IBM United States
Software Announcement 200-340
October 3, 2000
Software Enhancements to IBM AS/400 V4R5
At a Glance
Improved ways of doing business with IBM as you move toward your e-business goals
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: AE001).
AS/400® and IBM iSeries 400 Web-enabled services support your e-business environment.
Some of the latest offerings are:
Monitor performance on multiple AS/400s or iSeries 400 via a cellular phone or PDA with a wireless modem
AS/400 Internet Setup Wizard
Simplify connecting your AS/400 or iSeries 400 server to an ISP or directly to the Internet for Web and application serving
WebSphere Development Tools for AS/400 V4R5M1
Take advantage of the AS/400 or iSeries 400 server technical capabilities to create and port e-business applications
The V4R5M1 offering includes:
Apache HTTP Server
Increase your ability to configure and expand your HTTP server
AS/400 Developer Kit for Java Updates
In V4R5, options for Java 1.1.8 and Java2 Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.2.2 are shipped with the AS/400 Developer Kit for Java. Option 5 includes support for J2SE 1.3 and is added to OS/400® V4R5 and V4R4. You gain concurrent support for all three major versions of Java (1.1, 1.2, and 1.3) on these releases.
Additional performance improvements include an upgrade to the IBM Just in Time (JIT) compiler Version 3.6.
For additional Java support information, including service requirements, refer to the online publication AS/400 Developer Kit for Java from the following AS/400 Book Server at:
For availability and to receive the updated version of the Developer Kit for Java, visit:
JTOpen 2.0 (AS/400 Toolbox for Java Beta)
The code for JTOpen 2.0 (AS/400 Toolbox for Java Beta version) and its availability can be found at:
New and enhanced support allows you to build Java applications for the AS/400 or iSeries 400 servers.
Enhanced function includes:
New function includes improved classes for handling lists of AS/400 objects (users, jobs) including list buffering, data faulting, and lazy data conversions
Performance improvements include:
AS/400 Client Access Family for Windows (5769-XW1)
Client Access upgrade options are expanded:
You are entitled to an upgrade price to 5769-XW1 for the quantity of user licenses of 5769-XY1. If you are licensed for a processor-based option for 5769-XY1 you are entitled to upgrade to 5769-XW1 user-based licenses for up to these quantities:
Software Machine 5769-XW1 user licenses can be group acquired at an upgrade price P05 10 users P10 40 users P20 100 users P30 150 users P40 200 users P50 250 users
Client Access Family for Windows (5769-XW1) continues to have both user-based and processor-based pricing options. These upgrades apply to user-based pricing options. If you who want to convert from a user-based to a processor-based option, refer to Software Announcement 299-114 , dated May 11, 1999.
Management Central-Pervasive: Management Central-Pervasive allows network administrators to monitor the performance and status of their AS/400 or iSeries 400 servers while away from their workstation or office. Using a cellular phone or PDA with a wireless modem, the administrator can check on AS/400 or iSeries 400 server status and monitor performance metrics on these systems.
This function, which also runs from a Web browser running on PCs or Network Stations, is available now via PTFs. Refer to the following Web site for information on which PTFs are needed:
AS/400 Internet Setup Wizard: Simplify the steps required to connect your AS/400 or iSeries 400 server to the Internet and use application and Web serving. The wizard allows you to connect your AS/400 or iSeries 400 server to an ISP over a dial-up connection or directly through a LAN connection. It can also connect your intranet AS/400 or iSeries 400 server to the Internet through a firewall or router and allow for Web and application serving by the AS/400 or iSeries 400 server over that connection.
The wizard is organized around three common scenarios:
To use all of the wizard's features, install the following options shipped with the operating system (5769-SS1):
The following WebSphere 5733-AS3 product may also be used:
The wizard is available now for V4R4 or V4R5 via download at:
Network Authentication Service
Network Authentication Service provides APIs to verify the identity of a user in a network. Application programs can use these APIs to authenticate a user and securely pass on his identity to other services on the network. Once a user is known, separate functions are needed to verify the user's authorization to use the network resources.
Network Authentication Service is an implementation of:
The OS/400 implementation is designed for interoperability with authentication, delegation, and data confidentiality services compliant with these RFCs such as Microsoft's Windows 2000 Security Service Provider Interface (SSPI) APIs.
