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Confused about the switch from Client Access network drives to AS/400 NetServer network file services? This easy-to-read article explains everything you need to know about setting up V4R4 AS/400 NetServer to provide AS/400 IFS file sharing for your Windows desktops, even if they are not running Client Access or Express client.

Editor’s Note: This article is written to the General Availability (GA) version of Express client that will be available in late May. As such, some of the features Bridget discusses here are not contained in the Express client beta, but they will be available in the final product.

Client Access Express for Windows (Express client), the newest member of the Client Access Family, relies on IBM AS/400 Support for Windows Network Neighborhood (AS/400 NetServer) for network file and print access. Unlike the Client Access for Windows 95/NT product, Express client uses AS/400 NetServer combined with the native file and print sharing capabilities found in the Windows operating system to provide these functions.

This article reveals how easy it is to use AS/400 NetServer to provide network file services to your Windows PCs. (For the network printing side of the equation, see “V4R4 AS/400 NetServer Bulks Up AS/400 Network Printing,” MC, February 1999.) I’ll explain what network file sharing is and discuss why IBM is moving from Client Access network drive support to AS/400 NetServer. I’ll also discuss how Express client’s AS/400 Operations Navigator has been changed to support this move and how Client Access for Windows 95/NT data conversion properties are migrated to AS/400 NetServer. The article also includes a review of some related V4R4 AS/400 NetServer features that may interest you.

What Is Network File Serving?

Network file serving allows you to access files in your AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS) just as if they were located on your PC hard drive. For example, you can access and manipulate Lotus WordPro or Microsoft Word documents residing in the AS/400 IFS from your Windows PC. The Lotus WordPro application can also exist in an AS/400 IFS directory and be executed from your Windows PC. After it is mapped to a network drive, an AS/400 IFS directory looks just like another local drive on your Windows PC.

AS/400 NetServer is an AS/400 server that provides network drive support to Windows client PCs. AS/400 NetServer is an additional server that coexists with the Client Access/400 server, but because it is a separate AS/400 server, you are not required to install any member of the Client Access family on your Windows desktop PC to take advantage of file sharing through AS/400 NetServer. Express client and any other PC application can access network drives through AS/400 NetServer and the file sharing capability found in Windows 9x and Windows NT 4.0.

AS/400 NetServer and Express client are both supported in OS/400 V4R2 and above. Like AS/400 NetServer, Express client is available only on a TCP/IP network, so make sure your AS/400 and your client PCs have TCP/IP configured. On your Windows desktops, you need to install and configure the Client for Microsoft Networks network component included with Windows 95/98/NT, which provides the PC’s native file sharing capability. For more information on configuring your AS/400 and client PCs for AS/400 NetServer, see the AS/400 NetServer Web site at and the sidebar “Setting Up AS/400 NetServer in 1,000 Words or Less” in the article “V4R4 AS/400 NetServer Bulks Up AS/400 Network Printing,” MC, February 1999.

Why Use NetServer?

With AS/400 NetServer, you no longer need to install additional software on your Windows PC to access the AS/400 IFS, so your client PCs have a smaller desktop footprint. AS/400 NetServer provides file serving access to AS/400 IFS directories by using the industry-standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Through AS/400 NetServer, Express client computers can rely on SMB to provide file serving while continuing to support the richer functions of the Client Access family of clients.

In addition to reducing the memory requirements for PC hard drives, Express client no longer requires background file service tasks for AS/400 IFS drive mapping. The background tasks that Client Access for Windows 95/NT needs for drive mapping are eliminated because the PC now relies on SMB and AS/400 NetServer for file services. More client PC memory is available, and the PC’s processor usage is lower because Express client does not use the Client Access file service tasks.

Client Access for Windows 95/NT exposes the entire AS/400 IFS from the Root (/) file system, meaning a user can access any AS/400 IFS directory that is present on the AS/400, even QSYS.LIB. When using AS/400 NetServer, you must configure an AS/400 NetServer file share for each file system and directory you want to share with the network. Only the /QCA400 directory containing the Client Access install images is shared, by default, with the network. An access mode (read-only or read-write) for each AS/400 NetServer file share provides yet another layer of security in addition to the AS/400 IFS permissions already in place for the directory. AS/400 NetServer offers more protection for the AS/400 IFS than Client Access for Windows 95/NT.

