IBM i 7.2 TR6 supports the new IBM Power System S812 server and offers other significant enhancements in database, access client solutions, and serviceability

IBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP17-0021
February 14, 2017

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IBM® i 7.2 TR6 adds significant function for IBM DB2® for i, enhances IBM i Access Client Solutions, and adds binaries for new tools into the IBM Open Source offering. In addition to extending these software functions, i 7.2 TR6 provides the necessary capabilities for supporting the newly announced IBM Power® S812 hardware model.

  • DB2 for i adds new and enhanced SQL capabilities for database application developers and system administrators. With these enhancements, SQL can be used to become more productive and effective at solving business requirements.
  • The IBM Open Source solutions offering (5733-OPS) has been enhanced to include more tools that serve both the system administrator and the application developer.
  • IBM i Access Client Solutions continues to be enhanced to provide additional function and value to users, system administrators, and database engineers, providing them with the tools to work with their i systems from the PC platform of their choice.
  • IBM i now supports the newly announced, lower-priced 1-core Power S812 server for clients with modest processing and lower I/O needs.
  • Serviceability improvements reduce the number of situations that require a mainstore dump and speed the analysis when a mainstore dump is required.

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With i 7.2 TR6, DB2 for i continues to focus on new and advanced SQL capabilities and the ability to use SQL to access i operating system details. Further, DB2 for i delivers ease-of-use enhancements to help a database engineer accomplish the daily task of managing the data center.

With the latest IBM Open Source solutions additions, you can perform a number of network or file-related tasks. Existing support for git, a popular change control tool, has also been enhanced.

IBM i Access Client Solutions continues to focus on new and advanced capabilities for both the system administrator and database engineer. Updates to the Output Spool file support and the database function have been included.

IBM i support is extended to include a new model S812 with i 7.2 TR6 on a P05 software tier. The S812 is a 1-core, 2U server with an excellent entry price. This is an attractive offering for i clients on prior generations of smaller IBM Power Systems™ servers who have modest processing and I/O requirements and do not require virtualization of processors or I/O.

Power Systems adds new features for a SAS tape/DVD adapter to attach some of the older external tape drives and removable media that are not supported by the newer, faster 6 Gb PCIe3 SAS adapter.

Serviceability improvements with i 7.2 TR6 preclude the need to take a mainstore dump for some error scenarios, allow faster copying of mainstore dumps to tape and to the Integrated File System (IFS), and significantly reduce the time to load a mainstore dump for analysis.

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IBM i 7.2 TR6 is supported on selected Power Systems servers:

  • Power Systems servers with IBM POWER8® technology-based processors
  • Power Systems servers and blades and IBM Flex systems with IBM POWER7® or IBM POWER7 + processors
  • Power Systems servers and blades with IBM POWER6® or IBM POWER6 + processors
  • IBM System i® servers with POWER6 processors

Refer to the Technical Information section for specific hardware and software prerequisites.

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March 17, 2017

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IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh 6

IBM i 7.2 TR6 is focused primarily on adding significant function into DB2 for i, enhancing i Access Client Solutions, and adding binaries for new tools into the i Open Source offering. In addition to extending these software functions, i 7.2 TR6 also provides the necessary capabilities for supporting the newly announced Power S812 hardware model. As with every new technology refresh, i adds a variety of function across the entire operating system. The IBM i Technology Updates wiki in developerWorks® contains details of i operating system enhancements. To view technical detail for the topics found in this announcement letter, see the IBM i 7.2 TR6 enhancements website.

DB2 for i enhancements

With i 7.2 TR6, DB2 for i continues to focus on new and advanced SQL capabilities and the ability to use SQL to access i operating system details. Further, DB2 for i delivers ease-of-use enhancements to help a database engineer accomplish the daily task of managing the data center.

  • Database application developers have new capabilities for constructing advanced SQL solutions:
    • JSON predicates are added to DB2 for i. These predicates can be used by the database application developer to deploy JSON validity logic and more easily identify empty JSON value pairs. This additional capability can be leveraged to bring more JSON processing into a data-centric programming solution.
    • The LISTAGG built-in function is added, giving SQL users the ability to aggregate a set of string elements into one string, with advanced controls for separator and list element truncation processing. This built-in provides a significant ease-of-use improvement to the SQL programmer.
    • The LTRIM and RTRIM built-in functions are enhanced to accept an optional trim expression that specifies the characters to remove from the beginning or end of the string expression. In this way, the SQL programmer can effectively cleanse extraneous characters from strings.
    • These and other SQL enhancements are described in developerWorks.
  • In the tradition of recent technology refreshes, IBM i Services are added, providing useful SQL-based alternatives to i commands and APIs:
    • The AUTHORIZATION_LIST_INFO view returns a list of all objects secured by an authorization list. The information returned is similar to the information available through the Display Authorization List Objects (DSPAUTLOBJ) CL command. This IBM i service makes it possible to achieve new levels of security management using SQL.
    • The MESSAGE_QUEUE_INFO view returns one row for each message in a message queue. It returns information similar to what is returned by the Display Messages (DSPMSG) CL command. This service makes it easy to interrogate message queues using SQL.
    • These and other IBM i services as described in developerWorks.
  • These and other enhancements are delivered in the DB2 PTF Group SF99702, which will be released on March 31, 2017. Go to the IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks to learn more about these and other DB2 for i enhancements.
  • To see the DB2 for i PTF Group details, see the DB2 for IBM i 2017 Group PTF Schedule wiki.

