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July 1997: Volume 12, Number 6

Tips from Jackie

Operations Navigator

By Jackie Jansen

or those of you tired of administering your AS/400 from a green screen this is for you. For those of you still tied to a command line give this a try. Operations Navigator, formerly known as Project Unity, is a Windows 95/NT interface into your AS/400. If you feel comfortable with Windows Explorer then this is for you. You need V3R7AF (Advanced Functions - available with Cumulative PTF package C7029370) and Client Access for Windows 95/NT V3R1M2. This product may not yet be ready to be the only interface for a system operator or administer but it has some excellent function for this early in its life.

 Figure 1: Operations Navigator Operations Navigator allows you to work with many AS/400 items including jobs, printers, libraries, files, hardware and software resources, backup policies, security system values, PC directories and more. You can create new users extremely simply. You can drag and drop users onto user groups. You can create database files with a graphical interface. You create join logical files by displaying multiple files and dragging fields to link them. Operations Navigator backup support offers a  graphical interface to the Operations Assistant backup function.

Prior to using Operations Navigator you should first issue the command STRHOSTSVR(*ALL). You can then start Operations Navigator from a variety of places including Windows Explorer. In Explorer, below the list of your disk drives you should see the entry AS/400 neighborhood. Double click on a specific AS/400 and you will invoke Operations Navigator for that AS/400. You can move columns, size columns, include or omit various columns, and filter your information.

The Database support allows you to work with your files and libraries. You can create new libraries, physical files and views in a very graphical manner. You can execute SQL statements if you can find the option. It is hidden under the File menu only when you have the section Libraries highlighted. What appears to be missing at the moment is the capability to cut/paste/copy/move files between different libraries via drag and drop. Quickview allows you to quickly display the contents of a file on your screen. With Database support you can administer your ODBC data source locally instead of on every individual workstation.

The File section gives you access to your full Integrated File System (IFS) or all of your AS/400 disk. You can access your PC or Unix directories from here. You can also access QSYS and all your libraries and files. If you have used long file names, these will show up under Database but if you display the names via the File section you will see the system short name. Double clicking on PC files will invoke the viewer registered with Windows 95.

With Operations Navigator you can see the interface IBM will be bringing to many of the AS/400 programs over time. Some of the functions described above have prerequisite PTFs. Information about these PTFs and more can be found on Operations Navigator’s home page at http://www.as400.ibm.com/products/unity/homepg.htm. This page includes links to PTF prerequisites, common questions and answers, screen cams and best of all the “AS/400 Operations Navigator V3R1M2 - A User Guide” redbook SG24-2994. Happy navigating! T < G

Jackie Jansen is an AS/400 Specialist and Consulting SE, providing national technical and marketing support for the AS/400 in Canada. Jackie frequently speaks at AS/400 Technical Conferences and User Group meetings.