I’d like to take a moment and remind everyone of the first rule of software upgrades … no mater how confident you are of your upgrade procedure, it is absolutely critical that you …

BACKUP YOUR DATA!

I’m currently dealing with a situation where someone did not do a backup before performing a upgrade, and the upgrade had some kind of glitch, and they have been down for 2 days now.

If they had done a backup, like the instructions indicated, we could have restored the backup and retried the upgrade, saving a lot of work a number of fronts.

So, please, do a backup before you run your upgrade. It will save you a lot of headaches in the long run. It doesn’t mater what platform you’re using … iSeries, Windows, *nix, Apple, etc. Do a backup.

On the iSeries I recommend you backup the appropriate libraries to a save file with compression and save access paths (so the restore will go faster).

About David:
David is a Principal Software Engineer for PTC, Integrity Business Unit. He cut his teeth on the S/36 and has more than 25 years of experience on the IBM i / System i / iSeries / AS400. He primarily works in Java and ILE RPG specializing in cross platform integrations. David has received the COMMON Distinguished Service award and was named an IBM Power Systems Champion. David is an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. He is currently captain of Team RED Chicago. David runs and maintains midrange.com. His personal blog is Geeky Ramblings.