IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-241
September 23, 2003
IBM Host Access Client Package for Multiplatforms V4 IBM Personal Communications and WebSphere Host On-Demand Migrate to the Web at your own pace
At a glance
New in the Host Access Client Package for Multiplatforms
IBM Personal Communications for Windows V5.7
WebSphere Host On-Demand V8
The IBM Host Access Client Package for Multiplatforms V4 bundle adds product function, building from IBM Host Access Client Package for Multiplatforms V3.
A solution for your host connection needs, the package includes:
Migrate to the Web at your own pace
With one package, you can support your diverse user community and help eliminate the need to work with multiple vendors.
From one vendor, at one price per user, you can provide access to 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 Host Access Client Package for Multiplatforms can respond to the need.
With tools that you use today, you can start to build your e-business applications of the future that can help you to:
For more information, visit:
New for Personal Communications V5.7
Personal Communications V5.7 is based on the popular Personal Communications V5.6.
Emulator session enhancements
Connection timeout: For emulator Telnet sessions, the Connection timeout and Try connecting to last configured host infinitely options allow you to modify connection waiting and reconnection behavior.
IPV6 support: For emulator Telnet sessions, Personal Communications V5.7 supports IPV6 addresses. This support is available on Microsoft Windows XP (SP1®, or later) and Microsoft Windows 2003.
Personal Communications V5.7 further facilitates the use of accessibility devices such as screen readers.
New emulator features
Collect and print multiple print screens The Collect Screen feature allows you to gather individual print screens to be printed at the same time. You can print the collected screens with the Print Collection function. These functions can be used concurrently with the regular Print Screen function.
Autostart Java Applet To run a Java applet automatically, you can add the function Run Applet to a macro. You can add this function to an autostart macro, so that an applet can be run at session startup.
Standby/hibernate user preference setting The User Preference Manager adds a setting to suppress prompts for permission to standby or hibernate.
Symmetric and numeric swapping for Arabic RTL printing When modifying the printer setup for 3270 Arabic printer sessions, symmetric and numbering swapping are enabled for RTL host file orientation.
ZipPrint support For Hebrew and Arabic 3270 sessions, Personal Communications supports the following ZipPrint functions:
Hebrew Symmetric Swapping support for transfers As with Arabic sessions, Personal Communications supports Symmetric Swapping for Hebrew file and data transfers.
Terminal services support
For Windows Terminal Services and other simultaneous user environments, Personal Communications enables you to automatically stop an SNA node, and provides enhanced options for automatically starting a node. You can also control how, and on whose desktop, a transaction program runs.
SNA Node Configuration
Session-level encryption (SLE) SNA SLE enables data transfer between nodes running SNA applications. This feature is available on Microsoft Windows NT, 2000, and XP, for dependent LU (LU0 to LU3) or LU 6.2 sessions.
Node configuration preferences Using the SNA Node Configuration utility Edit Preferences dialog, you can specify SNA node automatic start and stop behavior, transaction program context behavior, and the default node configuration (.acg) file.
Certificate Management enhancement Personal Communications provides IKEYMAN command-line interface ability to manage certificates on Smart Cards.
Transport Layer Security Personal Communications allows you to negotiate Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 security.
New for Host On-Demand V8
Web Express Logon Web Express Logon allows users to access host systems and host applications without a user ID and password. Unlike Certificate Express Logon, Web Express Logon works in conjunction with your existing network security application and does not require client certificates. For more information, refer to the Web Express Logon Reference.
SSH (the Secure Shell) Host On-Demand now supports encrypted VT Display sessions and encrypted file transfer (sftp) sessions using SSH. SSH is a popular protocol for running secure sessions over a non-secure transport layer such as TCP/IP. Host On-Demand supports a subset of SSH V2.
Secure FTP The Host On-Demand FTP client now provides TLS and SSL-based encrypted file transfer.
Web Start Web Start client is a new Java 2 technology that enables you to run Host On-Demand without a browser. This client type can eliminate some of the problems that occur when running in a browser, such as inadvertently closing the browser when a session is active. Java 1.4 is required for this support.
TN3270E Host On-Demand 3270 Display sessions now support the TN3270E protocol. TN3270E is an enhanced form of the TN3270 protocol that allows users to specify an LU or LU pool to which the session will connect. TN3270E also supports the Network Virtual Terminal (NVT) protocol for connecting to servers in ASCII mode (for example, to log on to a firewall).
