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Confused about how to move your users from their Client Access for Windows 95/NT installations to Client Access Express for Windows and its companion product, AS/400 Support for Windows Network Neighborhood? Here’s an easy-to-follow guide that gives you all the information you need to map out your individual migration path from the Windows 95/NT client to the Express client and AS/400 NetServer.

Do you want to take advantage of AS/400 Client Access Express for Windows (the Express client), but you aren’t sure how to migrate your Client Access for Windows 95/NT network drives and printers to AS/400 Support for Windows Network Neighborhood (AS/400 NetServer)? With AS/400 NetServer, IBM provides industry-standard file and print serving access to AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS) directories and output queues by using the X/Open Company Ltd.’s Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Instead of using the Windows 95/NT client network drives and network printing (which aren’t enabled in the Express client), the Express client relies on this industry-standard support to provide file and print serving while continuing to support the richer functions of the Client Access Family clients. In providing only one method for accessing AS/400 IFS directories and output queues, the Express client footprint is smaller.

This is a distinct change from the Client Access for Windows 95/NT (Windows 95/NT client), which relied on background tasks to provide these functions. By using AS/400 NetServer for file and print services, the Express client does not require daemons or background tasks that are tied into the Windows architecture. Removing the Windows 95/NT client’s file and print services tasks frees up memory and lowers processor usage on the client.

This article covers the restrictions that may cause you to delay AS/400 NetServer and Express client migration until you upgrade to OS/400 V4R4. I explore the steps an administrator needs to perform—both before and after Express client installation—to ensure that AS/400 NetServer and its shared resources are available in the network. I also discuss how to install the Express client using AS/400 NetServer and how a user accesses AS/400 shared resources from the Windows desktop client after you install the Express client.

Is Migration Right for You?

Because the Express client relies on AS/400 NetServer to provide file and print serving, be sure to consider each of the following items before migrating users from the Windows 95/NT client to the Express client:

• AS/400 NetServer does not provide EBCDIC-to-ASCII text conversion support in OS/400 V4R2 and V4R3. The File Systems/Integrated File System branch of the Express client Operations Navigator tree provides text conversion through drag-and-drop operations (including cut and paste) between the AS/400 IFS and the client desktop. However, this support is not available below OS/400 V4R4 while opening and working with files through an AS/400 NetServer-mapped network drive.

• AS/400 NetServer does not support the use of printer files for print sharing in OS/400 V4R2 and V4R3. There is no alternate support for this function in the Express client, so you must discontinue using this support when AS/400 NetServer provides print sharing for V4R2 and V4R3 AS/400s.

• AS/400 NetServer does not support transforming User ASCII print streams to SNA Character Stream (SCS) print streams when using DOS applications and from DOS prompts. There is no alternate support for this function in the Express client, so you must discontinue its use when you migrate to the Express client.

Before You Install Express Client

IBM recommends you take a few steps to ensure a smooth migration to the Express client and AS/400 NetServer from your current Windows 95/NT client installations.

Step 1: Gather File and Print Serving Information

Inventory the network drives and printers that your AS/400 network currently uses. Unless you’re installing a brand new AS/400, chances are good there are some existing Windows 95/NT client users who have configured network drives and network printers. Query each user to find out which AS/400 IFS directories and output queues they need to access and determine what type of access they require. Keep in mind the considerations I listed in the “Is Migration Right for You?” section. After you finish this step, you should know whether Express client migration is needed for all, some, or none of your clients.

Find out which users need read/write access and *ALLOBJ authority for your AS/400 IFS directories and determine if simple read/execute access will work instead. Document the correct directories in your AS/400 IFS directory and eliminate any access that involves unnecessary parent directories. The Windows 95/NT client allows you to map network drives only to first-level directories and file systems in the Root (/) folder of the AS/400 IFS. AS/400 NetServer allows you to map network drives to any directory in the AS/400 IFS regardless of which level the directory resides at.

For AS/400 output queues, find out whether output queue administrative authority is needed (e.g., the ability to pause a printer queue and delete jobs) or if simple *USE authority will work. Remember to question each user about the need to transform User ASCII to SCS printer streams when using DOS applications and from DOS prompts. Also, determine if the user needs to use a printer file when accessing V4R2 or V4R3 AS/400 NetServer print services.

