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My ideas: PTF and Service

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IBM i PTF notification

Customer raise an concern on IBMi PTF notification: 1) Customer has set up notifications in Fix Central.2) Customer review IBM recommend PTFs regularly: However, customer noticed some of t...
over 6 years ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 3 Not under consideration

Allow PTF Download Throttling

PTF downloading is built to open many parallel sockets to increase throughput.This works too well at times. The process is capable of consuming virtually all of the internet bandwidth at our shop.Being able to limit downloads by number of simultan...
over 7 years ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 5 Not under consideration

IBM to allow IBM Download Director to explicitly support NTLMv2 as an authentication method

At our bank, usually we download patches for our iSeries servers from IBM Fix Central website using FTP non-secured. But recently IBM stopped supporting anonymous/unsecure FTP clients and allows only Secure FTP (SFTP). Unfortunately, we are not ab...
over 2 years ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 8 Not under consideration

Stop accidently IPL when using 8. Install program temporary fix package

Prevent accidental IPL during installation of PTFS to be applied at a later date. Menu PTF option 8, "Install Options for Program Temporary Fixes" is used to install downloaded PTFS to the IBMi. The default option 8 is, "Automatic IPL . . . . . . ...
about 7 years ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 3 Not under consideration

Prevent GO PTF option 8 from unintentionally IPL'ing the system when ptf's

I would like the ability, for setting a system value (WRKSYSVAL), to change the default parameter on menu PTF option 8,” Install program temporary fix package” from "Y' to “N”. Many times, I just wish to install a cume or group ptf during the week...
over 2 years ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 3 Not under consideration


when you copy a ptf by the command CPYPTF .if you choise *SAVF It is not possible to send at the same time the savfs necessary for the processing of this PTFalso my dedande is to have this possibility for dispatch my ptfs to all my partitionsthank...
over 3 years ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 2 Not under consideration

Streamline PTF Process

The PTF process feels antiquated. It would be nice to be able to use a package manager to handle this. This new command would be for installation, upgrade and viewing installed / available ptfs. In pase: ptf install XXXXXX # apply permanentptf tem...
over 4 years ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 4 Not under consideration

Hardware Problem Reporting on 7895 model

Currently, the traditional TEST request generated by SNDSRVRQS ACTION(*TEST) or GO SERVICE option 15. Send test problem is sent to IBM Rochester Hardware Support Team. The 7895 is not supported in Rochester, thus any TEST request fails. Call Home ...
over 7 years ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 1 Not under consideration

Allow IBM i connection to Fix Central to download PTF iso image files to also use port 990 as well as port 21 for secure downloads.

My company has threatened to disallow a connection to Fix Central using port 21 even if it is secure. This would prohibit the ability to download iso image files from Fix Central to the IBM i. Right now if the command FTP <fix-central> SECCN...
about 1 year ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 2 Not under consideration

Create a System Status and PTF info routine that can be used to easily send that info to Support when needed. Perhaps a CL commadn SNDSYSINFO or something like that.

While SYSSNAP in QMGTOOLS is fine, it does take "centuries" to run, and then the customer has to collect the data and transmit it to IBM Support when needed. The request is to create a simple service command that sends all that related info to IBM...
over 1 year ago in IBM i / PTF and Service 2 Not under consideration