• Subject: New version of CA 95/NT client
  • From: Vern Hamberg <hambergv@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Oct 1997 15:13:38 -0500

In NEWSWire/400, I saw the following about the new version of CA for 95/NT.
What's of primary interest to me are the things that aren't going to be in
until the GA release.

IBM added a beta refresh to the problem-plagued Client Access for 
Windows 95/NT late last week. The beta is downloadable from the 
Client Access site at http://www.as400.ibm.com/clientaccess and 
previews what will come in the GA version next spring. In the 
meantime, here's a rundown of some of the top enhancements in the 
beta:
     * Better NetSoft router integration over SNA, including a 
step-by-step wizard approach that's consistent with the rest of 
the product's configuration wizards. 
     * New 32-bit twinax drivers are provided, which support non-
IBM twinax cards and the new IBM Twinax Express cards. The 
drivers may provide up to a three times performance improvement 
on Windows 95 and additional stability. With the new drivers, IBM 
expects Windows 95 performance to be similar to NT.
     * Changes to Operations Navigator let you set up your AS/400 
for the Internet by configuring your Internet Connection Server 
and Firewall. You can also share and store multimedia on the 
AS/400, set up users' mail preferences, and monitor TCP/IP 
interfaces and network servers.
     * Tweaks to data transfer let you initiate data transfers 
from PC5250 via an icon on its tool bar, download AS/400 data 
directly into HTML tables or Excel spreadsheets, and add a 
library to the transfer job's Library List.  
     * ODBC enhancements let you modify information about SQL 
packages used by ODBC through a Client Access Setup Dialog, cache 
copies of SQL packages on the PC (which can improve performance 
for some ODBC apps), and offer multi-user support for the ODBC 
driver in the NT server environment.

Enhancements that aren't in the beta at this time:
     * IBM will enhance TCP/IP to let you run PC5250 Printer 
Emulation directly over TCP/IP, assign device IDs to 5250 
workstations, and avoid the sign-on screen. (These changes 
require OS/400 changes.)
     * IBM will ship Project Lightning's OLE DB enablers with the 
new Windows 95/NT client.
     * IBM is also expected to streamline service pack delivery 
and installation procedures by GA.

Cheers

Vernon Hamberg
Systems Software Programmer
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
400 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55401-2499
(612) 371-1111 x480


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