• Subject: CA Express and Life Certainties (A question appears at the end)
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 03:01:22 EST


It has been said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes.  I 
would submit four more entries:

1. IBM will always produce a harder to use emulation product than third 
parties writing to its own platforms.
2. IBM will always use 2-5+ manuals to describe what other vendors usually 
distill into one, providing no links between them.
3. On the odd chance you have a choice of only two IBM manuals for a specific 
subject, you will always choose the "User's Guide" when you need the 
"Reference" and vice versa.
4.  Unless your problem is either very simple or very old, you will always 
have to come to midrange-l in order to find the answer you seek.

On the bright side, with the advent of the web I no longer have to find the 
desk space to support so many manuals open to various pages at the same time. 
 Herewith, the question:

I have a client moving from Rumba to CA Express (4.5.1) as part of a 
corporate-wide standardization project.  Said client has several systems 
attached throughout the continent via TCP/IP locally, and at least one 
customer remotely.  This client has very few connections actually described 
on my local AS/400, in fact, none explicitly.

I'm no TCP/IP expert, but I do know this.  I can connect CA Express to my 
local host via the Wizard without difficulty using the system name.  I can 
further connect to one of our remote locations that appears on the local 
AS/400 under NETSTAT with a generic address of First Three Digits (dot) 
Second Three Digits (dot) zero (dot) zero where the succeeding zeros are 
actually more explicit numbers, using the explicit number under CAE and a 
setting of "Server".  I _CANNOT_ seem to connect to the remote customer 
utilizing the same methodology used for the remote in-house location, and the 
remote customer has no similar generic entry under NETSTAT.

I also know that, after adding a HOSTS entry to my NT machine, I can PING and 
TELNET to the remote customer under DOS.  I can also PING and TELNET to the 
remote customer via a session on our local hosting AS/400.  However, I 
_CANNOT_ seem to connect to the remote customer using _ANY_ settings under 
CAE.  Rumba (that we're replacing) on our old system is no problem.  The old 
version of NetSoft on my laptop is no problem.  CAE _IS_ a problem.

Can anyone help me here?


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

"Anyone who loves either the law or sausages should not take a close look at 
how they are made" -- Bismarck
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