The Navigator for i family of products provide a comprehensive set of system management features for IBM i. Using rich graphical user interfaces, maintaining your IBM i has never been easier! Tasks included in the consoles cover everything from basic system’s control to DB2 for i database control and beyond.
Navigator for i is available in both a web-based console and as a Windows client. With either interface, all areas of the system are within your reach. Even optional products such as Domino, BRMS, High Availability, Advanced Job Scheduler and OmniFind are readily available and automatically “plugged in” when installed.
The web-based IBM Navigator for i console is the strategic interface for IBM i. Available since 6.1, using the web console is as simple as opening a web browser and pointing it to your IBM i system (at the 2001 port). Several new enhancements, both functional and usability in nature, have been added for 7.2.
System i Navigator is the Windows client. It was packaged as part of the i Access for Windows product through 7.1. As of 7.2, it is no longer being refreshed for new releases, but it is still being supported via PTFs.
IBM i 7.2
Simplified management of your IBM i continues to be a focus item for IBM. Users want a consolidated, easy-to-use, modern interface for managing their system. With the release of IBM i 7.2, the development team continues this theme, adding a number of important enhancements to the systems management console.
Key functional enhancements in IBM 7.2 include:
- System and message monitoring
- Program Temporary Fix (PTF) support
- Edit, upload, and download of IFS files
- OmniFind text search
- Automatic and silent printing support
- Numerous database and journal enhancements
- Enterprise Identity Mapping (EIM) support
- Security wizard support
- Batch Model tools that model the system utilization and job run times of IBM i batch workloads
- System Monitor package to provide near real-time graphs for system monitor data collected
Key usability enhancements in IBM 7.2 include:
- Quick path for finding tasks
- Favorites for saving commonly accessed functions
- New table widgets for displaying lists of resources, including quick filtering
- Dynamic content in the console navigation area
- Database and IFS hierarchies moved to the console navigation area for quicker access
- Goto function for quick access to IFS directories
IBM i 7.1
The web-based IBM Navigator for i console is the strategic interface for IBM i. Therefore most of the enhancements are directed to enhancing it.
The advanced Set Target System feature lets you manage any IBM i in your environment from a single browser. But its real power is allowing you to use the newest version of the web console against systems at older releases, including IBM i 6.1 and IBM i 5.4. The web based console now includes a 5250 Emulator for those times when you just need a good old-fashioned command-line interface. The integrated DB2 Database has enhancements on both the web-based and Windows based consoles to improve performance analysis and provide more granular user access. Speaking of performance, the Performance Data Investigator continues enhancing its visual, yet powerful analysis and reporting interface. Journal now provides a full set of options to display and control journal objects.
Many products for IBM i automatically plug-in and show up on the console when the product is installed. The BRMS, PowerHA, Advanced Job Scheduler and OmniFind products all have numerous enhancements in their plug-in displays. Other products like Domino and Content Manager continue their presence on the consoles.
IBM i 6.1
New in V6R1, IBM Systems Director Navigator for i is a web-based console that consolidates all of the Navigator for i functions available on the web. IBM Systems Director Navigator for i is the strategic tool for i5/OS management and will work in concert with IBM Systems Director products that enable heterogeneous and cross-system management.
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The Systems monitor window has been enhanced to include Subsystem information for jobs on the properties pane. We are able to collect, display and export secondary language information for products in the software inventory. Hardware inventory export now adds location code information. Compare and update for fixes now includes fix groups that either are missing for each target system or that are extra for each target system when compared to the model system.
- Integrated File System
- Dynamic Mount Information has been added to Integrated File System. It shows the list of currently mounted file systems. You can view the name, the mount type, and the mounted directory of the file system. You can also unmount file systems at the same time or view the properties of a file system.
- Mounting a Network File System (NFS) is now available from the Navigator for i. It is no longer necessary to go to the Green Screen to mount the NFS.
- You can now select a folder and then collect, display and analyze attribute information from the folder and its contents, create filters, sort the information, or obtain a report of the objects that are consuming the most system storage space, for instance.
- You will be able to check out or check in all the contents of a folder and its subfolders contents with only a few clicks.
- i5/OS NetServer
It now allows you to review the information and manage your i5/OS NetServer sessions over the IPv6 protocol.
- Multi-Instance Support
A new instances panel will be provided to list out the current set of directory server instances.
The LDAP configuration wizard will be updated to configure LDAP instances.
- On Demand Performance Center
- Customization of columns for analysis reports
- Save analysis reports to spreadsheet
- SQL Plan Cache Event Monitors
- Show active jobs that have run a specific SQL statement
- Show list of users that have run a specific SQL statement
- Visually Explain an SQL statement while it is running
- Reset last used date and statistics for indexes
- Show Indexes and MQTs for all tables in a schema
- Health Center
- Display environmental limits for jobs
- Display file activity categories
- Journals and journal receivers added to overview
- Package and procedure added to size limits
- Run SQL Statements
- Check statements for SQL portability
- Save script to source member on i5/OS
- Copy result window to spreadsheet
- Print the result window to a printer
- Launch directly from .sql IFS objects
- Provide GUI front-end to the WRKOBJLCK CL command to database objects
- Intrusion detection
Using an intrusion detection policy, you can detect intrusions and extrusions to the TCP/IP network and create audit records. In V6R1, the intrusion detection system (IDS) function is enhanced as follows:
- The IDS functions separately from the Quality of Service (QoS) server. In this release using IDS no longer requires starting the Quality of Service (QoS) server.
- You no longer need to set the *ATNEVT option in the QAUDLVL system value to enable auditing for intrusions because that step is executed for you automatically when you start the IDS.
- The IDS detects several new intrusion types.
- You can set up the IDS to send real-time intrusion notifications as messages to a message queue or as an e-mail.
- The IDS detects extrusions for instances in which your system is used as the source of the attack.
- You can use the IDS to prevent intrusions and extrusions. For example, if your system is being attacked, you can set up variable dynamic throttling to limit or deny intrusions.
- The IDS supports IPv6 address.
- You can enable or disable Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP); ICMPv6 redirects message settings.
- The IDS monitors for intrusions during IPL as well as when the system is active.
- Cryptographic services
Cryptographic services key management for the i5/OS.