On Thursday March 21st, 2019 Pete Massiello brought us up to speed on things related to the care of your IBM i

Meeting Handouts:

Putting the pieces together
Cool things in Navigator for IBM i
Differences in classic GUI HMC and Enhanced GUI
Tips and Tircks to improve performance

HMC, IBM I, FSP, & Firmware: Putting All the Pieces Together

Come to this session and dissect all the new components and concepts involved with partitioning your IBM Power Systems. Learn how all the pieces connect to each other, what you need to do to set them up, and how to manage and upgrade them. Get a handle on the various components of the Hardware Management Console (HMC), the Flexible Service Processor (FSP), and the Advanced Systems Management Interface (ASMI). Find out about the firmware in your machine, and how to make the required updates to it in an LPAR environment or on a standalone machine. Get tips for upgrading and setting up communications between the HMC and FSP as well as insight on where the ASMI fits in. Leave this session with up-to-date knowledge on these important hardware features of IBM Power Systems & IBM i.


Cool Things in Navigator to be a Rockstar System Administrator

IBM Navigator for i is a powerful new 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. Learn ways to protect your system from intrusions, as well as close security holes such as FTP. See how this tool can help you select and install Logical files on your system to improve performance. Learn about the enhancements to this valuable tool in the release of version 7.3, while we see how this tool provides tips and techniques for better and more easily managing your IBM i.

Moving from HMC Classic GUI to the New Enhanced GUI

The new Enhanced GUI is really nice, but if you haven't used it, it is very different from the classic GUI. Basically, you can't find anything, and things work and behave differently. Come to this session to learn where the functions you were used to using, where they are now.

Tips and Tricks to Improve System Performance and Save Disk Space

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.


Pete Massiello has been working with the AS/400, iSeries, IBM i since 1989, focusing on systems management and technical support. He has held numerous technical positions throughout his career and is currently the President of iTech Solutions Group, an IBM Premier Business Partner delivering solutions and services to IBM i shops throughout the United States. He is a member of IBM's certification test writing team and an IBM Certified Systems Expert with certifications in iSeries Design, Administration, Virtualization, Implementation, LPAR, and HMC Management.

Pete has a BS in Computer Science from Hofstra University and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He was President of COMMON from 2010 to 2012, and is now Immediate Past President, a COMMON Hall of Fame speaker, and a frequent speaker at user groups all over the world. In 2011, IBM established the Champions award for Power Systems; Pete was one of the first recipients.


On Thursday January 24th, 2019 Erwin Earley discussed PHP, shell programming and more

Session Handouts

What can PHP on IBM i do for you

PHP and Databse Access

Openi - Exploring Open Source Solutions on IBM i

Shell Programming

What can PHP on IBM i do for you?

You have no doubt heard about PHP on IBM I and may have found yourself thinking ‘that’s nice, but what can PHP do for me?’ This session sets out to answer that question.

In this session we will take a look at the application modernization capabilities provided by PHP as well as the ability to leverage open source applications utilizing the ubiquitous LAMP stack (although we spell ours iAMP) that PHP along with MariaDB provides for IBM i.

The session will highlight the open source toolkit for calling ILE programs from PHP scripts, the DB2 language extensions that facilitate integrating DB2 access into your PHP programs, and the MariaDB storage engine for deploying open source applications on IBM I while having the data for those applications resident in DB2.

By the end of this session you will be able to answer the “what” question and also found yourself asking the “why” question – as in why haven’t I implemented these solutions yet.


PHP and Database Access

As the “glue” that holds the LAMP stack together, PHP is used both as the language to represent the business logic of a web application as well as leveraging data from various data sources including relational databases.

The session will start out with a look at the basic database access and manipulation functions provided by PHP. From there we will explore the PHP language extensions for accessing and working with data resident in DB2 on IBM i.

Additionally, we will take a look at how PHP accesses MySQL/MariaDB data and how that data can actually be stored in DB2 without any code changes.