AS/400 NetServer also provides guest user support for Windows users who want to take advantage of the AS/400’s file and print services but do not have a matching user profile. This reduces your administrative work because you need to enable and configure only one user profile (with a password, of course) to give any network user immediate access to AS/400 file and print resources.

Express Client Operations Navigator and AS/400 NetServer

With the AS/400 Operations Navigator that comes with Express client, the File Systems folder still allows you to manage file systems and directories with ease. However, you now see two new icons under File Systems in Operations Navigator: Integrated File System and File Shares. If you work under the Integrated File System icon, you use Client Access System Program Interfaces (SPIs) to access the AS/400 IFS directories. If you work under the File Shares icon, you use the combined efforts of the PC’s native file sharing capability and AS/400 NetServer to access those same directories. Here’s how they both work.

The Integrated File System Icon

All IFS file systems and their corresponding folders are listed under the Integrated File System icon. If a file system or folder in a file system is currently shared with the network, Operations Navigator shows the file system or folder being held by a hand, as illustrated in Figure 1. If you right-click on a file system icon or folder icon under Integrated File System and then select Sharing and New Share from the pop-up menu, you can create a new file share for that file system or folder. If you right-click on an icon held by a hand, you can either add a new share for that directory or work with the currently configured AS/400 NetServer file shares for that directory.

If you right-click on an actual file in a folder under Integrated File System, Operations Navigator no longer presents you with the Open option. With V4R4, you must open files by using the PC’s native file sharing capability and AS/400 NetServer. With Express client Operations Navigator, an Edit option is available for file types that are registered with Windows Notepad. This editor uses Client Access SPIs to open the file for editing.

It is now possible to create, rename, and delete AS/400 IFS directories with Express client Operations Navigator. To create a subdirectory under an AS/400 IFS directory, right-click on a folder icon and select New Folder. You can rename or delete a directory by right-clicking on a folder icon and selecting the appropriate action.

Cut, copy, and paste options are available when you right-click on the file system or the folder icon. Drag and drop is also available from within the AS/400 IFS folder. These capabilities are also executed through Client Access SPIs.

If Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is enabled for your AS/400 system in Operations Navigator, you will see a padlock on the AS/400 system icon itself and a padlock/regular lock combination icon in the lower-left corner of the Operations Navigator windows. All functions that do not support SSL are disabled in Operations Navigator when SSL is enabled. Neither the PC’s native file sharing capability nor AS/400 NetServer supports SSL, so the File Shares icon is disabled in Operations Navigator if SSL is enabled for your AS/400 system. However, both of these functions still remain available through your regular desktop environment outside of Operations Navigator.

Note: While AS/400 NetServer and the PC’s native file sharing capability do not support the SSL, the Client Access SPIs do support SSL. Because Client Access SPIs are available only in the Operations Navigator File Systems-Integrated File System path, you need to use those functions in Operations Navigator when SSL is activated to copy files to, or move files from, your Windows PC desktop.

File Shares Icon

The File Shares icon under File Systems (shown in Figure 2) is a new feature that is specific to the PC’s native file sharing capability and AS/400 NetServer. When you click on the File Shares icon, you obtain a list of currently configured AS/400 NetServer file shares. Right-clicking on the File Shares icon and selecting Open AS/400 NetServer brings up AS/400 NetServer with its sessions and shared objects in a separate window.

If you right-click on an individual Shared Object icon under File Shares and then select Open, the Windows Explorer application executes, using the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) name associated with the file share as input. Windows Explorer presents a window containing just the contents of the AS/400 IFS directory for which the

share is configured. If you right-click on an individual Shared Object icon under File Shares and select Explore, the Windows Explorer application again executes, but this time it explores the entire Network Neighborhood until the AS/400 NetServer and share name are found. The contents of the AS/400 IFS directory are displayed in the right-hand pane of the Windows Explorer window.

You can map a network drive on your Windows PC by right-clicking on an individual Shared Object icon under File Shares and selecting the Map Network Drive option. When presented with the Map Network Drive dialog, enter the name of the local drive letter to which you want to map the network drive and press the Enter key.

