I am sure most of us are familiar with the Windows based Operation Navigator tool, and have found that there are certain tasks that are either easier to perform using it or there are tasks within it that there is no "green screen" equivalent. My experience with using it on many different PCs and versions of Windows is that it is slow, a resource hog, and if I do too much with it goes into a "Not responding" status. Therefore, I was intrigued to learn that you can now have access to same navigator-like tools using a web browser.
The browser based IBM Navigator for i was introduced as part of version 6.1, and is available in 7.1 and 7.2 . I have been able to use it with the following browsers:
- Microsoft’s Internet Explorer
- Mozilla’s Firefox
- Google’s Chrome
- Apple’s Safari on Windows 7
As I do not have an Apple computer I cannot say whether you can use the Navigator on an Apple.
The IBM Navigator for i is included as part of the base operating system option 3, 5770SS1 0003. And following products must also be installed, these should already be on your IBM i:
|5770SS1 option 12||Host Servers|
|5770SS1 option 30||Qshell|
|5770SS1 option 33||Portable App Solution Environment (PASE)|
|5770DG1||IBM HTTP Server for i|
|5770JV1 option 11||Java SE 6 32 bit|
|5770 JC1||IBM Toolbox for Java|
The IBM Toolbox for Java no longer exists in 7.1 or 7.2, it has been integrated into 5770SS1 option 3.
To check if you have these licensed programs installed, type: GO LICPGM and press Enter. Then take option 10 to ‘Display installed licensed programs’. The licensed program codes will differ depending upon the release. For 7.1 you will need to find the following:
Licensed Installed Program Status Description 5770SS1 *COMPATIBLE Host Servers 5770SS1 *COMPATIBLE Qshell 5770SS1 *COMPATIBLE Portable App Solutions Environment 5770DG1 *COMPATIBLE IBM HTTP Server for i 5761JV1 *COMPATIBLE Java SE 6 32 bit
You also need the HTTP Admin Server to be running. To check that it is type: WRKACTJOB SBS(QHTTPSVR) and press Enter. The jobs you are looking for are shown below:
Current Subsystem/Job User QHTTPSVR QSYS ADMIN QTMHHTTP ADMIN QTMHHTTP ADMIN QTMHHTTP ADMIN1 QLWISVR ADMIN2 QLWISVR ADMIN3 QLWISVR ADMIN4 QWEBADMIN
If the jobs are not displayed then you have to start the Admin TCP server:
STRTCPSVR SERVER(*HTTP) HTTPSVR(*ADMIN)
Now that everything as it should be you open your web browser and enter: http://<your_ibm_i>:2001 in the address bar and press Enter.
In my experience the next part is dependent upon which browser you are using.
- Internet Explorer: I am presented with a screen that states "There is a problem with this website's security certificate", click on the "Continue to this website (not recommended)" link.
- Mozilla: I am presented with a screen that states "This Connection is Untrusted", click on the "I Understand the Risks" link.
- Chrome: I am presented with a screen that states "The site's security certificate is not trusted!", click on the "Proceed anyway" button.
- Safari: I am presented with a pop up that states "Safari can't verify the identity of the website <your_ibm_i>", click on the "Continue" button.
Normally I would not recommend ignoring any browsers security warnings, but as we are attaching to a local IBM i it is safe to ignore the warning.
The login screen is self explanatory.
And this is what I see after I have logged in.
You are now free to explore what the IBM Navigator for i has to offer.
As part of the 7.2 announcement IBM stated that the Windows based Operation Navigator will no longer be updated. Therefore, it is time to use and become familiar with the new browser based IBM Navigator for i.
You can learn about this on IBM’s website: