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iResetMe PTF Installation Process

iResetMe supports distribution of program updates remotely via Email. When programs in iResetMe are updated or program fixes are required, Kisco Information Systems can send the updates directly to you.

When requested, we will send an email to you with an attached file. This file, when loaded into a folder on your system, can be used to post program updates and changes to your copy of iResetMe.

Note: Please make sure to read the detailed text of the email that accompanies the PTF so you are aware of any special instructions that are specific to the PTF.

When you receive a PTF package from Kisco, you will be given a PTF package name. To load and apply the PTF to your system, follow these steps. If you are installing multiple iResetMe PTFs at the same time, they MUST be installed in strict numerical sequence.

  1. If this is the first time you are installing a PTF from Kisco, create a folder on your system named KISCO. You can do this with the following command:

  2. From a PC that is attached to your IBM i, move the PTF package file that you received from Kisco into this folder.

    Note: Some email clients may append a suffix to the PTF file name. This should be removed. For example, a PTF named IRPTF302.dat from your email client must be renamed IRPTF302 with no suffix.

    From a Windows client you can simply use a copy function to accomplish this. A command similar to the following would work:

    copy c:\{PTF name} i:\qdls\kisco

    where {PTF name} is the PTF package name assigned to the file and "i" is mapped to the Root directory in the IFS on your IBM i system.

    To use Operations Navigator, double click ‘File Systems’, 'File Shares', 'QDLS', and then 'KISCO'. At this point you can drag and drop the PTF file into the KISCO folder.

  3. After the PTF file has been copied to the KISCO folder, sign on to any terminal or terminal session as QSECOFR.
  4. Type the following command:
  5. When the menu is displayed, select Option 7 – Process Kisco PTF Package. This will prompt the KISPTF command on your terminal session. Enter the name of the PTF package file. Press ENTER and the PTFs will be loaded and applied to your copy of iResetMe.

During the PTF installation process, one or two printouts will be created. One of these will be the PTF cover letter documentation and it will always be printed. The other is optional. If printed, it will be a fresh update of the Additional Documentation Topics for all iResetMe changes. Kisco recommends that you read these documents before starting to use iResetMe again.

PTF Removal Instructions

All Kisco PTFs are loaded so that the prior version of any program object is saved. This allows for the effects of a PTF to be reversed at a later time should a defect be identified in the PTF. If you have installed multiple PTFs, you must not remove a PTF out of sequence. If the PTF to be removed is back level, all subsequent PTFs must also be removed, in inverse sequence.

To remove a PTF, please follow these instructions:

  1. Sign on to your system as a security officer
  2. Examine the original PTF install email message for special conditions. If the PTF required special installation conditions, you must repeat those now before removing the PTF.
  3. Restore the library objects that were in effect prior to the PTF installation by running the following command:

    where nnn is the number associated with the PTF. When this restore is done, the previous objects that the PTF replaced will be restored to your iResetMe library.

  4. Remove the PTF library named PCPTFnnn from your system
  5. Rename the *FILE object named PTFnnn in library IRMLIB to PTFnnnX.
  6. If you took any special actions at step 2 above, you can now resume normal processing.

Once this has been done, the PTF that you wanted to remove will be undone on your system.