iSeries change printer IP in Navigator

How do I change a printer ip address in Iseries Navigator?  Version  7.

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Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
I'm not aware of any way to do that in Navigator.  Green-screen command is CHGDEVD or CHGOUTQ depending on how the printer is configured.  You'll need to stop writers before you make the change.

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Also, a printer (or an *OUTQ) probably is better not having an IP address exactly. Rather it should have a host name. Then it's fairly easy to change the address simply by changing the hosts table entry.

You can use iNav to change host entries by Network-> TCP/IP Configuration, right-click and select Host Table.

Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
Certainly agree with Tom that using a hostname is better than an IP address.

Respectfully disagree that the IBM i host table is the place for it.  My recommendation is to centralize hostname configuration in the organization's DNS.  Using the IBM i hostname table is a holdover from the days when we didn't have a DNS infrastructure in most AS/400 shops - we just had the AS/400 and dumb terminals attached.  Today it is extremely rare for me to encounter even the smallest shops that don't have a DNS infrastructure in place.

Can't tell you how many times I've had to track down name resolution problems because someone stuck an entry in the IBM i host table (or a hosts file on a workstation or other server).   I think that distributing host name to IP mapping between multiple facilities complicates troubleshooting, increases the risk of error, and specifically increases the risk of failure or delay in the event of disaster recovery, or failover in an HA environment.
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No real disagreement on DNS server vs. hosts table. I have no complaint about pointing in that direction. It can be a little inconvenient in many AS/400-series sites, though, because a locally controlled DNS server isn't handy. When one is, it should be preferred.

Those who ask questions about printer/*OUTQ IP addresses possibly are also those who have limited (if any) local DNS server availability and access. Of course, that  bypasses the fact that the systems have had DNS server capabilities for a number of years. But at the beginning of learning how to do work in a TCP/IP environment, configuring and managing a DNS server might not be given high priority (regardless whether it should or not).

Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
For the vase majority of shops that have a local DNS server (usually Windows, I also see the occasional IBM i providing DNS services), that's the best place for all name-to-ip mapping.

For the increasingly rare shop that doesn't have local DNS, I typically advise that they set up a local DNS server.
bergertimeAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys.
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