IBM i enhancements

IBM i Open Source solutions

IBM i Open Source solutions (5733-OPS) continues to deliver value-added function to the platform, leveraging open source software where it makes sense for i users.

  • Option 7 now includes several new tools:
    • wget, which retrieves objects from intranet or internet addresses.
    • curl, a command and shared library that allows for robust interaction with HTTP or FTP URLs, with support for advanced features like proxies, HTTP POST and GET requests, FTP upload, user authentication, and much more.
    • rsync, which synchronizes files or directories between systems.
  • The git offering in Option 6 has also been enhanced to include support for curl. This allows for the interaction of remote repositories with HTTP addresses.

IBM i Access Client Solutions

In this technology refresh, Access Client Solutions support has been updated to include improved filter capability in the Output Spool File support. This enables the user and system administrator the ability to easily filter the list of spool files to find the files they are looking for based on user profile, or job, or other filter options. Additionally, the database functionality continues to be updated to ensure the database engineer has the most innovative tools for working with DB2 for i. This includes updates to the SQL Formatting within the Run SQLScripts interface. CL command has been added as well.

For details and the latest download for Access Client Solutions, see the IBM i Access Client Solutions website.

Hardware and firmware enhancements

New entry-priced model S812

IBM i support is extended to include a new entry-priced model S812 with i 7.2 TR6 on a P05 software tier. The S812 is a simplified, low-cost offering aimed at those who want a basic system with i and native I/O support, and do not have large hardware growth expectations. The S812 features a 1-core, 3GHz POWER8 processor chip, up to 64GB memory, six PCIe slots, and up to eight disks/SSDs in a 2U footprint. As only a single partition is supported on this server, there is no virtualization of I/O and no use of Virtual I/O Server (VIOS).

New removable media features

PCIe1 SAS Tape/DVD Dual-port 3Gb x8 Adapter (#EJ1P/EJ1N) is a new SAS/tape adapter used to attach some of the older external tape drives and removable media, in particular for POWER8 systems.

The new RDX USB External Docking Station (#EUA4) is similar to existing RDX USB External Docking Stations in enabling the use of removable disk cartridges as an alternative to older tape technology for smaller systems.

Serviceability improvements

Focus has been placed on the disruption to production that occurs when a severe error situation requires a mainstore dump analysis by IBM.

Access to debug information when the partition is in a degraded mode has been improved so that in some cases, the system can be serviced without needing to take a mainstore dump. Copy and formatting times for mainstore dumps have also been improved.

More details

These and other enhancements are delivered in IBM i 7.2 Technology Refresh PTF Group SF99717 level 6, which will be released on March 17, 2017. Go to the Hardware and Firmware section of IBM i Technology Updates wiki on developerWorks to learn more about this and other recent hardware and firmware enhancements.

DB2 Web Query Express® Edition Upgrades and SWMA

Prior to this change, there are upgrades from DB2 Web Query Express Edition (5733-WQE) to DB2 Web Query Standard Edition (5733-WQS) where 90-day SWMA (5665-WQS) is added. With the e-config change as of March 14, 2017, this upgrade will result in the addition of either one-year SWMA (5660-WQS) when the client is entitled to one year, or three-year SWMA (5662-WQS) when the client is entitled to three years.

Addition of three new feature codes in IBM i software entitlement record

Today IBM i and many LPPs have feature codes which are automatically generated that provide machine type and serial number as part of the entitlement record. These feature codes appear on the output from e-config:

Feature code Description
4001 SW Key 1st MT Digit
4002 SW Key 2nd MT Digit
4003 SW Key 3rd MT Digit
4004 SW Key 4th MT Digit
4005 SW Key 1st CPU Digit
4006 SW Key 2nd CPU Digit
4007 SW Key 3rd CPU Digit
4008 SW Key 4th CPU Digit
4009 SW Key 5th CPU Digit
4010 SW Key 6th CPU Digit
4011 SW Key 7th CPU Digit

Note: Where "MT" is "Machine Type" and CPU Digits are the serial number of the machine.

Starting February 14, 2017, e-config will also automatically generate new feature codes to add the machine model, and the new feature codes will appear on the e-config output right after the 4001 through 4011 feature codes. With this addition, now the complete machine type and model information is in the entitlement record for purpose of transfer and other transactions.


Feature code Description
4012 SW Key 1st Model Digit
4013 SW Key 2nd Model Digit
4014 SW Key 3rd Model Digit

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IBM i 7.2 runs on a Power Systems server and offers a highly scalable and virus-resistant architecture with a proven reputation for exceptional business resiliency. Companies that run applications on i running on a Power server are able to focus on innovation and delivering new value to their business, not on managing their data center operations.

