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If you are an iSeries shop, you are probably using one of the Windows-based client connectivity products that are included in the iSeries Access family. Well, it's time to check out one of the iSeries Access browser-based products. This article will explain why you might want to start with iSeries Access for Web.

iSeries Access for Web provides functionality similar to that of other iSeries Access products, yet in many ways, it is easier to use than any of its predecessors. Thus, this product requires you to provide very little training before turning it over to your end users.

The biggest issue facing desktop administrators is keeping locally installed client software and the desktop operating systems up-to-date and running. Since Access for Web runs on the iSeries in a Web application server (either Apache Tomcat or WebSphere Application Server), you install and maintain it just like you handle your other iSeries software or OS/400. And the only thing your users need is a browser on their desktop to be able to connect to your iSeries and use Access for Web--and it doesn't matter if their operating system is Windows, Linux/AIX/UNIX, or Macintosh.

Another administrator's "dream come true" is the ease with which you can assign and control which functions of Access for Web users can access and use. You simply go through a series of panels that describe the Access for Web functions and say yes or no to who can use them. Because functionality is built around OS/400 user profiles, it can be applied to the system (globally), to groups of users, or to specific users.

Using Access for Web to Create a "Window" to Your iSeries

Another valuable function that Access for Web provides is the ability to set up a "window" into your iSeries server. You can put your company banner on each page, set up links to other Web pages for your users (perhaps an internal telephone directory), give users a link that will directly start a host application (for example, an RPG or COBOL application) without them ever seeing any OS/400 screens, or create some specific database requests (that can be modified only by you) for your users to run. Or you may want to give your users an easy way to view and print iSeries spooled output files.

Figure 1 shows an example of what Access for Web can do.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/MCmagOnline_2004Mar_iSeries%20Access%20for%20WebV400.png

Figure 1: This example Web site uses Access for Web.
 

  • On the upper left side, users can click on a link about boat details and start working with a host application on the iSeries--for example, the built-in 5250 emulator, perhaps an application that has been refaced using WebFacing or HATS, or maybe the other product included in the iSeries Access family, HATS LE.
  • Down further on the left side, users can click on Work with invoices, and Access for Web will go out to the spool file, convert the printer output to PDF, and display it in the user's browser.
  • If users click on This Week's Special, Access for Web retrieves a movie clip stored in the IFS and plays it in the user's browser.
  • Look at Great Deals. The administrator has built a database request using Access for Web so that users can simply click and see what boats are available. The database is updated in real time, so users always see current information.
  • On the right side is Site Support. Using Access for Web messaging functions, this link can be set up to allow users to send email (already addressed) stating their questions or issues.
  • Below Site Support is access to a telephone directory. The IBM Telephone Directory for 1,000 users is included at no additional charge with the WebSphere Application Server Express for iSeries, so you can use it to build your own company directory, and users can easily access it from this single view.
  • The Weather Conditions link at the bottom right is a link to a United States weather station where users can get up-to-date information.
     

Figure 1 is a working example of how you could set up an iSeries view for your users. Since Access for Web supports OS/400 user profiles, you can build many different "window" views to your iSeries server. For example, perhaps the employees in the warehouse need to run different programs than the employees answering the telephone and working with customers, while the accounting department has yet other information they need, and your CEO may want a special view of some other type of information. Build your windows for a specific user ID, a specific group, or all Access for Web users.

These customizable front pages to the iSeries can be set up easily using nearly any tool (such as WebSphere Studio development tools, Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe GoLive, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Notepad, or whatever your Web site designer is comfortable using). If you would like to see how easy it would be to build your own window, go out to the Access for Web page and download the new Redbook entitled iSeries Access for Web and HATS Limited Edition: V5R2 Hot Topics for IBM eServer iSeries Browser Users. It explains step-by-step how the Web page in Figure 1 was built.

Using Access for Web in IBM's Portal Environment

The recently announced and shipped IBM WebSphere Portal Express Version 5.0.2 and IBM WebSphere Portal Express Plus run on the iSeries server. iSeries Access for Web was made available as a Web download on January 31, 2004. This new version supports the WebSphere Portal Express and Express Plus for iSeries.

A key improvement in the V5 portal software is that it is easier to install and configure than its predecessor V4 set of products. The WebSphere Portal family enables small businesses, as well as departments within larger companies, to more easily deploy sophisticated employee, business partner, and customer portals. A portal not only serves as a simple, unified access point to Web applications, but also provides valuable functions like security, search, collaboration, and workflow. Portals deliver integrated content and applications, plus unified, collaborative workplaces, thus providing users with convenient access to everything they need to get their tasks done anytime, anywhere, and in a secure manner.

