IBM i Access - ACS Windows Information (2023)

Installation instructions for the IBM i Access Client Solutions Windows Application Package

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5733XJ1 IBM i Access Client Solutions
Windows Application Package 1.1.0

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This document was last updated on: July 11, 2022

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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1.0 Introduction
2.0 Location of Information Sources
3.0 Installation
3.1 Supported Windows Operating Systems
3.2 Installation Considerations
3.3 Upgrading from IBM i Access for Windows
3.4 Running the Install
3.5 Action Required After Installing Printer Driver
3.6 64-bit hardware installation considerations
3.7 Installation logs
4.0 IBM.Data.DB2.iSeries .NET Provider Requirements
5.0 Microsoft XML Parser or Microsoft XML Core Services
6.0 Advanced Installation Information
6.1 Licensed Product Information
6.2 Language Files in the Installation Image
6.3 Install Features
6.4 Command-line options
6.5 Public Properties
6.6 Burning Administrative Images to CD or DVD
7.0 Policy Information
8.0 Commands Not Included

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1.0 Introduction
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This package is part of the 5733XJ1 IBM i Access Client Solutions product.

You can use IBM i Access Client Solutions to connect to any supported IBM i release.

This package contains functions that are only available on Windows operatingsystems.

It is based on 7.1 IBM i Access for Windows product but does not contain all of the features.

The features included in this package from IBM i Access for Windows are:
.NET Data Provider
ODBC
OLE DB
Secure Socket Layer and Certificate Management
Programmer's Toolkit for Headers, Libraries and Documentation
AFP Printer Driver
Required Programs including:
APIs
Active X
Security
Serviceability
Connections
NLS enablement
Conversion tables
Properties
Policies
Network Printing
Subset of commands (See Section 8.0 for a list of what is not included.)
User's Guide
Use of Application Administration to control access to function in the package

The following features from IBM i Access for Windows are not included in this package.
The platform-independent IBM i Access Client Solution package includes a replacement
for these features:
5250 Display and Printer Emulation
Data Transfer
Data Transfer Excel Add-in
Operations Console

The following features from IBM i Access for Windows are not included in this package.
IBM Navigator for i includes a replacement for these features:
System i Navigator
AFP Workbench Viewer

Incoming Remote Command is not included. The replacement is to use Microsoft's
Remote Desktop Services.

Toolbox for Java is also not included. Use the following website for download
information:

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/i/software/toolbox/index.html


Other features from IBM i Access for Windows not included in this package are:
SCS Printer Driver
Java Programmer's Tools for System i Navigator plug-ins
Directory Update
Lotus 123 File Format Support
Check Service Level

Because the content of this package also ships with 7.1 IBM i Access for Windows,

the documentation and versioning often reflect 7.1 IBM i Access for Windows in the
User's Guide, Programmer's Toolkit, help text and messages but is also
applicable to IBM i Access Client Solutions - Windows Application Package.

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2.0 Location of Information Sources

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- Changes to IBM i Access Client Solutions including supported operating systems,
updates, restrictions, significant known problems, new information and more will
be published on the IBM i Access product website:

(Video) IBM i ACS Windows Install

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/software/i/access/index.html

- The User's Guide that is installed with this package contains information on
using the product, some tips and techniques, messages, and troubleshooting
information.

- Technical references to the OLE DB provider and the .NET Data Provider are installed
when the Headers, Libraries and Documentation feature is installed. You can
find the technical references in the Programmer's Toolkit folder.

- The IBM i Information Center provides a collection of topics designed for IBM i
professionals who need access to technical information:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/eserver/ibmi.html

- At the time of this publication, the IBM i Information Center did not include topics
about IBM i Access Client Solutions. However, much of the information under IBM i Access
for Windows is applicable to this package of IBM i Access Client Solutions, including
the installation, administration and programming topics:

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v7r1m0/index.jsp?topic=%2Frzahg%2Frzahgicca2.htm

- IBM i developerWorks contains articles, tutorials, and technical resources for
IBM i users:

https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/ibmi

- The IBM i website offers the latest IBM i news, as well as product information, a reference
library, education roadmaps, and more:

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/i/

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3.0 Installation Information
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3.1 Supported Windows Operating Systems
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This package can be installed on the following Microsoft Windows operating
systems:

- Windows Server 2019 Standard, Windows Server 2019 Datacenter

- Windows Server 2016 Standard, Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

- Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise

- Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows Server 2012 R2

The following restrictions apply:

a) Home editions are not supported.
b) You must use Windows service pack levels that Microsoft supports.
c) Support will discontinue on the date that Microsoft drops support.
d) Installation is not supported on Itanium hardware.
e) Use Microsoft Windows hardware and memory recommendations. Include
an additional 256 MB of memory for IBM i Access Client Solution
functions.
f) The product cannot be installed when upgrading to a different
Windows operating system. Follow these steps:
1. Save configuration data.
2. Uninstall the product.
3. Upgrade the Windows operating system.
4. Install the product.
5. Restore the configuration data.

