IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-268
September 25, 2001
IBM Host Access Client Package for IBM iSeries Version 2.0 IBM Personal Communications, IBM WebSphere Host On-Demand, and IBM Screen Customizer One Convenient Solution
(Corrected on June 27, 2002)
Replaced Accessibility by People with Disabilities section.
(Corrected on October 12, 2001)
Change the term "IBM Host Access Client Package for iSeries" to "IBM Host
Access Client Package for Multiplatforms" in Overview.
At a Glance
IBM Host Access Client Package for iSeries Version 2.0
Make your applications available to virtually anyone, virtually anywhere with:
IBM Personal Communications for Windows® Version 5.5 and IBM Personal Communications Version 4.3.1 for OS/2®
WebSphere Host-On-Demand Version 6.0
IBM Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: SE001).
The IBM Host Access Client Package for IBM iSeries Version 2 bundle adds additional product functionality and enhances Host Access Client Package Version 1.1.
IBM is a solution for all of your iSeries host connection needs. The package includes:
Migrate to the Web at Your Own Pace
IBM Host Access Client Package for iSeries Version 2.0 lets you manage your migration to Web technologies at your own pace. With one package, you can support your diverse user community, and help eliminate the need to work with multiple vendors.
IBM Host Access Client Package for iSeries Version 2.0 is for mid-range market customers, accessing iSeries and AS/400e servers only. For those customers who need to access multiple backend host systems, the IBM Host Access Client Package for Multiplatforms is a more appropriate solution.
From one vendor, at one price per user, you can provide access to iSeries legacy applications to virtually any type of user regardless of their needs. Whether it is an office-based power user or a mobile employee, a systems programmer or a business partner with no training on host applications, the IBM Host Access Client Package fits virtually any user need. With the addition of simple GUI rejuvenation tools, you can make your applications easy-to-use and available to virtually anyone, virtually anywhere.
With tools that you can use today, you can start to build your e-business applications of the future. You can build your applications based on your legacy systems, enabling you to:
For more information, visit the IBM Web site at:
Refer to the Hardware Requirements section.
Planned Availability Date
IBM Personal Communications for Windows Version 5.5
Windows 2000 Certified: IBM Personal Communications for Windows Version 5.5 is now Windows 2000 Certified. By meeting the certification requirements, IBM Personal Communications is now able to take advantage of the Windows Installer technology. Installing and deploying IBM Personal Communications is easier than ever. Several benefits of using the Windows Installer include:
Express Logon Function
The Express Logon Function (ELF) eliminates the need for users to enter
an ID and password when logging onto a host system. Communication
Servers for AIX®, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 support this
Smart Card Support
Convert Macros to the Host On-Demand XML Format
New Host Code Page Support (1390/1399 and 1137 Hindi)
WebSphere Host On-Demand Version 6.0
More Flexibility and Control over Locally-Stored User Preferences: You can define centrally stored session-configuration preferences while also letting users maintain individual preferences. Users are able to run sessions using the default configuration you define, and users can further modify sessions according to personal preference. These personalized changes are stored on users' local machines separate from any default session configuration information. When you change the default configuration, users receive those updates automatically without losing any personalized changes.
Deployment Wizard Enhancements: The Deployment Wizard helps you create HTML pages more easily to give your users better host access. This will help you determine a deployment strategy for your users. Additionally, new configuration models have been added to specify how Host On-Demand sessions are defined and managed. Streamlined panel flow and other usability improvements to the Deployment Wizard panels make administration easier. Online help for the Deployment Wizard is now available from within the Wizard panels.
Native Windows Print Support: Windows users can print using the standard printer drivers. Users can use their default Windows printers without additional configuration and they can change properties without closing their host printer sessions.
Integrated Windows Domain Logon: If this function is enabled, users are not required to log on to the Host On-Demand server to access their configuration data. Host On-Demand retrieves the Windows domain user ID, which becomes the Host On-Demand user name. If a user is already defined on the server, the configuration data for that user is accessed. Otherwise, new users are automatically created with group default settings.
Customize Toolbar: Administrators and users can customize the toolbar buttons used for Host On-Demand sessions. Users can add and edit toolbar buttons to launch an applet, run an application, go to a URL, run a macro, or perform a menu function. After customizing the toolbar settings are saved for future sessions.
Cached Client Support Across the Internet: Host On-Demand keeps the cached components at a consistent level and prevents users from installing different and potentially conflicting versions of components from different servers. Clients can communicate with servers running different levels of Host On-Demand.
Support for Java2-Enabled Browsers: Clients are supported on Java2-enabled Web browsers, such as Netscape 6.x and Mozilla. The Java2 plug-in with Netscape 4.x and Microsoft Internet Explorer is also supported.
