6 reasons to transition to IBM i Access Client (ACS)

Posted by Mark Rabin

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9/9/16 3:20 PM

It has been a while since we last discussed the transition from IBM Client Access for Windows to IBM i Access Client Solutions. Since IBM recently added major enhancements to i Access Client Solutions (ACS) and Windows 10 is gaining wider acceptance, this is a good time to look at what’s new.

ACS is the client IBM supports for Windows 10 (and Windows 8.0/8.1) connectivity to IBM i, a fully integrated operating environment for IBM Power Servers. There are many good reasons to make the transition, but this enhancement is significant.  You can now run run it from a server which means there is no longer a need to install it on each client. Obviously, this significantly reduces administrative overhead.

Another big win is that ACS enables system management functions and support for DB2 database administration from a graphical interface.

The August 2016 update has some additional important new capabilities including:

  • Smart card authentication for the 5250 emulator
  • Drag and drop of IFS files, including between LPARs
  • DB2 administration enhancements
  • Enhancements to Run SQL scripts
  • Windows multi-user install
  • Printer output restriction to current user

Linux, Web, and Mobile client support continue to received updates, too.

You-Think-you-know-IBM-i.jpgYou can read about all the latest enhancements and find download links here.

If you have a license for IBM i Access Family (XW1), you are licensed to use all these clients. For an overview of i Mobile Access capabilities, check out this video…

(You may want to grab some popcorn and go full screen - it's about one and a half hours)