Portals are, indeed, the next-generation desktop, delivering e-business applications over the Web to all kinds of client devices. The WebSphere Portal Express contains the portal framework, a document manager, a selection of portlets, a portal toolkit, and the WebSphere Application Server (WAS). WebSphere Portal Express Plus contains all the function in WebSphere Portal Express and adds team collaboration features, including instant messaging, people online awareness, virtual team rooms, document libraries, group calendaring, and milestone tracking. Twenty user licenses of the WebSphere Portal Express Plus for iSeries are now included in the IBM iSeries Enterprise Edition software solution. The Enterprise Edition also includes an Installation Assistant to simplify installation and reduces CD handling for selected software products (including the portal software) by using OS/400 Virtual Media Installation. For iSeries servers that are preloaded with software, these products can be installed from disk without handling multiple CDs.

You will want to use the IBM Web Administration for iSeries interface, as it includes a WebSphere Portal configuration wizard that simplifies configuration of WebSphere Portal and its core components by automatically detecting system information, suggesting commonly used values, and presenting information in step-by-step graphical format. For example, the portal configuration wizard helps you create a production-level portal environment by walking you through the following:

  • HTTP server creation and configuration
  • Creation of a new WAS instance
  • Portal configuration (includes adding WebSphere Portal to the WAS instance)
  • DB2 database configuration
  • Portlet deployment
  • LDAP
  • Configuration of Lotus Collaborative Components

 
The configuration of iSeries Access for Web portlets and pages has been integrated into the WebSphere Portal configuration wizard as well. For example, if the WebSphere Portal configuration wizard detects that the iSeries Access for Web product is installed on your iSeries server, a wizard page will be displayed to enable you to specify what default portlets to deploy.

When running in a portal environment, you will notice that there can be many tabs (folders). You will see a Welcome folder, maybe a My Programs folder, and so forth. And if you have installed Access for Web in this environment, you will see an Access for Web folder. When you open this folder, you will see two subfolders, 5250 and IFrame Portlets. The 5250 emulator function runs as a portlet in a portlet window, and you will use the 5250 tab to start a 5250 session to any iSeries in your network and run your host applications (see Figure 2).

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/MCmagOnline_2004Mar_iSeries%20Access%20for%20WebV401.png

Figure 2: From this screen, you will start a 5250 session and run your host applications.

The other functions of Access for Web can be assigned to a portlet window as well. By selecting the IFrame Portlets tab, you can read and write to the iSeries database using the Database function, work with iSeries printer output (including conversion to PDF) using the Print function, access the IFS using the File function, etc. See Figure 3.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/MCmagOnline_2004Mar_iSeries%20Access%20for%20WebV402.png

Figure 3: The IFrame portlets allow you to perform a wide variety of functions.

To set up which Access for Web functions will be available to users, you use the WebSphere Portal Administration to create and manage page hierarchy and portal look and feel and to control who has access to your portal. Resource Permissions allows you to assign user groups and users to specific roles for a resource, and User and Group Permissions sets the level of access a user group or user has for a given resource.

The downloadable V5R3 version of Access for Web is fully supported through IBM Service and includes not only English translation but all national language versions currently supported by V5R2 Access for Web. Later this year, V5R3 Access for Web will be part of the next software release for iSeries, thus included on the stacked media and factory preloaded on new iSeries hardware. The V5R3 version contains new CL commands (for example, CFGACCWEB2) to deploy the portlets to the WebSphere Portal on iSeries. For complete information on setting up Access for Web to run in the portal environment, download the new documentation from the Access for Web page.

To learn more, see "Weaving WebSphere: WebSphere Portal Express First Look" as well as "Weaving WebSphere: WebSphere Portal Express Second Step" in this issue.

Other New Capabilities in V5R3 Access for Web

If you have previously tried out Access for Web, you will be delighted with the added functions included in V5R3. Below is just a sampling of the new enhancements.

5250 Emulation

One of the key advantages of using Access for Web is the ease with which you, the iSeries administrator, have full control over what functions your users can access and how much of that function they can actually use. In V5R2, 5250 emulation was the exception. You could control whether a user could use 5250, but nothing else. Now, with V5R3, you can decide which 5250 sessions users can start and set up all the function keys, keypads, macros, etc. for your users right from your own desktop. Now, you truly do have a product that allows you to completely control end user administration directly from “your” browser.

