Z and I Emulator

Emulation and Transformation solution for IBM System z and System i customers

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Mainframes | September 17, 2020
Organizing Web Application Deployment in HCL ZIETrans
HCL ZIETrans allows you to transform your user experience by extending 3270 and 5250 terminal applications to the web, portlet, rich client, or as standard SOAP or RESTful web services. By default, all HCL ZIETrans Web applications are stored in one enterprise archive file. HCL ZIETrans Toolkit is an HCL ZIE component that enables you to develop new applications and allows previewing and saving each change. We can streamline the HCL ZIETrans application in such a way that it becomes easier to use the host applications whose data and functions it presents. The supported servers for multiple HCL ZIETrans applications in an ear are ‘WebSphere Application Server’ and ‘WebSphere Liberty’. This blog describes the ways to manage the HCL ZIETrans web applications that have multiple .ear and multiple .war in the projects, using HCL ZIETrans Toolkit and the best practices. When you export your applications as HCL ZIETrans EAR file and deploy them on WebSphere Application Server, the .ear file contains a Web archive (.war) file with the resources to run each application. An EAR may also combine multiple web projects (WAR), Enterprise JavaBeans projects (JAR), standard JARs, etc. into a single application. Each individual .ear consumes around 25MB (minimum) of disk space during runtime. So, if you have multiple HCL ZIETrans projects you may end up having multiple HCL ZIETrans EAR of varying size depending on the complexity of the application. Based on different deployment or development scenarios may lead to developers/administrators opting for single EAR or multiple EAR’s deployment solutions. The below table illustrates salient points of the ‘Individual’ Vs ‘Multiple wars in single’ EAR deployment method, based on these customers can decide their HCL ZIETrans application deployment architecture. Table 1: Individual Vs Multiple wars in one EAR deployment Ways to organize the HCL ZIETrans Web Applications: Associating...
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Mainframes | September 17, 2020
HCL ZIE for Windows Hardware and Software Pre-requisites
HCL ZIE for Windows, a native Windows 64-bit application is a proven emulator solution that supports 3270 and 5250 systems adhering to the latest security standards. In addition to host terminal emulation, it provides these useful features: File transfer Dynamic configuration An easy-to-use graphical interface Emulator APIs such as Emulator High-Level Language Programming Interface (EHLLAPI), Host Access Class Library (HACL), and PCSAPI. For example, EHLLAPI is often used for automated operator applications which read host screens and enter keystrokes without direct user intervention. System Requirements This document provides the system requirements for Z and I Emulator for Windows, version 1.1. Higher maintenance levels, such as fix packs and service packs, may be supported as they become available Supported Environments Platforms Covered – English OS OS Architecture ZIEWIN Architecture Clean Install/Migration Windows 10 64 bit Ent – 1809 64 bit 64 bit Custom/Users -> Custom/All Users (1.0 -> 1.1) Windows 10 64 bit Ent – 1903 64 bit 64 bit Typical/ Users -> Typical/All Users(1.0 -> 1.1) Windows 2019 Server 64 bit 64 bit Fresh (Custom -> Custom) (1.1) Platforms Covered - Non English OS OS Architecture ZIEWIN Architecture Clean Install Windows 2016 Server – Japanese 64 bit 64 bit Fresh (Custom/All Users) (1.1) Windows 10 64 bit Ent - 1909 – Japanese 64 bit 64 bit Fresh (Typical/All User) ( 1.1) Hardware Requirements HCL ZIE for Windows supports workstations with the following hardware: System units   The recommended system unit has an Intel Pentium microprocessor and access to a DVD-ROM drive. A minimum of 180 MB of fixed drive space is required. Display monitors All VGA resolution or above display monitors supported by Windows. Video adapters All VGA resolution or above video adapters supported by Windows. Keyboards Enhanced keyboard (101-key, 102-key, 104-key) (Only the 101-key for Japanese) Space-saving keyboard Microsoft...
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Mainframes | September 3, 2020
Installing Z and I Emulator for Windows (ZIEWin)
Introduction: Z and I Emulator for Windows provides 3270, 5250, and VT emulation, connecting to z/OS®, z/VM®, eServer™ i5, iSeries®, System i5®, zSeries, and ASCII systems. Z and I Emulator for Windows uses Microsoft Windows Installer technology for all installation procedures. When the Z and I Emulator for Windows installation image is first run, it examines the target system and, if necessary, automatically installs the proper version of the Windows Installer service. Setup.exe is the bootstrap loader that calls the Windows Installer service (msiexec.exe) and launches the installation dialogs. The following should be taken into account when installing Z and I Emulator for Windows: In some cases, installation of Windows Installer triggers a reboot of the system. If you are required to reboot, upon subsequent startup you are taken immediately back to Windows Installer to continue installation of Z and I Emulator for Windows. After Windows Installer has been successfully installed, if the installation of Z and I Emulator for Windows fails or is cancelled by the user, Windows Installer rolls back all partially installed Z and I Emulator for Windows files and returns the system to its original state. You must be a member of the Administrator's group to perform these installations. Before you begin installation, make sure all other applications are stopped. If you are reinstalling Z and I Emulator for Windows or are upgrading Z and I Emulator for Windows, make sure that Z and I Emulator for Windows is not running before you start setup. For more details, see the video on ‘ZIEWin Installation’ : https://youtu.be/alXvflupxps Contact us For further information on Organizing Web Applications in HCL ZIE, automation capabilities and Lab services offerings, please write to: ZIO@hcl.com Mahua Chanda Developer, Lab Services, HCL ZIE
