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Editor’s Note: This month, Midange Network Expert asked Karen Orbeck, the primary contact for AS/400 Client Access Express for Windows (Express client) feedback and development liason to the IBM Service organization, to share the top questions that people ask about Express client and the answers to those questions. Here’s what Karen came up with and how it can help your shop.

Question: Why Do All the Character Fields In the File That I Have Selected for Download Show Up As Type HEX Instead of CHAR?

Data transferred from the AS/400e and iSeries 400 system may sometimes appear as hexadecimal numbers rather than ASCII characters. This occurs anytime you label the data on the system as binary data by using a coded character set ID (CCSID) of 65535. This can happen when you use any of the following Express client functions:

• Data Transfer
• ODBC
• Operations Navigator (OpsNav) to view database files
• OLE DB

What Are Database Files with CCSID 65535?

CCSID is a part of the Native Language System (NLS) inside OS/400. A CCSID assigns a value that uniquely identifies the coded graphic character representation used for character data. In other words, it defines how the binary data stored in an OS/400 file should appear to the user. For example, a character field with data x4F marked CCSID 00500 (Multilingual) will appear as an exclamation point (!). The same data in a field with CCSID 00037 (United States and Canada) will appear as a solid vertical bar (|). In a field with CCSID 65535, the Data Transfer function will show the data as 4F, the hex number that is stored in the field.

You assign a CCSID to fields and files during creation. You can create database files on the AS/400e or iSeries 400 system through a number of different methods, but all files fall into two categories: externally described files and flat files.

You can create externally described files by compiling data description specifications (DDS) source code or by using an SQL CREATE TABLE command. You usually create flat files by entering the Create Physical File (CRTPF) command and specifying a fixed record length rather than a DDS source file. When you create either of these file types, a CCSID is assigned to the file or fields in a file as an attribute, which


determines how the data is stored. Which CCSID is assigned depends on how you created the file.

When you compile a DDS source to create an externally described file, the default CCSID of the file (and any character fields in the file) is the same as the Default coded character set identifier parameter of the current job: “If the job coded character set identifier (CCSID) is not 65535, the default CCSID will equal the job CCSID. If the job CCSID is 65535 (the OS/400 default), an appropriate value is set for the default CCSID based on the job’s language identifier (LANGID).” The job’s language identifier comes from the user profile information, which in turn defaults to the appropriate system value.

When you use the CRTPF command to create a fixed record-length file (flat file), the AS/400e or iSeries 400 system will always use the job’s coded character set identifier (as opposed to the job’s default coded character set identifier) to set the file CCSID. Because the OS/400 default for this parameter is 65535, the file is created with CCSID 65535—binary data. Additionally, some tools on the AS/400e or iSeries 400 system such as Query/400 will output database files with character fields defined as CCSID 65535. What Impact Does This Have When You’re Transferring Data To the PC Using Client Access? The CCSID determines how the data is handled when you’re transferring it across platforms. U.S. English uses CCSID 037 and Multilingual support uses CCSID 500, but 65535 by definition implies that there is no character set associated with binary data. In the case of Client Access, if the CCSID of the file or of the individual fields is 65535, no conversion takes place and the data retains its respective EBCDIC hexadecimal value.

Client Access has several settings that you can use to control how the CCSID 65535 data is handled during the transfer:

• For the Express client Data Transfer from an AS/400 program, choose the setting that’s available from the File > Properties > Conversion menu bar selection, and then select the check box for Convert CCSID 65535.

• For ODBC, a setting is available in the ODBC Administrator. On the User DSN tab, highlight the appropriate DSN, click on Configure, select the Translation tab, and then select the Translate CCSID 65535 radio button.

• The Database component of Operations Navigator uses ODBC under the covers, so this component is controlled by the ODBC settings.

• Unlike Client Access ODBC and Data Transfer, the Client Access OLE DB provider does not have a connection property to let a user force conversion of 65535 fields. To force conversion, use the Client Access Express data conversion automation objects to translate the data.

Changing the CCSID Of a Database File

Technically, when you force translation, you are corrupting the data. This corruption is why Client Access continues to ship with force translation disabled by default. Some CCSIDs do not support round-trip conversion. If you use force translation to download a file that really does contain binary data (CCSID 65535) and then upload it back to the AS/400e or iSeries 400 system, the data may be altered and corrupt. Before enabling forced translation, be sure that the data you are accessing really is intended to be displayable character data.

You’re not allowed to change the CCSID of a flat (program-described) file. If you attempt to set the CCSID parameter on either the CRTPF command or Change Physical File (CHGPF) command, an error will occur. To correct the problem, you need to create a file with the correct CCSID using SQL or DDS and then use the Copy File (CPYF) command to copy the data. For example, to create a file to use with the Copy Spool File (CPYSPLF) command (a one-character field that is 132 bytes long), use the following DDS:


R REC1

A F1 132A

Then you would use the CPY command to copy the data to the designated file before downloading it to your PC.

Question: How Do I Download a Spool File To the PC with Client Access Express?

Client Access Express greatly simplifies downloading spool files. Before this client was available, you had to go through quite a few steps to download spool files. First, you had to create a physical file of the appropriate length. You then had to copy the spool file to the database file. After that, you had to use the Copy to PC Document (CPYTOPCD) command to copy it to a PC file in an AS/400 folder or use the Data Transfer function in Client Access to download the file to the PC.

With Client Access Express, Operations Navigator lets you easily drag and drop spool files to the PC and it automatically converts the data from EBCDIC to ASCII. The resulting file is saved as a text (.txt) file. This capability is available via the Printer Output option under the Basic Operations node (Figure 1). You can easily access a list of your spool files and then drag and drop them to the desired location on your PC.

