Cant access my as/400 after a blackout.

How long should it take for me to access the as400 remotely using the iseries software in windows, after a blackout?
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Dave FordSoftware Developer / Database AdministratorCommented:
In order to accurately answer your question, I have a host of other questions.

1. What do you mean by "a blackout"?
2. Did the blackout occur on the AS/400 or just on your desktop?
3. Was the AS/400 rebooted? (IPL'd)
4. Have YOU rebooted?
5. Can anybody else access the AS/400 or is it just you?

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Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
If all the critical equipment is on a UPS with a backup generator, then there generally shouldn't be any loss of connectivity.  

There is no good way to answer the question.  Recovery time could vary from 20 minutes to "never", depending on a number of variables in system age, size, configuration, and specific activity in progress at the time of the power failure.

If some of the critical equipment is not on UPS/generator, then it depends on each device in the chain that has to restart, and if all those devices are configured to start up automatically after a power failure.  An abnormal "hard power down" of the AS/400 can potentially leave the system in an invalid state where it is not able to automatically IPL, or it could result in a very long abnormal IPL - time it takes is very dependent on the size and age of the system, and on the extent and nature of the damage caused by the power failure.

Do you have someone at the site who can look at the physical system and tell tell you what the front panel indicators read?  If there is a local console, is it displaying a sign-on screen?

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