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QMGTOOLS: How to check and update QMGTOOLS

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How to check and update QMGTOOLS?


The document gives the methods to check and update QMGTOOLS for the latest version.
There are 3 methods listed in this document:

Method 1 - Update with the "Check IBM for update QMGTOOLS" option

Update by using the "Check IBM for update QMGTOOLS" option

This option is located in the main QMGTOOLS menu. When selected, the tool tries to FTP to the IBM public FTP site at In the following screen capture, option 13 is the "Check IBM for updated QMGTOOLS" option. Once selected, follow the on-screen instructions.

QMGTOOLS main screen

Method 2 - Update or install QMGTOOLS by using iDoctor

Update QMGTOOLs by using iDoctor

This is separated in 2 sections: iDoctor not installed on a PC or iDoctor already installed on a PC.

iDoctor not installed on a PC

1) To install iDoctor on a PC, use the following URL. If this URL does not work, try an internet search for keywords "IBM iDoctor Download".

2) For new installation, scroll down to section titled New User Install Tips.

Installing iDr

1) Welcome screen, click Next.


2) Accept the license agreement and click Next.

3) Click Server and Client and click Next.

4) From here add the system or systems to install and add the logon credentials. Click Next.

5) Select the correct version of Must Gather Tools. Other options such as Base Support, Heap Analyzer, Job Watcher, and PEX analyzer are OK to install too as it is part of iDoctor, but not necessary. Click Next and follow the installation prompts. Once the installation finishes, the IBM i server will have the QMGTOOLS library.


iDoctor already installed on a PC

1) Click the system from iDoctor and this screen appears:

2) There is a component call Must Gather Tools. A status field next to it labeled "Available" or "Not installed".

3) If it is "Available", that means that iDoctor detects that QMGTOOLS is installed. In either case, clicking the "Check for new server builds" button checks for the latest QMGTOOLS and other components of iDoctor. A pop-up similar to this one appears.

4) Click yes and follow the instructions.

Method 3 - Manually update or install from the IBM public FTP site

Manually update or install a new build from the IBM public FTP site
Note: QMGTOOLS library does not have to be on the system.

1) Browse to url

2) Select the save file that matches your IBM i release and download to a PC. For example, file qmgtool720.savf is for version R720.
3) Pre-create the save file object on the IBM i, for example:

4) Upload the save file to the IBM i. The following is an upload example.
ftp testsystem
Connected to testsystem.
220 Connection will close if idle more than 5 minutes.
Name (testsystem:guest): daggitybo
331 Enter password.
230 DAGGITYBO logged on.
Remote system type is .
ftp> quote site namefmt 0
250  Now using naming format "0".
ftp> bin
200 Representation type is binary IMAGE.
ftp> put qmgtool720.savf qtilib/qmgtool720
local: qmgtool720.savf remote: qtilib/qmgtool720
229 Entering Extended Passive Mode (|||49213|).
150 Sending file to member QMGTOOL720 in file QMGTOOL720 in library QTILIB.
226 File transfer completed successfully.
ftp> quit
221 QUIT subcommand received.
5) If QMGTOOLS library exist, clear the QMGTOOLS library.

6) Restore the library, QMGTOOLS:


[{"Product":{"code":"SWG60","label":"IBM i"},"Business Unit":{"code":"BU054","label":"Systems w\/TPS"},"Component":"Not Applicable","Platform":[{"code":"PF012","label":"IBM i"}],"Version":"Version Independent","Edition":"Standard","Line of Business":{"code":"LOB08","label":"Cognitive Systems"}},{"Product":{"code":"SWG60","label":"IBM i"},"Business Unit":{"code":"BU054","label":"Systems w\/TPS"},"Component":" ","Platform":[{"code":"","label":""}],"Version":"","Edition":"","Line of Business":{"code":"LOB08","label":"Cognitive Systems"}}]

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Modified date:
29 January 2021