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As part of the September AS/400 announcements, IBM is once again releasing a new, enhanced version of Client Access/400 for Windows 95/NT. The new version number is V3R2M0; it supports OS/400 V3R2 and later. IBM’s major focus in this modification was to improve the AS/400’s ability to manage and control networked PCs. The highlights of this refresh include the following:

• Support for Microsoft Windows 98
• Support for Microsoft’s System Policy Editor
• AS/400 SDK for OLE DB and ActiveX
• 32-bit AFP Workbench Viewer
• NS/Router enhancements for SNA/Advanced Program-to-Program Communications (APPC) connectivity
• Enhancements to Operations Navigator Also being enhanced at this time is the Client Access/400 Enhanced Windows client. It now has full TCP/IP connectivity support for PC5250 printer emulation, device ID support, and automated logon support. See information APAR II 11226 for PTF availability.

The V3R2M0 version of the Windows 95/NT client will be available on September 11, 1998 for AS/400 systems running OS/400 V4R3 and September 25, 1998 for AS/400 systems running OS/400 V4R2, V4R1, and V3R2.

 

Windows 98 Support

 

The Client Access for Windows 95/NT client name is now something of a misnomer, because CA/400 V3R2 also supports Windows 98. If you are running the V3R1M3 client, it also can be used with Windows 98, provided you install Service Pack

SF48155 first. For more details, read the Information APAR II11274, which is available on the Client Access home page at http://www.as400. ibm.com/clientaccess.

 

Support for Microsoft System Policies

 


The CA/400 V3R2 client can help ease your PC administration load with newly added policy templates. These policy templates work with the Microsoft System Policy Editor to let AS/400 administrators pick and choose which Client Access functions are available to PC users. Administrators can create, edit, and change policy information. They can, for example, restrict the use of Operations Navigator or control user access to the Client Access Data Transfer function. Policies templates can be created for specific users and user groups; they can even be tied to specific PCs so that anyone who signs onto a particular PC will only have the capabilities assigned to that PC. With CA/400 V3R2, these policies can all be centrally controlled and downloaded into the Microsoft Policy Registry at logon time.

 

AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB

 

OLE DB is a Microsoft specification that provides a single interface to data, no matter what format the data is stored in, e.g., in a database, document, spreadsheet, or electronic mail file. The OLE DB architecture supports everything from full database management systems (DBMS), such as that found on the AS/400, to Indexed Sequential Access Method (ISAM) files and PC text files. Accessing data is easier if one interface—which encompasses many types of data—is used, rather than a specific API for each data source. This area is where OLE DB works especially well. (Visit the Microsoft Universal Data Access Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/data to learn more about this architecture.)

Client Access first delivered an AS/400 OLE DB provider (a runtime driver) in the V3R1M3 client. The Client Access OLE DB provider allows 32-bit Windows client/ server

applications that are written to the OLE DB specifications to access AS/400 information via record-level access, PC programs, AS/400 commands, data queues, SQL, and stored procedures. These enablers work transparently across both SNA/APPC- and TCP/IP-based networks.

In this newest release, a software developer’s kit (SDK), called the AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB, is included on the Client Access product family CD-ROM with the Windows 95/NT client. The SDK contains snap-in wizards for Visual Basic to make it easy to generate code to link to AS/400 data and services.

Documentation and user tool samples are also included for Delphi, PowerBuilder, Visual C++, Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Excel, and Internet Explorer, as well as other applications. Programmers like the GUI that Windows tools provide, but find it difficult to build client/server applications with good overall performance. Client Access provides the link to AS/400 services—by incorpor-ating the integral 32-bit Microsoft technology of OLE DB and ActiveX—so that programmers can easily take advantage of the trend toward network-based distributed computing solutions.

There are enhancements to ODBC in the new release, as well. The Client Access ODBC driver provides a viable option for using SQL to access the AS/400 database. The Microsoft ODBC Driver Manager version 3.0 is now shipping with the Client Access ODBC driver, which means that applications written to either ODBC 2.0 or 3.0 can access AS/400 database information over any supported connectivity method. This capability lets client/server applications take advantage of the new functions provided by the Microsoft ODBC 3.0 specification, but does not force shops to undertake rewrites of current applications that were programmed to the previous Microsoft ODBC 2.0 specification.