Finally, we will take a look at how the PHP language can be used to build solutions from multiple disparate data sources – specifically in our case we will look at how data from DB2 and data from MariaDB can be represented together to deliver holistically (from a data perspective) solutions.

Openi – Exploring Open Source Solutions on IBM i

Open Source solutions continue to be in vogue for businesses large and small and you might be surprised at the wealth of open source solutions that are available for you to leverage directly on the IBM i platform.

This session will explore IBM’s adoption of open source packages and repositories as well as open source solutions available on IBM i including PHP, SAMBA, node.js, Python, and Ruby.

Along the way we well also explore how to install/enable tools such as bash, git, zip, perl and others in the PASE environment. This session will open your eyes to what is possible on your IBM i.

Shell Programming

If you are going to work in the Linux operating system, or PASE for that matter, then understanding how to program in the shell is an important skill that you must possess.

This session will introduce you to the basic shells that are available and go through a number of programming constructions including looping, functions, and I/O processing.


IBM i Trivia - the meeting will conclude with “IBM i Trivia Jeopardy”. There will be a few answers to question. A small prize will be awarded to those who correctly question the answer.


Erwin is currently a Senior Solutions Consultant at Rogue Wave Software working with the Zend line of products (Zend Server, Zend Studio) primarily with IBM i customers.

Prior to starting with Rogue Wave Erwin was a managing consultant in IBMs Lab-Based Services organization responsible for the implementation of cloud-based solutions leveraging IBM’s PowerVC solution as well as Dev/Ops solutions centered around Chef and Docker.

Also played a key role in the propagation of open source technologies in IBMs Power community. Erwin was involved in the initial enablement and rollout of Linux on the Power platform as well as PHP support on IBM i. Erwin has expertise in a variety of technologies including virtualization, storage, networking, and operating systems including AIX, IBM i, and several distributions of Linux including RedHat, SuSE and Ubuntu.

Erwin is a frequent speaker at various user groups and technical conferences and has authored numerous articles on Linux, PHP, virtualization, and systems management.


On Thursday November 29, 2018 Rob Bestgen discusses the world of SQL and Db2

SQL Writing Tips and Techniques

SQL is a very powerful language for processing data. There are many ways to write SQL statements to get the desired results. However, not all queries are created equal. This session will compare different ways to approach a problem from an SQL perspective. Whether it is writing queries or creating stored procedures, taking the right approach for writing SQL helps the database help you.

Handout: SQL Writing Tips and TechniquesRobBestgen

Satisfy 'the Business' with DB2 Web Query

Db2 Web Query for i is a well-known, though likely underutilized, product in the IBM i world. Web Query provides many ways to consolidate and visualize information from data. This session delves into several ways to combine the power of Web Query with Db2 for i to improve your reporting and analytics experience. Wow the business people and empower them to do more themselves. The session will also review how to acquire, download and install the product using the ez-install capability to be up and running quickly (in trial mode.) There are even built in reports to get you started.

Handout: Satisfy the Business using DB2 Web Query

Accessing Data Outside of DB2 for i

There's a world of data out there that can improve and integrate with your own business data. Come to this session to see how the Web and other databases can be available to you via Db2 for i and SQL.

Handout: Accessing Data Outside Of DB2 for i

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Transactional vs analytical SQL

SQL performance got you down? SQL statements looking like spaghetti? Proper database design for the intended usage is important for long term success and good performance. There is a difference between transactional and analytical processing and it is useful to understand the difference. What should an appropriate data model look like? What are the red flags that your data model is not best for your usage? This session will discuss these topics along with strategies for handling cases when analytical processing is required against your transactional data. Additional topics touched on include: - real time vs. ETL transformations - using dimension tables for dates, VINs, customer names and zip codes - Operational Data stores – and Dimensional Data Models.

