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IBM Network Station 5250 Emulation
What's New with V2R1 5250 Emulation?
5250 Emulator Setup Tips
Device Naming
Keyboard Remapping
Additional Information Sources
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The purpose of this session is to introduce you to the IBM Network Station 5250 emulation,
learn about some key Network Station Manager (NSM) Version 2 Release 1 (V2R1) 5250
enhancements, and provide you with several useful tips regarding device naming and
keyboard remapping. Additional sources of information are also listed at the end of this
presentation.
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IBM Network Station 5250 Emulation
IBM Network Station Manager for AS/400 product
includes the 5250 emulator code
5250 Emulator
Telnet server must be active on AS/400s being accessed
Based on NSM settings, emulator(s) support loaded
during IBM Network Station boot up
or on demand
Session preferences can be changed by
administrator and user (depends on the settings)
e.g. 5250 screen location and size, colors, keyboard mapping
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The IBM Network Station Manager for AS/400 product includes a 5250 emulator (in
addition to others like 3270 and VTxxx).
Your Network Station users can start the 5250 session on demand by clicking on an icon
or the administrator can use the Network Station Manager to set one or more sessions to
autostart when the user logs into the Network Station. However, any AS/400 the user
wishes to access (and is authorized to) must be running the telnet server. Remember,
administrator level userids should be few in number since an administrator userid is one
which has the *ALLOBJ and *SECADM special authorities in their AS/400 user profile.
In addition, the administrator and/or the user can change preference settings but certain
settings must be change enabled before the user can access them. For example, the
default is not to allow users to access the keyboard remapping facility. The administrator
must use Network Station Manager to enable its use by one or more users or groups.
Other example settings include 5250 session screen location and size and color mapping.
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IBM Network Station 5250 Emulation
5250 emulation
24x80 and 27x132 displays
27x132 (1024x768 min. resolution)
OV/400 text assist supported
Clipboard functions such as cut, copy, paste
supported
Keyboard mapping, font size changes, color
changes supported
Supports macro record & playback
GUI help text
'3489' image/fax support
User customizable keypads
Hot spot highlighting
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Let's review the 5250 emulation functions which were available with Version 1 Release 3
(V1R3) of Network Station Manager and continue to be available with Version 2 Release 1
(V2R1).
For example, 5250 emulation provides 24x80 and/or 27x132 wide screen support.
However, the monitor desktop resolution must be a minimum of 1024x768 to use the
27x132 wide screen support. This resolution can be changed by using the Network Station
hardware Setup Utility. Additional details on this utility can be found in the manuals, Setting
Up IBM Network Station Hardware or IBM Network Station Setup and Use. Both of these
are available online at the web site www.ibm.com/nc/pubs.
For OfficeVision/400 users, the text assist function is provided and as you might expect, the
clip board cut, copy and paste functions are provided.
As I just mentioned, keyboard mapping and color mapping are supported as well as font
size changes and other preference settings. By default, the user can record and playback
keystrokes, customize a pop-up keypad and click on hot spots (such as the numbered
options on a 5250 menu screen).
Last but not least, 5250 emulation provides '3489' image and fax support.
Now let's take a look at the new 5250 emulation enhancements with V2R1.
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What's New with 5250 Emulation in V2R1?
5250 emulation in Host Access folder icon
Scaleable font sizes
Color JPEG and color TIFF image formats support
Editable macro support
NSM parameter for 'Enter' location (Enter or Control
key)
Limit number of sessions (without device naming)
NUM Lock setting support
Increased online help (over 60 'pages')
SSL Version 3 telnet support
Increased memory requirements
No 122 key keyboard support
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As a result of a new graphical look and feel to the Network Station desktop, the 5250 session icon now
resides in the Host Access folder on your launch bar. Unlike V1R3, V2R1 has added scaleable fonts to the
5250 emulator which provides enhanced full screen coverage and even better readability. Also, V2R1 adds
new support for color JPEG and color TIFF image formats.
V2R1 also adds the ability to edit macros and to change the location of ' Enter' (between the Enter and Ctrl
keys) from within Network Station Manager instead of having to create a keyboard mapping file for just this
one change.