Host On-Demand also supports the contention-resolution mode feature of TN3270E. This feature allows the 3270 host to indicate to the client when the host has finished updating the application screen. Several parameters added to the Host On-Demand macro language take advantage of contention-resolution mode.
Support for Internet Protocol V6 Internet Protocol V6 (IPv6) is the next generation of the Internet Protocol. With the introduction of IPv6, the current version of the Internet Protocol is referred to as Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4). IPv6 expands the number of available Internet addresses and provides improvements over IPv4 in the areas of routing and network configuration. Java 1.4 is required for this support.
Macintosh support The Host On-Demand emulator and database clients now support Mac OS.X.
Cached client improvements for Java 2 Host On-Demand offers several improvements in the Java 2 cached client. For most types of Java 2 cached clients, including the emulator client, the Database On-Demand client, and the new user client, you can now do the following:
These improvements raise the Java 2 cached client to the same level of user-friendliness and flexibility as the Java 1 cached client.
Programmable Host On-Demand API Programmable Host On-Demand allows you to incorporate the Host On-Demand terminal and its GUI elements into your own application without wiring the beans.
Unicode support for OS/400® For 5250 Display sessions, Host On-Demand now supports iSeries hosts that send Unicode data using tagged CCSID fields. This capability is supported by OS/400 V5R2. This enhancement allows Unicode data to be displayed in 5250 Display sessions. Host On-Demand supports CCSIDs 13488 (0x34B0) and 17584 (0x44B0).
ZipPrint Host On-Demand now allows you to automatically print some types of 3270 documents in their entirety by making a single selection. This ZipPrint capability is similar to the ZipPrint functions in the IBM Personal Communications product. You can add your own customized document types.
Sharing and reusing macro, keyboard, and toolbar components Administrators and users can now share and reuse the following configuration components from one session to the next:
Administrators no longer need to reconfigure these components for each individual session or HTML file, and end users can share a single component definition across sessions. Macro enhancements Host On-Demand offers new enhancements to the macro capability. You can:
Server macro libraries The Host Sessions window of the Deployment Wizard now allows you to deploy server macro libraries to selected sessions from either a Web server or a shared network drive. This can eliminate the need to import large macros into a session, and you can update them without modifying the Host On-Demand sessions or HTML definitions.
Redirector enhancements The Redirector now provides connection logging and allows connections to remain active during a period of inactivity. You can specify the amount of time to wait before dropping an inactive Redirector connection.
List function in the Directory Utility Directory Utility now adds a list function to its other actions, all calculated to save time by allowing management of configuration data in a batch mode environment. With this new function you can perform searches on users and groups, using criteria with flexible wildcard options. The list function writes search results to output files that can be reused as input for other actions.
Backup Servers On most session types you can specify up to two backup servers in addition to the main server. If you specify backup servers, then the Host On-Demand client automatically tries to connect with the backup servers if the connection with the main server fails.
Accessibility improvements While we do not offer every accessibility feature based on Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, Host On-demand offers new accessibility features to help users who have physical disabilities, such as restricted mobility, limited or no vision, or limited or no hearing to use host sessions successfully.
CICS® client improvements Users have more power to customize CICS Gateway sessions according to their work habits. They either can specify which CICS transaction starts upon host connection or choose to begin their sessions without an initial transaction.
Importing and exporting sessions
The Host Sessions window of the Deployment Wizard now gives you the option to import and export
entire host sessions. In previous releases of Host On-Demand, this option was only available from
the Administration Window.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
Most common functions of Personal Communications:
IBM Host Access Client Package for Multiplatforms, V4 offers a migration path from traditional emulation to Web browser-based emulation. This bundle focuses on TN5250, TN3270E, VT52/100/220, and CICS applications support.
Within the WebSphere Host Integration Solution, WebSphere Host Access Transformation Server (HATS)
also addresses this market. It is a server-side solution that runs on the WebSphere Application
Server. HATS makes your 3270 and 5250 applications available through the most popular Web browsers,
while at the same time, converting your host screens to a Web-like look and feel. HATS provides a
zero-footprint Web-to-host solution the only software needed on the client is a Web browser.
IBM Personal Communications
IBM Personal Communications is a key client component of the IBM Host Integration portfolio for LAN,
WAN, and remote access and connectivity (RAC). Personal Communications provides access to
applications and data whether residing on mid-range or enterprise servers (mainframes).