 

32-bit AFP Workbench Viewer

 

Prior to CA/400 V3R2, a light version of the 16-bit AFP Workbench product was included with many of the Client Access products. Users who wanted the full-function version needed to purchase it separately from IBM. Now the AFP Workbench Viewer has been rewritten as a 32-bit application, and the full-function version is included with the Windows 95/NT client (see Figure 1). The AFP Workbench Viewer can be used to allow a PC to display information stored in AS/400 spooled files (AFP and SNA Character Stream, or SCS). It can also be used to view image files on your PC (such as those stored in GIF,


TIFF, or JPEG formats). The AFP Workbench Viewer provides many user productivity aides, such as the ability to zoom in or search for specific portions of a stored document.

The Client Access Network Print program has also been enhanced. New parameters have been added in the Device Settings panel that is used with the AFP driver so that output can be sent as text rather than graphics. This capability will reduce the size of the printed output file, reducing the time it takes to send large print documents from your PC. Second, enhancements have been made in the print buffering technique to improve the performance for applications that make small-write AS/400 print requests to redirected PC printers, i.e., LPTs. By small-write, I mean applications that send one character at a time. The new enhancement means that these requests now will be buffered and sent as one request.

 

NS/Router Enhancements for SNA/APPC Connectivity

 

The Client Access NS/Router now supports the AutoSync I protocol, which was developed by Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. This protocol enables PCs using any asynchronous modem that supports AutoSync I to dial in to an AS/400 communications controller, such as the Electronic Customer Support (ECS) port. This eliminates the need for ASCII workstation controllers on the AS/400 or SDLC multiprotocol adapters on the PC side.

Panels were added to the NetManage Router (formerly the NS/Router) configuration screens so that users can specify a telephone number, location, and modem type.

The NS/Router now provides a new option for users who connect to an AS/400 over an asynchronous line. When a connection is started, the user is prompted to specify where the call is originating.

A user can define different dial-from parameters for each location (as shown in Figure 2). For example, one location may require that the user dial 9 to get an outside line, while another location may not. This is particularly useful for people who call in from different telephone numbers, such as laptop users, where the dialing string may change from location to location.

In OS/400 V4R2, the 5250 data stream was enhanced to enable twinax-connected PCs to run over TCP/IP protocols. This is accomplished by using IBM 5250 Express twinax adapter cards and other selected IBM twinax adapter cards with special twinax device drivers. Client Access now supports these environments; see Informational APAR II11022 for detailed information on this support

 

Operations Navigator Enhancements

 

Operations Navigator is rapidly evolving to become the interface for operating and administering AS/400 systems. It also provides many useful functions to sim-plify user access to AS/400 resources.

Operations Navigator has added some productivity aides such as the ability to drag and drop printer output to various printers or to the PC desktop and the ability to send and view AS/400 messages. You can also add Windows desktop shortcuts to specific Operations Navigator items—such as printers, messages, or jobs—by right-clicking on that item in Operations Navigator and selecting the option to create a shortcut (see Figure 3). Shortcuts let your users perform exactly the functions they want without bringing up the entire Navigator screen to perform one action.

Operations Navigator has been repackaged into multiple subcomponents so administrators can specify which functions a user can access. IBM has also added a new feature called Application Administration that allows an administrator to control which Operations Navigator functions are available to specific users (for example, system configuration and network security). The Application Administration information is stored in the AS/400 user profile. (This capability requires OS/400 V4R3.) APIs for Application Administration are also available so that administrators can control which other applications (besides Operations Navigator) users can access.

 

Operations Navigator V4R3 Enhancements

 


Although the focus of this article is the new Client Access/400 for Windows 95/NT client, it would not be complete without a discussion of OS/400 V4R3. Many of the functions that were added to the new client are only enabled if you are running V4R3. Operations Navigator provides the graphical interfaces and wizards needed to use these new functions. I will tell you about a few of the most important ones.

The Security Configuration wizard steps administrators through general security questions about their AS/400 environment, recommends security level and system value settings, and will change the system to reflect the recommended settings. This wizard allows customers to secure their AS/400 environments even though they may not be well- versed in AS/400 security issues.