In V1R3, you could limit the number of 5250 sessions by assigning static device names to the 5250 session.
In V2R1, you can limit the number of sessions without having to assign static device names. Additional
details on this capability can be found online in the Network Station Manager help text. In addition, to the
comprehensive Network Station Manager help text, the 5250 emulation online help has been expanded to
more than 60 'pages'. Another useful feature in V2R1 is the ability to force the NUM Lock keyboard setting
to on.
The SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) V1R3 telnet support is a very useful feature; for example, it will encrypt the
userid and password.
Please note that the above enhancements (and others) do result in increased memory requirements for
V2R1 when compared with V1R3. Memory sizing guidelines can be found by going to the
www.pc.ibm.com/support Web site, selecting the 'Network Station' brand and then searching on 'memory'.
Alternatively, it should also be available at the Web site www.ibm.com/nc by selecting 'Support' and then
'Hot News'.
Finally, also note that the 122 key keyboards are not supported by V2R1. The following foil depicts the 5250
emulation session screen in V2R1. However, note that the screen capture does not show the desktop
Launch Bar itself.
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IBM Network Station 5250 Emulation
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Notes
Although the appearance of the 5250 screen has not changed drastically from V1R3, as
you have seen there are many enhancements provided in V2R1.
The 5250 session screen shown here has the familiar V1R3 menu action items of
Command, Edit, Option, Control, Print, and Help. As with V1R3, V2R1 allows an
administrator to hide one or more of these items by using the Network Station Manager.
In my experience, the two most frequently asked questions regarding 5250 emulation
pertain to keyboard remapping and assigning static device or display names. We will be
discussing both of these during the next several foils.
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5250 Emulation Setup Tips
Can use default 5250 in Host Access Folder
Optionally, use Network Station Manager to:
Remove and/or add 5250 Sessions to Folder
Or set 5250 session(s) to autostart
Enable Device Naming
Select Desktop then Launch Bar Setup Task
-DISPLAY_NAME parameter
Userid or MAC address based
Arbitrary (e.g. mfgflr)
Host Name (from Domain Name Server)
Can limit number of 5250 sessions
Target AS/400 - V3R2, V3R7, V4R1 or later
Remove default 5250 in Host Access Folder
(if custom 5250 Session used)
Device naming details in on-line 5250 and NSM help
Keyboard Remapping
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As I mentioned earlier, 5250 emulation can be accessed by clicking on the Host Access folder on the
desktop. However, the administrator can set 5250 sessions to autostart and remove and/or add
customized 5250 sessions to the Host Access or other folders.
By default, when this 5250 session starts, the sign on screen which appears will show the standard
QPADEVxxxx display assignment. However, many of you may have a need to assign static device names
to your display sessions. For example, you may want to assign a static name of 'MFGFLR' to the Network
Station user's session located on the manufacturing floor.
As an administrator, you can set whether or not static device naming is used through the Network Station
Manager. This is done through Network Station Manager by selecting the Desktop Setup task and then
the Launch Bar Setup task. You can then edit the Launch Bar content for 5250; the parameter to use is
-DISPLAY_NAME parameter where parameter dictates the composition of the virtual static device name.
For example, the static device name can be based on the logged in userid, the Network Station's MAC
address or host name, or it can be arbitrary (like MFGFLR). In general, it is easier to administer static
names based on the userid or MAC address. If you use static device names, the target AS/400 must be at
V3R2, V3R7, V4R1 or later. Also, if you choose to add a custom folder for your 5250 icon with static
naming, then be sure to remove the default 5250 icon from the Host Access folder since it will use the
default QPADEVxxxx session naming.
Please note that more details can be found in the online Network Station Manager and 5250 help text.
Now, let's discuss another commonly asked question.... How can I set up a system wide keyboard
remapping file?
