Even today, when most things are automated, there are still times when a series of long batch jobs must be run manually and sequentially. If there is a long job running, with manual steps between jobs, it's nice if the iSeries can "page" you when a batch job is done. It is possible.
SBMJOB <your batch job to a single threaded job queue>
SBMJOB <Command to page you, to the same single threaded job queue>
Suggestion: Use the SNDDST command to "e-mail" a text message to your cell phone.
SNDDST TYPE(*LMSG) TOINTNET(('email@example.com')) DSTD('AS/400 Message ') LONGMSG('The long batch job has finished. Ready for the next step.')
Many, if not most, digital cell phones support text messaging and, in fact, have an e-mail address to receive messages up to 160 characters or more. In the above example, the "@vext.com" address is a Verizon cell phone e-mail address.
When the first job finishes, the next job is processed, which uses SNDDST to e-mail the short message to the cell phone alerting the human on duty that the iSeries is done and ready for the next step. I find this useful whether I'm working on site or remotely.
MORE INFORMATION ON THIS TOPIC
The Best Web Links: Tips, tutorials and more.
Visit the ITKnowledge Exchange and get answers to your systems management questions fast.
Read this Search400.com Featured Topic: Take control of your iSeries.
Ask the Experts yourself: Our systems management gurus are waiting to answer your technical questions.