning tips, pre-requisites, and then post installation requirements. Your upgrade isn’t complete until this last step is done. While this presentation will focus on upgrading to 7.3, if you are upgrading to an earlier release (7.2 or 7.1), we will also cover those releases.

Moving from Classic HMC GUI to Enhanced HMC GUI (Pete Massiello)

Rapid Fire Admin (Steve Pitcher)

This overflowing session is designed to help ensure every IBM i administrator and operator has at least a backpack full of valuable tips for when they return home. From command line to shell to IBM Navigator for i, Steve will sprint through these tips at a pace of at least two tips per minute, for at least 150 tips! This session is updated every quarter with new and relevant information so that you don't miss good foundational tips but are keeping up with what updates IBM is releasing on a regular basis.

Mission: Possible! Journaling Forensics 101 (with Free Tools) (Steve Wolk)

Learn to think like a spy! Many shops use journaling for a variety of reasons, but may not be familiar with how to use these journals for forensic purposes. Mining your journals for the who, what, when, where, how - and sometimes even why - can be very useful, not to mention fun! Come join us for a lighthearted and entertaining "Mission: Impossible" themed look at one of the most useful things you can do with your journals. This session will introduce journaling concepts and share tuning tips to optimize your journal environment for forensics. After reviewing the "old fashioned" way to dig into your journals, we will demonstrate how much easier this is with the right tools. The DMPJRN and CVTJRNDTA commands used in this presentation will be made available as a free download to all attendees, including source code!

Learning Objectives - After participating in this session, attendees should have the skills and tools to:
  • Optimize your journal environment to maximize the forensic information available to you
  • Understand what your journals are trying to tell you, and how to interrogate them to get the answers you need
  • Dump your journals quickly and easily using the free software made available
  • Be able to interpret the content of your journals to determine what really happened to your data
  • Use the techniques demonstrated in the provided source code to develop your own tools
  • Save the world from evil-doers

An administrator's guide to IBM i Access Client Solutions (Tim Rowe)

IBM i Access Client Solutions is the newest member of the IBM i Access Product Family. It is a platform independent client that runs on multiple operating systems like Mac, Linux, and Windows. The future is already here. In April 2018, IBM announced that IBM i Access for Windows client has reached end of life. Therefore, IBM i Access Client Solutions is the only environment fully supported on the Windows 10 OS. Learn best practices for set up and management of this interface.

Manage PTFs and monitor your systems with IBM Administration Runtime Expert (Tim Rowe)

Are you interested in checking on your system's overall health and well-being? How about attributes required for your applications to run smoothly? Disk utilization? PTF currency? Come to this session to learn about how Administration Runtime Expert (ARE) can help you accomplish all of these tasks!

Managing open source on IBM i (Tim Rowe)

You may have heard about the latest news with open source: RPMs! As a system administrator, you may have lots of questions. What does this mean for me? Why the switch? What new skills do I need? How do I sanely manage open source on my system? Come to this session to demystify the bold new world of RPMs.

Hidden gems of IBM i (Tim Rowe)

The IBM i operating system has been delivering new features and function every six months for many years. Are you aware of all of these goodies? The IBM i development team shares some of their favorites in this session. From application development, database, to systems management, this session is sure to have some new and useful hidden gems you can put to use.