Xing out of an AS400 session

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We have several users who instead of properly signing off the AS400, they simply X out of it. This is causing several problems such as files are being locked. Is there any way I can prevent users from Xing out of an AS400 application?
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There is an option in the iSeries Access emulator that prompts users to click Yes/No when they close the session, even if they use the X. You can set this option for each user (or in a workstation profile that they may share). It’s found at: Edit | Preferences | Exit. You can turn on “Confirm on Exit Session” and “Confirm on Exit All”.

If you can determine (via Google, probably) the registry values that these options change, you can push it out via group policy using Windows Server 2003. I’ve done that on ours, IIRC, but it was a little tricky. I could probably dig it up if you need the details.

We have a similar issue with users who use the RUMBA application to access our AS/400 ‘xing’ rather than logging off correctly. Can anyone advise if there is a similar solution for RUMBA?

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  • RickHart
    We have a similar issue with users who use the RUMBA application to access our AS/400 'xing' rather than logging off correctly. Can anyone advise if there is a similar solution for RUMBA?
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  • RonBender
    Even if you change the settings for Exit, wouldn't the record locks still remain even if they confirm the exit? Users don't understand that while there in certain screens, that they obtain record locks that only can be removed by exiting out of the screen proerly by pressing 'F3' or enter to accept screen. I think a better stratagy is to teach users to properly exit all screens/menus before signing off the system.
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  • Koohiisan
    Yes Ron, record locks can still become an issue. But, I've found it helpful to have them prompted anyway. The Windows mentality is that clicking that bright, red, glorious X is salvation for the masses. Strange error message? Click the X! Done reading something? Click the X? Question that requires yes or no? Click the X (if it's lit)! So, it's kind of like a brief slap in the face that might jolt in them to recall the training where we've also told them to only close the session from the sign on screen. (Besides, clicking the X in the prompt to close only cancels closing, so that's good too.) In many respects there is no substitute for user education. But, reinforcing that education by forcing them to stop and think if even for a microsecond might help.
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