Welcome to the Neighborhood!

IBM i NetServer opens the door to file and print serving via My Network Places (formerly known as Windows Network Neighborhood). 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. My Network Places) 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) and Server Message Block version 2 (SMB2) protocols, 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 NetClient File System (QNTC)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 10
  • Linux (Samba client support)

IBM i NetServer and IBM i Access

You can use IBM i NetServer to easily install IBM i Access (which includes Navigator for i) on your Windows 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:

  • The operating system of the PC client contains all of the software that is required to access IBM i NetServer. IBM i NetServer does not require that you install additional software on the client unless you are administering IBM i NetServer using System i Navigator.
  • IBM i NetServer allows the network administrator to share selective portions of the integrated file system tree, rather than exposing all of it. IBM i Access has no concept of shares.
  • With IBM i NetServer, you can share a directory with read-only access.
  • With IBM i NetServer, you can hide a share from the network by ending the share name with a '$'.
  • IBM i NetServer allows you to convert file content on a file extension basis while IBM i Access does not.

Features





Getting started

Support by release

  • Clients
    Supported releases
    No longer supported
             
    Description of service or feature V7R3 V7R2 V7R1 V6R1 V5R4 V5R3 V5R2
    Windows for Workgroups              
    Windows 95              
    Windows 98            
    Windows Me            
    Windows NT 3.51              
    Windows NT 4.0          
    Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition        
    Windows 2000 Professional        
    Windows XP Professional        
    Windows Server 2003         ✔¹
    Windows Vista    
    Windows 7 ✔¹ ✔¹    
    Windows Server 2008 ✔¹ ✔¹    
    Windows 8.1
    Windows 10
    Windows Server 2012
    Linux Samba 2.0.7 and later
  • Print serving
    Supported releases
    No longer supported
             
    Description of service or feature V7R3 V7R2 V7R1 V6R1 V5R4 V5R3 V5R2
    User ASCII, AFP, SCS
    Automatic sensing of the print stream for spooled file type
    Stand-alone AFP and SCS printer drivers
    Printer file support
    Printer share publishing to Active Directory
  • File serving
    Supported releases
    No longer supported
             
    Description of service or feature V7R3 V7R2 V7R1 V6R1 V5R4 V5R3 V5R2
    Access mode (read-only/read-write)
    Limit to maximum number of simultaneous users
    Large file support
    Text converting on the fly
    Complex data conversions
    Opportunistic locks    
    SMB2            
  • Starting/Jobs
    Supported releases
    No longer supported
             
    Description of service or feature V7R3 V7R2 V7R1 V6R1 V5R4 V5R3 V5R2
    Started with QSERVER subsystem
    Started as a TCP/IP server - automatic
    Multiple subsystems for client work
    Threading support    
  • Security
    Supported releases
    No longer supported
             
    Description of service or feature V7R3 V7R2 V7R1 V6R1 V5R4 V5R3 V5R2
    Integration with iSeries user profile
    Hide IBM i NetServer from Network Neighborhood
    Hide print and file shares from Network Neighborhood with '$'
    NTLMv2 authentication capability
    Supports QPWDLVL (disable LANMAN passwords option)
    Kerberos ticket support for Win2000/XP
    Kerberos and encrypted password co-existence ✔¹
    Message authentication/signing support    
  • NLS
    Supported releases
    No longer supported
             
    Description of service or feature V7R3 V7R2 V7R1 V6R1 V5R4 V5R3 V5R2
    Multiple network client code page support
    SMB NT Dialect (CIFS extensions) support
    UTF-8 support
  • Logon
    Supported releases
    No longer supported
             
    Description of service or feature V7R3 V7R2 V7R1 V6R1 V5R4 V5R3 V5R2
    Provides domain logon services    
    Domain Master Browser support    
    Supports IBM Networks Primary Logon Client v4.4      
    Supports IBM Networks Primary Logon Client v4.5      
  • Other
    Supported releases
    No longer supported
             
    Description of service or feature V7R3 V7R2 V7R1 V6R1 V5R4 V5R3 V5R2
    Network Neighborhood browsing
    Guest access
    WINS Client/Proxy
    Access allowed using iSeries system name
    Direct TCP/IP hosting on port 445
    Long username truncation/mapping
    GO NETS command menu tool
    Informational messaging (WinPopups)
    IPv6 Support      
  • Operations Navigator
    Supported releases
    No longer supported
             
    Description of service or feature V7R3 V7R2 V7R1 V6R1 V5R4 V5R3 V5R2
    Configuration and control window
    File Systems->File Shares context menu shortcut
    Properties General/Advanced/WINS Tabs
    Subsystem configuration tab
    Sessions and their properties
    Session shared object status
    Shared objects and their properties
    Shared object session status
    IBM i NetServer status
    Timed refresh for IBM i NetServer status
    Server jobs
    Disable WINS Proxy support
    Configuration Wizard
    Disabled users administration dialog
    Session identifiers
    IFS directory permissions from file share

IBM i Navigator support maps to the following release:

  • V5R3 OS/400 - V5R3M0 iSeries Navigator
  • V5R4 i5/OS - V5R4M0 iSeries Navigator
  • V6R1 System i - V6R1M0 System i Navigator
  • V7R1 IBM i - V7R1M0 IBM i Navigator

¹ Support announced after release general availability.