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

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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Continuous Integration using Jenkins and More…

I recently attended an online meeting with the MAGIC user group which showed how to install and set up Jenkins on the IBM i for Continuous Integration purposes. The installation and configuration all seemed very easy when explained by Wim […]

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RE4i with RDi

Some time ago we built a product that would allow objects to be replicated between systems without the need to use FTP. This is very useful to us when we develop changes to our products and need to replicate the […]

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