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

Flavour of the Month… Migration

Currently popular in the Shield office seems to be requests for data migration…. and why not? There are 1 – 2 – 3 benefits…. 1) We use Shield’s own replication software to do the job. 2) The customer doesn’t have […]

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Canada Proud!

IBM i specialist company Shield Advanced Solutions Ltd., is Canada-proud! From the North West corner of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), in Ontario, Shield has been providing services and solutions around the world for more than twenty years! Is your […]

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Long-standing Expertise!

As 2019 begins, we reflect on another accomplished year of Shield Advanced Solutions providing High Availability solutions for customers using IBM i! Known by the original release name as “AS/400”, the platform and its operating system have morphed over the […]

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intERPrise Sample UI

One of the stipulations we have built into the Open Source project is that we are not going to add any ISV based requirements on the install of the product. However where it comes to the UI we have to […]

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Fully Free Format RPG !

The intERPrise Open Source project had taken the decision to implement ‘Fully Free Format’ RPG to ensure that the code we are shipping is the latest and greatest code we can develop. However due to the restrictions imposed within the […]

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intERPrise Sample RDi to iProject(RDi) setup

While the development environment is a personal choice and we do not force any specific IDE on the contributors we are still building the layouts for the code which will meet the requirements of GitHub. A recent issue raised on […]

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Time for the Community to take action

We are working on the intERPrise Open Source project and need the IBM i community to stand up and be counted! For us to deliver this project we need to make sure that we develop it using the latest tools […]

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IntERPrise – Open Source for IBM i

Pittsburgh, PA,┬áCommon Fall Conference : 15 October 2018The initial Alpha Announcement of IntERPrise was announced by a team of International IBM i community developers. IntERPrise is an industrial strength, Native, data centric, multi-tier, ILE and DB2 database which will be […]

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Support details HA4i and JT4i

Just a gentle reminder to customers about the new support process for JT4i and HA4i.We have introduced a support portal which uses OSTicket to allow the submission and tracking of support requests. As part of the portal we have introduced […]

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Let’s ‘C’ some IFS locks

I was recently asked about how to retrieve information about what jobs were locking a particular IFS object which is something we covered in a post back in July 2012. IBM does provide a program which allows you to retrieve […]

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