A significantly enhanced user interface that is much faster in some areas. They also added several bits from the thick client that were not there in the DB areas. Excellent work on the performance and BRMS areas as well. Manage multiple systems from one spot (kinda like management central but not a direct replacement) Supports IE 8 and Firefox 10 and higher, sadly not Chrome or Safari, but that will be added soon.

Some of the key functions that have been enhanced are (from IBM):

* Name: Simplifying the name reflects the move to simplicity. Systems
Director Navigator is renamed to IBM Navigator for IBM i.
* Left navigation: This is the most significant update to the
interface. In the past, the left navigation was a static list of
only core functions. This announcement provides complete dynamic
navigation, making the left frame a true navigation area.
* Dynamic tables: The existing tables in Navigator are being replaced
with a new Dojo-based table interface. This new dynamic table
provides a fast and more usable platform for viewing and managing
tables of data.
* Independent tabs: Tab support has been improved by no longer
completely refreshing a page when switching from tab to tab. The
page contents are cached, and the page is only refreshed as needed
or requested by the user.
* User profile management from sign on screen: User IDs can be updated
as needed from the Navigator sign in screen. Users with expired
passwords may now update the password and then sign in to the
interface from a single location.

The user interface for the Web servers management and I think the certificate manager have not yet been replaced, and there are more bits to add that are still only in the Access client but it's an excellent improvement. Since the ground work is now set I expect to see more of the migration from the Access thick client to the web based Navigator.

I should have added to my list below that TR5 (SF99707) is required and the Java groups ( SF99572) should be updated as well.

Alas there are a couple of rough spots but overall it's a great improvement and for most folks a great GUI to give to those users not comfortable with the green screen. You can even get to the "green screen" command line from the GUI if you wish to.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

On 1/2/2013 1:57 PM, Dave wrote:
Sounds good. What functionality?

2013/1/2 Jim Oberholtzer<midrangel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> For those of you interested in the new IBM Navigator for i function (V7
> only) you need more than just the HTTP group. IBM sources provided me
> with the following list of requirements to get it up and running:
> *SF99368*: 710 IBM HTTP Server for i
> PTF Group Level: 16
> Last Updated: 12/26/12
> *SF99145*: 710 Performance Tools
> PTF Group Level: 4
> Last Updated: 10/25/12
> Plus - SI47594, SI48100 until Group 5 is created
> *SF99701*: 710 DB2 for IBM i
> PTF Group Level: 20
> Last Updated: 12/3/12
> Much of the update is in the HTTP Group however there are portions that
> are needed in the other two groups to see all that it has to offer. I
> have it up and running at several customers already and we are getting
> really positive feedback, especially from the Microsoft crowd.
> If you can, I recommend this new functionality.
> --
> Jim Oberholtzer
> Chief Technical Architect
> Agile Technology Architects
> --

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