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Sessions - Systems Management & Performance

2018 Sessions will include:

  • Mission: Possible! Journaling Forensics 101 (with Free Tools)
  • Rapid Fire Admin
  • Cool Things in Navigator to be a Rock Star Administrator
  • Building IBM i Partitions Hosted by IBM i
  • Tips and Tricks to Improve System Performance and Save Disk Space
  • What You Need to Know When Upgrading IBM i to 7.1, 7.2 & iNext
  • Settng up Linux on Power Systems (Erwin Early)



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

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.


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



Building IBM i Partitions Hosted by IBM i (Pete Massiello)

Step-by-step guide to creating IBM i partitions hosted by IBM i.  IBM i Logical Partition (LPAR) can provide virtual disk storage for other IBM i partitions. IBM i has provided "hosted disk" for Windows servers and AIX or Linux partitions for several years, but the ability to host another IBM i LPAR is new. Come see how you can create a partition without any hardware required. Go through the step-by-step process of what is required to create these virtual partitions. You can create these hosted partitions on 6.1, 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3.


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 7.1, 7.2 & iNext (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 7.2, if you are upgrading to an earlier release (6.1, 7.1), we will also cover those releases.



Settng up Linux on Power Systems (Erwin Early)
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and explore Linux on your Power system but don’t know where to start?  This session will explore how to install Linux on a Power system, both PowerVM as well as the KVM hypervisor will be covered as well as hosting Linux I/O from an IBM i instance.