Question: Can I Drag and Drop a File from the AS/400 To the PC Using Operations Navigator?

There has been some confusion in this area as to which files you can legitimately drag and drop. A file can be defined as either a database file in QSYS.LIB (your DB2/400 files) with the .FILE extension or any object within the AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS). Operations Navigator does not support dragging and dropping database (QSYS.LIB) file objects to the desktop. However, OpsNav does support dragging and dropping byte-stream files, which basically are all AS/400 IFS files outside of QSYS.LIB.

If you want to transfer files between AS/400s, you can use the Send menu option if you are using Management Central (available within OpsNav). The Send menu option is available on all AS/400 IFS folders, including .FILE objects in QSYS.LIB. Otherwise, you’ll have to perform a save/restore. To use Send, right click on the file to be sent and select Send from the pop-up menu that appears. This will open the Send Files From dialog (Figure 2). You need to configure Management Central with your target AS/400 endpoint systems to use this feature. Just select the Endpoint system to which you want to send the file and OpsNav will do the rest.

Question: Is There Any Need for Me to Reinstall Client Access Express After Upgrading My PC to a New Operating System?

It is very important that you reinstall Client Access Express after you upgrade or migrate a PC to Windows 2000 from Windows 95/98, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), or Windows NT. You have always had to reinstall Client Access Express after you upgrade or migrate a PC from Windows 95/98 or Windows Me to Windows NT because the NT architecture is so different from Windows 9x in the the areas of security, multiple user support, and printer drivers. Note that the Client Access Express installation behaves differently based on whether the client is Windows 9x or Windows NT.

Windows 2000 is similar to the Windows NT architecture, but there are key differences now (and potentially more in the future). Because of these differences, it is a good idea to reinstall Client Access Express even when you’re moving from Windows NT to Windows 2000. The Client Access Express installation performs special Windows 2000-enablement in the areas of AFP printer drivers (different driver files and installation


methods) and SNA Character Stream (SCS) printer drivers (different driver files and installation methods). Support for non-administrative users includes the following:

• Certain registry keys are explicitly made public-writeable to allow functions running under a non-Administrator profile to operate properly.

• You must store certain modifiable files (i.e., PC5250 workstation profiles, Operations Navigator configuration files) on a per-user basis in file system areas accessible by a non- Administrator user. The installation will set up certain files under the My Documents directory—or under the Profile directory for a particular user—instead of storing them under the main Client Access installation directory structure (which could be a restricted access file system area such as c:Program Files).

Question: How Can I Upload an Excel Spreadsheet To the AS/400?

Express client makes it a lot easier to upload an Excel spreadsheet. In Express Data Transfer, you can use a wizard to create a DB2/400 table based on the structure of an Excel file. This feature, coupled with the Data Transfer capabilities in Client Access, makes it possible to do the entire file transfer process from the client side.

In order to transfer PC data to an OS/400 database file (e.g., a physical file where FILETYPE is *DATA) with Client Access Data Transfer, you have to check on two things. For one, a DB2/400 database table (physical file) must be present to receive the data. Second, a file description file (FDF) that describes how the PC file is to be parsed and mapped must be present on the PC. Before this client was available, users fulfilled these two criteria by performing the following tasks, some of which they had to do manually from OS/400:

• Create an externally described file or SQL table
• Download the file using Data Transfer specifying the option to create a PC FDF
• Upload the PC file using that FDF file

With Client Access Express, users can fulfill the criteria by using the wizard, which scans a PC file to determine its file type, creates a table in DB2/400, creates the PC FDF required for uploading the data, and sends the data to the DB2/400 file. Unquestionably, the wizard simplifies the file transfer process, as users no longer have to create the DB2/400 file manually.

To start the wizard function, access the Data Transfer to AS/400 application from Client Access Express. Select Tools, and then select Create AS/400 Database File. This launches the wizard that prompts you for the correct parameters, and the file type detected is displayed in the File Type window (Figure 3). If the file type is incorrect, you must select the correct type from the drop-down box before continuing. Valid file types are as follows:
• ASCII text
• BASIC Sequential
• BIFF3 (MS Excel 3)
• BIFF4 (MS Excel 4)
• BIFF5 (MS Excel 5)
• Comma-separated value (CSV)
• DIF (Lotus)
• Tab-delimited text
• WK4 (Lotus) There are some things to keep in mind when using the wizard. For one, you should close any applications using the PC file that the wizard is going to scan. Also, data in


individual columns should be of the same type (numeric or character), except for field names. Note that the wizard does not support quoted field names and field names that contain spaces, and it does not support Microsoft Excel 95, 97, and 2000 formats. Be sure to save your Excel files to be transferred as Excel 3, 4, or 5 worksheets (not workbooks) or as CSV. However, help is on the way for Excel 95, 97, and 2000 formats. The new Excel types are supported in the new Client Access Express for Windows V5R1, which is being released with OS/400 V5R1 this summer.

Figure 1: Operations Navigator lets you easily drag and drop spool files to the PC and it automatically converts the data from EBCDIC to ASCII.


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Figure 2: The Send Files From dialog allows you to easily send an AS/400 IFS file from one AS/400 to another.

Figure 3: The Express client Create AS/400 Database File wizard allows you to easily create and transfer data to an AS/400 file from your PC.


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    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:

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    • 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

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    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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    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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    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.

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    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:

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    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
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    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:
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    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
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    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.