Welcome to the Neighborhood!

IBM i NetServer opens the door to file and print serving via Windows Network Neighborhood (also known as My Network Places). Here's more on how to get IBM i NetServer working for you and what it means to you from an end user point of view.

IBM i NetServer is integrated in IBM i (formerly System i, i5/OS, OS/400) starting with V4R2. Without any additional client software, PC clients on the network utilize the file and print-sharing functions that are included in their operating systems (e.g. Windows Network Neighborhood) to access IBM i NetServer. You can configure IBM i NetServer properties and the properties of IBM i NetServer file and print shares with Navigator for i. This means Navigator for i only needs to be installed on the PC that you use for administration of IBM i NetServer.

IBM i NetServer supports the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, including the updated CIFS (Common Internet File System) extensions, through the use of Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) on the IBM i platform. This communication allows clients to access directories in the IBM i Integrated File System and output queues.

IBM i NetServer provides support for the following client operating systems:

IBM i NetServer and IBM i Access

IBM i NetServer provides specific support for accessing integrated file system and printing resources. IBM i NetServer does not provide the same range of tools and applications as IBM i Access. However, you do not need to use IBM i Access or Navigator for i to benefit from IBM i NetServer. In fact, IBM i Access utilizes IBM i NetServer in order to provide its own drive mapping and print sharing support. In V4R4 and later, IBM i NetServer provides dynamic text data conversion support (for example, EBCDIC to ASCII) for files ending in selected extensions.

You can use IBM i NetServer to easily install IBM i Access (which includes Navigator for i) on your Windows 95/98/Me or Windows NT/2000 client PC.
Note: the above link will place your browser into the IBM i, System i and i5/OS Information Center. The significant differences between IBM i NetServer and the file system support that IBM i Access provides are the following:

Enhancements

GA Function Description
Threading support To increase performance, i5/OS NetServer now supports the use of a pool of threads to process client requests. The new QZLSFILET job handles threaded requests.
Opportunistic locks Clients have the option of caching application requests to reduce nework traffic and server overhead.
Message authentication/signing support For more secure communications between the client and server, i5/OS NetServer now supports connection request signing. Signing requests provides improved protection from the following types of attacks: connection hijacking, downgrade attack, rogue server and spoofing by counterfeit servers, active message modification, and replay attacks.
LAN Manager password hash Can now be enabled using Navigator for i or the i5/OS NetServer APIs. When enabled, it allows Windows clients to authenticate with the less secure (not case sensitive) LAN Manager password hash even if the more secure (case Sensitive) NT password hash is also provided and does not match.
Windows-style messages Can now be enabled using iSeries Navigator or the i5/OS NetServer APIs. When enabled, the server can alert users who are running Microsoft Messenger or similar service using the iSeries Navigator graphical user interface (GUI).

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