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i5/OS Fix Ordering Enhancements for V5R4

Send PTF Order command a new ordering option.

Send PTF Order command a new ordering option.

Historically, SNA connectivity over an SDLC modem was the way i5/OS* connected to IBM to order Program Temporary Fixes (PTFs). In V4R5, i5/OS introduced TCP/IP support using PPP and VPN. This allows the customer to have different choices of connectivity, including modem connection, direct LAN connection over the Internet and ISP. Now with V5R4, i5/OS introduces the ability to connect using HTTP and HTTPS. This enhancement enables i5/OS to order fixes over one of the most commonly used technologies of the industry.

In i5/OS, the Electronic Customer Support (ECS) function provides the ability to order PTFs by connecting via the Send PTF Order (SNDPTFORD). The PTFs ordered can either be downloaded electronically or mailed on physical media to the customer's location.

With this new connectivity option, i5/OS also introduces some other features for PTF ordering, such as the ability to:

  • Download larger amounts of data
  • Specify the maximum size of data to be downloaded electronically
  • Order PTFs in image format
  • Use new keywords for ordering the cumulative PTF package and some PTF groups
  • Electronically download a new level of the cumulative PTF package customized for your system

Downloading larger amounts of data. Now you can configure the connectivity by either calling the Universal Connection Wizard from the iSeries* Navigator or using the Create Service Configuration (CRTSRVCFG) command. While configuring, if the chosen connectivity is over the LAN, then the maximum size for downloading PTFs is basically unlimited. This option lets you download a complete cumulative PTF package or a PTF group electronically, whereas cumulative PTF packages on previous releases were always delivered on CD.

Specifying the maximum size of data to be downloaded. The default values for downloading PTFs in V5R4 can be modified using the Set User Policy (QPDETPOL) API and can be retrieved using the Retrieve Policy Data (QPDETRTV) API. The maximum value for both connectivity options is unlimited (NOMAX), and the minimum value is 100 MB. The default value for LAN connectivity is unlimited, modem connectivity is 100 MB.

(Tip: If you plan to download large amounts of data, such as the cumulative PTF packages, use LAN connectivity since a modem connection can require a large amount of time.)

With V5R4, i5/OS introduces the ability to connect using HTTP and HTTPS. This enhancement enables i5/OS to order fixes over one of the most commonly used technologies of the industry.

Gustavo Tejeda works in the i5/OS Software Service with IBM. Gustavo can be reached at gustavot@mx1.ibm.com.


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