The component is available now on V4R5 and is delivered via a series of PTFs. Refer to the following Web site for information on which PTFs are needed:
Extreme Support Personalized (ESP)
An important aspect of technology is technical support that helps make that technology work for us as people. In our increasingly Web-based world, you're looking for easier access to total solutions.
IBM has expanded our ESP initiative to include more easy-to-use, proactive and personalized tools.
We're featuring these functions for the iSeries and AS/400 servers:
Management Central-Pervasive: Network administrators now have more flexibility to access Management Central information and monitor the AS/400 and iSeries 400 servers they support. Management Central-Pervasive lets you remotely monitor system performance and status using a Web phone, a PDA with a wireless modem, or a Web browser on a PC or Network Station.
After you set up a Web server on one of your systems to host Management Central information, you simply enter the Web site into your Web phone, PDA, or browser to check the availability of your AS/400 or iSeries 400 server. For example, you can check the availability of your systems to find out if a reboot completed or check if the system exceeded any thresholds for CPU or disk utilization during overnight job runs.
Refer to the following Web site for information on required PTFs:
IBM Electronic Services for iSeries 400 and AS/400: IBM Electronic Services for iSeries 400 and AS/400 now supports selected European and U.S. markets. It is an enhancement to existing IBM hardware and software support and provides a secure Web-based electronic interface, to help you proactively manage your AS/400 and iSeries 400 servers.
Comprehensive and customizable support includes:
Physical Device Placement Assistant (PDPA): The new, Web-based PDPA can save time and increase accuracy of Customer Setup (CSU) feature installations. The tool helps AS/400 and iSeries 400 customers quickly identify where to install CSU features as they are added to the system. The PDPA tool works by retrieving information from your system via a secure Internet connection. It then analyzes this information to identify both open and occupied card slots and provides a description of all installed cards.
The PDPA tool is available for no additional charge. To access the tool, all you need to do is register and have Netscape V4.07, or later, or Internet Explorer V5.0, or higher. To learn more or register, visit:
Software Inventory Utility (SIU): This AS/400 and iSeries 400 software upgrade tool can help IBM customers and Business Partner sales teams save time and improve the accuracy of their AS/400 and iSeries 400 software upgrades.
SIU also enables customers to easily manage their AS/400 and iSeries 400 installed software inventory.
Features of SIU include:
SIU suggests software to be ordered based on your system and software. Responsibility for verifying entitlement of any customer installed software, for which a software upgrade (via software subscription) has been requested, remains with the marketing representative. The SIU is available only in English and can be downloaded from the Web site:
Select "Software Inventory Utility"
Version 4 customers with an AS/400 Software Subscription contract can use IBM.com centers to order a SW upgrade within SW subscription. This new option is offered worldwide.
To use this new function:
To simplify selected software upgrades, a Web-based utility allows eligible customers and business partners to order version/release upgrades directly based on software subscriptions.
This capability is planned to be available by December 29, 2000.
To be eligible to place direct orders you must be able to meet the following requirements:
When activated, access will be through the IBM Electronic Services for iSeries 400 or AS/400 Web site at:
Services Network: Sales channels and customers can quickly identify Business Partners and IBM groups (for example, IBM Global Services) who can provide a broad range of services for the AS/400 and iSeries. Find service providers at:
Select the general type of services you need. You will be presented with companies who can provide those services.
For companies who provide AS/400 and iSeries 400 services, the Network is a forum for promoting their services capabilities on the Web site and a method to collaborate with other Network members. The Network is planned to expand continually to reflect the worldwide reach of the iSeries 400 and AS/400 marketplace.
iSeries 400 and AS/400 University: IBM customers and Business Partners can access iSeries 400 and AS/400 education offerings available through a single new Web site. A variety of training methods are available to accommodate individual learning styles (such as classroom, online, shipped media, download and play, IBM Redbooks, and events). You can search by education segment (for example, e-business, Domino, Java). Visit:
The personalized page allows users to view information relevant to their needs and interests in a user-friendly format. Easy-to-view content abstracts and highlighted links provide a fast path to important information including:
Refer to the following Web site for information:
ESP: The IBM ESP initiative gives you the total server support you need for today's e-business world.
You get great support personalized and flexible in the form you need. What counts is keeping your business running and helping you drive your business to the next level.
ESP is our total solutions focus for AS/400 and iSeries. It involves voice and Web-based technical support and support that's integrated into the product. Emphasis is on a collaborative approach to technical support, ensuring a personal touch.
