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I thought this last paragraph was very interesting.

Finally, if you are running so-called "patched" or "system state" programs,
like the old Fast400 governor buster, V5R4 is not going to let you do this
any more. As part of the security enhancements in i5/OS, the software will
not let programs go down into the microcode layer anymore. By letting
independent software vendors do this, IBM left itself open to the whole
Fast400 debacle and also left open a potential security risk on its AS/400,
iSeries, and i5 servers. Now, that hole is plugged. Jarman was kind in
describing why this was happening, and he didn't bring up Fast400, which
has gone out of business after its founder settled a lawsuit with IBM late
last year. "There were some ISVs who wrote in microcode for good reasons,
and we have been helping them with APIs so they are not disrupted by this



I have worked up a quick program that should be run before upgrading to
v5r4 to recognize these programs.


Bryan Dietz
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