Management Central is a methodology that is being developed for V4R3. It will make it easier to manage multiple AS/400 systems from a single location. It provides the ability to group AS/400 systems together in different views. In this release, it includes a tool called Performance Monitor. In the future, it will address other areas, such as the installation of PTFs, remote commands, and the ability to create packages of files and distribute them.

Performance Monitor combines AS/400 performance monitoring and data collection with real-time PC graphics. You can define monitors and thresholds for each monitor. If a defined threshold is reached, an AS/400 command or PC program can be started. The command or program may tell the system to hold jobs or page the system operator; you choose the action that is taken.

Database administration is made easier with Operations Navigator, as it now allows data to be updated within a table. Tables can be copied and moved between AS/400 systems, aliases can be created to any database object, and journals can be managed remotely.

The following AS/400 servers (some of which are new this release) have been added to the list of applications which can be set up and managed through Operations Navigator: NetServer (SMB) enhancements, Network File Server (NFS), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Directory Server, and the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) Server.

 

Other V4R3 Enhancements

 

Other new functions are available for OS/400 V4R3 machines that are built upon the Client Access Windows 95/NT client. For example, EZ Setup and Welcome

Center are companion programs that are delivered with new AS/400 hardware. EZ Setup guides users through the installation and configuration tasks involved in setting up a new AS/400 system. Wizards are provided to connect a PC to the AS/400; set the AS/400 system name, date, time, and security values; create AS/400 security and system operator profiles; define LAN connections for Token-Ring, Ethernet, and Integrated PC Server (IPCS) adapters; define TCP/IP interfaces; start TCP/IP and host servers; create shortcuts to AS/400, Technical Studio, and Service home pages; and install the Netscape Browser if it is needed. Welcome Center provides some of the same capabilities as EZ Setup does, but it is tailored to people who are familiar with are familiar with AS/400 setup. It provides browser-based information that guides users through the installation and configuration of a new AS/400.

Client Access has provided a function called PC Console (or Asynchronous Console) in many of its clients, including the clients for Windows 3.1, Enhanced Windows
3.1, OS/2, and Windows 95/NT. It enables PC5250 display emulation to be used as the AS/400 system console. This feature enables administrators and operators to manage their AS/400 systems from a PC. The PC is directly connected to an AS/400 system’s serial port via a special cable that is available from IBM. This function can be used with any release of OS/400.

Operations Console is an enhanced version of PC Console. It provides an AS/400 system console session and a graphical control panel application for improved operation of


AS/400 systems. Additionally, if you use a Windows NT workstation as the Operations Console (or local controlling system), you will gain support for modem connections from remote PCs (or remote controlling systems), enabling remote AS/400 system operations and service over TCP/IP networks. Operations Console requires OS/400 V4R3.

 

TCP/IP Connectivity for 5250 Emulators

 

The V3R1M3 version of Client Access for Windows 95/NT delivered native PC5250 TCP/IP support for printer emulation, workstation device ID naming, and the ability to bypass the OS/400 sign-on screen. These functions can now be used with OS/400 V3R2, V3R7, and V4R1 machines and later. See Information APAR II10918 for a list of

OS/400 PTFs needed to enable this support. TCP/IP capabilities were previously available in all supported single-byte character set (SBCS) national language versions (NLVs) and Japanese double-byte character sets (DBCSs). The V3R2M0 version of CA/400 completes this support by adding DBCS NLVs for traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, and Korean. (This support is available only if you are running Client Access/400 V3R2.) Graphical Access for AS/400 now also supports native TCP/IP connectivity to designate a specific 5250 workstation device ID for display sessions and the ability to bypass the AS/400 sign-on screen if you are running V3R2.

To Order CA/400 V3R2

 

Customers who currently have the AS/400 Client Access for Windows family product can obtain the enhanced version by contacting their IBM representative. Here are details you’ll need to order the new version:

• If you have 5769-XW1 with OS/400 V4R1 or V4R2 and Software Subscription, you should order a copy of Feature 2640 of 5755-AS5.
• If you have 5763-XW1 with OS/400 V3R2, you will need to order a copy of Feature 1721 of 5755-AS3 and charge Feature 3100 of 5763-XW1.
• If you have 5716-XW1 with OS/400 V3R7, you will need to need to upgrade to OS/400 Version 4.

