Welcome to Z and I Emulator for Windows

Z and I Emulator for Windows brings the power of personal networking to your workstation by exploiting networking capabilities to provide a variety of connectivity options supporting local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) environments. Whether it is for host terminal emulation, client/server applications, or connectivity, Z and I Emulator for Windows offers a robust set of communication, networking, and administrative features.

Z and I Emulator for Windows is a full-function emulator. In addition to host terminal emulation, it provides these useful features:

A variety of application programming interfaces (APIs) are supported by Z and I Emulator for Windows. You can create applications that use the peer-to-peer client APIs, which are based on LU 6.2 and provided by Z and I Emulator for Windows. These APIs let you simultaneously access and process information on peer workstations.

What's New in Z and I Emulator for Windows

Following are the new functions and enhancements in Z and I Emulator for Windows version 1.1:

Installer enhancements

Panel addition to the ZIEWin Installer

As part of Managed HCL Z and I Emulator for Windows (MZIEWin) feature, a new panel has been added to the HCL Z and I Emulator for Windows Installer, where a user can provide the ZIE Server configuration details in the installation panel.

Here are the configuration parameters,

  1. Web Server Details : The URL of the Web Server from where HCL Z and I Emulator for Windows fix pack file will be downloaded for installation. Installer or fix pack will be installed on the system by "Start or Configure Sessions - Online" program.
  2. Config Server : DNS Name or IP address of the ZIE server, where the User profiles are stored in a centralized location.
  3. Config Server Port : The port that is used to connect to the ZIE server.

The ZIE server configuration is optional only, user can click next to skip the configuration and can configure this through "Preferences" utility post installation.

Auto-Update of HCL Z and I Emulator for Windows (ZIEWin):

Starting from version 1.1.0.0, ZIEWin supports automatic upgrade. ZIE administrators can manage the upgradation of ZIEWin clients by placing the upgrade configuration file in the Web Server, which has the information of recommended fix-packs or refresh packs that are available on the Web Server. The Web Sever URL can be provided during installation or can be configured via the "Preferences" utility.

When a User invokes the "Start or Configure Sessions - Online", the application checks if the installed version of ZIEWin is lower than the recommended version. If the ZIEWin installed on the system is of a lower version, the User gets a notification of the latest available ZIEWin version. The User can either choose to upgrade or decline the upgrade option.

Notes:
  1. The upgrade configuration file is unique for every refresh pack installer and is shipped along with the Fixpack package.
  2. This feature can be availed from future upgrade FixPack\RefreshPack releases, that can be installed over ZIEWin with version 1.1 as the Base version.

For details regarding the Managed ZIEWin Configuration parameters and changes in Preferences, see ZIE Server Details.

Session Manager Online

Introducing Session Manager in Online Mode
Z and I Emulator for Windows uses the Session Manager Online dialog to provide easy access to workstation profiles and batch files on ZIE Server. You can use the Session Manager Online to start a single or multiple sessions, and create a new session or batch file. Workstation profiles and batch files are stored on ZIE Server. User can create user on ZIE Server, Logon to ZIE Server and migrate the existing files to ZIE Server. Auto-upgrade to later version Z and I Emulator for Windows is supported on Session Manager Online.

For details regarding Session Manager Online, see Session Manager Online.

Preferences

Changes to the Preferences
ZIE Server Configuration is added under the 'Advanced' Tab. Users can configure the 'Web Server URL', where Z and I Emulator for Windows patch installer would be available for auto-upgrade. User can also configure ZIE server and port where the user's Workstation profiles and batch files are maintained.

For details regarding the changes to Preferences, see Preferences.

Support for the New Japanese Era (Reiwa) in ZIEWin

Changes to the Preferences
HCL Z and I Emulator for Windows has been updated to handle the new ligature. Conversion tables to translate between EBCDIC and UNICODE encoding have been updated. The new "Reiwa" ligature is supported by Host Code Pages 1399 and 1390 only.

Z and I Emulator for Windows Program Icons

When you have installed Z and I Emulator for Windows, the main functions that you can use are displayed as icons. Icons are grouped in sub-folders of the HCL Z and I Emulator for Windows program folder.

