Our title’s Latin translation is “scraped tablet” or “blank slate”. I find it fitting since I intend to talk about the ‘best’ way to fully erase your system using native iSeries support. This question arises frequently when Disaster Recovery testing is performed at an offsite location or company has upgraded their iSeries and is relocating the old box. Most businesses require system is totally scrubbed before hand-off.

Over the years I have seen many methods used to clear user data off of iSeries. One of the most simple methods I’ve seen is:

  • DLTLIB on all user libraries

But then you have to worry about folders, user profiles, spooled files, output queues, job queues, network attributes, authorization lists…. some folks pursue this list in perpetuity, but I don’t feel this is the right approach.
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