IBM i delivers a fully integrated and trusted combination of relational database, security, web services, networking, and storage management capabilities that are required to run business applications. For example, IBM installs and integrates the SQL standards-based DB2 database for i with advanced database management utilities, plus additional middleware components such as multiple file system options, directory capability, an HTTP web server that is powered by Apache, a web application server, and a web services environment.

IBM develops, fully tests, and preloads these core middleware components of i together. The preintegration and testing of i is a key factor in enabling companies to realize lower operations costs by deploying applications faster and maintaining them with less staff.

Virtualization and workload management are also built into the i operating environment to enable businesses to consolidate and run multiple applications and components together on the same system, helping to drive up system usage and delivering a better return on IT investments. This broad and highly stable database and middleware foundation is ideal for efficiently deploying business processing applications.

Architecture for simplicity, stability, and security

Another important advantage for i is the underlying architecture of the operating system, which enables simplicity, stability, and security. These are not add-on features, but inherent aspects of the operating system. Here are a few examples:


The relational database in i is an integrated component that is built on a set of integrated storage management unique to i and its predecessors. This storage management is based on the single-level storage architecture that treats all of the storage managed by i as one long stream of memory that encompasses the system memory and the storage on disks. This architecture makes it critical for the operating system to decide where to store any given piece of data, which removes the user from having to manage data placement. This method makes management of storage and the database objects contained in that storage significantly simpler.


IBM i architecturally separates the address spaces of user applications and the operating system, so it is difficult for poorly written or malicious software to intrude upon the underlying operating system support. This is one of several attributes that can help keep i running for days, weeks, and months without unexpected restarting of the operating system.

Several architectural attributes of i have contributed to the stability of the system over the years. First, applications compiled on i are compiled to a set of intermediate code instructions defined as the Technology Independent Machine Interface (TIMI). This enables i to fundamentally change the implementation of underlying hardware, firmware, and virtualization features, without requiring rewriting, changing, or even recompiling the applications written by users. This sort of forward compatibility can be a tremendous business advantage, and it enables the movement of software developed and compiled several years to even decades before to run on later generations of the i operating system.


IBM i and its predecessors have an object-based architecture. Each entity on the system is an object, which has a set of prescribed operations that can be performed on it and connections from the object to those other objects that are allowed to perform various operations. An object that does not have a legal edit operation cannot be edited. It cannot be renamed to another kind of object. If the object does have an edit operation, known as change for most objects, it only has a defined set of attributes that can be edited, and then only by users who have authority to do that editing.

Objects can easily be hidden from other users by use of the library list objects, and security enhanced by the object-based security associated with all objects. And users who all have a similar role on the system can be grouped for role-based security, again as part of the base architecture of the system. While the i operating system supports Java™, PHP, web services, and other open source programming methods, the underlying architecture offers a level of integration, stability, simplicity, and security that makes it significantly different from comparable operating systems. These aspects can deliver excellent business value to its users.

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For more information on Power System S812 (8284-21A), see Hardware Announcement AG17-0022, dated February 14, 2017.

For more information on Power Systems I/O and servers, see Hardware announcement AG17-0021, dated February 14, 2017, and Hardware announcement AG17-0011, dated January 24, 2017.

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5770-SS1 7.2 IBM i 7.2 TR6

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Program PID number Maintenance 1-year PID number Maintenance 3-year PID number
5770-SS1 N/A N/A

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Hardware requirements

A supported Power, Flex, or System i server or blade with POWER8, POWER7 +, POWER7, POWER6 +, or POWER6 processor is required to run IBM i 7.2 TR6.

For up-to-date information on all types of code levels needed for support of a particular feature, go to the IBM Prerequisite website.

Software requirements

To find the supporting technical detail for the topics found in this announcement letter for IBM i 7.2, go to the TR6 enhancements website.

User Group requirements

A strong and passionate worldwide user community focuses on all aspects of i running on Power servers. The community includes online groups and face-to-face community gatherings. The COMMON organization has branches around the world, including COMMON North America, iSUC in Japan, COMMON Europe, and Interaction in Australia/New Zealand.

IBM continues to recognize key community leaders through the IBM champion program. The current IBM i Champions have been recognized for their work in the betterment of user groups, social media, and the Academic Initiative. To learn about the IBM Champions program, see the IBM Champions website.

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The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

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Note: Starting February 14, 2017, feature codes 4012, 4013, and 4014, will be available on the following PIDs: 5722-IP1, 5733-ICC, 5733-ITL, 5733-NKY, 5733-WQX, 5761-AP1, 5761-CM1, 5770-BR1, 5770-HAS, 5770-JS1, 5770-PT1, 5770-QU1, 5770-SS1, 5770-ST1, 5770-WDS, and 5770-XW1.

Process options Feature number
SW Key 1st Model Digit 4012
SW Key 2nd Model Digit 4013
SW Key 3rd Model Digit 4014

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a lawful, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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