Email Support

The V5R2 version of Access for Web provides integration with your mail server in your network. You can use the Customize function to identify the address of your SMTP mail server and provide user email addresses. Then, Access for Web users can send output (for example, results of a database request or CL command or PDF-converted printer output) anywhere in the world. Your mail server can be running any hardware or software as long as your iSeries has network access to it.

In V5R3, integration with Lotus Sametime has been added. If your shop uses Lotus Sametime (a Domino add-on), users can be notified via a Sametime pop-up when something has been added to their personal folder, a job they started has completed, etc. Additionally, when users are in 5250 emulation mode, they can receive break messages from Sametime. This is useful if you need to inform all users to sign off the system or check their email for some important note.

Print

One of the most useful functions of Access for Web is its easy-to-use GUI for working with iSeries printers and printer output (spool files). Users can view their printer output in the browser, convert it to a PDF document with a simple click, and send it as an email attachment. Because this is base function in Access for Web, these functions require no other products to be installed on the iSeries, nor any special configuration.

All this is even easier in V5R3 because of the integration of the IBM Infoprint Server for iSeries. Now, iSeries printer output can be automatically converted to PDF and placed on a PDF printer output queue, and users do not need to wait for documents to be converted. Many other usability enhancements have been made as well to simplify user interaction with printers and printed output.

Database

With the Access for Web Database function, you can enter pure SQL commands to work with your iSeries database. A wizard is available to build SQL requests. You can directly update a database table through the Update function, drop database output directly into an Excel spreadsheet, and much more. Most useful is that iSeries administrators can create database requests and then authorize selected users to run these specific database requests. Whatever the method, results of the requests can be viewed in the user's browser, attached to an email, shown in an Excel spreadsheet, or put in a file or Personal Folder.

Now, in V5R3, you can create a "prompted" database request with one or more conditional values (such as customer number, part number, or telephone number) that users can plug in when they run requests. This could be very useful to an employee who needs to look up information on a specific record in the database.

But Wait; There's More

The following functions, which are available in previous versions of Access for Web, have additional capabilities in V5R3.

  • Files--This function gives you the ability to save and work with PC stream data stored in the IFS without needing to map drives or understand the concept of network drives. Users can navigate and browse the directories located on the iSeries server IFS, as well as view and upload files to the IFS in a file manager-like view.
  • My Folder--All Access for Web users have their own personal My Folder. Its concept is somewhat like an inbox; for example, you and others can place items in these folders simply by selecting the name of the user. The following types of items can be send to a personal folder: SQL output generated by Run SQL, PDF output created from printer output, and command completion status generated by Run Command. My Folder can also be configured to send email notifications when new items are added to a personal folder.
  • Customization--As important as it is to provide as many functions as possible to work with the many resources on the iSeries, it is just as important to enable iSeries administrators to control and limit a user's ability to use particular functions, such as adding, updating, or deleting database information. Thus, as any function gets added to Access for Web, a parallel policy can be set to prohibit its use. Managing and maintaining these policies is done through easy-to-use GUIs in the Access for Web Customize and Preferences functions. New enhancements in V5R3 make it even easier for the iSeries administrator.


To run the V5R3 version of Access for Web, you will need the following:

 

  • OS/400 V5R2 or later. Note: If you install the V5R3 version of Access for Web in the same partition on your iSeries as you currently have the V5R2 version of Access for Web, you will overlay the V5R2 version because they both have the same product number.
  • Any of the following Web application servers installed on OS/400: Apache Tomcat that is part of the HTTP server, WAS V4 or V5, or the new WebSphere Portal iSeries versions at V5.

If a genie granted your wish for easier desktop network administration, that genie would put Access for Web in your hands! If you haven't looked at it yet, get a jump on the V5R3 product by downloading it from the Web and see how it improves your e-business!

Carole Miner is a Senior Software Engineer for iSeries Client Integration, IBM Rochester Laboratory. Carole has a strong grounding in programming, planning, and leadership, including the original PC Support, FSIOP (now called Integrated xSeries Server). Carole’s current focus is client integration technologies and support for iSeries Access products. She is an internationally known technical speaker, author, and iSeries authority.

