Service Mode Logging in AS/400

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Activity logs
AS/400 administration
AS/400 error messages
OS/400
When a service engineer log into an AS/400, is there a way to bypass Systems Activity Logging? Meaning the login does not show on Activity Log. This is talking about a running AS/400 without powering down or reIPL.

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OS/400
ASKED: September 2, 2010  1:31 AM
UPDATED: September 5, 2010  6:04 AM

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  • TomLiotta
    ...to bypass Systems Activity Logging? What are you referring to as "Systems Activity Logging"? The Product Activity log? The LIC log? The system audit journal? For example, to bypass the audit journal, just turn off auditing (or remove the *SERVICE audit level). Of course, if auditing has never been turned on, you don't have to "bypass". But what exactly do you want to know? What business problem are you trying to solve? Tom
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  • Maharani
    Someone told me that there is a way where someone can gain access to a running system runs SST and not necessary having any trace in QHST (Activity Log). This is not talking about Audit Journal. On Product Activity Log, if there is an entry and there is a date and a count as to how many occurrences, does it mean on that date and time, there was total number of error counts until it was logged when successfully IPLed?
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  • TomLiotta
    ...someone can gain access to a running system runs SST and not necessary having any trace in QHST... I'm not sure what that means. SST isn't generally logged in QHST anyway; it would be logged in the audit journal (if you've enabled SST audits). I guess that that means what you were told is correct. But I suspect that you mean something more than that. Are you asking about the connection ("gain access") or about the usage of SST? On Product Activity Log, if there is an entry and there is a date and a count as to how many occurrences, does it mean on that date and time, there was total number of error counts until it was logged when successfully IPLed? A summary of PAL entries will show counts. The PAL logs entries permanently. Actually, I've never looked for a method to clear entries, and I'm not sure that one exists. I assume it clears on a scratch install. An IPL doesn't affect PAL entries. Tom
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  • Maharani
    Thanks Tom for responding. I do not mean logging of SST (strsst command) but isn't it impossible for someone to gain access to a system without first login? And any login to system would have had a job start log in QHST, right?
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