Finally, you can access the AS/400 NetServer File Share Properties dialog by right- clicking on an individual Shared Object icon under File Shares and selecting Properties. Use this dialog to make any changes to your File Share.

Migration of Text Conversion

Because the Express client no longer provides network drive services, your Client Access Properties dialog no longer has a Network Drives tab. With previous clients, you could configure EBCDIC/ASCII conversion once for all AS/400 systems, but now you enter this information when configuring an AS/400 NetServer file share or when configuring the Integrated File System Properties for an AS/400 system. The following shows examples of how the EBCDIC/ASCII conversion properties are migrated from Client Access for Windows 95/NT (the Windows 95/NT client) to Express client Operations Navigator.

When you use the V3R2M0 (or prior) Windows 95/NT client, you click on the Network tab on the Client Access Properties dialog (found when you double-click on the Client Access icon in your Windows Control Panel) to reach the dialog shown in Figure 3. This dialog controls how EBCDIC/ASCII conversions are accomplished for all AS/400 systems to which you are connected.

Integrated File System Text Conversion

By using Operations Navigator in Express client, the AS/400 administrator can find the Integrated File System icon under File Systems. Right-click on the Integrated File System icon and select Properties to access the Integrated File System Properties dialog (see Figure 4).

The file extensions for automatic EBCDIC/ASCII conversion previously specified on the Network Drive tab of the Client Access Properties dialog, shown in Figure 3, are now specified under the Text Conversion tab on the Integrated File System Properties dialog (see Figure 4). Although the location of this configuration has changed, Client Access still provides this support, which operates in the same way with two exceptions. First, you can now configure this support for each AS/400 system, where previously you could configure it only one time for all AS/400 systems.

Second, this system-wide EBCDIC/ASCII support applies only to operations performed from the File System-Integrated File System part of Express client Operations Navigator. These operations include, but are not limited to, copy and paste and drag and drop operations within Express client Operations Navigator for OS/400 V4R2 and above. When using these operations with Operations Navigator, files with the specified extensions are automatically converted between

EBCDIC and ASCII, the same as they are in Client Access for Windows 95/NT. However, this system-wide setting does not apply to files accessed through a network drive, because that function has now migrated to AS/400 NetServer. Network drive EBCDIC/ASCII file conversion is now specified at the AS/400 NetServer file share level, which means that each individual file share must be configured for automatic ASCII/EBCDIC conversion if it is needed. I will cover this feature next.

Individual File Shares Text Conversion

Using Operations Navigator in Express client, right-click on the File Shares icon under File Systems and then select Open AS/400 NetServer. On the AS/400 NetServer

screen, double-click on the Shared Objects icon. The AS/400 NetServer File Share Properties dialog can be accessed by right-clicking a file Shared Object icon and then selecting Properties from the context menu. From the AS/400 NetServer File Share Properties dialog, select the Text Conversion tab to reach the dialog shown in Figure 5. If you are using the Express client to access V4R2 or V4R3 AS/400 NetServer, you are not presented with the Text Conversion tab. Text conversion using AS/400 NetServer file shares is available only with V4R4 and later OS/400. You need *IOSYSCFG special authority to add or change the AS/400 NetServer file share configuration. In V4R4 of OS/400, AS/400 NetServer also allows the owner of an AS/400 IFS directory (including file systems) to add, change, or remove AS/400 NetServer file share configurations without *IOSYSCFG special authority. A change to a file share takes effect immediately.

The file extensions for automatic EBCDIC/ASCII conversion previously specified on the Network Drive tab of the Client Access Properties dialog (Figure 3) are specified on the Text Conversion tab of the AS/400 NetServer File Share Properties dialog (Figure 5). In V4R4 of OS/400, AS/400 NetServer does text conversion on the fly when reading or writing files to the AS/400 IFS if the Allow file text conversion check box is selected. The contents of only those files with the configured extensions are converted. The code page configured for the AS/400 NetServer file share is the code page used for the text conversion. AS/400 NetServer performs text conversion by using this code page and the current code page of the AS/400 file.

