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

Job Tracking for IBMi and recovery

We have nearly finished the internal testing phase of our Job Tracking product JT4i and are now looking for some external clients that would be willing to test in their real life environments. Job Tracking is something that is never […]

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Shield Spreads The Word : Quality Can Be Affordable!

Shield Advanced Solutions is heading out on the road again this year. Our message continues to be the same –“Lower price doesn’t mean lower quality or less functionality.”Shield has been providing products and services for IBM i and its predecessors […]

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Object Distribution and RE4i

As a development company we are always updating objects on our development systems and need to transfer them to our test systems. This can be a very intensive process when the objects have to be sent to each of our […]

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What do Shield’s Customers have in Common?

Over the years we have seen a shift from the simple need for backup and recovery, to a requirement for customers to have full access to systems and data 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. […]

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HA4i Version 7.1 PTF05

What could be the last PTF for HA4i Version 7.1 is now available for download. We say the last because the newest version of HA4i (7.2) is announced and in the final throws of being packaged for delivery to clients. […]

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JQG4i integration with LVLT4i

One of the challenges and benefits of LVLT4i is the use of iASP technology for storage of the clients data. For recovery you need to be able to re-direct the apply process for all of the data and objects to […]

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Filtering journaled object creations in LVLT4i, HA4i and DR4i

I was asked about the ability of our products to filter content within a journal. The problem is a common problem and one which affects us due to our policy of applying everything within the journal (some products will create […]

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System recovery with LVLT4i

One of the questions we get asked a lot when discussing the technology within LVLT4i is how would a recovery of the customers system look. Obviously every recovery is going to be different but a basic set of guidelines and […]

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Ensuring your space objects are replicated

An unfortunate system loss at one of our customers highlighted a problem which resulted in the loss of data from a couple of objects. The system loss was experienced on the target side of the replication environment so no production […]

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System and Software for journaling system objects patent EP 1559019 A1

To view the above patent please click here. Why the interest My interest was peaked by a recent LinkedIn comment about how using the Audit Journal to capture replication requests was a poor design choice. I have been developing High […]

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