Here's where you can find more information on ESP:
Apache HTTP Server
HTTP Servers are the core foundation of technology at the heart of all e-business applications. They handle the communication with the client (typically browsers or XML-rendering devices such as palm pilots), providing the entry point into server resources. These resources can range from simple HTML and GIF files, to e-business and e-commerce applications, all the way to full-blown business-to-business, collaborative enterprises.
AS/400 HTTP support includes the Apache HTTP server. Apache, a freeware HTTP server, is open-source software that implements the industry-standard HTTP/1.1 protocol with a focus on being highly configurable and easily extensible. It is built and distributed under the Apache Software License by the Apache Software Foundation and is available at:
IBM HTTP Server for AS/400 incorporates Apache 2.0, an update comprised of several new enhancements, including the new Apache Portable Run-Time and the new multiprocessing modules.
In addition, the following enhancements are added to IBM's AS/400 version:
Support for Apache is added so that server instances built using the original AS/400 HTTP server can co-exist with Apache-based server instances.
Refer to the following Web site for information availability and on PTFs:
WebSphere Development Tools for AS/400 V4R5M1
Two of the components of WebSphere Development Tools, VisualAge RPG and CODE/400, are already offered as an AS/400 program (5769-CL3). Two new components are added, and the program is renamed WebSphere Development Tools for AS/400. The two new components, VisualAge for Java for AS/400 and WebSphere Studio for AS/400 are based on the latest V3.5 versions. WebSphere Application Server now provides Java 2 support.
The price for 5769-CL3 is reduced. If you already have VisualAge RPG and CODE/400 with software subscription, you are eligible for an upgrade to WebSphere Development Tools for AS/400 at no additional charge. A statement of direction that outlines the IBM strategic direction for AS/400 application development was made on June 12, 2000. Refer to Software Announcement 200-180 , dated June 12, 2000.
WebSphere Development Tools for AS/400 V4R5M1 consists of the following workstation components.
VisualAge for Java for AS/400 IBM award-winning Java IDE, coupled with the wizards and Enterprise Toolkit for AS/400 (ET/400), provide easy access to AS/400 data, applications, and system capabilities.
In VisualAge for Java for AS/400, the editor offers improved code formatting and easier/better exception handling. The editor now provides full file editing to ease the learning curve for 3 GL and C++ developers.
The enhanced browser filters by packages and classes and provides full file browse mode.
The debugger now has more types of breakpoints, including conditional breakpoints and breakpoints for inner classes. You can now debug classes external to the IDE. JDK migration enhancements are added along with global find/replace with a one-button global replace and component-by-component migration guide.
Solution maps added to the IDE allow projects, packages, and classes to be swapped in and out of the IDE. The developer can focus at the task at hand by having a single set of projects, packages, and classes. IDE performance improves because there are fewer classes "hot" inside the IDE. Solution templates improve the usability of the product. Precoded Customer Relationship Management templates show how to build and customize solutions. These templates can be used to teach e-business application development.
The servlet builder is replaced with a new servlet wizard that generates tighter code and improved performance. The wizard generates HTML, servlet, and JSP prototypes for WebSphere Studio for AS/400. Improved integration is possible because both tools support the same JDK level. A WebSphere unit test environment (WebSphere Control Center) assists to rapidly test servlets and JSPs. By using this WebSphere control center, you can iteratively test your code without deploying it.
This WebSphere unit test environment is supported on Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000.
VisualAge for Java is acknowledged as being the best Java IDE for creating Java applications for the AS/400 and iSeries. It has a powerful sophisticated Java Integrated Development environment with an advanced Visual Composition Editor (VCE) for assembling components/objects into an application.
In this release, the focus is on improved usability. More wizards and templates make it easier to generate code to access enterprise applications and enterprise data. The VCE can easily and quickly assemble these generated components into an application. Improved integration with WebSphere Studio makes it easy to create attractive Web sites for advanced e-business applications.
WebSphere Studio for AS/400: IBM Web development tool, based on WebSphere Studio V3.5 level, now includes AS/400 GUI elements for the browser, easy-to-use deployment tools, productivity-enhancing wizards, and templates. You can use any language to develop Web applications that access AS/400 data and applications easily. In WebSphere Studio V3.5, new built-in support for the creation, management, and deployment of content for pervasive computing devices, is added. There is new automatic generation of page-at-a-time navigation for large result sets. The visual JSP/HTML layout tool, Page Designer, has improved integration and ease-of-use content. Support to publish to the Web Application structure of WebSphere Application Server is new in the V3.5 release.
