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IBM iAccess Setup – AS400

Prerequisites

  • Workstation (Session) IDs. These are provided by the Finance Department and exist within the IBMi server.
  • Credentials for the user to access the IBMi server.
  • Access to the user’s previous device if sessions are to be migrated.

Install Client Access Software

Reboot the device before proceeding with and between installations, to insure no pending reboots exist. Any pending reboots will stall the installation process until they are cleared.

Download software to the local device.

Copy the following installation files to the local device for the Technology Department repository. Be sure to copy the entire folders.

  • \IBM\ClientAccess\v7r1m0\installer
  • \IBM\ClientAccess\v7r1m0\servicepack\si68573

Install Client Access Version 7.1

  1. Open the installer folder that was previously downloaded.
  2. Run cwblaunch.exe as Administrator.
  3. Select default prompts as prompted. Select install type: Complete.
  4. Once installer has completed successfully, reboot the device.

Install Latest Service Pack

  1. Open the si68573 folder that was previously downloaded.
  2. Open folder image64a
  3. Run  SI68573_64a.exe as Administrator.
  4. Once installer has completed successfully, reboot the device.

System iNavigator Setup

Only configure System iNavigator if the user needs direct access to the IBMi server and is authorized by the Finance Department.

  1. Open System iNavigator. Start –> IBM iAccess for Windows –> System iNavigator.
  2. Upon load of the application, a prompt will appear stating no connection exist.
  3. Click Yes to create a new connection.
  4. In the Add Connection window, enter the IBMi hostname and a description.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select Use default user ID, prompt as needed and enter in the user’s ID that was provided by the Finance Department.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click Verify Connection to test the connection to the IBMi server.
  9. Once the connection is verified, click OK to close the window.
  10. Click Finish.
  11. The server will now be listed under My Connections.

By default, all emulations will use System iNavigator’s user ID settings.

Session Setup

New Session Setup

Individual session setup

Open Session Configuration
  1. Open Start or Configure Session. Start –> IBM iAccess for Windows –> Start or Configure Session.
  2. Confirm the current directory is C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\IBM\Client Access\Emulator\private. Change to this directory if it is not default.
    •  Client Session Objects and Multisession Objects will be displayed if they exist in the directory.
Setup Display Session
  1. Setup a Display Session.
    1. Select New Session.
    2. Enter the IBMi System Name. This will be the hostname of the IBMi server.
    3. Select Properties.
      • If the user will use System iNavigator, the Client Session will pull User ID information from it.
      • If the user will not use System iNavigator:
        1. Set the User ID sign on information. Select User default User ID, prompt as needed from the drop down menu.
        2. Enter the user’s ID in the User ID box. This account is provided to the user by the Finance Department.
        3. Click OK to submit.
        4. Set the Workstation ID.
          1. Select the Specify Workstation ID under Workstation ID.
          2. Enter the workstation ID name if one is required by the Finance Department.
        5. Set the type of emulation to Display.
        6. Click OK to submit.
        7. Save the Session object.

Repeat the Setup Display Session step for each Display Session needed by the user.

Setup Printer Session
  1. Setup a Display Session.
    1. Select New Session.
    2. Enter the IBMi System Name. This will be the hostname of the IBMi server.
    3. Select Properties.
      • If the user will use System iNavigator, the Client Session will pull User ID information from it.
      • If the user will not use System iNavigator:
        1. Set the User ID sign on information. Select User default User ID, prompt as needed from the drop down menu.
        2. Enter the user’s ID in the User ID box. This account is provided to the user by the Finance Department.
        3. Click OK to submit.
        4. Set the Workstation ID.
          1. Select the Specify Workstation ID under Workstation ID.
          1. Enter the workstation ID name if one is required by the Finance Department.
        5. Set the type of emulation to Printer.
        6. Click OK to submit.
        7. Select File –> Printer Setup.
        8. Select the printer that will be uses to print or check Use Windows Default Printer to use the default printer set by Windows.
        9. Save the Session object.

In most cases, only one Printer Session is needed per user.

Multisession setup

  1. Open Multiple Sessions Setup. Start –> IBM iAccess for Windows –> Multiple Sessions.
  2. Confirm the current directory is C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\IBM\Client Access\Emulator\private. Change to this directory if it is not default.
    • Client Session Objects will be displayed if they exist in the directory. They are denoted by the .ws extension.
  3. To create a new multisession, select File –> New.
  4. Double click each Client Session Object in the desired load order to add an entry to the batch file.
  5. Save the batch file. File –> Save As.
  6. Name the file AS400.bch or an equally descriptive name.
  7. Create shortcut on Desktop for the multisession. Navigate to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\IBM\Client Access\Emulator\private. Right click the multisession file that has just been created, i.e. AS400.bch. Select Send to –> Desktop.

Note! Each entry in the batch file references the absolute path of the Client Session Object. If a Client Session Object is moved, the batch file will error.

Existing Session Migration

Previous Device

  1. Locate the user’s existing Client Session Objects.
    • Default Location – 64bit Installations – C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\IBM\Client Access\Emulator\private
    • Default Location – 32bit Installations –  C:\ProgramData\IBM\Client Access\Emulator\private
  2. Copy the private folder to the new device.

New Device

  1. Create the folders IBM\Client Access\Emulator under the user’s \AppData\Roaming directory if it does not already exist.
  2. Assure the user has full control C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\IBM and its subfolders.
  3. Copy the private folder retrieved from the previous device into Emulator that was created in step 1. NTFS permission should propagate.
  4. Create a shortcut of the Multisession file and place it on the desktop. The multisession file usually end with a .bch file extension.

When migrating from a 32bit installation to a 64bit installation, the KMP file path in each Session file and the Session file paths in the Multisession file may no longer be correct. See New Session Setup for info on how to set emulator file paths.

Updated on July 27, 2021

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