Figure 1: The full-function AFP Workbench Viewer—which was a separate product in earlier releases—is included with the Client Access for Windows 95/NT V3R2 refresh.


 

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Figure 2: The NS/Router now provides an option to change the modem dialing string when calling your AS/400 from different locations.

Figure 3: A number of features have been added to the AS/400 Operations Navigator, including the ability to create desktop icons for AS/400 printers, jobs, and messages.


 

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As part of the September AS/400 announcements, IBM is once again releasing a new, enhanced version of Client Access/400 for Windows 95/NT. The new version number is V3R2M0; it supports OS/400 V3R2 and later. IBM’s major focus in this modification was to improve the AS/400’s ability to manage and control networked PCs. The highlights of this refresh include the following:

• Support for Microsoft Windows 98
• Support for Microsoft’s System Policy Editor
• AS/400 SDK for OLE DB and ActiveX
• 32-bit AFP Workbench Viewer
• NS/Router enhancements for SNA/Advanced Program-to-Program Communications (APPC) connectivity
• Enhancements to Operations Navigator Also being enhanced at this time is the Client Access/400 Enhanced Windows client. It now has full TCP/IP connectivity support for PC5250 printer emulation, device ID support, and automated logon support. See information APAR II 11226 for PTF availability.

The V3R2M0 version of the Windows 95/NT client will be available on September 11, 1998 for AS/400 systems running OS/400 V4R3 and September 25, 1998 for AS/400 systems running OS/400 V4R2, V4R1, and V3R2.

 

Windows 98 Support

 

The Client Access for Windows 95/NT client name is now something of a misnomer, because CA/400 V3R2 also supports Windows 98. If you are running the V3R1M3 client, it also can be used with Windows 98, provided you install Service Pack

SF48155 first. For more details, read the Information APAR II11274, which is available on the Client Access home page at http://www.as400. ibm.com/clientaccess.

 

Support for Microsoft System Policies

 


The CA/400 V3R2 client can help ease your PC administration load with newly added policy templates. These policy templates work with the Microsoft System Policy Editor to let AS/400 administrators pick and choose which Client Access functions are available to PC users. Administrators can create, edit, and change policy information. They can, for example, restrict the use of Operations Navigator or control user access to the Client Access Data Transfer function. Policies templates can be created for specific users and user groups; they can even be tied to specific PCs so that anyone who signs onto a particular PC will only have the capabilities assigned to that PC. With CA/400 V3R2, these policies can all be centrally controlled and downloaded into the Microsoft Policy Registry at logon time.

 

AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB

 

OLE DB is a Microsoft specification that provides a single interface to data, no matter what format the data is stored in, e.g., in a database, document, spreadsheet, or electronic mail file. The OLE DB architecture supports everything from full database management systems (DBMS), such as that found on the AS/400, to Indexed Sequential Access Method (ISAM) files and PC text files. Accessing data is easier if one interface—which encompasses many types of data—is used, rather than a specific API for each data source. This area is where OLE DB works especially well. (Visit the Microsoft Universal Data Access Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/data to learn more about this architecture.)

Client Access first delivered an AS/400 OLE DB provider (a runtime driver) in the V3R1M3 client. The Client Access OLE DB provider allows 32-bit Windows client/ server

applications that are written to the OLE DB specifications to access AS/400 information via record-level access, PC programs, AS/400 commands, data queues, SQL, and stored procedures. These enablers work transparently across both SNA/APPC- and TCP/IP-based networks.

In this newest release, a software developer’s kit (SDK), called the AS/400 SDK for ActiveX and OLE DB, is included on the Client Access product family CD-ROM with the Windows 95/NT client. The SDK contains snap-in wizards for Visual Basic to make it easy to generate code to link to AS/400 data and services.

Documentation and user tool samples are also included for Delphi, PowerBuilder, Visual C++, Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Excel, and Internet Explorer, as well as other applications. Programmers like the GUI that Windows tools provide, but find it difficult to build client/server applications with good overall performance. Client Access provides the link to AS/400 services—by incorpor-ating the integral 32-bit Microsoft technology of OLE DB and ActiveX—so that programmers can easily take advantage of the trend toward network-based distributed computing solutions.