WebSphere Studio for AS/400 is still the only product with a complete and easy-to-use Visual Page Designer for JSP, HTML, and DHTML that includes round-trip raw edit ability.
The market-leading site management workbench provides easy, powerful, team-enabled, site creation and management capabilities. WebSphere Studio for AS/400 is a complete tools solution with integrated support for visual applet creation, GIF animation, and image creation.
CODE/400: is the preferred development environment for developing host/server applications for AS/400 and iSeries. The edit, compile, and debug capabilities support RPG, COBOL, C, C++, CL, DDS, and Java. CODE Designer is a WYSIWYG DDS tool for creating workstation, printer, and database files for AS/400. Enhanced debug capabilities allow you to debug multitier e-business applications.
VisualAge RPG: This Visual Development Environment allows you to build client RPG applications with Windows GUI and transparent access to AS/400 resources. You edit, compile, debug, and execute RPG on the client. The VisualAge RPG compiler is the same code base as the host ILE RPG compiler so you can easily move logic between the client and server. You can now generate Java applications and Java applets from the VisualAge RPG source so that RPG becomes an e-business language.
Refer to the
section for a description on how to order the update.
LINUX®: IBM continues to invest in supporting Linux across all IBM servers. IBM plans to provide Linux for selected models of the iSeries 400 platform by providing native support of the Linux kernel running in a secondary logical partition of the operating system. This will enable Linux applications to run on such iSeries 400 systems with very few or no changes required. The Linux kernel will enable a new stream of e-business applications for the iSeries 400 platform that complements its strength as an integrated core business solution. Linux applications will benefit from the iSeries 400 platform's ability to provide resource flexibility, reliability, and connectivity to other applications on a single server.
Altered Program Objects: Some application providers and customers alter their program objects. IBM recommends against this practice because altered programs` may bypass checks made by OS/400 that help ensure system integrity and security.
Today you cannot recreate a program object without source code on an
iSeries 400 or AS/400 server if observable information, which includes
program creation data, has been removed. A future enhancement to OS/400
will retain program creation data when observable information is removed,
allowing the program to be recreated at the customer's option.
Recreating a program helps ensure its integrity and allows you to take
advantage of new hardware or enhancements in translator technology.
However, when a program is recreated, alterations made to the program
object are not retained. Programs that depend on alterations may fail or
behave in an unexpected manner should the customer choose to recreate
them. Customers should consult their application providers regarding
potential impacts of program recreation.
The service end date for this Year 2000 ready product is July 31, 2002.
WebSphere Development Tools for AS/400 V4R5M1
This strategic package of tools aids in developing e-business applications. This AS/400 and iSeries 400 product is based on the Application Framework for e-business architecture.
Refer to IBM Further Expands the MQSeries® Version 5 Product Family Software Announcement 200-343 , dated October 3, 2000.
Refer to IBM MQSeries Expands Adapter Kernel Offering and Introduces Adapter Builder Software Announcement 200-344 , dated October 3, 2000.
IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:
WebSphere Development Tools for AS/400® (5769-CL3): Using the configurator, after the availability date below, select a refresh for V4R3, V4R4, or V4R5 of 5769-CL3. Feature number 2658 will be placed on an MES to the 5755-AS5 SPO. A Software Subscription is required for you to be eligible to receive this refresh. New orders or version/release upgrades to 5769-CL3 after October 20, 2000, will automatically include the refreshed program.
Upgrade to Client Access Family for Windows (5769-XW1): If you have Client Access Family (5769-XY1), you may pay a reduced price to acquire Client Access Family for Windows (5769-XW1). The reduced price applies to the number of user licenses of Client Access Family (5769-XY1) you have purchased.
The upgrade is from Client Access Family 5769-XY1 to 5769-XW1 (#0268) is not covered under AS/400 Software Subscription.
The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.
For local prices, contact your IBM representative.
Machine IBM Type/ Feature List Description Model Number Price(1) Upgrade to Client 5769-XW1 0268 $55 Access Family for Windows (from 5769XY1)
Use Priority/Reference Code: AE001 Phone: 800-IBM-CALL Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: IBM Atlanta Sales Center Dept. AE001 P.O. Box 2690 Atlanta, GA 30301-2690
You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.
Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.