3.2 Installation Considerations
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- Administrative authority and privileges are required to run the install.

- Only per-machine installations are supported. Per-user installations
are not supported.

- Windows Installer 4.5 is required. This Microsoft software component
is installed during the install if it is not already present on the
system. You can install this before the install by downloading it
from the Microsoft website:

http://www.microsoft.com/DownLoads/details.aspx?familyid=5A58B56F-60B6-4412-95B9-54D056D6F9F4

3.3 Upgrading from IBM i Access for Windows
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- Upgrading from IBM i Access for Windows is not supported. You must
remove IBM i Access for Windows before you install this package.

- Refer to Section 1.0 for the list of features that are not included. If
you want to continue using features in IBM i Access for Windows not
included in this package, do not install this package and continue to use
the latest service pack of 7.1 IBM i Access for Windows.

(Video) Using the IBM i ACS (Access Client Solution) Screen Emulator

- When IBM i Access for Windows is uninstalled, the existing system
configuration will be deleted. To preserve the existing system
configuration, you will need to save the configuration before uninstalling
IBM i Access for Windows and then restore the configuration after IBM i
Access Client Solutions Windows Application Package has been installed.

Here are the detailed steps for saving and restoring your configuration:
1. Use the CWBBACK command to backup the IBM i Access for Windows
configuration.
cwbback <filename.rs> /u
For example:
cwbback C:\Users\IBM_ADMIN\Backup\IAWIN_CONFIG.RS /u
This example assumes the folder C:\Users\IBM_ADMIN\Backup already exists.

The above command will create two files in that folder:
IAWIN_CONFIG.RS
IAWIN_CONFIG.ts
Make sure these two files were created before going to the next step.

NOTE:
If the above two files did not get created, then you do not have a saved
configuration. Try running the command as an elevated administrator.
One way to do that is to start a command prompt as follows:
Start->All Programs->Accessories->Command Prompt
But instead of using the left-click on Command Prompt, use a right-click and
select the option to "Run as administrator".
Run the above cwbback command using this command prompt.
Make sure the above two files were created before going to the next step.

2. Uninstall IBM i Access for Windows.
3. Reboot.
4. Install IBM i Access Client Solutions Windows Application Package.
5. Reboot.
6. Use the CWBREST command to restore the configuration that was saved with
the CWBBACK command.
cwbrest <filename.rs> /c
For example:
cwbrest C:\Users\IBM_ADMIN\Backup\IAWIN_CONFIG.RS /c

If you were required to follow the instructions in the NOTE in step 1, you
will also need to run the cwbrest command from an elevated administrator
command prompt.

- There are a couple ways you can verify your Windows configuration before and
after the above steps:
1. Check the Windows registry. The system configurations are stored at:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\IBM\Client Access Express\CurrentVersion\Environments\My Connections

To view the contents of the Windows registry at that location, enter this command:
reg query "HKCU\Software\IBM\Client Access Express\CurrentVersion\Environments\My Connections"

If you have an environment named something other than the default
"My Connections", make the appropriate substitution in the above path.

2. If you have the platform-independent version of IBM i Access Client Solutions on the same
PC, from the main GUI panel you can select:
File->Copy Connections
The right side will show "IBM i Access (Windows)". This is the configuration used for
both IBM i Access for Windows and for IBM i Access Client Solutions Windows Application
Package.

3.4 Running the Install
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- Run setup.exe in the installation image to start the install. (The command
cwblaunch.exe is not shipped with this product.)

NOTE: Direct invocation of Microsoft Installer (MSI) files is not
recommended because setup.exe uses setup.ini for a list of command
line options to be used and to update the Windows Installer
version if needed.

- It is recommended that you use the default destination folder. However,
if you change the folder:

a) Do not select the root directory of a drive.
b) Do not select a directory that already contains files not
related to this product.
c) Do not select a network drive. Installing to a network drive
is not supported.

