IBM Promotions and Incentives – September 2012 

Receive up to 25% off of IBM Power 740 Express:

Receive IBM i OS license at no charge when you move up to Power 7:


Receive IBM After license fee discount for IBM i OS:



MSSi Receives IBM Power Systems Specialty Elite Certification


As a leading IBM Premier Business Partner, MSSi achieved this certification based on our 42 IBM professional certifications, investment in resources, in addition to our proven ability to consistently sell and install IBM Power Systems solutions.
"Our last few Customer Satisfaction Surveys were always above 95% satisfied in every area measured," said Steve Marinak, MSSi founder and president. "Along with this MSSI conducts an Annual Customer Appreciation Day each April. We have conducted this event for 7 years and it has become a catalyst for building business relationships early each year. Customers attend from near and far for a chance to glean the latest Power Systems information from technical experts visiting from IBM’s Rochester Power Systems headquarters. MSSI utilizes IBM’s Partner Programs to assist with the marketing of this event, and others throughout the year."
MSSi now holds the IBM Specialty Elite Certification for Power Systems.
We are authorized for IBM Power Systems, Storage, System x, Business Analytics, Information Management, Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere.



Today's Feature: Security Tools for IBM i Clients 

Growth for customers often presents many challenges, one of which is maintaining a larger number of systems and partitions. Common problems that arise are how to create uniformity in user management across platforms, establish an easy way to maintain multiple passwords and enforce a universal password policy. Addressing these issues can greatly reduce help desk tickets and, therefore; save time and money. IBM STG Lab Services has developed tools to assist customers with their user management needs.

Network Password Synchronization Tool
- When users keep synchronized passwords, there is less likelihood that a user will disable themselves on partitions that are infrequently used. This is a Java web based application that allows users to change their IBM i passwords from one place. The interface also includes capability for an administrator to reset another user's password. Other than being used as a password synchronization GUI, the tool can be called via a HTTPS request and tied into a customer's existing programs; for example, on an IBM i exit point.

Microsoft Active Directory to IBM i User Synchronization
- A regular task of user management is creating, deleting, enabling and disabling users on a partition. This is a Java program that runs on a scheduled basis that binds with Microsoft Active Directory to check for changes to Active Directory user accounts. Based on the changes to the Active Directory accounts, the program automatically performs an equivalent action on the IBM i partitions configured in an XML file. Changes detected include: a user joining a group, a user being enabled, a user being disabled and a user being deleted.

Password Validation for IBM i
- IBM i has a set of system values that control the password policy on a partition. This tool accounts for any password checking that cannot be covered by the system values on a customer's version and release of IBM i. This is a program that is attached to the password validation exit point of IBM i and can be customized to fit any customer's needs. The common implementation of this tool checks the password for words that are disallowed by a customer configured list and to see if the password contains the user profile itself.

Please contact Midrange Support & Service if you have any questions or need assistance in any of these areas.


Rational Developer Summer School Recap

On August 20th MSSi held another great event... RD Summer School


Our first Rational Developer Summer School program was held at PEAK10 Data Center in Fort, Lauderdale. (For those of you who were unable to attend please see the information at the bottom for a link on how you can still get this valuable information).

In attendance were IT managers, practitioners and developers


  • Understand the breadth and depth of Rational software development tools for the IBM i – and how they can be used to improve productivity, and move developers into modern industry standard tools.
  • Discuss the technical and business advantages of modern tools that will allow development of traditional applications as well as development of Web, Web 2.0 and Web Services applications.
  • Introduction to Application Lifecycle Management with Rational Team Concert.

The day began with an informative "Executive Breakfast" focusing on how Rational Software can help you leverage your current IT investments. The featured speaker was Linda Cole.

Linda Cole Linda Cole, IBM Rational Sales Enablement Manager

Linda's presentation highlights:

  • Explore the innovations of IBM Rational Software - Unlock and add value to investments in your core legacy systems and developer talent.
  • Identify steps to reduce costs of software ownership and establish a path away from outdated, high maintenance tools and heritage compilers to a stable, modern architecture.
  • Discover the simplicity of integrating new technologies - Web 2.0, Rich Web Applications, and integrated tools.

Breakfast was follwed by a day of labs and learning with IBM's Mike Virga:

 Michael Virga, IBM Client Technical Professional 

  • Get started with modern productive development tools for IBM i
  • Work at your own pace with hands on labs that provide an introduction to Rational Developer for Power.
  • Discover the simplicity of integrating new technologies - Web 2.0, Rich Web Applications, and integrated tools.

If you missed the chance to attend the event please contact your MSSi iTeam representative and we can arrange for you to work the course independently.



IBM iSeries Cloud Services - June 2012

Reduce capital expenses and lower operation costs into a predictable monthly fee with iSeries Utility Computing & Support Services.

MSSi provides shared iSeries LPAR systems backed by service experts to monitor and manage i5OS, system resources and performance to ensure continuous availability. This service option provides i5 expertise, server resources, maintenance, support and high availability infrastructure for one monthly fee and the flexibility to change with the needs of your business.

The three levels of support services specifically for IBM’s i5 server platform are: Virtual LPAR Hosting, Monitoring Services, and Monitoring & Management Services. MSSi’s Monitoring & Management services are offered as a remote support solution or as a managed service where customer assets are located within an MSSi data center.

The specialization on the iSeries platform allows customers to take advantage of highly trained 24x7x365 IBM Certified team to manage selected tasks, or to provide foundational systems administration services. This service is flexible to meet a variety of business requirements; one that may incorporate one or all of the service options.

For assistance or further information, contact MSSi