IBM United States
Software Announcement 200-325
September 26, 2000
IBM Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Features TN3270E and Host Publisher Enhancements
At a Glance
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IBM Communications Server, V6.1.1 for Windows NT and Windows 2000 offers reliable and secure support for e-business networks. It connects users to enterprise host applications and data over diverse networks whether SNA, TCP/IP, intranet, extranet, or Internet. It enables you to choose applications based on your business needs, not on your network protocols. Version 6.1.1 is a cumulative service release that also includes new functional enhancements.
Extended TN3270E Capabilities
In addition to now publishing to the Windows Active Directory that it has TN3270E and TN5250-server capability, Communications Server features Express Logon. With Express Logon, any user of an appropriate TN3270 client can log on to a S/390® host application without entering a password or ID. Instead, an X.509 digital certificate automatically authenticates the user. That's two less things for users to remember and for network administrators to maintain.
Host Publisher Enhancements
WebSphere Compatibility The Communications Server V6.1.1 Host Publisher feature has been enhanced to be functionally equivalent to the recently announced WebSphere Host Publisher V2.2. With this feature, you can extend the reach of mission-critical applications to new users across the intranet and Internet without changing existing applications. It also allows you to integrate multiple sources of host data into a single Web page, giving end users the appearance of a single new application.
WebSphere Host Publisher feature in Communications Server supports WebSphere Application Server Version 3.
New Licensing Scheme To better accommodate real-life business operations, Host Publisher's new licensing terms defines usage based on concurrent connections rather than on integration object requests-per-minute.
Additional Functional Enhancements:
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IBM Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 provides all-in-one communications services between workstations and a host system, as well as other workstations. Its capabilities include a full-function SNA gateway, the most Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking® system in the industry, support for many types of connectivities, and a rich set of application programming interfaces (APIs). Of particular significance is the support of SNA, that is based on IBM's long experience as the architect and developer of this important protocol. In addition, the Communications Server opens the door wide to protocol-independent networking, with seamless support for workstations communicating across SNA and TCP/IP networks. This gives companies the freedom to be responsive to the changing demands of business applications, while minimizing network impact.
This function allows a user, running an express logon-capable TN3270E client, to log onto popular OS/390® host subsystems, such as CICS®, IMS, and TSO, without having to enter a RACF® user ID and password. Instead, an X.509 digital certificate is processed in cooperation with RACF to authenticate the user. One advantage of using this function is that it may reduce the time spent by an administrator maintaining host user IDs and passwords. It may also reduce the number of user IDs and passwords that users have to remember. The TN3270E client and the Communications Server for OS/390 must also provide the express logon function. Currently, this support is offered in WebSphere Host On-Demand Version 5.0 and Communications Server for OS/390 Version 2 Release 10.
Communications Server now publishes to the Windows 2000 Active Directory that it has TN3270 and TN5250 server capability. This permits any Windows 95, 98, NT, or Windows 2000 client machine to search for and find the Communications Server's TN3270/TN5250 services configured within Active Directory, allowing the client to connect to the server. This works for applications using the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Version 3 APIs or Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI) on a Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, or Windows 2000 client. This saves configuration efforts and expands the benefit to more types of clients. Previously, the only way to get this information was through Service Location Protocol (SLP) which required configuration on the Communications Server and its use was limited to only the Communications Server for Windows NT clients.
To query the Active Directory function the clients must use either LDAP Version 3 or ADSI APIs. These are included in the Windows 2000 operating system. They are available for downloading from the Microsoft Web site for the other platforms.
The Host Publisher feature can enable new uses for existing applications and data. With this capability, you can combine existing information sources into composite applications for new users, without any changes to the existing applications and data. The business benefits associated with Host Publisher are substantial.
Host Publisher consists of two major components:
Host Publisher Studio: The Host Publisher Studio is a collection of task-oriented, easy-to-use GUIs that assist the Web application builder in managing and creating Web-to-host projects. It uses task-oriented prompts to guide the user through the creation process, including:
The Host Publisher Studio is provided on a separate CD assembly and runs on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 operating systems.