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Mainframes | September 3, 2020
Configuring session on Z and I Emulator for Windows (ZIEWin)
Z and I Emulator for Windows saves emulator configuration information to a workstation profile (.WS). Depending on your Z and I Emulator for Windows configuration, you might have a workstation profile only or both workstation profile and a configuration file. The workstation profile can be used later by other Z and I Emulator for Windows sessions, or to restart this session. Configuring Session To create a new session, follow the steps given below: From the Start menu, click Programs -> HCL Z and I Emulator for Windows -> Start or Configure Sessions. In the Session Manager dialog box , click New Session. The Customize Communication window appears. Select the type of host from the Type of Host drop-down list box. Select the interface you will use from the Interface drop-down list box. Select the attachment type you want to use from the Attachment drop-down list box. Click Session Parameters to modify the session type (display or printer), host code page, and display/graphics options. The Session Parameters - 3270, 5250, or ASCII - Host window appears (depending on the host you selected in step 3). Click OK. Click Link Parameters. Enter the appropriate information for each page and click Next to continue and click Finish when you are done. Click the Host Definition tab to configure the Connection Options. Select Auto-reconnect to reestablish an interrupted connection. The Connection Timeout value tells Z and I Emulator for Windows how long it should wait to connect to the host. The Try connecting to last configured host infinitely option is enabled by default. Clear this box if you do not want Z and I Emulator for Windows to automatically and indefinitely wait for acknowledgement for a connect request from the last correctly configured server/host. After configuring the session options, click OK in the Telnet tab panel. Click OK on the Customize Communication window. The session is displayed automatically. For more details, see the video on ‘Configuring Display and Printer Session’ : https://youtu.be/x6dg9kEpwDk Contact us...
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Mainframes | September 3, 2020
Creating simple ZIETrans project
Introduction: With HCL Z and I Emulator for Transformation (ZIETrans), we can create Web applications that provide an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) for your 3270 applications running on IBM® z Systems platforms and our 5250 applications running on IBM i operating system platforms. ZIETrans applications can be given a modern appearance. ZIETrans Web applications can be developed with an interface that matches the company's Web or portal pages, and users can access them through their Web browsers. ZIETrans Web applications can also be developed to provide access to the host applications from mobile devices such as cellular phones, data collection terminals, and personal digital assistants (PDAs). All of the steps in developing a ZIETrans application are performed using the Eclipse-based IBM® Rational® Software Delivery Platform (Rational SDP). The Rational SDP provides the user interface and integrated development environment (IDE) from which you launch wizards to create resources, view lists of resources, and use editors to modify resources. When you start Rational SDP, you see a single window in which one or more perspectives are displayed. A perspective is a collection of views and editors that allow you to create, edit, view, and run resources which belong to a specific type of project--in this case a ZIETrans project. More than one perspective can be opened at a time, although you can view and work with only one at a time. At the far right of the Rational SDP window, is a shortcut bar that allows you to open new perspectives and move between perspectives that are already open. The name of the active perspective appears in the title of the window, and the toolbar contains icons associated with the active perspective. Starting ZIETrans Toolkit and perspective The ZIETrans Toolkit can be started in two ways. Start Rational SDP from the...
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Mainframes | August 19, 2020
HCL ZIE for Transformation Hardware and Software Pre-requisites
With ZIE for Transformation, you can create Web applications that provide an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) for your 3270 applications running on IBM System z platforms and your 5250 applications running on IBM I operating system platforms. System Requirements This document provides the system & software requirements for Z and I Emulator for Transformation, version 1.0. Higher maintenance levels, such as fix packs and service packs, may be supported as they become available. Supported Environments Hardware Requirements Software Pre-requisite IBM® Installation Manager Version 1.8.3, or later. For more about IBM Installation Manager, see http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSDV2W Contact us For further information on HCL ZIE Hardware and Software requirements, automation capabilities and Lab services offerings, please write to: ZIO@hcl.com Akshata Betageri Developer, Lab Services, HCL ZIE

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