About Chris Hird

I have been around the IBM i or it’s predecessors (AS/400, iSeries, i5, System i etc.) for about 24 years now. I started after being retrained by IBM from a Buyer into a programmer! I always loved to get involved […]

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Employer Info

What we do! We develop solutions for High Availability and Disaster Recovery which we distribute through a network of partners and web based portals. If you wish to contact us please visit our website at http://www.shieldadvanced.com. The blog and website […]

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Downloads

We no longer provide a download link for the IBM i 5733 SC1 option. We removed the downloads from the Blog sometime ago due to a lot of abuse, we may decide to put up some new downloads in the […]

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Interests

As you can tell from my posts I am very passionate about the IBM i and the ‘C’ programming language. PHP is really similar to ‘C’ so it has become my favorite language for building website content, however I use […]

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Latest Blog

Setting up a terminal for SSH and QP2TERM Access

I was discussing the use of shells on the Ryver forum for #IBMIOSS with a colleague who wanted to be able to use one shell for his QP2ETRM access and another for his SSH access. I have had numerous issues […]

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Attention Light on new Power8 set up

We recently logged a Hardware PMR with IBM due to an attention light which kept coming on on the new Power8 system we have just set up. The light would come on at the same time every day and messages […]

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New Support Process for Shield Products

We have been looking at better ways to manage any support requests that we get for our products that would allow users to track their own problems plus find any matching problems from other clients.  Its not that we get […]

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Installing Virtual HMC.

As part of our recent new system purchase we found that our existing HMC is no longer able to connect and configure the system partitions that we required. We did look at using Virtual Partition Manager as a substitute but […]

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Three Things You May Not Know About High Availability for IBMi

1. The price of High Availability for the IBMi can be affordable. Shield has been providing HA solutions for the market for close to 20 years. Says President Chris Hird, “Our products are reliable and affordable. In most cases HA4i […]

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Zip tools for IBM i added to Open Source repository

We have added ZLIB which is an Open Source Zip/Unzip suite for IBM i to the Git Hub Repository at https://github.com/ChrisHird/ZLIB . The source is not ours but has been modified to allow it to be compiled and run on […]

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Getting ready for Open Source development

Be aware this is a long post with lots of pictures If you you have an interest in developing and using Open Source solutions you should get involved in a couple of new groups. First one is the LinkedIn IBM […]

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Job Tracking Solution – JT4i – New Product Launch from Shield

Shield launched a new product solution JT4i – Job Tracking for IBMi. Press Release:Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd, leading providers of High Availability Software, announced a new product, JT4i. The job tracking solution for IBMi brings a fresh approach, and is […]

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IBMi and Open Source

Every now and then we get a bit of time to take a look at some of the newer technology IBM is bringing out for the IBMi, we were particularly interested in the improved support for Open Source promised for […]

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Utilities aimed at IBMi journal management

Lots of code we develop can be multi purposed and used to develop simple yet effective tools to allow users to better handle some of the complexities that technology such as journalling brings with it. To that end and in […]

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