Handout: Transactional vs Analytical


DataBase Security. Or Leave it to the Hackers

Data has value and it is a critical asset to a business. When a business is "hacked", it means data is stolen or destroyed and the company's reputation is tainted, possibly permanently. Plus, with new compliance laws, there can be legal consequences for not properly securing and managing data. Worse, if you have access to the data, you become a suspect! This session discusses the importance of data, distinguishes different types of data, identifies the many ways data can be breached, and what to do to protect your data. Topics covered include: Personal Information, Security administrative roles, Object level Security, row and column access control, PowerSC, and more.

Handout: Database Security - Or Leave it to the Hackers


IBM i Trivia - the meeting will conclude with “IBM i Trivia Jeopardy”. There will be a few answers to question. A small prize will be awarded to those who correctly question the answer.


Rob Bestgen is an IBM Db2 for i architect and consultant. In his 30+ years at IBM, Rob has held a variety of roles including: database developer, database architect, Business Architect, chief architect of the Db2 for i SQL Query Engine (SQE), and product development manager of various products. Rob is currently a proud member of the Db2 for i Lab Services team, helping customers utilize the amazing capabilities of Db2 for i, IBM i, and Db2 Web Query for i. Rob is also the product development manager for Db2 Web Query for i, the popular IBM i product for query reporting and analytics. Besides working directly with customers, he is also a frequent presenter at user conferences.


Dawn May presented to NHMUG on Thursday September 20, 2018

(With assistance from NHMUG board members)

Meeting Overview

Join the NHMUG meeting on September 20, 2018 that will start with an IBM i 30th birthday review. The rest of the day will be spent reviewing the highlights of IBM i Access Client Solutions and Navigator for i. More details on each of the sessions of the day is below.

IBM i 30th Review and UpdateDawnMay

2018 is the 30th birthday of IBM i. This year, IBM rolled out a set of client success stories to celebrate. This session will review the 30th birthday celebration and showcase some of the customer stories on how companies are using the IBM i in creative and modern ways. There are many companies that use IBM i and this 30th celebration will show how “IBM i is everywhere”.

IBM i Access Client Solutions, Part 1

IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) has become the IBM i administrative client, offering a full set of functions from 5250 terminal sessions, printer output, IFS, database and more. This session will review some of the key features that everyone needs to be aware of and using today.

Highlights will include:

  • Deployment - https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/ibmi/library/i-ibmi-access-client-solutions-2/index.html
  • Secure (SSL) connections
  • Environmental requirements, including which ports, services, and servers are required.
  • Latest ACS Features - mostly Db2, but IFS updates and some Print updates
  • Visual explain and Index Advisor
  • Overview of Run SQL Scrips and IBM i Services
  • Insert from examples
  • How to save your own examples
  • ACS and LAN Console
  • ACS and Open Source

If you plan to attend VTMUG on September 27th, Paul Tuohy is doing an ACS for Programmers session there.

Q&A, General Discussion, NHMUG Meeting Topics

The last 15 minutes of the lunch hour will be for meeting attendees to provide input or ask questions.

What would you like to have on future meeting agendas? Are there any specific speakers would you like to see invited to the meeting? Any IBM i or Power Systems questions are welcome. If you would like to ask your question anonymously, feel free to send it to a board member prior to the meeting.

IBM i Access Client Solutions, Part 2

ACS topics listed above will continue after lunch.

Navigator for i

  • Application Administration
  • Set Target System
  • Favorites
  • Lastest Enhancements
  • Environmental considerations for Navigator
  • General review of Navigator
    • Work management and subsystems
    • Performance tasks - Dashboard, System Monitors, Batch Model Graph History
    • IFS
    • PTFs - compare and update This session will conclude with a review of ACS and Navigator features vs the features of IBM i Client Access and System i Navigator will be provided, noting specifically where there are gaps.


IBM i Trivia - the meeting will conclude with “IBM i Trivia Jeopardy”. There will be a few answers to question. A small prize will be awarded to those who correctly question the answer.


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.