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

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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It’s Like Insurance for Your IBM i Job Queues

Backups in whatever form are insurance to keep the integrity of your data safe and retrievable. High Availability is an ultimate form of backup, whether to a cloud or another system – captures everything, switchable, easy to retrieve and restore, […]

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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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