There are enhancements to ODBC in the new release, as well. The Client Access ODBC driver provides a viable option for using SQL to access the AS/400 database. The Microsoft ODBC Driver Manager version 3.0 is now shipping with the Client Access ODBC driver, which means that applications written to either ODBC 2.0 or 3.0 can access AS/400 database information over any supported connectivity method. This capability lets client/server applications take advantage of the new functions provided by the Microsoft ODBC 3.0 specification, but does not force shops to undertake rewrites of current applications that were programmed to the previous Microsoft ODBC 2.0 specification.

 

32-bit AFP Workbench Viewer

 

Prior to CA/400 V3R2, a light version of the 16-bit AFP Workbench product was included with many of the Client Access products. Users who wanted the full-function version needed to purchase it separately from IBM. Now the AFP Workbench Viewer has been rewritten as a 32-bit application, and the full-function version is included with the Windows 95/NT client (see Figure 1). The AFP Workbench Viewer can be used to allow a PC to display information stored in AS/400 spooled files (AFP and SNA Character Stream, or SCS). It can also be used to view image files on your PC (such as those stored in GIF,


TIFF, or JPEG formats). The AFP Workbench Viewer provides many user productivity aides, such as the ability to zoom in or search for specific portions of a stored document.

The Client Access Network Print program has also been enhanced. New parameters have been added in the Device Settings panel that is used with the AFP driver so that output can be sent as text rather than graphics. This capability will reduce the size of the printed output file, reducing the time it takes to send large print documents from your PC. Second, enhancements have been made in the print buffering technique to improve the performance for applications that make small-write AS/400 print requests to redirected PC printers, i.e., LPTs. By small-write, I mean applications that send one character at a time. The new enhancement means that these requests now will be buffered and sent as one request.

 

NS/Router Enhancements for SNA/APPC Connectivity

 

The Client Access NS/Router now supports the AutoSync I protocol, which was developed by Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. This protocol enables PCs using any asynchronous modem that supports AutoSync I to dial in to an AS/400 communications controller, such as the Electronic Customer Support (ECS) port. This eliminates the need for ASCII workstation controllers on the AS/400 or SDLC multiprotocol adapters on the PC side.

Panels were added to the NetManage Router (formerly the NS/Router) configuration screens so that users can specify a telephone number, location, and modem type.

The NS/Router now provides a new option for users who connect to an AS/400 over an asynchronous line. When a connection is started, the user is prompted to specify where the call is originating.

A user can define different dial-from parameters for each location (as shown in Figure 2). For example, one location may require that the user dial 9 to get an outside line, while another location may not. This is particularly useful for people who call in from different telephone numbers, such as laptop users, where the dialing string may change from location to location.

In OS/400 V4R2, the 5250 data stream was enhanced to enable twinax-connected PCs to run over TCP/IP protocols. This is accomplished by using IBM 5250 Express twinax adapter cards and other selected IBM twinax adapter cards with special twinax device drivers. Client Access now supports these environments; see Informational APAR II11022 for detailed information on this support

 

Operations Navigator Enhancements

 

Operations Navigator is rapidly evolving to become the interface for operating and administering AS/400 systems. It also provides many useful functions to sim-plify user access to AS/400 resources.

Operations Navigator has added some productivity aides such as the ability to drag and drop printer output to various printers or to the PC desktop and the ability to send and view AS/400 messages. You can also add Windows desktop shortcuts to specific Operations Navigator items—such as printers, messages, or jobs—by right-clicking on that item in Operations Navigator and selecting the option to create a shortcut (see Figure 3). Shortcuts let your users perform exactly the functions they want without bringing up the entire Navigator screen to perform one action.

Operations Navigator has been repackaged into multiple subcomponents so administrators can specify which functions a user can access. IBM has also added a new feature called Application Administration that allows an administrator to control which Operations Navigator functions are available to specific users (for example, system configuration and network security). The Application Administration information is stored in the AS/400 user profile. (This capability requires OS/400 V4R3.) APIs for Application Administration are also available so that administrators can control which other applications (besides Operations Navigator) users can access.