Host Publisher Server: The Host Publisher Server runs on Windows NT and provides the run-time environment for supporting Web applications created with the Host Publisher Studio. Host Publisher is on a separate CD assembly and runs on Windows NT only. It consists of the WebSphere Application Server Standard Edition and other run-time components such as:
The Host Publisher feature also includes a separate CD assembly for IBM Network Dispatcher to provide load balancing across multiple Host Publisher Servers. The Network Dispatcher can only be used for the load-balancing function for Host Publisher. If you require load balancing for other applications or servers, you must purchase these additional copies separately.
Remote Integration Objects (RIO): RIO support provides a standard interface for program access to Integration Object data in an XML format. It also provides remote access to Host Publisher server Integration Objects. This enables remote Java applications or applets, running on a remote client or server, to execute Host Publisher Integration Objects for an existing application access as though they were physically running on the Host Publisher server machine. The interface to the Host Publisher Integration Objects is unchanged regardless of whether the customer's Java application is calling it from a remote client or is running on the Host Publisher server.
The Host Publisher XML Gateway also provides an HTML Mapper capability that provides a load-and-go HTML entry-level emulator for 3270 or 5250 application access. Without any customization, existing 3270 and 5250 applications can be extended to Web users. This capability is targeted at end users who:
This program is not impacted by euro currency.
IBM's Communications Server for Window NT and Windows 2000 takes advantage of IBM's experience with SNA, TCP/IP, and communications servers to provide a high-performance, high-quality communications solution for enterprises with e-business potential and Windows NT and/or Windows 2000 environments.
Communications Server provides an essential foundation for networked computing by supporting the most widely used networking technologies, enabling customers and Business Partners to build client/server applications independent of networking protocol or hardware.
The full implementation of APPN® (end node and network node), HPR, and DLUR, along with the integrated SNA gateway capabilities, positions the Communications Server as a participant in either a host (hierarchical) or peer-to-peer distributed network environment.
With its TN3270E and TN5250 servers, and AnyNet® function, the Communications Server is well positioned for customers with multiprotocol networking environments.
Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 is the solution for companies in the Windows NT and Windows 2000 environments that:
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
One copy of the following publications is shipped with the program:
The following publications can be ordered separately after planned availability.
To order, contact your IBM representative.
Order Title Number Quick Beginnings GC31-8424 Network Administration Guide SC31-8656 Configuration File Reference SC31-8655 Client/Server Communications SC31-8479 Programming Reference System Management SC31-8480 Programming Reference WebSphere Host Publisher Planning SC31-8797 and Installation Guide
Displayable Softcopy Publications: IBM Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 publications are offered in displayable softcopy form. All unlicensed manuals are included.
The publications are provided as Adobe Acrobat.PDF files and HTML files, and are included with the program package on the same CD-ROM.
Specified Operating Environment
IBM Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 can be used on all Intel®-based systems supported by Windows NT Server Version 4.0, or later, or Windows 2000. An Intel Pentium machine, 100 MHz CPU with 32 MB of RAM, is the minimum recommended server hardware. Depending on the network environment and Windows platform used (workstation vs. server, Windows NT, or Windows 2000), a faster processor and larger memory may be necessary.
Disk space of 20 MB is required on a startup drive for temporary use, and 100 MB on any hard drive for permanent use.
The Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 SNA API clients will run on any hardware required by Windows 3.1, Windows 95/98, OS/2®, Windows NT Version 4.0, and Windows 2000 (Intel only).
The Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 Remote Administration clients will run on any hardware required by Windows 95/98, and Windows NT Version 4.0, and Windows 2000 (Intel only).
Communications Adapters: One or more network communication adapters (and appropriate cable) may be required.
Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 is compatible with the following adapters:
Note: The Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 also is compatible with a wide variety of LAN adapters including many adapters with NDIS drivers supported by Microsoft Windows NT.
Note: All of the adapters may not be supported on Windows 2000. For current and complete information regarding hardware and software compatibility for LAN and WAN adapters, refer to the Communications Server Web pages:
Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 includes several adapter device drivers from hardware vendors for support of their cards. These drivers have been validated by IBM, or respective OEM, with the Communications Server and are supplied as a convenience. The drivers are supported solely by the adapter card vendors. Before installing any driver, refer to the README file in each driver's installation directory for configuration guidance, adapter restrictions, licensing information, and support contracts.
Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 requires either Windows NT Server Version 4.0, with service pack 4, or later, or Windows 2000. Additionally:
Remote Administration Clients require Windows 95/98, or Windows NT Workstation, or Server Versions 4.0, or later. TCP/IP, Netbios, or both, is required for communications with Communications Server for Windows NT.
SNA API Clients require either:
The AS/400® Shared Folder supports LAN clients on the following platforms:
Host On-Demand requires any Web server capable of serving Java applets to be installed on the same machine as Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000.
Web administration requires a Web server running on Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 system, and a Web browser running on any system on the intranet. Communications between the systems must use Sockets over SNA or TCP/IP.
Supported Web servers include:
Supported Web browsers include:
Many other functions and features of Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 require a Web browser. Any Web browser used must support HTML 3.0 documents.
Host Publisher Server will operate with any Web browser and with most Web servers running on the following operating system:
Compilers for applications under Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, and SNA API clients for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT Versions 3.51 and 4.0:
The compiler for applications under SNA API clients for OS/2 is VisualAge for C++ for OS/2, Version 3.
The compiler for applications under SNA API clients for Windows 3.1 is Microsoft Visual C++ Version 1.51 or 1.52.
Express Logon: Use of the express logon function requires a TN3270 client that supports express logon. WebSphere Host On-Demand is the only currently known client to support this function. Also, the target S/390 host system must be running levels of OS/390® and includes Communications Server for OS/390 that supports this function. OS/390 Version 2 Release 10 (with appropriate PTF), or later, satisfy this requirement.
Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1:
Performance can be affected by:
License Management: Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 includes tools for license management. This license is included in the program package on the CD-ROM and is installed along with the product. During installation, you are prompted to enter the number of concurrent licenses purchased. This applies to both base concurrent users and the Host Publisher concurrent users.
If the number of concurrent users (base and/or Host Publisher) exceeds the number of concurrent licenses purchased, then an error message is logged. No product function is disabled even in the case of the licenses being exceeded. Further connections are still allowed with an error message being logged for each connection as long as the license count is exceeded. You are expected to monitor the log and purchase additional licenses if you consistently exceed your initial license quantity.
Registration: Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 offers a Product Registration Tool for registering the product. The benefit of registering the server with IBM is that you can be notified of future service updates and of future releases of the product. You should follow the instructions of the registration tool to register during installation. If you decline to register, you will be prompted again to register in two weeks or you can use the IBM Software Registration icon in the Communications Server folder.
Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by Personal Systems Support Line. This fee service enhances customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. Personal Systems 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).
The Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 package includes:
Security, Auditability, and Control
Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 uses the security and auditability features of the Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating system.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 is a client/server type product that has three charge units: server install and two types of concurrent users. The server install and the concurrent users are available in a fixed order quantity of 1. There is only one program package supplied with this product.
Ordering Notes: Charges for Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 are based on concurrent users (not sessions). A concurrent user is defined as an active upstream or downstream connection established to Communications Server. An active connection includes TN3270, TN5250, SNA API (split stack), SNA (APPN®, DLUR, full stack), shared folders and AnyNet clients. In an APPN environment, a connection is an active link to an adjacent nodes. If a multiplexing program or application server (for example, Transaction Server, DB2®) connects to the Communications Server providing access on behalf of multiple concurrent users, then one user license is required for each of these multiple concurrent users.
The Host Publisher feature of Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 includes a license for one concurrent user. A Host Publisher concurrent user is defined as one concurrent session/connection to an existing application. This Host Publisher user license also includes all the entitlements of a base Communications Server user license.