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5250 Emulation Keyboard Remapping
Use IBM Network Station Manager to:
Enable remapping option (e.g. for Administrator userid)
System wide keyboard remapping file example
Login to Network Station with 'Administrator' userid
Start a 5250 session
Click on Option, click on Keyboard Remapping
Click on key to be changed (current functions appear)
Click on desired action from Available Actions List
Click on Key/action button (e.g. Base, Shift....)
New action will appear next to it
Click on OK (repeat steps for keys to be changed)
Click on Apply Changes to Session (to test changes)
Click on Save (Save as a named key mapping file)
Enter file name (e.g. sysdft) and Click on Save
File extension will be added automatically
Click on Exit
Set system keyboard remapping file (use Network Station
Manager)
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Notes
The first step in setting up a system wide keyboard mapping file is for the administrator to enable the
mapping facility by using the Network Station Manager. As the administrator, you can choose who will be
able to access the 5250 keyboard remapping facility. It can be enabled for everyone but in many cases it is
enabled for a select number of users.
After keyboard remapping has been enabled, log in to the Network Station using an administrator level
userid and password and start a 5250 session. Once the session has started click on 'Option' and then
click on 'Keyboard Remapping'. On the graphical keyboard which will display, click on the key to be
changed and its current functions will appear. To change this key's function, click on the desired action
from the 'Available Actions' list and then click on the desired 'Key/Action' button (such as Base or Shift).
You should see the new action appear next to the button. You should then click on OK and repeat these
steps for any other keys to be changed. After you have changed the desired keys, click on 'Apply Changes
to Session' to test the changes made and then click on 'Save' when satisfied. You should then select 'Save
as a named key mapping file' and when prompted, enter a name for the mapping file such as 'sysdft'. Click
on 'Save' and the file extension is automatically added. You must then click on the ' Exit' button.
It is important to remember that the keyboard remapping facility is accessible only if the resolution of your
monitor is 800x600 or higher.
The final step in setting up a system wide keyboard mapping file involves the use of Network Station
Manager. The following screen shows the Network Station Manager sign on screen that appears after
entering the URL http://yoursystemname(or IP address)/networkstationv2/admin in the Netscape session
(or in a supported PC browser session).
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IBM Network Station Manager - Sign on
Sign on with same 'Administrator' userid (used to create
keyboard mapping file)
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You must sign on to the Network Station Manager using the same administrator userid
which was used to create the 5250 keyboard mapping file on the Network Station. When
you enter the administrator userid and password, click on the 'Sign on' button and the
following window will appear.
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IBM Network Station Manager - 5250 Setup Task
Select System Preference Level (for system wide setting)
Click on Applications, then click on 5250 Setup Task
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As shown here, there are three primary frames: the Setup Task frame, the Action frame
and the Navigational frame along the button. To affect system wide settings, select the
'System' Preference level and then click on the '5250' Setup task. When this is done, the
Action frame will be changed so that you can set the desired 5250 preference; in this case,
it is the desired system wide keyboard mapping file.
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Set 5250 System Default Keyboard File
Click on desired 'Default keyboard file' (e.g. sysdft.101)
Click on Save button
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In the frame that appears, you should select the desired 'Default keyboard file', for
example sysdft.101, and then click on the 'Save' button in the bottom Navigational frame.
After this has been done, users must sign off and back on to use the new system wide
5250 keyboard mapping file.
Also note that the top part of the Action frame indicates to you the level of preferences you
are working with. In this case, it is 5250 Settings - System Defaults.
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Additional Information Sources
On-line Help
IBM Network Station Manager program
5250 Emulation session
Web Sites
www.pc.ibm.com/networkstation/support (Technical
support and services site)
IBM Network Station related Questions and Answers
Product Publications (www.ibm.com/nc/pubs)
SC41-0684 Using IBM Network Station Manager
Redbooks (www.redbooks.ibm.com)
SG24-5844 IBM Network Station Manager V2R1
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Notes
I hope that you have found this introductory 5250 emulation session useful. The last page
of this presentation lists additional sources of helpful information. As I mentioned earlier,
the online 5250 and Network Station Manager help text is very comprehensive. In
addition, the Web site and the manuals listed are also excellent resources.
Thank you.
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