Possible Conversion File Extension Values

Here are some possible file extension values that you can enter for EBCDIC/ASCII file conversions:

• ‘*’—AS/400 NetServer converts all files.
• ‘.’—AS/400 NetServer converts all files without extensions.
• ‘TXT’—AS/400 NetServer converts all files ending in .TXT (e.g., a.TXT,
.TXT, a.b.c.TXT). Any values with more than one leading period (..TXT, ...TXT) have no effect on AS/400 NetServer. No conversion is done.

• ‘T*T’—AS/400 NetServer converts all files ending with an extension that substitutes any number of characters for the * wildcard (e.g., a.T123T, b.TXT).

• ‘T?T’—AS/400 NetServer converts all files ending with an extension that substitutes any one character for the ? wildcard (e.g., a.T1T, b.TXT).

Note: The text conversion support is migrated from Client Access for Windows 95/NT to AS/400 NetServer file shares on V4R4 of OS/400. If you use Express client to access AS/400 NetServer file shares on an AS/400 running V4R2 or V4R3, you will not be able to configure AS/400 NetServer file shares for text conversion. Text conversion using AS/400 NetServer file shares is available only with V4R4 and later OS/400.

Related AS/400 NetServer Enhancements

In V4R4 of OS/400, AS/400 NetServer supports the NT dialect of the SMB protocol. This means things like share names and path names are passed in UNICODE between the client PC and AS/400 NetServer. The user notices this support in that the code page configured on the AS/400 NetServer General Next Start dialog is not referenced when AS/400 NetServer is serving Windows 95/98/NT PC clients. This means that AS/400 NetServer is no longer limited to one code page, configured for AS/400 NetServer properties to service all clients in the network. German, French, and English clients can now seamlessly coexist without relying on this configuration value.

Using Operations Navigator in Express client, the AS/400 administrator can find the AS/400 NetServer icon by following the Network-Servers-TCP/IP-AS/400 NetServer path. Right-click on the AS/400 NetServer icon, select Properties, select the General tab, and then press the Next Start button. Any changes you make to the AS/400 NetServer do not take effect until the AS/400 NetServer server is stopped and restarted.

An additional Operations Navigator file-related enhancement involves using Express client to configure AS/400 IFS directory permissions for the path referenced by an

AS/400 NetServer file share. Using Operations Navigator, right-click on the File Shares icon under File Systems and select Open AS/400 NetServer. By right-clicking on a file Shared Object icon and then selecting Permissions, you can now configure directory permissions (authorities) for the AS/400 IFS directory that is configured for that file share.

File Serving Has More Options Although Express client frees up resources on the Windows desktop PC, AS/400 NetServer allows you to still enjoy the same level of support found in Client Access for Windows 95/NT. Relying on AS/400 NetServer to handle Express client’s file serving needs gives you more industry-standard network drive capabilities and shrinks the client’s desktop footprint. After you have added an AS/400 NetServer file share, mapping network drives from your Windows PC is easy and you can begin using the powerful new connectivity features that AS/400 NetServer provides.

Related Reading

IBM’s AS/400 NetServer Web site: “Setting Up AS/400 NetServer in 1,000 Words or Less,” MC, February 1999 “V4R4 AS/400 NetServer Bulks Up AS/400 Network Printing,” MC, February


Client Access Express for Windows: Setup Manual (SC41-5507) “Client Access without Client Access,” Client Access/400 Expert, July/August IBM’s Client Access Web site: “Transform Your AS/400 into a Network Print Server with AS/400 NetServer,” AS/400 Network Expert, January/February 1999



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Figure 1: You can view which AS/400 IFS directories are shared with the network from the File System-Integrated File System path in the Express client AS/400 Operations Navigator.

Figure 2: The File Shares icon is a new feature that is specific to the PC’s native file sharing capability and AS/400 NetServer.

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Figure 3: This Network Drives configuration, which allowed you to specify EBCDIC/ASCII conversion for all systems, was available with Client Access for Windows 95/NT (V3R2M0).

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Figure 4: With the Express client Operations Navigator, EBCDIC/ASCII file conversion properties can be specified for an AS/400 system by using the Integrated File System icon properties (OS/400 V4R4 only).

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Figure 5: EBCDIC/ASCII text conversion is now supported for individual AS/400 NetServer file shares (OS/400 V4R4 systems only).

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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.



  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave 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.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
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  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

    SB Profound WC Generic The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security
    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
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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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    - 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
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  • 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.