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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 17, 2018

The i5/OS Scheduler always starts at each IPL, unless you start up in a restricted state

The i5/OS Scheduler always starts at each IPL, unless you start up in a restricted state. There are times when you are IPLing the machine, and you want the machine to come up, but not have any jobs on the scheduler be released. For example, an i5/OS upgrade, or other maintenance windows

Use Case:

Add another item for CHGIPLA, which has start job SCHEDULER (*YES or *NO).

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 4, 2022
    A new special value of has been added to the Hold Job Schedule Entry (HLDJOBSCDE) and the Release Job Schedule Entry (RLSJOBSCDE) commands to allow the job scheduler to be held and released. The new special value *JOBSCD can be found on the Job name (JOB) parameter of these two commands. When you specify JOB(*JOBSCD) on the HLDJOBSCDE command, no jobs will be submitted until the scheduler is released using the same option of JOB(*JOBSCD) on the RLSJOBSCDE command.

    The status of the job schedule entries is not changed when using this new special value. Only the status of the scheduler itself will be changed (HLD/RLS) as viewed in the new Status field on the Work with Job Schedule Entries (WRKJOBSCDE) display.

    For more information, see the following command documentation in IBM Documentation:

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Sep 17, 2021

    This changes outlined in the previous update are in progress.

  • Guest
    Dec 4, 2020

    The current proposal is to add a new special value to HLDJOBSCDE and RLSJOBSCDE commands which will signal an event to the job scheduler job to stop all submissions (or restart submissions, similar to what happens when coming out of restricted state). Changes to the job schedule entries will be allowed while the scheduler is held.

  • Guest
    Oct 30, 2019

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Work Management and Messaging
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Dec 5, 2018

    This was briefly at "Planned for Future Release" status. It was intended to be "Uncommitted Candidate" status, so changing that now.

  • Guest
    Nov 5, 2018

    IBM agrees with this request and a solution appears to be desirable and feasible.

  • Guest
    Sep 11, 2018

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. With the current migration to POWER9, saving from one system to another, it is important to not start the scheduler until the data has been verified.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager