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Managing Websphere Plugin Config Files

October 30th, 2019 Kenny Smith In some recent customers we've had to install various IBM CLM components on different servers to balance workload for a large user base. When doing this, you need to route traffic through a proxy HTTP server. We've touched on why you need to use an HTTP server before, and remain adamant about it. IBM also…

Understanding how GitHub fits in a mainframe DevOps toolchain.

September 9th, 2019 Kenny Smith If you work on a mainframe, you've almost certainly heard of CA Endeavor, Serena Changeman, IBM SCLM, or Panvalet Librarian. All of which are legacy source code management systems that have been used for decades. Those SCM's simply cannot compete with the features of modern SCM's as we detailed previously. Perhaps your distributed development teams…

Setting up IBM Jazz based tools for Token Licensing

August 7th, 2019 Kenny Smith I've recently worked with a customer who could not find good documentation on how to apply token licenses to his Rational Team Concert server. Here are some concise instructions on how to handle this as the Knowledge center is rather sparse on this topic. This topic applies to several products including: Rational Team Concert (soon…

Installing IBM HTTP Server from an Archive

May 23rd, 2019 Kenny Smith IBM now offers a new and much easier way to install IBM HTTP Server. You can now download IHS as an archive from IBM's fix central. This is available for 9.0.0.6 and above, and is a super fast way to install/setup an HTTP server that properly front ends a WebSphere environment.Installing is as simple as:…

Cheap ways to secure your server

April 11th, 2019 Kenny Smith Before you read too far, this article is for the average small to medium sized business. Most large organizations have dedicated security staff that likely already knows these tactics, but that's not to say they may not learn something here or there. Everyone seems to have a silver bullet for securing your infrastructure. The truth…

Launching a Debug Session for an Existing Module on z/OS

March 7th, 2019 Kenny Smith Using IBM Developer for z Systems you can debug any language on the mainframe. For those who have taken Jon Sayle's classes before, you know you can use IDz to generate JCL that will compile, link, and debug your code. The JCL is generated from a property group. However, what do you do if you…

How to poison a blockchain, and how to prevent it.

February 7th, 2019 Kenny Smith This week, the Gizmodo reported that child porn images were uploadedto the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) core ledger through the payment processing app Money Button. https://gizmodo.com/someone-uploaded-child-pornography-to-a-blockchain-ledg-1832398480 Blockchain is the underlying technology behind Bitcoin, but can be used for far more than just currency trading. The Hyperledger project is an open source project sponsored by several…

Setting up auto start and stop for IBM CLM tools on Windows

January 14th, 2019 Kenny Smith We've blogged before about starting the CLM components on Linux/Unix. Now let's talk about staring it (and stopping it) on Windows platforms. The vast majority of the servers we deploy to are Linux. It's just plain easy to install and configure everything via command line (certainly after many years of experience). However, Windows is (are?)…

Using Filter Pools in IBM Developer for z Systems (IDz)

December 12th, 2018 Kenny Smith What are Filters? Filters are used to display groups or subsets of data sets in the MVS subsystem. Filters can be setup to show all or a portion of datasets within a high level qualifier. They can also be configured to have multiple filter strings such that they can display datasets or portions of datasets…