3.5 Action Required After Installing Printer Driver
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If you install the APF printer driver, you must take action before using the
printer driver. This is needed because the printer driver cannot be automatically
added or updated during the install since the printer driver is not digitally
signed by Microsoft.

During the install, the printer driver files are copied to a subdirectory named
CWBAFP under the destination path that is chosen. Assuming that you installed
to the default destination path, the path would be:

c:\Program Files\IBM\Client Access\CWBAFP directory

Use Microsoft's directions in their help text to add or update the printer driver.
When prompted, specify the path to CWBAFP.

If you are installing on a PC that has upgraded the IBM i Access for Windows product
over multiple releases, some old information may possibly be displayed when you configure
the printer driver. To remove the obsolete information from .inf files, do the following
after you have completed the install:

a) Open a command prompt window.
b) Change the directory to your installation directory. The default installation
directory is c:\Program Files\IBM\Client Access.
c) Type "cwbrminf" and press Enter.

3.6 64-bit hardware installation considerations
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When installed on a supported 64-bit Windows operating system:

- Both the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version are installed for ODBC, OLE DB,
ActiveX, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

- The IBM i Access for Windows .NET provider runs from both 32-bit and from 64-bit
applications, dependent upon the application calling the provider.

- Only one version of the AFP Printer Driver is installed. The 64-bit version
is installed on 64-bit systems and the 32-bit version is installed on 32-bit systems.

3.7 Installation logs
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Two logs are created during the installation. One of the logs is specific to XJ1
and contains the product's custom action information. This log is named "xe1instlog.txt"
and is always created in the user's temp directory.

The other log is the Microsoft MSI log that contains information about
MSI events, sequences, and properties. By default, this log is named
"xe1instlogmsi.txt" and is created in the user's temp directory. You can change
this log by editing setup.ini in the installation image. Go to the [Startup]
keyword, find, and edit this entry:

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CmdLine=/l*vx "%temp%\xj1instlogmsi.txt"

- To prevent the creation of the log, remove the entry
- To change the location and name of the log, change the path and file name
- To change the content of the log, change the /l* to a different option(s) as
described by Microsoft's MSDN Windows Installer Command Line Options
at this location

http://msdn.microsoft.com/default.aspx

The default command-line information in setup.ini can by overridden by starting
setup.exe at the command prompt with command-line options.

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4.0 IBM.Data.DB2.iSeries .NET Provider requirements

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- The IBM i Access for Windows .NET Provider (IBM.Data.DB2.iSeries)
requires that Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 or later be installed on your
system. Most PCs running supported Microsoft operating systems already have

the required .NET Framework installed. The .NET Framework can be downloaded
from the following Microsoft website:

http://www.microsoft.com/net

- To avoid breaking .NET applications that were written to the Access for Windows 5.3
or 5.4 .NET provider interface, runtime requests for the 10.0.0.0 version of the
.NET provider must be redirected to the 12.0.0.0 version. See the
"Incompatible changes from 5.3 and 5.4" topic in the IBM DB2 for i
.NET Provider Technical Reference for instructions on using an app.config file,
a web.config file, or a machine.config file and for information on selecting an
appropriate compiler for redirecting existing applications.

Alternatively, the application can be recompiled using a newer compiler to target
the 12.0.0.0 version of the .NET provider included in the IBM i Access for Windows
7.1 release.

- For complete information and a list of incompatible changes, install the Headers,
Libraries, and Documentation feature, and then display the .NET Provider Technical
Reference.

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5.0 Microsoft XML Parser or Microsoft XML Core Services

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When using the IBM i Access for Windows Data Transfer ActiveX automation objects to
transfer files to and from Microsoft Excel XML format (supported by Excel 2003 and
Excel XP), additional software must be installed on your PC. This feature requires that
the Microsoft XML Parser 3.0 or beyond, also known as the Microsoft XML Core Services,
is installed on your personal computer. The XML Parser is included in many Microsoft
products. To determine if the XML Parser support is installed on your PC, refer to
Microsoft KB article 278674. This article can be found at the Microsoft website at:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278674

If the Microsoft XML Parser 3.0 or later is not found, you will need to access the
Microsoft web for instructions on downloading and installing the XML Parser before
you can use the Data Transfer XML support. Refer to Microsoft KB article 324460
for information about installing the XML Parser. This article can be found at:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324460

6.0 Advanced Installation Information

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You can use most of the information on modifying the user interface level, using
command-line parameters, controlling other installation behavior and deployment methods
in the "Setting up the PC" topic in the IBM i Information Center for
IBM i Access for Windows. Differences are described in this section.