Upgrade Notes: Upgrades to Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 are available from any IBM or non-IBM (competitive offering) SNA gateway or communications server product. The following upgrade information applies:
Part Program Name/Description Number Communications Server for Windows NT 13P0726 and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Program Package -- English CD-ROM Communications Server for Windows NT 13P0732 and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 1 Server install Communications Server for Windows NT 13P0735 and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 1 Concurrent user Communications Server for Windows NT 13P0739 and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 1 Host Publisher concurrent user Upgrades Communications Server for Windows NT 13P0729 and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Program Package Upgrade -- English Part Program Name/Description Number Communications Server for Windows NT 13P0734 and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Server install upgrade Communications Server Windows NT 13P0736 and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Concurrent user upgrade Communications Server for Windows NT 13P0740 and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Host Publisher user upgrade
Part Program Name Description Number COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTNA 6.1.1 for NT English COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTDE 6.1.1 for NT German COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTFR 6.1.1 for NT French COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTES 6.1.1 for NT Spanish COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTIT 6.1.1 for NT Italian COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTBP 6.1.1 for NT B/Portuguese COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTJA 6.1.1 for NT Japanese COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTSC 6.1.1 for NT Smpl Chinese COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTTC 6.1.1 for NT Trad Chinese COMM Server Media Pack BE6RTKO 6.1.1 for NT Korean
Terms and Conditions
Communications Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000, Version 6.1.1 includes several components, more fully described below. With the exception of the Host Publisher Studio component, a separate license for the Program is required for each machine on which any, some, or all of the included components are installed.
Authorized Use of the base Communications Server component Program is based on the number of Communications Server User authorizations acquired.
Host Publisher Feature
The Program contains a Host Publisher feature. Host Publisher includes both a Server component and Studio component. Use of the Host Publisher Server component of the Program is initially restricted to the Windows NT operating environment. You may install one Host Publisher Server component for each Program license you acquire.
Authorized Use of the Host Publisher Server component is based on the number of Host Publisher Concurrent User authorizations acquired.
The Host Publisher Studio component of the Program runs only in the Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 operating environments and is used to customize and develop Host Publisher applications. You are allowed to install and use an unlimited number of copies of the Host Publisher Studio component within your enterprise for purposes of education, or development, or customization of your applications for use with the Host Publisher Server.
Host Publisher includes WebSphere Application Server, Standard Edition (WebSphere) which is used as an integral part of the Host Publisher runtime environment. The license to the Program allows you to install and use WebSphere on the same machine as the Host Publisher Server Component solely as necessary to support your use of the Host Publisher feature.
Host Publisher includes IBM Network Dispatcher to provide load balancing across multiple Host Publisher Servers. The license to the Program allows you to install and use the included Network Dispatcher solely to provide the load balancing function for Host Publisher Servers. If you require load balancing for other applications or servers, you must acquire the authorizations for these additional copies of Network Dispatcher separately.
Host On-Demand Entry
The Program contains an entry-level version of the Host On-Demand emulator. You may install and deploy this entry-level version of the emulator only on the same machine on which you install the Communications Server portion of the Program, and you may use the Host On-demand feature solely to establish a telnet session directly between Communications Server Users and the Communications Server portion of the Program.
Entry-level Version of Personal Communications
The Program contains an entry-level version of the Personal Communications emulator. You are allowed to install and use this version of Personal Communications for administrative purposes on the same machine as Communications Server. You are not authorized to use the entry-level emulator on any other server or the clients.
MDAC 2.0 Files
The MDAC files, required by the AS/400 OLE DB Provider, are provided under license from Microsoft Corporation. A copy of the Microsoft End User License Agreement is included in the eulamdac.doc file in the csnt directory on the Communication Server for Windows NT and Windows 2000 CD. The Microsoft license, and not this agreement, governs your use of this code.
The charges 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.
One- Part Time Program Name/Description Number Charge Communications Server for 13P0726 $995 Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Program Package -- English CD-ROM Communications Server for 13P0732 965 Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 1 Server install Communications Server for 13P0735 69 Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 1 Concurrent user Communications Server for 13P0739 249 Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 1 Host Publisher concurrent user Upgrades Communications Server for 13P0729 595 Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Program Package Upgrade -- English Communications Server for 13P0734 565 Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Server install upgrade Communications Server for 13P0736 41 Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Concurrent user upgrade Communications Server for 13P0740 149 Windows NT and Windows 2000, V6.1.1 Host Publisher user upgrade
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