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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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

IBM i – What to Ask?

Listening to technical conversations during the Annual Conference for Mid-Atlantic Group of IBM i Collaborators (MAGiC)…. I heard some common elements….. “You don’t know, what you don’t know!”…… and sometimes, one can discover there are very commonly-known aspects, which everyone […]

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What does Shield Bring to the Availability Table?

Shield Advanced Solutions has quietly been here for more than 22 years – providing independent Availability solutions for the IBM i. Shield’s products are known for being highly effective, and yet simple to use. With current, fresh code they are […]

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Using PHP/NGINX and ODBC to connect to IBM i from Linux

We decided to test out the ability to connect to the IBM i using a NGINX Server with php-fpm and ODBC. We already run NGINX with php-fpm for connecting to our IBMi but we use Easycom as the glue that […]

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It’s Time For MAGiC!

Check out the high profile speakers and educators available to the MAGiC Annual Conference! If you missed COMMON and run an IBM i shop…. this might be for you! Mid Atlantic Group of IBM i Collaborators (MAGiC) is the newest […]

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Setting up SSH Access to IBM i

This is mainly for my reference as I do this operation so few times I can hardly ever remember how to do it. Linux set up is by far a lot easier as most of it is done for you […]

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LODRUN and QINSTAPP

There is a very nice feature that IBM i provides which allows a program to be called from within a Save File which is not well documented. Originally we used the same functionality from Tape and Optical to allow us […]

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Job Tracking Update.

When IBM announced the availability of a new Job Tracking capability for IBM i in Version 7.4 we were very excited and despondent at the same time. Despondent because the JT4i product could become obsolete as IBM was now offering […]

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New Object Distribution Product RE4i

We have mentioned before that we have been developing a method to allow objects to be distributed via RDi User Commands. RE4i is the resulting product which is available for download on our Downloads page attached to the Blog. The […]

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Join Virginia Beach MAGiC!

News Flash – Register with code magic-shield to save $100!Register at – magic-ug.org It’s official, Shield Advanced Solutions is a proud sponsor for the 2019 Annual Virginia Beach IBM i Conference. The newest IBM i User Group in North America […]

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V7R2 – V7R3 Upgrade issues

We are moving our development OS from V7R2 to V7R3 and came across a problem which stopped the system. We Googled the problem and did find one mention of a problem which appeared to match our symptoms but was for […]

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