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I'm just curious: has anybody been using SNA for some time? Is it reliable? Does it support TCP/IP? For basic folder browsing and file copying, must we install anything at all on the client side?

We are currently using "Client Access 400" from IBM to connect to our AS/400 but we find it very unreliable: it crashes a lot. Besides, we must install it on every workstation. So we are looking for better alternatives.
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by:TSauer
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We are using it, it works with tcp/ip and you have to install the client component on every workstation. And you need a additional software, for example rumba
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by:frenchjericho
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TSauer:
Does SNA supports TCP/IP between the NT server and the AS/400 host or only between NT server and clients?

Why do you need an extra piece of software?
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by:frenchjericho
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Please be more specific
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by:frenchjericho
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chuckno082498 earned 10 total points
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SNA server is only for connectivity; so you can use TCP/IP from PC to SNA server even if SNA server is connected to AS/400 via Twinax. You need Rhumba or Extra Attachmate to have the terminal emulators for the terminal sessions.If you have under 33 users who need access goto Extra Attachmate for their server software. Note their IPX mode for clients is much better than TCP/IP.

SNA server is fairly reliable, but last install I did had builtin install for IE3.02 whether it was their or not. That's the main quirk I remember. Also install goes easier if you have physical connectivity from server to AS/400 before you start install.
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by:frenchjericho
ID: 1791881
The SNA server would not be physically connected to the AS/400. I would like to use TCP/IP. Can SNA server handle this?
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by:chuckno082498
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It is supposed to but I've never connected it that way. If SAA on the AS/400 is installed in theory it should work. You may want to wait for someone to answer who has done it with straight TCP/IP.
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by:chuckno082498
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How many users need to be connected to AS/400?
Also I will be interested in any problems you encounter if you use SNA Server and TCP/IP.
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by:frenchjericho
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At first, we'll have 20-25 users. But if this proves to be reliable, we'll have between 50 and 100 users.

I'm still waiting for someone to tell me if it's possible to connect using TCP/IP.
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