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Hello, I work for an accounting firm currently on a windows 2003 server domain. We just got a client that uses a AS400 IBM server for thier accouting software/data. Is there anyway to move this server into our office and have it accessible through windows? Is there and emulator of some sort? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Why should you move the client’s AS400 into your office ?

Anyway, there are ways to communicate between different physical locations and use an AS/400 via private data lines or via internet. Obviously, if you communicate thru Internet there must be proper firewalls and preferrably VPN type connection between the remote and local LAN.

If you need to use AS/400 native applications and have access to databases, you can install IBM Client Access package. It contains a 5250 type emulator, file transfer routines and some other tools for using AS/400 databases directly, e.g using ODBC routines with MS Excel or some other tools.

I’m using two AS/400 machines remotely almost daily, other one thru ADSL line and other thru an ISDN connection (a dial-in link to my customer’s network)

Kaj Bredenberg

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  • Imazing
    Do you know what Accounting package thay have on the AS/400? Reason being that depending on what package may depend on how you get the data out even if you can on your own because of file layouts and database types. Getting to see the data through IBM Client Access and 5250 emulation is easy like Kaj was saying, but not all AS/400 packages use 5250 emulation. Some have their own client like Lawson. Downloading tha data if that is what you need to do you will need some more help the as/400 is another beast in itself but, I may be able to help if you need it. Actually moving it to your office is possible but probally not practical if you client uses it for other things.
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  • Howard2nd
    There are dozens of 'Terminal Emulation' programs - we use Hummingbird's 'Host Explorer' (McGill University) which support SSL connections. So don't move the 400 just connect.
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