Tab to Next Word and Delete Word: Similar to IBM Personal Communications emulation, users or administrators can use the Tab key to move the cursor to the first position of the next word that is in an unprotected field.
Problem Determination Enhancements: Enables a customer support person to activate and control the Host On-Demand trace facility for an emulator client session by specifying parameters in the associated HTML file. You can also add an optional parameter that launches the IP monitor utility on a Host On-Demand emulator session. A troubleshooting section is added to the online help table of contents so that you can troubleshoot common problems before calling IBM service.
Copying Sessions More Easily: Users can create new sessions easily by right-clicking an existing session and selecting Copy. Administrators can create new sessions easily by right-clicking an existing session and selecting Duplicate Session. Administrators can also copy and paste existing sessions into other user and group definitions using the right-click menu.
User-Defined Character Mapping Editor for DBCS Environments: You can customize a user-defined character (UDC) mapping in your 5250 session instead of default mapping. You can create a UDC translation table using the UDC mapping editor to store a customized mapping for your session.
IBM Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60
What's New in Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60
Host On-Demand Support in Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60: The Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60 requires Host On-Demand Version 6.0 to function correctly. This version will not work with Host On-Demand Version 5.x. Service level releases will continue to be provided for Host On-Demand Version 5.
Netscape 6.0 Support in Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60: Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60 Runtime (shipped only with Host On-Demand) now supports Netscape Communicator 6.0. The Customization Studio, Administrator, SCCI, and Screen Customizer Beans are only supported in JVM 1.1.8 environments.
Support for Java2-Enabled Browsers:
Clients are supported on Java2-enabled Web browsers, such as
Netscape 6.x and Mozilla. The Java2 plug-in with Netscape 4.x and
Microsoft Internet Explorer is also supported.
Screen Customizer is translated into Greek.
For Host Access Client Package product APARs, visit the following Web sites:
(CSD 2 and CSD 3 are synonymous)
Accessibility by People with Disabilities
IBM Personal Communications for Windows Version 5.5 addresses most accessibility requirements. However, there are a limited number of seldomly used features that are not fully enabled for screen readers, and a limited number of events that are only identified by a beep. Due to Java technology issues, WebSphere Host On-Demand Version 6.0 and Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60 included in Host Access Client Package for iSeries do not fully address the section 508 requirements.
The IBM Host Access Client Package for iSeries Version 2.0 offers a migration path from traditional emulation to Web browsed-based emulation, with the ability to put a simple GUI on a host application. This bundle focuses on 5250 host access only. Within the WebSphere Host Integration Solution portfolio, there is a product, Host Publisher, which is a server-side solution which runs on the WebSphere application server. It allows customers to integrate applications and data and deliver this information via HTML to any web user.
IBM Personal Communications: IBM Personal Communications is a key client component of IBM's Host Integration portfolio for LAN, WAN, and remote access and connectivity (RAC). Personal Communications provides access to applications and data residing on mid-range systems. Additionally, IBM Personal Communications can give customers the optimal platform for traditional access to data and applications on the host and includes new tools to help transform their traditional business into an e-business. IBM Personal Communications is a component of the WebSphere Host Integration Solution.
WebSphere Host On-Demand: WebSphere Host On-Demand is for to customers who wish to provide easy, and cost effective host access with security to users in Intra- and Extranet-based environments. It enables businesses to extend the reach of their host applications and data to new users, including business partners, suppliers, and sales personnel. Host On-Demand is a component of the WebSphere Host Integration Solution.
Host On-Demand gives users secure browser access to host applications and data, with Web browser-based emulation. Regardless of the iSeries application, users need to learn only one interface to reach key host data. Because Host On-Demand is Java-based, users in different operating environments get the same look and feel, and identical feature set.
Host On-Demand is installed only on the web server, and the Host On-Demand applet is downloaded via a Web site to the users' Web browser. Code maintenance, updates and configurations all occur on the Web server, and users are updated automatically. Host On-Demand works with IBM Screen Customizer, providing customized GUI screens in place of "green screens" to help simplify the user experience for users who may be unfamiliar with or prefer not to use the traditional host green screens.
Host On-Demand can be installed on many server platforms, to fit nearly any size organization or branch office. Host On-Demand is supported by your choice of platforms, ranging from iSeries, Windows NT®, AIX and Linux servers. And, this benefit extends to the desktop as well. Because the interface is Java based, it is the same in every workstation environment, whether it be Windows 95 OS Release 2, Windows NT, OS/2, Linux or other supported workstation environments.
