I was recently hired into a AS/400 and windows server 2000 network enviroment. We currently use the IBM i series access program to access the AS/400 remotely. There are devices that are local to us on our network that the AS/400 can gain access to, such as printers, time clock, etc... We are having problems with the AS/400 keeping the devices ACTIVE / WRITER and after about 5 to 10 minutes with no activity it then changes the status to VARY ON PENDING. It does not disconnect or end the seesion with the AS/400, the session will remain connected for as long as we have it up. I found some information about keeping the tcp alive which it seems that it is otherwise it would disconnect the session. I am wondering if there is another command that will keep the session on ACTIVE / WRITER even if nothing is being printed for a longer period of time, such as hours, days, etc... Perhaps it might have something to do with it being a remote session, or an activity setting, I don't know. The only way we know how to bring the device back to ACTIVE / WRITER is to disconnect the session and reconnect and AS/400 will reconize it again. As of now we have a macro running doing just that until I can find the proper way of configuring these sessions. I have very little knowledge of AS/400 systems so please be kind. Thank everyone for their concern and hopefully someone knows what I need to do.