If you are an iSeries shop, you are probably using one of the Windows-based client connectivity products that are included in the iSeries Access family. Well, it's time to check out one of the iSeries Access browser-based products. This article will explain why you might want to start with iSeries Access for Web.

iSeries Access for Web provides functionality similar to that of other iSeries Access products, yet in many ways, it is easier to use than any of its predecessors. Thus, this product requires you to provide very little training before turning it over to your end users.

The biggest issue facing desktop administrators is keeping locally installed client software and the desktop operating systems up-to-date and running. Since Access for Web runs on the iSeries in a Web application server (either Apache Tomcat or WebSphere Application Server), you install and maintain it just like you handle your other iSeries software or OS/400. And the only thing your users need is a browser on their desktop to be able to connect to your iSeries and use Access for Web--and it doesn't matter if their operating system is Windows, Linux/AIX/UNIX, or Macintosh.

Another administrator's "dream come true" is the ease with which you can assign and control which functions of Access for Web users can access and use. You simply go through a series of panels that describe the Access for Web functions and say yes or no to who can use them. Because functionality is built around OS/400 user profiles, it can be applied to the system (globally), to groups of users, or to specific users.

Using Access for Web to Create a "Window" to Your iSeries

Another valuable function that Access for Web provides is the ability to set up a "window" into your iSeries server. You can put your company banner on each page, set up links to other Web pages for your users (perhaps an internal telephone directory), give users a link that will directly start a host application (for example, an RPG or COBOL application) without them ever seeing any OS/400 screens, or create some specific database requests (that can be modified only by you) for your users to run. Or you may want to give your users an easy way to view and print iSeries spooled output files.

Figure 1 shows an example of what Access for Web can do.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/MCmagOnline_2004Mar_iSeries%20Access%20for%20WebV400.png

Figure 1: This example Web site uses Access for Web.
 

  • On the upper left side, users can click on a link about boat details and start working with a host application on the iSeries--for example, the built-in 5250 emulator, perhaps an application that has been refaced using WebFacing or HATS, or maybe the other product included in the iSeries Access family, HATS LE.
  • Down further on the left side, users can click on Work with invoices, and Access for Web will go out to the spool file, convert the printer output to PDF, and display it in the user's browser.
  • If users click on This Week's Special, Access for Web retrieves a movie clip stored in the IFS and plays it in the user's browser.
  • Look at Great Deals. The administrator has built a database request using Access for Web so that users can simply click and see what boats are available. The database is updated in real time, so users always see current information.
  • On the right side is Site Support. Using Access for Web messaging functions, this link can be set up to allow users to send email (already addressed) stating their questions or issues.
  • Below Site Support is access to a telephone directory. The IBM Telephone Directory for 1,000 users is included at no additional charge with the WebSphere Application Server Express for iSeries, so you can use it to build your own company directory, and users can easily access it from this single view.
  • The Weather Conditions link at the bottom right is a link to a United States weather station where users can get up-to-date information.
     

Figure 1 is a working example of how you could set up an iSeries view for your users. Since Access for Web supports OS/400 user profiles, you can build many different "window" views to your iSeries server. For example, perhaps the employees in the warehouse need to run different programs than the employees answering the telephone and working with customers, while the accounting department has yet other information they need, and your CEO may want a special view of some other type of information. Build your windows for a specific user ID, a specific group, or all Access for Web users.

These customizable front pages to the iSeries can be set up easily using nearly any tool (such as WebSphere Studio development tools, Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe GoLive, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Notepad, or whatever your Web site designer is comfortable using). If you would like to see how easy it would be to build your own window, go out to the Access for Web page and download the new Redbook entitled iSeries Access for Web and HATS Limited Edition: V5R2 Hot Topics for IBM eServer iSeries Browser Users. It explains step-by-step how the Web page in Figure 1 was built.

Using Access for Web in IBM's Portal Environment

The recently announced and shipped IBM WebSphere Portal Express Version 5.0.2 and IBM WebSphere Portal Express Plus run on the iSeries server. iSeries Access for Web was made available as a Web download on January 31, 2004. This new version supports the WebSphere Portal Express and Express Plus for iSeries.

A key improvement in the V5 portal software is that it is easier to install and configure than its predecessor V4 set of products. The WebSphere Portal family enables small businesses, as well as departments within larger companies, to more easily deploy sophisticated employee, business partner, and customer portals. A portal not only serves as a simple, unified access point to Web applications, but also provides valuable functions like security, search, collaboration, and workflow. Portals deliver integrated content and applications, plus unified, collaborative workplaces, thus providing users with convenient access to everything they need to get their tasks done anytime, anywhere, and in a secure manner.