A rich Java tool set, including Host Access Beans for Java and the IBM Host Access Class Library (HACL) API, can enable customers to rapidly create custom e-business applications to achieve competitive advantage. Because Host On-Demand is part of the WebSphere family, applications developed using the tool set can be incorporated into other WebSphere software projects, helping preserve your Host On-Demand investment and provide a quick start to the Web and e-business.
Host On-Demand is recommended for installations that require low-cost centralized deployment, easy, centralized administration, and support for a broad range of client and server platforms. IBM Personal Communications is recommended for full function emulation, more extensive APIs and a wider range of protocols or connectivities, including APPN® and other SNA technologies.
IBM Screen Customizer: IBM Screen Customizer provides an easy to use GUI for accessing mission-critical host data and applications via the Web. Screen Customizer when used with Host On-Demand, offers customization capabilities that make host applications easier to use and minimize end user training.
Screen Customizer is for those who have heavily invested in legacy applications and want to graphically enable them for e-business, without rewriting business logic. Screen Customizer is a Java-based solution that runs locally on the client machine and is particularly well suited for both intranet and extranet environments. It excels in solutions where users have sustained connections and ongoing interaction with the host application. Screen Customizer is a component of the IBM Host Integration Solution.
Product information is available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
System Unit: IBM and IBM-compatible workstations with a 486, or higher, microprocessor. A Pentium® microprocessor is strongly recommended. If Personal Communications is to be locally installed, the workstation must also have a CD-ROM drive.
IBM Personal Communications Version 4.3.1 for OS/2®: IBM or IBM-compatible workstations with a 486, or higher, microprocessor, memory and fixed-disk storage capacity to support OS/2 Warp® Warp V4.0, or later. Minimum of 16 MB, with 32 MB recommended.
IBM Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60
The Screen Customizer server hardware requirements include a PC workstation with sufficient speed, memory, and disc space to accommodate the following:
IBM Personal Communications for Windows Version 5.5 communicates with the following types of server or gateway:
To communicate with an IBM iSeries system, Personal Communications for Windows Version 5.5 requires iSeries LPPs, depending upon your system configuration:
Client: A Web browser with JVM 1.1.8 or JVM 1.3, access to a Web server, and a Telnet server supporting TN5250.
Note: Local client only supported on Win 32 platforms (Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 95 OS Release 2, and Windows 98)
For Bean Builders (HACL and Host Access Beans for Java),
For Web Application Servers,
For LDAP Servers (optional),
Miscellaneous Software (Optional): License Use Management Version 4.5.5
Supported operating systems to install the Client on a Host On-Demand server include:
Supported operating systems for a Screen Customizer Runtime for Host On-Demand client include:
Supported operating systems to install the Administrator on a Host On-Demand server or Host On-Demand Client include:
Supported operating systems to install the Studio include:
The following browsers can be used to run the Screen Customizer Client with Host On-Demand:
IBM Screen Customizer Version 2.0.60
IBM Personal Communications for Windows Version 5.5:
Response time in a terminal environment depends upon a variety of
system unit and data-communication load factors. These include the types
and speeds of system units, processors, number and types of communication
adapters installed, the line speed of the communication service, and the
amount of processing done by the applications utilizing IBM Personal
IBM Personal Communications for Windows Version 5.5 Planning: IBM Personal Communications for Windows Version 5.5 can be set up to work in a server/client relationship. The approach used is to store the least amount of code necessary on the client workstation and to store the major portion of the run-time code and configuration information on a LAN file server. In this case, one user license is required for each client that accesses the iSeries Host. For example, if two clients use the split code on their machines and the server, and are the only ones who start the emulation, then two licenses are required. If someone uses the server itself for emulation, then that would also require a separate license.
Not-for-Sale kits are available to Business Partners as well as to IBM marketing personnel.
Host On-Demand Planning:
Install a JDK or JVM (on non-Windows platforms), a Web server and,
optionally, a servlet engine. Check the supported JDK and JVM, browser,
Web Server and servlet engine levels, as well as required disk space.
Determine Directory Structure for Host On-Demand Installation
The installation instructions, and automated installations, assume a
certain directory structure. In most cases, these defaults should work
fine. Review the directory structure requirements before installing. If
you change the default directory structure, keep your changes in mind
when following the installation instructions.
Choose a Deployment Strategy
Host On-Demand provides three models for deploying configuration data to
users: HTML-based, configuration server-based, and the combined model.
Selecting the model will help you select the Service Manager port and the
Select the Service Manager Port
The default Service Manager port is 8999. If you want to change this
value because it is already in use, you may change it during installation
for Windows NT, Windows 2000, and AIX. The port may also be changed
after installation on all platforms.
