AS400 intreface with other platforms

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Can anybody tell me how to interface As/400 with other platforms say windows or linux for example

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The best option for you is to Uninstall and install and Configure the platform your interfacing AS400 to. that has worked for me in the past. It will depend on what model AS400 server your attempting to access.


The discussions below should be taken as the answer. The answer text above has essentially nothing to do with the question and is almost totally inappropriate. To interface an AS/400 with Windows or Linux, use the same facilities that Linux and Windows use to interface with each other.

The question is far too vague to give a specific answer. All anyone can say is to use whatever protocol you’re comfortable with that works for both Linux and Windows. The discussions list a variety of possibilities.


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  • JDWWms
    It really depends on what you're trying to do. You can configure NetServer and map drives to the system the way you would any other server. ODBC or JDBC connections work well for data warehousing and reporting tools like BRIO and Crystal reports. FTP works for file transfers.
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  • Tjster8
    Assuming you have already set up the tcpip network on your AS400, IBM has a client for windows and Linux called Client Access. It can normally be downloaded from their web site. See below for more info: iSeries Access for Windows The leading Windows desktop connectivity alternative. iSeries Access for Windows includes iSeries Navigator. Also, refer to the iSeries .NET data provider web page. iSeries Access for Linux Includes an ODBC driver and a 5250 emulator and is available as a web download.
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  • IdratherBEFishing
    Let us count the ways. There are several ways to interface with the AS400. Besides the above mentioned ways using TCP/IP and ODBC or JDBC or Client Access, the AS400 has one of the most extensive commuications options of any platform on the planet. There are extra communications packages for Financial hardware such as equipment live tellers would use to packages designed to communicate directly with hi-speed Manufacturing sensors and equipment. To time clocks to wireless equipment. I have yet to find a piece of computing equipment that can no be interfaced to an AS400/I5. So as said before it depends on what you want to do. Why don't you give us a little more information about what you are trying to accomplish. If you decide to use Client Access, I will caution you that downloading Client Access or any other Drivers from IBM's website is not a good idea. IBM put the drivers and software for client access on their web site because people expect it. However it is extremely important that the version and service level of the drivers and/or client Access used on the other platform match the version and service level on the actual AS400 you are interfacing with. If you have Client Access installed on the As400 you should make sure you have the latest PTF's for Client Access and then download and install Client Access from the updated AS400 to the other platforms. Over the years I've been called in to fix various problems with Client Access. In 95% of the cases the problem was simply that the version and service level being used on the other platforms (windows and linux PC's and servers) were not matched at all. Just thought I'd help you avoid a common mistake made by many shops when installing Client Access. By the way when the versions are mismatched data transfers through ODBC or file transfer utility usually get mangled even when the transfer looked on the surface to be sucessful.
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