Sign up for the virtual lunch and learn session this Thursday Sept. 24th for part one of a two part series discussing the IBM Administration Runtime Expert for i (ARE) with Dawn May. 

Remember, the more you learn, the more value you add.

Due to the pandemic we still can't meet face to face. However, thanks to our friends at iTech Solutions Group we can have a virtual meeting!

Come join us on September 24th starting at 11:30 am Eastern time for two hours of virtual networking, education and follow up Q &A as Dawn May presents part one of a two part series on the free product offering ARE from IBM.

Business-critical applications must be up and running reliably without failure. When something unexpected occurs, you must identify the cause and correct it quickly. We all want to find ways to make our jobs easier, and unexpected surprises are not fun. The relentless push to do more with less is only going to intensify while the tolerance for failure keeps dropping. Yet identifying points of failure can be tricky as complexities scale. 

IBM i offers a free product that helps ascertain application and infrastructure health. The IBM Administration Runtime Expert for i (ARE) can be used to define attributes of a healthy environment and use those defined attributes to validate that the environment is as expected. 

ARE is useful for both administrators and developers.  Administrators can use it to verify environmental attributes, while developers can use it to verify application attributes. 

The 2-part webinar series will cover the features and functions of ARE.  
On September 24th, the first session will cover the basics of ARE and how to verify environmental and application attributes.

The series will conclude on October 22nd with the second session covering ARE’s support of PTFs and the advanced topic of custom plugins. 

Example use cases of ARE include:

  • Ensure system values are consistent across partitions or check that system value settings have not been altered
  • Ensure PTFs are consistent across partitions
  • Verify the test application library has consistent attributes with the production application library
  • Verify no directives in a configuration file have been changed
  • Custom plugins can extend the base ARE functionality, for example:
    • Check the NetServer shares and report an error if /QIBM or / are shared
    • Check the status of IOA Cache Batteries
  • The possibilities are endless!

A few articles Dawn has written on ARE:

Click here to register for the September 24th session.
Click here to register for the October 22nd session.

Our Presenter - Dawn May


Dawn May is a leading authority on IBM i performance management, work management, systems management, and general system diagnostics. She has in-depth knowledge of the IBM i operating system developed through her distinguished career with IBM.

A former IBMer, Dawn is now an independent consultant, assisting companies with system performance reviews and recommendations. She also teaches clients on the latest IBM i tools to enable them to get the most out of their IBM i systems.

Dawn is the author of the "i Can" blog published by IBM Systems Magazine and a frequent speaker at local user group meetings and IBM i conferences around the world.