Additionally, Personal Communications can give you the optimal platform for traditional access to
data and applications on the host and includes new tools to help transform your traditional business
into an e-business.
WebSphere Host On-Demand
WebSphere Host On-Demand is targeted to customers who wish to provide easy, cost-effective host access with security to users in intranet- and extranet-based environments. It can enable businesses to extend the reach of their host applications and data to new users, including business partners, suppliers, and sales personnel.
Host On-Demand gives users security enhanced browser access to host applications and data, with Web browser-based emulation. With support for TN3270E, TN5250, VT52/100/220, and CICS applications included in a single package, 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 an 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 user's Web browser. Code maintenance, updates, and configurations occur on the Web server. Users are updated automatically. The Host On-Demand cached client can help reduce download and user idle time, help enhance productivity, and help save significant expense in product deployment and maintenance.
Host On-Demand can be installed on nearly any server platform to fit nearly any size organization or branch office. Host On-Demand is supported by your choice of platforms, ranging from Windows NT, AIX®, and Linux servers to iSeries and zSeries mainframes. The 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, Windows NT, OS/2®, Linux, Apple Mac, or other supported workstation environments.
A rich Java toolset, including Host Access Beans for Java and the API, can enable customers to rapidly create custom e-business applications to achieve a competitive advantage. Because Host On-Demand is part of the WebSphere family, applications developed using the toolset can be incorporated into other WebSphere software projects, helping preserve your Host On-Demand investment and helping 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.
Product information is available through Offering Information at:
And through the Passport Advantage® Web site at:
IBM Personal Communications for Microsoft Windows V5.7
Memory and fixed storage capacity
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 WebSphere® Host On-Demand V8
IBM Personal Communications for Windows V5.7
IBM Personal Communications for Windows V5.7 communicates with the following types of servers or gateways:
WebSphere Host On-Demand V8
Note: The version for support for Linux on S/390® is the same as listed above for Red Hat, SuSE, Caldera, and TurboLinux.
Note: A local client is only supported on Windows 32 platforms (Windows XP, 2000, NT, Millennium, and 98)
For development environments
For Web servers
For LDAP servers
For Web application servers
For Web Express Logon
Note: Acrobat Reader (or Acrobat) V5.0, or later, is required for DBCS PDF support.
WebSphere Host On-Demand V8
Personal Communications V5.7
Personal Communications for Windows V5.7
Responsive 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 type of processing done by the applications utilizing Personal Communications.
Personal Communications for Windows V5.7 Planning
Install and configure Personal Communications for Windows V5.7 Follow the installation instructions to install Personal Communications for Windows 5.7. Then use the Personal Communications for Windows online help for more detailed information about configuring Personal Communications for Windows to allow users to access host sessions.
Host On-Demand V8 Planning
Install a JDK (OS/400 only) and a Web Server.
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, the defaults should work. 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 configuration servlet.
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 AIX, OS/400, Solaris, HP-UX, and Linux. 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 Web application server, you are given the option to use the configuration servlet. The configuration servlet allows client applets to communicate with the configuration 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 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 or TLS (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 or TLS security to your host sessions.
Install and configure Host On-Demand Follow the installation instructions to install Host On-Demand V8, then use the Host On-Demand online help for more detailed information about configuring Host On-Demand so users can access host sessions.
Running a CICS Gateway session Host On-Demand V8 has upgraded to the CICS Transaction Gateway V5.0.1 client package. Therefore, to run a Host On-Demand CICS Gateway session, you must be running CTG V5.0.1, or later.
Using Unicode support for OS/400 The Host On-Demand Unicode support for OS/400 requires the following OS/400 V5R2 PTFs: S108903, S108904, S108933, and S108985.
When tape media is specified for Host On-Demand, the following are also included in the media packages:
Security, auditability, and control
Host Access Client Package for Multi V4.0 runs under the control of the operating system for which it was designed and is subject to the controls that 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.
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HACP for Multi V4
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Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.
The program consist of WebSphere Host On-Demand, V8.0 (HOD) and IBM Personal Communications for Windows, V5.7 (PCOMM). The license to the program entitles you to use PCOMM or HOD at any time individually, but never concurrently. Your license to the program is conditioned on you not using PCOMM and HOD concurrently. References below to "program" in these "program-unique terms" shall mean either PCOMM or HOD. Except as modified herein, your use of the Program will be governed by the license that accompanies HOD or PCOMM, as applicable.
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