Thursday, April 30, 2009

Free Iseries Accounts Available

Just found a link to a site that offers free as400 / iseries / ibm i system developers accounts, which will come in very handy. (Especially for me as I dont have access to an as400 at the moment!).

Innovative Systems are the developers of FROG as400 frog

What you get:
One user profile
Personal Library
50MB of storage

You will need to use TN5250 or something similar to access it, and I havent tried it yet, but will request a logon later and report back on success...

The config of the box is:

IBM iSeries Model 170
V5R3 with the latest CUM PTF package
700MB memory
36GB disk (non-mirrored)
All programming language compilers

The guest account request page is accessed by clicking

Any programming or technical questions be directed to the
forums at

IBM i & i5/OS Security & Compliance: A Practical Guide

Get a fresh look at the world of IBM i and i5/OS security in this comprehensive book by one of the industry s leading authorities on security. Security consultant Carol Woodbury takes her extensive experience designing and implementing security on IBM systems and makes it relevant for today s world. Throughout the book, she discusses issues that organizations need to address for compliance requirements, providing best practices as well as alternatives and options for compensating controls when best practices cannot be applied. Building on the foundation laid by the popular Experts Guide to OS/400 & i5/OS Security, this edition features completely updated information throughout. New chapters address compliance requirements for IBM i, implementing role-based access (RBAC), implementing object-level security, and creating a security incident response plan. Carol Woodbury s methodology for implementing object-level security is described in detail. Topics include determining a system s current settings, default access requirements, process access, and the rollout of new application security models. The book presents this information in a clear and informative way that lets even non-security professionals understand and apply the concepts. This book is a must-read for any auditor, system administrator, security officer, or compliance officer who works with IBM i or i5/OS.

Chapter 1: Security The Real Reason You re Reading This Book
Chapter 2: Policies and Procedures
Chapter 3: Security at the System Level
Chapter 4: The Facts About User Profiles
Chapter 5: Service Tools Security
Chapter 6: Object-Level Security
Chapter 7: Security Considerations for the IFS
Chapter 8: Securing Your Printed Output
Chapter 9: Encryption
Chapter 10: Connecting to the System
Chapter 11: Internet Security
Chapter 12: Evaluating Applications Current Implementations and Designing New Ones Chapter 13: Role-based Access (RBAC)
Chapter 14: Role-based Access for IT
Chapter 15: Auditing
Chapter 16: Implementing Object-Level Security
Chapter 17: Maintaining Compliance
Chapter 18: Preparing for the Worst: Creating a Security Incident Response Plan Chapter 19: Creating a Security Awareness Program

About the Author
Carol Woodbury is president of SkyView Partners, Inc., a firm she co-founded in 2002 that specializes in security policy compliance software and remediation services. Carol has worked in the field of security since 1990. She worked for IBM in Rochester, Minnesota, for 16 years, the last 10 of which were spent as team leader of the OS/400 security development team and chief engineering manager for AS/400 security. Carol is an award-winning speaker who speaks around the world on the topic of security. She is also an award-winning writer and serves as a technical expert on security topics for numerous publications

Halcyon systems management demo COMMON 2009

Halcyon Software, demonstrates the enterprise console and message communicator products for IBM i at COMMON 2009 in Reno, Nev

Ajax on the AS400

Alex from Profound Logic explains the concepts of AJAX...

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Zend PHP for IBM i demonstration at COMMON 2009

Zend Core, Zend studio for Eclipse IDE, and the Zend Platform demo by Mike Pavlak of Zend

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kisco Releases Twitter Interface for System i

Saranac Lake, NY, April 21, 2009:

Kisco Information Systems
( today announced the release of a new interface to the Twitter
social networking service. SNDTWEET runs on the IBM System i and can be
used to post messages through Twitter.

Twitter can appear to be an unusual application for the IBM System i community.
When you log in to create your Twitter account, the objective presented to you is
an emphasis on “What Are You Doing?”, a questionable business need. If,
however, you think of Twitter as an SMS service (Short Message Service), a
concept that has been around for a much longer period of time, then you can
start to see through the hype to find that this can be used for very legitimate
purposes in your System i shop. A Twitter post is called a "Tweet" and is a
character based message with a limit of 140 characters. Twitter has the ability to
share event information immediately with multiple users, connecting to them on
their PCs, cell phones or PDAs.

Some good uses that Kisco recommends for Twitter include:

• System Monitoring - You can add the SNDTWEET to your CL programs to
send out notifications when the program is done or when error situations
are encountered.

• Message Monitoring - You can set up a program to monitor your system
operator message queue. If a message is sent that requires a response,
your monitoring program can react by sending a Tweet to put your
following users on notice that there is a problem.

• User Tweets - Twitter can be used to enhance communication between
team members on a development project, or any other project for that
matter. If your development team are located in physically different places,
Twitter can help improve the level of communication between team
members. When one person gets something done or identifies an issue, it
can be immediately shared with all team members.

• File Monitoring - You may have a situation where you want to “watch” file
update activity for a critical file or for a file that should not normally be
updated. You could implement a file trigger program for the watched file
and then have that trigger program submit a Tweet when update activity
(or delete activity, etc) takes place.

• Company Promotions - many companies are finding that Twitter is a great
way to keep customers and potential customers on board with current
events. With a simple CL program, you could have your marketing (or
other) folks maintain a database of future Tweets to be sent and have
them go out on a regular schedule.

• Personal Tweets - The SNDTWEET command can be used for any Twitter
account. All you need to supply is your Twitter ID and password and you
can send a Tweet for any account.

SNDTWEET, is priced at $295.00 for a single partition installation on any IBM
System i computer including Power Systems, i5, iSeries and AS400. For
companies with several systems, Kisco offers multiple-license discounts. An
LPAR price of $495.00 lets you install SNDTWEET in multiple partitions for a
single price.. Kisco Information Systems offers a free 30-day evaluation of the
product that can be downloaded with complete software documentation in PDF
format from To obtain a free evaluation on CD
call Kisco at (518) 897-5002 or e-mail

Monday, April 06, 2009

AS400 Technical Expert - MQ on iSeries for Oman

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VAM SYSTEMS is currently looking for Technical Expert - MQ on iSeries for our Oman operations with the following skill set and terms and c conditions:

Skill Set required:

Providing guidelines and fine tuning of MQ implementation on iSeries platform.

Experience Required: minimum 3 yrs.

Terms and conditions:

Joining time frame : 2 weeks (maximum 4 weeks)

The selected candidates shall join VAM SYSTEMS – Oman and shall be deputed to one of the leading Banks in Oman.

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