Portals are, indeed, the next-generation desktop, delivering e-business applications over the Web to all kinds of client devices. The WebSphere Portal Express contains the portal framework, a document manager, a selection of portlets, a portal toolkit, and the WebSphere Application Server (WAS). WebSphere Portal Express Plus contains all the function in WebSphere Portal Express and adds team collaboration features, including instant messaging, people online awareness, virtual team rooms, document libraries, group calendaring, and milestone tracking. Twenty user licenses of the WebSphere Portal Express Plus for iSeries are now included in the IBM iSeries Enterprise Edition software solution. The Enterprise Edition also includes an Installation Assistant to simplify installation and reduces CD handling for selected software products (including the portal software) by using OS/400 Virtual Media Installation. For iSeries servers that are preloaded with software, these products can be installed from disk without handling multiple CDs.

You will want to use the IBM Web Administration for iSeries interface, as it includes a WebSphere Portal configuration wizard that simplifies configuration of WebSphere Portal and its core components by automatically detecting system information, suggesting commonly used values, and presenting information in step-by-step graphical format. For example, the portal configuration wizard helps you create a production-level portal environment by walking you through the following:

  • HTTP server creation and configuration
  • Creation of a new WAS instance
  • Portal configuration (includes adding WebSphere Portal to the WAS instance)
  • DB2 database configuration
  • Portlet deployment
  • LDAP
  • Configuration of Lotus Collaborative Components

 
The configuration of iSeries Access for Web portlets and pages has been integrated into the WebSphere Portal configuration wizard as well. For example, if the WebSphere Portal configuration wizard detects that the iSeries Access for Web product is installed on your iSeries server, a wizard page will be displayed to enable you to specify what default portlets to deploy.

When running in a portal environment, you will notice that there can be many tabs (folders). You will see a Welcome folder, maybe a My Programs folder, and so forth. And if you have installed Access for Web in this environment, you will see an Access for Web folder. When you open this folder, you will see two subfolders, 5250 and IFrame Portlets. The 5250 emulator function runs as a portlet in a portlet window, and you will use the 5250 tab to start a 5250 session to any iSeries in your network and run your host applications (see Figure 2).

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/MCmagOnline_2004Mar_iSeries%20Access%20for%20WebV401.png

Figure 2: From this screen, you will start a 5250 session and run your host applications.

The other functions of Access for Web can be assigned to a portlet window as well. By selecting the IFrame Portlets tab, you can read and write to the iSeries database using the Database function, work with iSeries printer output (including conversion to PDF) using the Print function, access the IFS using the File function, etc. See Figure 3.

http://www.mcpressonline.com/articles/images/2002/MCmagOnline_2004Mar_iSeries%20Access%20for%20WebV402.png

Figure 3: The IFrame portlets allow you to perform a wide variety of functions.

To set up which Access for Web functions will be available to users, you use the WebSphere Portal Administration to create and manage page hierarchy and portal look and feel and to control who has access to your portal. Resource Permissions allows you to assign user groups and users to specific roles for a resource, and User and Group Permissions sets the level of access a user group or user has for a given resource.

The downloadable V5R3 version of Access for Web is fully supported through IBM Service and includes not only English translation but all national language versions currently supported by V5R2 Access for Web. Later this year, V5R3 Access for Web will be part of the next software release for iSeries, thus included on the stacked media and factory preloaded on new iSeries hardware. The V5R3 version contains new CL commands (for example, CFGACCWEB2) to deploy the portlets to the WebSphere Portal on iSeries. For complete information on setting up Access for Web to run in the portal environment, download the new documentation from the Access for Web page.

To learn more, see "Weaving WebSphere: WebSphere Portal Express First Look" as well as "Weaving WebSphere: WebSphere Portal Express Second Step" in this issue.

Other New Capabilities in V5R3 Access for Web

If you have previously tried out Access for Web, you will be delighted with the added functions included in V5R3. Below is just a sampling of the new enhancements.

5250 Emulation

One of the key advantages of using Access for Web is the ease with which you, the iSeries administrator, have full control over what functions your users can access and how much of that function they can actually use. In V5R2, 5250 emulation was the exception. You could control whether a user could use 5250, but nothing else. Now, with V5R3, you can decide which 5250 sessions users can start and set up all the function keys, keypads, macros, etc. for your users right from your own desktop. Now, you truly do have a product that allows you to completely control end user administration directly from “your” browser.

