Basic system operations
The System i™ platform is a versatile, powerful, and easy-to-use system. However, many of the functions and features of this environment are specific to IBM and the i5/OS® operating system, and might not be familiar to people who are more familiar with a Windows® or UNIX® operating system.
This topic collection introduces some of the key concepts and tasks required for System i basic operations. Many of these topics provide an introduction and example, and then suggest further resources for more detailed or advanced information.
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- Overview of basic system operations
The System i platform is built to require only minimal effort to keep it running reliably, and most of the routine operations are performed quickly and easily when you are familiar with them. Use this information to get to know about some of the common system tasks.
- Starting and stopping the system
The System i platform is well-known for rarely needing to be stopped or restarted. However, some maintenance items or system changes might require that the system stop processing and go through an initial program load (IPL). Stopping and starting the system must be done carefully.
- i5/OS concepts
IBM® i5/OS is the operating system for the System i platform. It manages hardware and software resources, and provides an interface that you can use to work with the system. To best use the operating system, you need to be familiar with some system concepts.
- Analyzing and reporting system problems
System problems are carefully tracked and managed in the i5/OS operating system. When the system detects a problem, it generates a problem record and sends a message to the system operator message queue (QSYSOPR).
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