Mapping IFS drive using Vista and IBM i V5R1

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Is it possible to Map a Drive (IFS) using Windows Vista and V5R1? I have searched the Web and I see that IBM does not support Vista until V5R4 but we are a software developer and we need to support V5R1 customers. And I know just because IBM does not support it does not mean someone has not made it work. I see a lot on the internet about passwords, uppercase/lowercase encryption etc, and the System Value for Security Level, but I can't find any info on anyone getting it to work and how they did it.

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I’ve got PC’s running windows Vista and we don’t have a problem mapping drives.
I’m currently on V5R4 but we had V5R1 servers doing this after Vista came out with no problems.

The key is to keep things easy for the users. Keep their windows and AS400 passwords in sync and this will work without any authentication failures.
Our AS400 is using the simple password settings so case sensitivity isn’t recognized.
If your AS400 is allowing longer passwords and is case sensitive as long as they passwords are in sync you should be fine.

How to set up a mapped drive on AS400: <a href=”http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/itanswers/mapping-a-drive-to-the-as400/”>Click</a>

Did you get around to testing this out?

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  • WM
    You should be OK. I'm currently helping a small company running V4R5M0 and I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium and CA Version 5 Release 2 Modification Level 0 without any problems. IBM does recommends that you install CA V5R4 on your PC but like I said I was able to install V5R1 and V5R2 without problems. But I do recommend that you read the README document for V5R4 because Windows Vista doesn't work with the old CA HELP files. Hope this helps.
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  • mcl
    I believe that IBM states they don't support versions of iSeries Access prior to V6R1 on Vista. That does not mean that earlier versions won't work. There are some documented issues and documented workarounds for using the V5R4 client on Vista. The V6R1 client installer is (I think) an MSI file - which should keep the Windoze people happy. You can also use the V6 client on Vista even if your iSeries is V5Rx (and maybe V4Rx??) I would think that things like the 5250 emulator should have no problems at all. Some of the GUI system management tools may not work. Regards Mike
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