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There are a few computers in our office that is connected to our our client via VPN and uses RUMBA to connect to their computer system for us to inquiry on accounts by keying in an account # then view their account and print screen(s) and take it back to our computer and enter any new information.
My question is:
I was if there is a way to run a maco or VS script that could read the account #'s from a file (one by one) and then run a script using the account # as an input variable, press a few keys and then get some of the screen info and output it back to a file?

All we have access to on the host system is an inquiry from the RUMBA telnet session.
From playing with RUMBA and researching it it looks like this is possible.
I am not familiar with RUMBA or VB.


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What version of Rumba?  Current version from Microfocus is 8.1.

In general, the answer is "yes", but doing what you want to do does require some programming knowledge in some Microsoft programming environment (VB, VBA, VB.NET, C#, etc).  Most commonly, this is done from VBScript or VBA.

The System Administrator's Guide (http://supportline.microfocus.com/Documentation/books/Rumba/Rumba81/System%20Administrator%20Guide/saged.pdf), indicates that Microfocus provides a product called "Rumba Development Edition", and a "Rumba Development Add-In for Visual Studio".  If these are not included with your Rumba distribution media, I suggest you contact Microfocus for information on obtaining these products.

Here are some examples and additional documentation on Rumba development tools.  There are a number of interfaces, but I suggest you look at HLLAPI / EHLLAPI.  These are IBM-defined interfaces that are relatively standard across multiple emulator products.

http://supportline.microfocus.com/examplesandutilities/rumba_development_tools.asp

Here is a nice VBScript primer.  It even has an example for a similar (but not identical) scripting task using HLLAPI with Attachmate  Extra (a Rumba competitor):

http://www.papproth.com/Articles/Reprints/YouCanScriptAnything.pdf

Post back if you need more help.

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It look like Rumba 7.2.0 from NetManage.  That look pretty old.  We may need to look into getting the latest version.

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Microfocus acquired NetManage back in 2008.  Looks to me like the same basic session scripting tools exist in the current versions as in past versions.  I'm not sure if the development tools are packaged separately, or if they are included with your base installation media.

A quick call to Microfocus could possible answer those questions.

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