Email Support

The V5R2 version of Access for Web provides integration with your mail server in your network. You can use the Customize function to identify the address of your SMTP mail server and provide user email addresses. Then, Access for Web users can send output (for example, results of a database request or CL command or PDF-converted printer output) anywhere in the world. Your mail server can be running any hardware or software as long as your iSeries has network access to it.

In V5R3, integration with Lotus Sametime has been added. If your shop uses Lotus Sametime (a Domino add-on), users can be notified via a Sametime pop-up when something has been added to their personal folder, a job they started has completed, etc. Additionally, when users are in 5250 emulation mode, they can receive break messages from Sametime. This is useful if you need to inform all users to sign off the system or check their email for some important note.

Print

One of the most useful functions of Access for Web is its easy-to-use GUI for working with iSeries printers and printer output (spool files). Users can view their printer output in the browser, convert it to a PDF document with a simple click, and send it as an email attachment. Because this is base function in Access for Web, these functions require no other products to be installed on the iSeries, nor any special configuration.

All this is even easier in V5R3 because of the integration of the IBM Infoprint Server for iSeries. Now, iSeries printer output can be automatically converted to PDF and placed on a PDF printer output queue, and users do not need to wait for documents to be converted. Many other usability enhancements have been made as well to simplify user interaction with printers and printed output.

Database

With the Access for Web Database function, you can enter pure SQL commands to work with your iSeries database. A wizard is available to build SQL requests. You can directly update a database table through the Update function, drop database output directly into an Excel spreadsheet, and much more. Most useful is that iSeries administrators can create database requests and then authorize selected users to run these specific database requests. Whatever the method, results of the requests can be viewed in the user's browser, attached to an email, shown in an Excel spreadsheet, or put in a file or Personal Folder.

Now, in V5R3, you can create a "prompted" database request with one or more conditional values (such as customer number, part number, or telephone number) that users can plug in when they run requests. This could be very useful to an employee who needs to look up information on a specific record in the database.

But Wait; There's More

The following functions, which are available in previous versions of Access for Web, have additional capabilities in V5R3.

  • Files--This function gives you the ability to save and work with PC stream data stored in the IFS without needing to map drives or understand the concept of network drives. Users can navigate and browse the directories located on the iSeries server IFS, as well as view and upload files to the IFS in a file manager-like view.
  • My Folder--All Access for Web users have their own personal My Folder. Its concept is somewhat like an inbox; for example, you and others can place items in these folders simply by selecting the name of the user. The following types of items can be send to a personal folder: SQL output generated by Run SQL, PDF output created from printer output, and command completion status generated by Run Command. My Folder can also be configured to send email notifications when new items are added to a personal folder.
  • Customization--As important as it is to provide as many functions as possible to work with the many resources on the iSeries, it is just as important to enable iSeries administrators to control and limit a user's ability to use particular functions, such as adding, updating, or deleting database information. Thus, as any function gets added to Access for Web, a parallel policy can be set to prohibit its use. Managing and maintaining these policies is done through easy-to-use GUIs in the Access for Web Customize and Preferences functions. New enhancements in V5R3 make it even easier for the iSeries administrator.


To run the V5R3 version of Access for Web, you will need the following:

 

  • OS/400 V5R2 or later. Note: If you install the V5R3 version of Access for Web in the same partition on your iSeries as you currently have the V5R2 version of Access for Web, you will overlay the V5R2 version because they both have the same product number.
  • Any of the following Web application servers installed on OS/400: Apache Tomcat that is part of the HTTP server, WAS V4 or V5, or the new WebSphere Portal iSeries versions at V5.

If a genie granted your wish for easier desktop network administration, that genie would put Access for Web in your hands! If you haven't looked at it yet, get a jump on the V5R3 product by downloading it from the Web and see how it improves your e-business!

Carole Miner is a Senior Software Engineer for iSeries Client Integration, IBM Rochester Laboratory. Carole has a strong grounding in programming, planning, and leadership, including the original PC Support, FSIOP (now called Integrated xSeries Server). Carole’s current focus is client integration technologies and support for iSeries Access products. She is an internationally known technical speaker, author, and iSeries authority.

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    If your business is thinking about modernizing your legacy IBM i (also known as AS/400 or iSeries) applications, you will want to read this white paper first!

    Download this paper and learn how Node.js can ensure that you:
    - Modernize on-time and budget - no more lengthy, costly, disruptive app rewrites!
    - Retain your IBM i systems of record
    - Find and hire new development talent
    - 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

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    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.