The EBCDIC-to-ASCII text conversion, printer file usage, and DOS access functions are important issues when deciding whether a particular user should be migrated to the Express client now or in the future.

Step 2: Ensure Your AS/400 Is at the Correct PTF Level

As always, maintain your AS/400 at its most current PTF level. For required PTF listings and other important information about using AS/400 NetServer, check the AS/400 NetServer IBM Web site at

If there isn’t a QZLSSERVER job under the QSERVER subsystem, start AS/400 NetServer by right-clicking on the AS/400 NetServer icon in Operations Navigator and selecting Start. If the QSERVER subsystem is not started, type in the following command at the AS/400 command line prompt:


If there is not a QNPSERVD job in the QSYSWRK subsystem, start the AS/400 Network Print Server by typing the following at the AS/400 command prompt:


Step 3: Configure TCP/IP for AS/400 NetServer Connectivity

Similar to the Express client, AS/400 Net-Server requires TCP/IP for connectivity. After TCP/IP is configured on both your AS/400 NetServer and the Windows client, you must ensure that your Windows client is able to resolve the AS/400 NetServer server name to an IP address. You must configure the Windows client with one of the following name- to-IP address resolution strategies so that your client is able to resolve the AS/400 NetServer server name to an IP address:

• Domain Name System (DNS). The DNS needs to be updated with an alias (second name) for your AS/400 NetServer name and IP address. You may alternately add a separate entry for your AS/400 NetServer name, but this requires a separate IP address.

• Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). If a WINS server exists on the network, configure your AS/400 NetServer and Windows clients to provide AS/400 NetServer name-to-IP address resolution service.

• LMHOSTS or HOSTS file. One of these static configuration files can be configured on a Windows PC to find your AS/400 NetServer, but these files may be difficult to administer in a larger network.

Step 4: Use Operations Navigator to Enter AS/400 NetServer Server and Domain Names

Us ing Oper atio ns N avig ator , lo cate you r AS /400 Net Serv er i con by f ollo wing th e Network/Servers/TCP/IP/AS/400 NetServer path. To change the AS/400 NetServer server and domain name in the Windows 95 /NT Oper atio ns N avig ator , ri ght- clic k on the AS /400 Net Serv er i con, sel ect Prop erti es f rom the pop- up m enu, and the n se lect the Ne xt S tart tab (si mila r to Fig ure 1). In E xpre ss c lien t, r ight -cli ck o n th e AS /400 Ne tSer ver icon , se lect Pro pert ies, sel ect the Gene ral tab, and the n pr ess the Next Sta rt bu tton to reac h th e AS /400 Net Serv er General Next Start dialog shown in Figure 1. You ne ed * IOSY SCFG aut hori ty t o ch ange the AS/ 400 NetS erve r co nfig urat ion. Cha nges ta ke e ffec t th e ne xt t ime you star t yo ur A S/40 0 Ne tSer ver.

Th e AS /400 Net Serv er s erve r na me i s th e na me y ou u se t o in stal l th e Ex pres s cl ient and to acce ss y our AS/4 00 N etSe rver ove r th e ne twor k an d th e In tern et. The na me s houl d be the sam e as you r AS /400 sys tem name but pre fixe d wi th a Q ( e.g. , QA S/40 0 if the sys tem name is AS/4 00). If you have n’t used the AS/ 400 NetS erve r ye t, t he s erve r na me m ay c onta in t he A S/40 0 se rial num ber beca use the AS/4 00 s yste m na me, by d efau lt, is t he s eria l nu mber . If thi s is the cas e an d yo u ar e no t us ing the se rial num ber for your sys tem name , yo u sh ould cha nge the syst em n ame by f ollo wing th ese guid elin es:

• If you have no Windows 95/NT clients and no users who have network drives and printers mapped to AS/400 NetServer shared resources, then the AS/400 NetServer server name should be the same as your AS/400 system name.

• If you have AS/400 NetServer users with mapped drives but no Windows 95/NT clients, then IBM recommends that you do not change the AS/400 NetServer name. Click on the Allow AS/400 NetServer access by using the AS/400 name check box on the AS/400 NetServer General Next Start dialog (Figure 1) after you have installed the Express client.

