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  • 1.  Is there a quick way to enter 5250 sessions and IBM i systems in to ACS

    Posted Thu April 28, 2022 09:42 AM
    Just installed Access Client Solutions - 1.1.9.0 on my local PC.

    I have about 70 systems that I need to configure(add) along with 2 sessions per system. Is there a quick and dirty way to do this. It's completely vanilla and since I'm the only one in the shop that's using it the "export/import" option is not available to me.

    Its not a show stopper, just want to expedite the configuration if I can. Also, does anyone know if there's a Red Book on this topic by chance?


  • 2.  RE: Is there a quick way to enter 5250 sessions and IBM i systems in to ACS

    Posted Thu April 28, 2022 10:41 AM

    What about copying the connections first and migrate the sessions with the session manager (-> file -> import) afterwards?
    You may find more information in the "Getting Started" section of Help -> capture 9.6 Migrating from IBM i Access for Windows ;-)



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    Markus Neuhold
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  • 3.  RE: Is there a quick way to enter 5250 sessions and IBM i systems in to ACS

    Posted Thu April 28, 2022 11:28 AM

    The systems are pretty easy to type in manually, given the Copy function (in "Actions->Management->System Configurations"). Just fully configure one and then copy for the other hosts. (You could also directly edit the settings file for this, but that would involve exporting, unzipping, manually editing XML, zipping, and importing. Seems a lot harder and slower that way.)

    The sessions might be worth direct copying and editing of the settings files, particularly if you have any scripting skills, such as Python. Each session has its own .hod file, so once you've fully configured one, you can copy it to another name and edit the relevant properties. I think the only ones you may have to futz with are name, workstationID, and host; but you should try it on one or two .hod files to confirm and make necessary adjustments before doing all 140 or so. I haven't actually had to do this myself, so I'm just presenting ideas, not providing authoritative information.

    If you don't already know any scripting languages, you'll probably want to use tools for (1) making multiple copies of a file, (2) renaming multiple files (if not already covered by the first tool), and (3) doing search-and-replace on multiple files. Some recommendations that I've used personally (on Windows): Bulk Rename Utility for renaming and grepWin for search-and-replace. Also check out this Server Fault question for multiple copies.



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    John Yeung
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  • 4.  RE: Is there a quick way to enter 5250 sessions and IBM i systems in to ACS

    Posted Fri April 29, 2022 02:36 AM
    Raymond,

    Hi, depending upon what does/does not need to be configured you could simply create shortcut icons with the following properties set.

    Target field: C:\IBM\iAccess\acsbundle.jar /plugin=5250 /system=<LPAR-name> /nosave /sso /wide /ssl
    Start in field: C:\IBM\iAccess

    Quick and easy however I appreciate that these are vanilla so no cusomisation etc.

    Regards, Steve

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    Steve Munday
    AIX, IBM i, HMC, PowerVM
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