6.1 Licensed Product Information
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5733XJ1 is not packaged as a Licensed Product to be installed on the IBM i operating system.
It is only available as PC media. You can copy it to the IBM i at a location that is
available to your users, if you want.

6.2 Language Files in the Installation Image
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The language install files are no longer separated into different MRI29xx directories
in the installation image. Instead there are separate cab files for each language. You
cannot remove these cab files from the image.

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6.3 Install Features
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Some install features in IBM i Access for Windows depended on other install features to be
installed. This restriction is not applicable to this package.

The following install features are required to be installed:
req (Required Programs)
langacs, amri2924 (English)

All other install features are installed by default but you can change the setting.

Languages are now install features, just like Required Programs, ODBC, etc. Because
languages are install features, you can control which languages are installed using
the same methods used to control any install feature. The install feature names for the
languages are amri29xx.

6.4 Command-line options
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The default command-line options are specified in the setup.ini file included in the
installation image. These options will be ignored if you invoke setup.exe from the
command-line with any options specified.

If you are using a transform on the command-line, the command-line values in setup.ini
will be ignored because the transform is an option. You will need to include other options
on the command-line to such as the logging information.

See Section 3.7 Installation logs for more information.

6.5 Public Properties
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Some of the IBM i Access for Windows public properties are applicable to this package. The
usage has some changes from the usage in IBM i Access for Windows, as described here:

CWBINSTALLTYPE This property is only used on a first time installation. The only values
are Typical and Custom. The default is Typical.
Example: setup /vCWBINSTALLTYPE=Typical

CWBPRIMARYLANG The default primary language is the locale of your PC. This property allows
you to specify a different primary language. The value to use is MRI29xx.
Example: setup /vCWBPRIMARYLANG=MRI2989

CWBUPGSSLFILES The usage of this property is the same as IBM i Access for Windows. It allows
you to upgrade the SSL files during an upgrade. If the configuration files for
SSL are found on the target PC, the files will be updated with the latest
certificates. The values are Yes and No. The default is Yes.
Example: setup /vCWBUPGSSLFILES=NO

The common Windows Installer properties listed in the IBM i Access for Windows Information Center
topic remain applicable: ADDLOCAL, REMOVE, INSTALLDIR, TARGETDIR.

There is a restriction on using the REBOOT Windows Installer property with IBM i Access
for Windows. This restriction is not applicable to this package.

6.6 Burning Administrative Images to CD or DVD
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Due to issues with how some CD- and DVD-burning software handle long file names, burning
an administrative image to a CD or DVD is not recommended. If you experience problems
installing from a CD or DVD that contains an administrative image of IBM i Access for
Windows, copy the image to a directory on the local hard disk drive and run setup.exe from the
local copy.

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7.0 Policy Information
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The same policy file is used for both this package and IBM i Access for Windows. That
means that some of those policies are not applicable when used for this package since
some of the function in IBM i Access for Windows does not exist in this package.

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8.0 Commands
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The commands in IBM i Access for Windows that are not included in this package:
cwbdsk.exe
cwbemcup.exe
cwbinplg.exe
cwbin5250.exe
cwbunins.exe
cwblaunch.exe
cwblog.exe
cwbsvd.exe
cwbtf.exe
cwbuisxe.exe
cwbunnav.exe
cwbunrse.exe
cwb3uic.exe
lstsplf.exe
rmtcmd.exe
rfrompcb.exe
rtopcb.exe
rxferpcb.exe
srvview.exe
strapp.exe

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FAQs

What is IBM i Access for Windows? ›

IBM i Access for Windows has the following features: It is a Windows client used over TCP/IP. It is a full-function client that includes a 5250 display and printer emulator, includes System i® Navigator to manage your system, provides accessibility to DB2® for i files, and more.

What is IBM i ACS? ›

IBM i Access Client Solutions provides a Java™-based platform-independent interface, which runs on most operating systems that support Java including Linux®, macOS, and Windows. IBM i Access Client Solutions consolidates the most commonly used tasks for managing your IBM i into one simplified location.

How do I download IBM Access for Windows? ›

Installing IBM i Access for Windows
  1. Click Start and select Settings.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Add/Remove Programs. If you are using Windows Vista, double-click Programs and Features.
  4. Look for IBM i Access for Windows.
  5. To close Add/Remove Programs, click Cancel.
  6. Close the Control Panel.