• If you are migrating an entire network from the Windows 95/NT client to Express client, IBM recommends that you migrate all Windows desktops to the Express client, then select the Allow AS/400 NetServer access using the AS/400 name check box on the AS/400 NetServer General Next Start dialog (Figure 1). After the AS/400 NetServer Properties have been changed, use the AS/400 system name when configuring additional Express clients and AS/400 NetServer users.

• If you have a mixed environment with both Windows 95/NT and Express clients, the AS/400 NetServer name needs to be different than the AS/400 system name.

Be careful in configuring the AS/400 NetServer server name. Allowing users to access your AS/400 NetServer by using the AS/400 system name is not enabled by default because it can cause conflicts if you still have Windows 95/NT clients in your network. When Client Access Family members (other than the Express client) and AS/400 NetServer use the same server name, both recognize the name and the first one to satisfy the client’s request takes control, producing inconsistent results for the client. It is important that you follow the recommendations above when enabling AS/400 NetServer and Express client support in your network.

The AS/400 NetServer domain name should match the domain of those Windows clients that want to access AS/400 NetServer. AS/400 NetServer access works best when your Windows PCs reside in the same domain name as your AS/400 NetServer and both the PCs and your AS/400 NetServer server are on the same subnet.

After the administrator has successfully installed the Express client, you need to do some additional administration so that other users in the network will be able to access AS/400 NetServer shared resources.

Step 5: Configure AS/400 NetServer Security

AS/400 NetServer authenticates client file and print requests based on the user ID and password used in the Windows desktop logon. If an AS/400 user profile matches the Windows desktop client user profile, then the passwords will be checked. If the passwords do not match, the client will be prompted to enter the correct one.

In order to access AS/400 NetServer shared resources, clients may not need an AS/400 user profile that matches their Windows desktop user. AS/400 NetServer can provide guest support for those clients that need only basic file and print services. By default, this support is not enabled and can be configured in the Express client by right- clicking on the AS/400 NetServer icon, selecting Properties, clicking on the Advanced tab, and clicking on the Next Start button. You need *IOSYSCFG and *SECADM special authority to change the AS/400 NetServer guest configuration. Changes take effect the next time AS/400 NetServer is started. The guest user profile must have no special authorities and should be granted access only to those AS/400 IFS directories and output queues used for basic file and print services.

Step 6: Share Resources with the Network

After you know which AS/400 IFS directories and output queues your clients need to access (from your inventory in step 1), create the file and print shares that AS/400 NetServer needs for each object. Using Operations Navigator, double-click on the AS/400 NetServer icon to get to the AS/400 NetServer window. On that screen, right-click on the Shared Object icon and select New/File from the pop-up menu to reach the AS/400 NetServer File Share dialog. Select a file share name and the appropriate path for each AS/400 IFS directory that will be shared with the network. Set the Access mode based on the information you gathered from the users in the network. If accessing a V4R4 AS/400 NetServer, select the Text Conversion tab to enable EBCDIC-to-ASCII conversion based on file extension, if needed. You can also create file shares directly from the Operations Navigator Integrated File Systems icon by right-clicking on the folder you want to share and selecting Sharing/New Share.

For printer shares, double-click again on the AS/400 NetServer icon in Operations Navigator to go to the AS/400 NetServer window. On that window, right-click on the

Shared Objects icon and select New/Printer from the pop-up menu to reach the AS/400 NetServer Print Share dialog. Select a print share name and the appropriate output queue for each queue that will be shared with the network. The spool type should match that of the printer configured for the output queue. You should always specify the autoselect option for the spooled file-type parameter if you are accessing a V4R4 AS/400 NetServer. A printer file may also be configured for V4R4 AS/400 Netserver print shares. In addition, you can create print shares by right-clicking on an individual printer under the Basic Operations/Printers icon and selecting Sharing/ New Share from the pop-up menu.

Installing Express Client Using AS/400 NetServer

Your target Windows PC must be configured with TCP/IP, and it must have a way to resolve the AS/400 Netserver server name to an IP address. Additionally, the Client for Microsoft Networking component must be installed in your Windows Control Panel Network applet for Windows 9x clients.