 

Operations Navigator V4R3 Enhancements

 


Although the focus of this article is the new Client Access/400 for Windows 95/NT client, it would not be complete without a discussion of OS/400 V4R3. Many of the functions that were added to the new client are only enabled if you are running V4R3. Operations Navigator provides the graphical interfaces and wizards needed to use these new functions. I will tell you about a few of the most important ones.

The Security Configuration wizard steps administrators through general security questions about their AS/400 environment, recommends security level and system value settings, and will change the system to reflect the recommended settings. This wizard allows customers to secure their AS/400 environments even though they may not be well- versed in AS/400 security issues.

Management Central is a methodology that is being developed for V4R3. It will make it easier to manage multiple AS/400 systems from a single location. It provides the ability to group AS/400 systems together in different views. In this release, it includes a tool called Performance Monitor. In the future, it will address other areas, such as the installation of PTFs, remote commands, and the ability to create packages of files and distribute them.

Performance Monitor combines AS/400 performance monitoring and data collection with real-time PC graphics. You can define monitors and thresholds for each monitor. If a defined threshold is reached, an AS/400 command or PC program can be started. The command or program may tell the system to hold jobs or page the system operator; you choose the action that is taken.

Database administration is made easier with Operations Navigator, as it now allows data to be updated within a table. Tables can be copied and moved between AS/400 systems, aliases can be created to any database object, and journals can be managed remotely.

The following AS/400 servers (some of which are new this release) have been added to the list of applications which can be set up and managed through Operations Navigator: NetServer (SMB) enhancements, Network File Server (NFS), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Directory Server, and the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) Server.

 

Other V4R3 Enhancements

 

Other new functions are available for OS/400 V4R3 machines that are built upon the Client Access Windows 95/NT client. For example, EZ Setup and Welcome

Center are companion programs that are delivered with new AS/400 hardware. EZ Setup guides users through the installation and configuration tasks involved in setting up a new AS/400 system. Wizards are provided to connect a PC to the AS/400; set the AS/400 system name, date, time, and security values; create AS/400 security and system operator profiles; define LAN connections for Token-Ring, Ethernet, and Integrated PC Server (IPCS) adapters; define TCP/IP interfaces; start TCP/IP and host servers; create shortcuts to AS/400, Technical Studio, and Service home pages; and install the Netscape Browser if it is needed. Welcome Center provides some of the same capabilities as EZ Setup does, but it is tailored to people who are familiar with are familiar with AS/400 setup. It provides browser-based information that guides users through the installation and configuration of a new AS/400.

Client Access has provided a function called PC Console (or Asynchronous Console) in many of its clients, including the clients for Windows 3.1, Enhanced Windows
3.1, OS/2, and Windows 95/NT. It enables PC5250 display emulation to be used as the AS/400 system console. This feature enables administrators and operators to manage their AS/400 systems from a PC. The PC is directly connected to an AS/400 system’s serial port via a special cable that is available from IBM. This function can be used with any release of OS/400.

Operations Console is an enhanced version of PC Console. It provides an AS/400 system console session and a graphical control panel application for improved operation of


AS/400 systems. Additionally, if you use a Windows NT workstation as the Operations Console (or local controlling system), you will gain support for modem connections from remote PCs (or remote controlling systems), enabling remote AS/400 system operations and service over TCP/IP networks. Operations Console requires OS/400 V4R3.

 

TCP/IP Connectivity for 5250 Emulators

 

The V3R1M3 version of Client Access for Windows 95/NT delivered native PC5250 TCP/IP support for printer emulation, workstation device ID naming, and the ability to bypass the OS/400 sign-on screen. These functions can now be used with OS/400 V3R2, V3R7, and V4R1 machines and later. See Information APAR II10918 for a list of

OS/400 PTFs needed to enable this support. TCP/IP capabilities were previously available in all supported single-byte character set (SBCS) national language versions (NLVs) and Japanese double-byte character sets (DBCSs). The V3R2M0 version of CA/400 completes this support by adding DBCS NLVs for traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, and Korean. (This support is available only if you are running Client Access/400 V3R2.) Graphical Access for AS/400 now also supports native TCP/IP connectivity to designate a specific 5250 workstation device ID for display sessions and the ability to bypass the AS/400 sign-on screen if you are running V3R2.

