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Shutting down iSeries Integrated Server cards for backups

Learn how to shut down iSeries Integrated Server cards and speed up your shut down time.

We do a backup each night of our Integrated Server cards running terminal services. To take them down from the iSeries, we use the following command:

VRYCFG CFGOBJ(SERVERNAME) CFGTYPE(*NWS) STATUS(*OFF)

Once in a while we don't get a clean shutdown or it takes a long time to shutdown. To help the shutdown, on the Windows side we make use of the program scheduler and run a command to send a message to the terminal server users, and then shutdown the server cleanly -- prior to the backup from the iSeries side. The command is: tsshutdn /v

It defaults to 60 seconds before the shutdown. You can also change the shutdown time and schedule a reboot as part of the process. I just let my iSeries backup restart the server with:

VRYCFG CFGOBJ(Servername) CFGTYPE(*NWS) STATUS(*ON)

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