To fin d yo ur A S/40 0 Ne tSer ver in t he n etwo rk, sele ct S tart , th en F ind, the n Co mput er, and ente r th e AS /400 Net Serv er s erve r na me o n th e Fi nd: Comp uter wi ndow . Af ter your AS/ 400 NetS erve r is fou nd, doub le-c lick on AS/4 00 N etSe rver to li st t he a vail able fil e an d pr int reso urce s. D oubl e-cl ick on t he Q IBM shar e an d us e th e fo llow ing path to find the Express client Setup folder: ProdData/Ca400/Express/ Install/Image. If your target PC already has the Windows 95/NT client installed, it will be uninstalled as part of the Express client installation process, and if your Windows 95/NT client was configured for native TCP/IP, you will be able to migrate your Windows 95/NT settings to the Express client as part of the process. (Note: Windows 95/NT client settings for other protocols, such as SNA and AnyNet, will not be migrated even if you specify migration during the install process.) After installation is finished, you will be asked to restart your PC before completing the Express client install.

After Users Migrate

After you install the Express client, you need to reconfigure any AS/400 network drives and printers your users need. Double-click on My Computer, and a window containing drives that have broken connections appears (Figure 2). Use the Map Drive toolbar icon in the My Computer window to map an AS/400 NetServer network drive for each broken Windows 95/NT client network drive. If you don’t have a Map Network Drive button on your toolbar, you can add one by selecting View, then the Folder Options from the My Computer menu bar. From the Folder Options panel, select the View tab and check the “Show Map Network Drive button in toolbar” check box. Click on OK from the Folder Options panel, and this will add the Map Drive toolbar icon to the My Computer window.

Ask your administrator for the name of the AS/400 NetServer server name and the AS/400 NetServer file share to be used to make the connection. Enter the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) name for your AS/400 NetServer and file share at the Map Network drive prompt (e.g., QAS400SHARE1). Delete the broken network drives after you have a working AS/400 NetServer network drive.

Do uble -cli ck o n Pr inte rs f rom the My C ompu ter wind ow, and a wi ndow co ntai ning all the con figu red prin ters app ears . Fo r ea ch A S/40 0 ne twor k pr inte r, r ightcl ick on t he p rint er i con, sel ect Prop erti es, and then sel ect the Deta ils tab. Ask you r ad mini stra tor for the name of the AS/4 00 N etSe rver ser ver name and AS/ 400 Ne tSer ver prin t sh are to b e us ed t o ma ke t he c onne ctio n, a nd r econ figu re t he p ort with th at i nfor mati on.

Simple and Secure File and Print Sharing

With only those AS/400 IFS directories and output queues that need to be shared with the network available to the users, your AS/400 is suddenly a more secure system. You will enjoy the reduced disk footprint and resource utilization the Express client offers by virtue of its reliance on AS/400 NetServer for file and print services.

Related Materials

AS/400 Client Access Express for Windows Version 4 Release 4 Modification 0, Re dboo k (S G24- 5191)

AS/400 NetServer home page: www.as400. Client Access home page: com/clientaccess “Client Access without Client Access,” Client Access/400 Expert, July/August “Email, Pointers, and Advice: AS/400 NetServer vs. Client Access Network Drive Security,” AS/400 Network Expert, March/April 1999

IB M AS /400 Pri ntin g IV , Re dboo k (G G24- 4389 ) IBM Redbook home page: “NetServer Satisfies Your Express Client File Sharing Needs,” MC, April 1999 “Transform Your AS/400 into a Network Print Server with AS/400 NetServer,” AS/400 Network Expert, January/February 1999

“V4R4 AS/400 NetServer Bulks Up AS/400 Network Printing,” MC, February 1999

Figure 1: When you configure AS/400 NetServer, you give it an AS/400 NetServer server name and assign it to a Windows domain.

Figure 2: Client Access network drives will be broken after you install the Express client, so you need to reconfigure them for AS/400 NetServer.


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    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends



  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying? It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.


  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"


  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally


  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400


    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days


  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.


  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using as a pre-built development environment



  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.


  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.



  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption



  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.



  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access




  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.


  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.



  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.



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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.