A brief explanation of each function follows:

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Start or Configure Sessions
Use this icon to bring up the Session Manager. This dialog allows you to start or configure sessions. During configuration, you can specify the session type, screen size, LU number, graphics support, the type of communication link and its parameters, as well as other information. You can save all this information in a workstation profile. After saving, you can start the session by just clicking the session icon. Authorized users can also create new batch files from this dialog
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Start or Configure Sessions Online
Use this icon to bring up the Session Manager Online. This dialog allows you to manage and use the online sessions available on ZIE Server. This provides option for auto install of Z and I Emulator for Windows available on ZIE Server.

Administrative and Problem Determination (PD) Aids

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Information Bundler
Use this icon to gather system files and specific trace and log files, as well as registry information, such as the software installed or running on a machine. This can also be run from an active session by clicking Actions -> Launch -> Information Bundler.
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Log Viewer
Use this icon to view, merge, and sort the Z and I Emulator for Windows message and trace logs. Z and I Emulator for Windows logs errors and informational messages during initialization and operation. This can also be run from an active session by selecting Actions -> Launch -> Log Viewer.
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Migration Utility
Use this icon to migrate your user-class and system-class files and desktop icons to Z and I Emulator for Windows Version 1.0.
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Trace Facility
Use this icon to turn trace functions on and off and to capture communication protocol information that passes between your workstation and other host systems. You can use traces to resolve communication problems. This can also be run from an active session by selecting Actions -> Launch -> Trace Facility.

Utilities

Note

These programs are provided on an as-is basis without any warranty of any kind, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose which are expressly disclaimed.

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iSeries Connection Configuration
Use this icon if you want to define connections to each iSeries®, eServer™ i5, or System i5® host that will use the data transfer function.
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Convert Macro
Use this icon to convert an existing Z and I Emulator for Windows macro to an XML or VBScript file.
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Data Transfer (iSeries only)
Use this icon to transfer data between a workstation and an iSeries, eServer i5, or System i5 database.
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Multiple Sessions
Use this icon to create batch files (.BCH), which can specify multiple emulator sessions (workstation profiles) or other supported Windows programs that you want to start concurrently. You can create an icon for each batch file and start the programs just by clicking the icon.
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Preferences
Use this icon if you want to set up or change the user preferences, such as changing the user interface language.
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ZipPrint (3270 only)
Use this icon to start the ZipPrint program, which allows you to print host system files or screens, PROFS™ notes, calendars, and documents, CMS files, and XEDIT workspaces. When started, ZipPrint adds an item to the menu bar of the session window.
FTP Client
Use this icon to start the Z and I Emulator for Windows FTP client application, which allows files and directories upload and download, and directory navigation of local and remote file systems running FTP servers.

Z and I Emulator for Windows Sessions

The sessions that Z and I Emulator for Windows provides are logical connections enabling communication between your workstation and a host system. The following session types are available:

Display session
Use your workstation as a display terminal connected to the host system.
Printer session
Use your workstation printer as a host system printer.
Client/server session
Establish connections that allow peer communications using CPI-C and APPC (LU 6.2).

Z and I Emulator for Windows Connections

Z and I Emulator for Windows supports a variety of connections to the following host systems. Following are the icons you will encounter when you begin to configure an emulator session:

zSeries
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iSeries
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zSeries Emulator Connections

Table 1. zSeries Emulator Connection Icons
Interface Attachment

LAN

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  • Telnet3270
  • VT-over-Telnet (TCP/IP)

COM port

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  • Telnet 3270
  • VT over Telnet (TCP/IP)

iSeries Emulator Connections

Table 2. iSeries Emulator Connection Icons
Interface Attachment

LAN

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  • Telnet5250 over TCP/IP
  • VT over Telnet

COM port

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ASCII Emulator Connections (SBCS only)

Table 3. ASCII Emulator Connection Icons
Interface Attachment

LAN

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  • VT over Telnet (TCP/IP)

COM port

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  • VT over Telnet (TCP/IP)