Keeping iAccess Current
Recently I covered the future direction for the Navigator and Access products. Great to understand what interfaces that you should be using but I figured we should also talk about how you actually get these products and get them installed and running. The first thing about all the newer interfaces, we have really tried to simplify the install and maintenance process.
Navigator for i
Let’s start with our Web based system management interface.
This one is the easiest of all to get installed. It’s delivered as part of the IBM i operating system. The Web Navigator is shipped with SS1 Option 3. That is core OS right there. Once you have your system installed, the server starts automatically as part of the TCP Server startup procedures. The Navigator server is part of the Admin servers that run in the QHTTPSVR subsystem. This makes install and server start up pretty much zero effort. The maintenance for the Web Navigator is also pretty straight forward. The updates are all included in the HTTP PTF Group. Install the latest PTF Group level, and you are done. Of course, since this is a Java based interface, it is also good to keep current with your Java PTF Group levels too. The one thing that we do to simplify this interface is single source. The level of code that runs on the IBM i 7.1 releases is exactly the same as the IBM i 6.1 release. Makes life much simpler that way. This single source process will also apply to IBM i 7.2 starting in December 2014.
- IBM i 7.2
- – HTTP Group SF99713- Java Group SF99716
- IBM i 7.1
- – HTTP Group SF99368- Java Group SF99572
- IBM i 6.1
- – HTTP Group SF99115- Java Group SF 99562
Access Client Solutions
The new client interface is significantly easier to deal with then the previous iAccess for Windows product. That has to do with the new product not actually being an installed product but rather it is deployed. What is that all about? Well, there is no special code for this interface that is focused on installing anything on the client machine. The product is part of a .jar file that is deployed on to your client machine, OR (here being the really cool part) can just be accessed from a client machine. For example, I can place the product on a network drive or it could reside on a thumb drive or some other accessible media and never actually be installed on the client machine. This makes updating this product very simple indeed. No need to un-install and then re-install, just access the new product file and you are off and running on the new support. In addition to not having to require an install, it is relatively platform independent. It runs on any platform that supports a full Java JVM. This means with a single solution you can have and maintain the SAME software product for all your users. Windows, Linux and Apple Mac users can enjoy the same level of proven support that our Access users have come to expect. There have been blogs written on how to get this product in the past.
You can find links to them at:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1010355You can also still get the trial version directly from the product web page. The Trial version is actually the most recently released version with all the latest fixes. Only problem, it will expire after 90 days. In order to get the real version you do need to down load it from the ESS Web site. This process will ensure that you have the proper service and support agreement which is requirement for this new client. If you are current on your service and support for IBM i, this is nothing more than a necessary inconvenience.
The good news is you only have to get ACS from the ESS web site once. Once you have downloaded and accepted the license on your client machine, all future service updates to ACS can be obtained from the product web page. From the Access Client Solutions web page, down at the bottom of the page is a link to the fix update FTP site. ftp://public.dhe.ibm.com/as400/products/clientaccess/solutions/updates/
This FTP site contains the latest updates, fixes, and added new functions. It is updated several times a year. Once you have down loaded this fix update version you are set and ready to run. Unzip the product and run. Does not get much easier than that. If you want to check to see if your version is the latest, click on the ‘help’ and ‘about’ menu item within the ACS interface to verify the version number. You can then compare that version number the version number on the download .zip file.
The ability to keep these products current has never been so easy. This has been a complaint for years with the windows installed product. No more! Now, you can easily get access to the latest fixes as well as simply deploy to your system.