How do I access as400 from Windows? ›

iseries As/400 Setup In Windows Operating System And Accessing Its Database
  1. Install iSeries Access {version} from the following path: ...
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Now, go for System and Security selection.
  4. Go for Administration Tools selection.
  5. Select Data Sources (ODBC) and double click it.
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Is IBM ACS free? ›

A new version of IBM's Access Client Solutions, ACS , has been made available. It is free so why would you want to use another tool? ACS is so much more than just 5250 emulation.

What is the latest version of IBM ACS? ›

IBM i Access Client Solutions (5733XJ1)
  • IBM i Access Client Solutions consolidates the most commonly used tasks for managing your IBM i into one simplified location. ...
  • Base package last updated April 2022 version 1.1.9.0 (Latest Updates)
  • Base package PTFs last updated April 2022 version 1.1.9.0.

How do I download IBM Access client solutions? ›

You can acquire IBM i Access Client Solutions by downloading it from the Entitled Software Support (ESS) website. You can acquire media by ordering a refresh feature. The physical media for IBM i Access Client Solutions does not contain the optional Windows and Linux® Application Packages.

What is the use of iseries Navigator? ›

Navigator for i is designed to provide a single pane for you to see and organize all the IBM i nodes in your shop. This multi-system approach has many advantages such as: Easy ability to switch between nodes. End-to-End secure connection.

How do I start IBM Navigator? ›

To open the new Navigator after installing the latest PTFs, use the URL: http://hostname:2001 OR http://hostname:2002/Navigator. If running with TLS, use the default URLs: https://hostname:2010 OR https://hostname:2003/Navigator.

How do I get ODBC driver access to iSeries? ›

To access it, search for Administrative Tools on your system (either through the search bar, or Control Panel > System and Security > AdministrativeTools ), and then from there select ODBC Data Sources (either 32-bit or 64-bit). From this application, you can set up your drivers.

What is IBM Client Access? ›

IBM i Access Client Solutions provides a Java based, platform-independent interface that runs on most operating systems that support Java, including Linux, Mac, and Windows™. IBM i Access Client Solutions consolidates the most commonly used tasks for managing your IBM i into one simplified location.

How do I upgrade my IBM ACS? ›

IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) provides a "Check for Updates" feature that can be enabled by selecting that option under the Help menu of the ACS Main User Interface, or by selecting the Edit -> Preferences option of "Notify when update is available." If the currently available version of ACS is newer then what ...

How do I connect my pub400? ›

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How do I create an ODBC connection to as400? ›

Steps to setup ODBC connection to AS/400
  1. Select the System DSN tab.
  2. Click on Add, Select iSeries Access ODBC Driver click on Finish.
  3. Fill in the iSeries Access For Windows ODBC setup.
Sep 21, 2012

How do I install i Navigator? ›

Prerequisites
  1. During the installation of IBM i Access for Windows, select the Custom installation option.
  2. In the Custom Setup window, expand the System i Navigator feature to see all of the subfeatures. ...
  3. Click the icon next to System i Navigator and change the installation state to install all subfeatures.

How do I uninstall IBM ACS? ›

Select Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs. On some versions of Microsoft Windows the tool may be named differently in the Control Panel. Use the tool which allows you to add or remove programs or features. Select IBM i Access for Windows from the list of installed programs, and click Remove.

What is content navigator in filenet? ›

IBM Content Navigator enables users to search for and work with documents that are stored in content servers that are located around the world from a web browser. IBM Content Navigator can be used to access multiple content management repositories.

What is IBM Client Access? ›

IBM i Access Client Solutions provides a Java based, platform-independent interface that runs on most operating systems that support Java, including Linux, Mac, and Windows™. IBM i Access Client Solutions consolidates the most commonly used tasks for managing your IBM i into one simplified location.

What is the use of iseries Navigator? ›

Navigator for i is designed to provide a single pane for you to see and organize all the IBM i nodes in your shop. This multi-system approach has many advantages such as: Easy ability to switch between nodes. End-to-End secure connection.

How do I install i Navigator? ›

Prerequisites
  1. During the installation of IBM i Access for Windows, select the Custom installation option.
  2. In the Custom Setup window, expand the System i Navigator feature to see all of the subfeatures. ...
  3. Click the icon next to System i Navigator and change the installation state to install all subfeatures.

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