Choose to Use the Configuration Servlet
During the Windows NT, Windows 2000, and graphical AIX installations, if
the installation program detects a supported application server, you are
given the option to use the configuration servlet. The configuration
servlet allows client applets to communicate with the configurator
servlet through a firewall without opening any additional ports on the
firewall. The configuration servlet can be installed manually on the
other operating systems, and for Web and application servers that are not
recognized by the installation program.
Decide What Security Levels to Set
You can configure your Web server to use SSL (https), so that the data stream from your Web server to your browser is encrypted. Once the client is loaded in a browser, however, it communicates directly with the host. You may be able to configure Host On-Demand to provide SSL security to your host sessions.
Install and configure Host On-Demand:
Follow the installation instructions to install Host On-Demand
Version 6.0, then use the Host On-Demand online help for more
detailed information about configuring Host On-Demand so users can access
Screen Customizer Planning
To use the Screen Customizer Client or Administrator, you must have Host On-Demand Version 6.0 installed. Screen Customizer depends on the transports provided by this product to connect to host systems. The Customization Studio can be used to customize screens without being connected to a host system and, therefore, does not depend on Host On-Demand.
Before installing Screen Customizer , Host On-Demand must be installed. If you need to reinstall Host On-Demand for any reason, you must reinstall Screen Customizer afterwards. If you don't, Screen Customizer might not run correctly and some functions could be missing.
You should not install a language for Screen Customizer if it has not been installed for Host On-Demand. If you install a language that was not installed for the base product, Screen Customizer will not work in that language.
Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by the Support Line. This fee service enhances customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. The Support Line will help answer questions pertaining to usage, and suspected software defects for eligible products.
Installation and technical support is provided by Global Services. For more information, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).
Eligible customers can obtain installation and usage assistance from the Networking Industry Support Center through the telephone response line.
To obtain customer eligibility and registration procedures, contact the appropriate support center.
This program when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM
license agreement, and LI, if appropriate and will be presented for
acceptance at the time of installation of the program. The license and
LI will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT for future
Security, Auditability, and Control
IBM Host Access Client Package for iSeries Version 2.0 runs under the control of the operating system for which they were designed and are subject to the controls that the operating system provides.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
IBM Host Access Client Package for iSeries Version 2.0 is a client product which has one charge unit. The charge unit consists of the client and registered users.
Part Program Name Number Host Access Client Package for iSeries Version 2.0 CD-ROM program package Multilingual 29P4291 English Brazilian Portuguese Spanish Dutch Danish Finnish Hungarian Polish Norwegian Russian Swedish Turkish Slovenian Czech Portuguese Greek
Part Description Number License + SW Maintenance 1 Anniv. Date D50HWLL License + SW Maintenance 2 Anniv. Date D50HXLL S/W Maintenance Renewal to 1 Anniversary E0049LL S/W Maintenance after License to 1 Anniv. D50HYLL Date Trd License/SW Maintenance 1 Anniversary D50S2LL Media Packs Host Access Client Package for iSeries Version 2.0 CD-ROM Media pack Multilingual BM004ML
OTC(1) Program Feature Description Number Number Host Access Client Package 5733-A61 3731 for iSeries Version 2.0 (Multilingual) Per Users with 1 Year Software Maintenance
Media Feature Description Number Language Registration 2935 No Charge (Multilingual) English Brazilian Portuguese Spanish Dutch Danish Finnish Norwegian Russian Swedish Turkish Slovenian Czech Portuguese Greek Media Choice No Charge 5809 CD-ROM
Language Feature Description Number IBM Host Access Client Package for iSeries Version 2.0 Multilingual 2935 Italian 2932 German 2929 French 2928
Language Machine Feature Description Type/Model Number Host Access Client 5733-A61 2935 Package Version 2.0 for iSeries Multilingual
Software Maintenance Charge Feature Description Number Software Maintenance Programs Maintenance IASP PID: 1 Year 5733-A67 Use Authorizations: (to be orderable in quantity) S/W Maintenance NoCharge Registration 3739 S/W Maintenance 1 Year Renewal 3740 S/W Maintenance 1 Year After License 3741 Maintenance IASP PID: 3 Year 5733-A68 Use Authorizations: (to be orderable in quantity) S/W Maintenance 3 Year Registration 3742 S/W Maintenance 3 Year Renewal 3743 S/W Maintenance 3 Year After License 3744
Feature Description Number Expedite Shipments Local IBM office expedite 3445 (for IBM use only) Customer expedite process charge 3446 ($30 charge for each product)
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
Terms and Conditions
Use Priority/Reference Code: SE001 Phone: 800-IBM-CALL Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: IBM Atlanta Sales Center Dept. SE001 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.