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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories PTF and Service
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 7, 2022

Group PTF apply date

Keeping IBM i up-to-date is becoming more and more important when you look at today's threads. (Just think of December 2021 and the log4j issue.)
As a result of that reporting when an IBM LPAR was protected also becomes more and more important for customers.


Use Case:

A customer did ask us to report when the latest Security group PTF was applied. As a group PTF is build up having dozens of individual PTFs, this is hard to tell. Going from a Group PTF to the individual PTFs part of it and back from the individual PTF back to the group it is part of, is a difficult task. If not almost impossible.


Idea priority High
  • Admin
    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki
    Jul 12, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this Idea and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. CAAC believes providing this information on a PTF screen would be useful to a wide section of the community, and adding an IBM i Service would also be helpful.


    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 Ideas on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your Idea.


    For more information about CAAC, see www.common.org/caac


    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Jul 10, 2022

    https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/mustgather-how-obtain-and-install-qmgtools-and-keep-it-current


    install QMGTOOLS (free from IBM) I

    from command line go mg

    take 24. PTF menu

    1. Compare group PTFs from IBM

    2. Compare HIPER PTFs from IBM

    3. Compare DEFECTIVE PTFs from IBM

  • Guest
    Jun 7, 2022
    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    May 24, 2022

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a HIGH priority requirement that is important to address.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial 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.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Sabine Jordan + Sara Anrdres – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Apr 8, 2022
    This idea is being evaluated.

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Mar 14, 2022

    When using the WRKPTFGRP command, the cumulative PTF package is also displayed. One could say that the cumulative PTF package is just another group PTF, we only call it different ;-)

    With that in mind, when looking at the latest cumulative PTF package details with option 5, the PTF TC21238 and TA21238 are listed, when using option 5 against them the "Symptom strings" are "MARKER PTF".

    If my understanding is correct the apply date of these PTFs will tell you when the cum pack was installed.

  • Guest
    Mar 7, 2022

    The customer did ask us when was the latest Security group PTF installed. That is a fair question I guess. I am not arguing that maybe this has little value, but when audited having the answer ready does not do any harm, does it?

    As IBM is making us to think in group PTFs, which does make sense. Working with install dates for group PTF is logical. At least for the customer, given their question ;-)

  • Guest
    Mar 7, 2022

    No idea if the apply date of the most recent PTF of a group PTF is any indication ?