Aaron,

I've actually done this using an AJS job, runs every other Tuesday afternoon - 15:30
The latest hyper groups are released every other Tuesday morning.
Also created a job to gather and summarize all PTF cover letters waiting to be applied.
The resulting spoolfiles are auto emailed using InfoPrintServer.


SYSPTFGRP - Dwnld all latest GRP PTF SNDPTFORD PTFID((SF99711)
10 SNDPTFORD PTFID((SF99711)) CHKPTF(*YES)
20 OVRPRTF FILE(QPDSPLOG) HOLD(*NO) SAVE(*YES) USRDTA(PTF)
30 DSPLOG OUTPUT(*PRINT) MSGID(CPI35E9 CPI35E8)

SYSPTFCOV - Print PTF Cover Summary
10 DSPPTF LICPGM(*ALL) SELECT(*ALL) RLS(*ALL) OUTPUT(*OUTFILE) OUTFILE...
20 CPYF FROMFILE(QGPL/QAPZCOVER) TOFILE(QGPL/QAPZCOVERC) FROMMBR(*ALL)...
30 CALL PGM(PTFCOVER) /* Select Desription of Problem */
40 RUNQRY QRY(PTFCOVSUM) /* Matching Rcd selecting *NOTAPY *SAVFONLY */

Paul

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Aaron Bartell
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2015 2:54 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Applying updates to IBM i

Wowza! GROUP_PTF_CURRENCY is perfect! More docs:
http://bit.ly/developerWorks-GROUP_PTF_CURRENCY

Thinking of how to streamline... So once I know which PTFs need updating then in theory I could automate the ordering/retrieval of them using SNDPTFORD?

This would be a nice addition to IBM i Dash: http://bit.ly/litmis-ibmidash


Aaron Bartell
litmis.com - Services for open source on IBM i


On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 1:43 PM, <rob@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

As a general rule I go to fix central and order the cume and all
groups once a quarter and put those on.
Once you have your list of groups populated then you can do something
like you requested. See QSYS2.GROUP_PTF_CURRENCY. It will compare
your groups with what is the current level at IBM.

There's also "recommended" fixes listed at
http://www-912.ibm.com/s_dir/slkbase.nsf/recommendedfixes

Various vendors will also list PTF's. Domino, Infor, etc.

Rob Berendt
--
IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1 Group Dekko Dept 1600
Mail to: 2505 Dekko Drive
Garrett, IN 46738
Ship to: Dock 108
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http://www.dekko.com





From: Aaron Bartell <aaronbartell@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 12/18/2015 02:03 PM
Subject: Re: Applying updates to IBM i
Sent by: "MIDRANGE-L" <midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx>



For the archives: http://bit.ly/ibmi-maint-strategy (IBM's website).

Question: Is there a tool that lists your currently installed IBM i
software and whether there are updates for it? I'd imagine such a
tool would be in IBM Systems Director Navigator for i, but
unfortunately it isn't working on this particular system (Server 500 error).

But maybe fix central works better now.

So far so good.


Aaron Bartell
litmis.com - Services for open source on IBM i


On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 11:09 AM, Bradley Stone <bvstone@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I've done it on my machine a few times. It's one of those things
that I didn't do often and each time took some work remembering
(similar to changing cache battery packs.. ugh..)

I recall using fix central and it worked 1/2 the time. Other times
I
was
forced to download images and install them with these instructions:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1013745

Not fun, no. But maybe fix central works better now.

My next step will most likely going to a cloud solution when I'm
forced
to
update. Then I won't have to worry about PTFs or cache battery packs..
just that the company stays in business as long as me. :)

Brad
www.bvstools.com

On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 9:52 AM, Aaron Bartell
<aaronbartell@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

I am forcing myself to step further into IBM i admin
responsibilities
so
I
can have a better understanding. My next step is learning how to
apply
updates (CUM, PTF, etc). I've done it before, but it is like once
ever
couple years. I started looking at SNDPTFORD as it relates to a
specific
PTF I wanted to install (for Node.js) but then realized maybe I
should
just
do *CUMPKG and I would get the PTF in there (based on my CUM
understanding). And after I pondered that I realized I need a
high
level
overview of how best to approach keeping an IBM i up to date.

Does anybody have such a resource to point me at? I've found many
bits
and
pieces here and there, but nothing that gives a high level
overview
and
best practices.

Thanks,
Aaron Bartell
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