Archive for September, 2012

HA4i Version 7.1 GA Announcement

September 10th, 2012

Shield is pleased to announce the availability of HA4i Version 7.1 the latest version of our High Availability product. The latest version comes with many new features and functionality of which the most important is the new apply process which provides an alternative to the existing *IBM apply. The product will continue to support the APYJRNCHG technology via a setting in the config files that determines the type of Apply process to be used (*IBM uses the APYJRNCHG command while the *SAS uses a new Direct Apply technology that updates the objects directly from the Remote Journal content). switching between the types of apply can be carried out using the interfaces provided with minimal impact or user input. The apply processes support Commitment Control and will manage Triggers and Re-Use Deleted record files regardless of the type of Apply selected.

There are many new features added in this release many being updates to existing features which make them more user friendly and useable. Audits have been improved to provide a much better picture of the state of the 2 systems and what problems if any exist. Automated repair functions allow the audits to run and any objects which are found to be in error repaired immediately.

If you are looking for a High Availability Solution or simple want to reduce the cost of an existing installation let us know, we are sure we can provide you with a competitive quote. For any orders placed before the end of 2012 we are also bundling the JQG4i product with HA4i at a reduced price, this means you can now have a fully supported High Availability solution which has Job Queue Content replication for a very affordable cost.

Call us for a quote, you may be very surprised at just how affordable High Availability Solution can be. We have over 20 years experience in the High Availability space and Shield has been developing solutions for High Availability and similar applications since 1997.


Application Modernization, High Availability

New command to save selected objects to a save file

September 6th, 2012

Every wanted to be able select a number of objects from within a library and save them to a save file! Well are always saving different objects from libraries to save files so we did. As we are always saving a selective number of objects from a single library, having to type in each individual item with the SAVOBJ command just drove us nuts! Not only that, but where we had different object types with the same name caused issues because we could not filter them out sufficiently well enough using the command, so we had to build our own.

HA4i has had the ability to sync objects between systems in this manner for many years, we use it generally to allow objects to be synchronized between our development and test environments or simply to add them to remote systems with minimal fuss. But this need to be able to just save the objects to a single save file which would be passed in by the user. Most of the interface which was built for the HA4i SYNCLST command would be used, we just added a couple of new options and removed those which made no sense (we don’t care about the system type and the target ASP etc.). Another feature we felt was important was to be able to add compression to the process, so you can now determine what compression is used when saving the objects to the save file.

So HA4i now has a new tool in its tool bag, SAVLSAVF is a command which will list all of the objects in a library out to a display. The user simply selects which objects they want to save to the save file and the objects are saved after the user has finished. We have built in a feature which allows the user to change the selected objects as desired, so if they miss an item they can simply go back and select it before confirming the save is to commence. This also allows you to deselect an object before the save as well.

The new objects are part of the new release of HA4i which is going to be announced very shortly, the new version has a lot of new features and options which make it a premier HA solution for the IBMi. As part of the new announcement we will also bundle the JQG4i with the HA4i product with some special pricing for any deals closed before the end of the year.


Application Modernization, C Programming System i5, Disaster recovery, High Availability, Systems Management

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