To Order CA/400 V3R2

 

Customers who currently have the AS/400 Client Access for Windows family product can obtain the enhanced version by contacting their IBM representative. Here are details you’ll need to order the new version:

• If you have 5769-XW1 with OS/400 V4R1 or V4R2 and Software Subscription, you should order a copy of Feature 2640 of 5755-AS5.
• If you have 5763-XW1 with OS/400 V3R2, you will need to order a copy of Feature 1721 of 5755-AS3 and charge Feature 3100 of 5763-XW1.
• If you have 5716-XW1 with OS/400 V3R7, you will need to need to upgrade to OS/400 Version 4.

Figure 1: The full-function AFP Workbench Viewer—which was a separate product in earlier releases—is included with the Client Access for Windows 95/NT V3R2 refresh.


 

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IBM_Refreshes_the_Client_Access-_400_for_Windows...06-00.jpg 400x409

 

Figure 2: The NS/Router now provides an option to change the modem dialing string when calling your AS/400 from different locations.

Figure 3: A number of features have been added to the AS/400 Operations Navigator, including the ability to create desktop icons for AS/400 printers, jobs, and messages.


 

IBM_Refreshes_the_Client_Access-_400_for_Windows...06-01.jpg 400x300

 


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    - Integrate new Node.js applications with your existing RPG, Java, .Net, and PHP apps
    - Extend your IBM i capabilties to include Watson API, Cloud, and Internet of Things


    Read Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization Now!

     

  • 2020 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

    HelpSystems

    This year marks the sixth edition of the popular IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. Each year, HelpSystems sets out to gather data about how businesses use the IBM i platform and the IT initiatives it supports. Year over year, the survey has begun to reveal long-term trends that give insight into the future of this trusted technology.

    More than 500 IBM i users from around the globe participated in this year’s survey, and we’re so happy to share the results with you. We hope you’ll find the information interesting and useful as you evaluate your own IT projects.

  • AIX Security Basics eCourse

    Core Security

    With so many organizations depending on AIX day to day, ensuring proper security and configuration is critical to ensure the safety of your environment. Don’t let common threats put your critical AIX servers at risk. Avoid simple mistakes and start to build a long-term plan with this AIX Security eCourse. Enroll today to get easy to follow instructions on topics like:

    • Removing extraneous files
    • Patching systems efficiently
    • Setting and validating permissions
    • Managing service considerations
    • Getting overall visibility into your networks

     

  • Developer Kit: Making a Business Case for Modernization and Beyond

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.

    Having trouble getting management approval for modernization projects? The problem may be you're not speaking enough "business" to them.

    This Developer Kit provides you study-backed data and a ready-to-use business case template to help get your very next development project approved!

  • What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires

    HelpSystemsIT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators is small.

    This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn:

    • Why IBM i skills depletion is a top concern
    • How leading organizations are coping
    • Where automation will make the biggest impact

     

  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericLet’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. Are you prepared to handle their departure?
    Our panel of IBM i experts—Chuck Losinski, Robin Tatam, Richard Schoen, and Tom Huntington—will outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
    - Automate IBM i processes
    - Use managed services to help fill the gaps
    - Secure the system against data loss and viruses
    The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.

     

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by Debbie Saugen. Debbie is an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability, helping IBM i shops build and implement effective business continuity plans.
    In today’s business climate, business continuity is more important than ever. But 83 percent of organizations are not totally confident in their backup strategy.
    During this webinar, Carol and Debbie discuss the importance of a good backup plan, how to ensure you’re backing up your security information, and your options for encrypted back-ups.

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

    SB Profound WC GenericIn this presentation, Alex Roytman and Liam Allan will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications. Learn how Agile Modernization:
    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

     

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIBM i is known for its security, but this OS could be more vulnerable than you think.
    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

    SB Profound WC GenericWatch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!

     

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

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

    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.

    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).

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts discuss:


    - Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    - Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    - Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    - How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    - High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    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 NodeRun.com 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:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - 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.