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

Take A Moment For A Seasonal Health Check

As the seasons change and we wind our clocks forwards or back, we are reminded that in the Autumn heavy snow and strong winds bring the power lines down, and Spring thaws and tides bring floods. During 2017 we have […]

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Celebrating 20 Years

2017 marks a significant year for Shield Advanced Solutions, our 20th year in operation in Canada. Shield Advanced is a private Limited company created by founder and owner Chris Hird. From a long history in IT, in particular the mid-range […]

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Running multiple versions of php under Nginx

We have a situation where we need to run multiple versions of PHP on a single Nginx instance. From the information we have gleaned and the limited knowledge we have on the Nginx -> php-fpm process it looks like we […]

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Access IBM i via Linux Nginx.

We have a number of clients who are running iAMP as their IBM i HTTP/PHP server. Aura have not supported iAMP for a very long time and have been reluctant to share the build process etc. so it has become […]

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Collaboration in the IBM i Circle

Every year Shield Advanced Solutions, attends Common’s annual event and Expo where we connect and reconnect with the Power Systems and IBM i businesses and more importantly some of the best specialized professionals in this field from around the world!It’s […]

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NGINX install

There is a recent post from Jesse Grozinski A-Tale-of-Two-Web-Servers which gives some information about the addition of NGINX to the IBM i suite of HTTP Servers. We feel that the post needed a little more detail for those of us who are less […]

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Installing git and getting our first Open Source Software

In the previous post I discussed the fact that we have two Open Source camps on the IBM i, I believe the easiest start into the community for many is going to be via the ILE camp. If this is […]

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Getting Started with Open Source using what you already know.

One of the problems many people have with Open Source on the IBM i is know just where to start.  I think some of this can be contributed to the way we have started the conversations with all of the […]

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Shield’s Notification Process

Shield has introduced a new Notification Process for customers. Register now to take advantage of Notifications.If and when changes and updates are made to any of our products, you will be informed. Links in the email allow you to download […]

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HA4i Improvements

We are constantly improving our products and have recently pushed a number of significant changes through for our HA4i product. One area we are always looking for improvements is in the audit process and the recent releases have included a […]

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