Windows 7 – Client Access vs Windows 7, The Sequel

On my last two posts, I discussed enabling the Windows 7 Administrator account and the problems associated with installing and using Client Access on Windows 7.  This post will show you the steps to take to configure Client Access for every user on a Windows 7 PC.

While changing these files, we’ll use the snap-to-edge feature of the Windows 7 Aero Desktop.  This will allow you to see two windows at the same time much like an FTP screen.  First Go to the Control Panel and click on Folder Options.  Go to the View tab and under the Advanced Settings area click the radio button next to the “Show Hidden Files” entry and then Click the OK button.

Assuming you’re logged on as the Administrator:

  1. Click on the Start Menu and click the Computer link (on the right side of the menu).
  2. Double click on the C: drive and go to Program Files/IBM/Client Access/Emulator/Private.
  3. Click the title bar and drag the window right until the cursor touches the right edge of the screen. (It should resize and fill half the screen)
  4. Click on the Start Menu and click the Computer link.
  5. Double click on the C: drive and go to Users/Administrator/AppData/Roaming/IBM/Client Access/Emulator/Private.
  6. Click the title bar and drag the window left until the cursor touches the left edge of the screen.
  7. In the left window, with the Ctrl key pressed, click the AS400 file and the newly created workstation file. This should highlight both files.
  8. Right click on one of the files and choose Copy.  In the right window, right click and choose Paste. Replace any file that requires it.
  9. In the right window, right click the workstation icon and choose Open With, then choose Notepad.  (Remember to uncheck the “always use the selected program to open this kind of file” check box)
  10. Find the “defaultkeyboard” entry and enter this line: “DefaultKeyboard=C:Program FilesIBMClient AccessEmulatorprivateAS400.KMP” without the quotes.

On the left side, click the back button until you’re at the C: drive.  Double click the Users folder and then the Public folder.  Double click the Desktop folder.  In the right screen, right click the workstation icon you created and drag and drop it into into the left screen and into the UsersPublicDesktop folder.  When asked, choose to make it a shortcut icon.  This will put the workstation on everyone’s desktop.

Using these steps, you’ll be able to install Client Access, move and configure the workstation file to the IBM folder that everyone has access to, and then create a shortcut on everyone’s desktop.  All your coworkers will look at you with envy!  They’ll want to be you!  If you get too lost while trying to accomplish these instructions, call me and I’ll get you straightened out.


Windows 7 – Client Access vs Windows 7

I started using Windows 7 not long after it came out.  It didn’t take me long to realize that it is easier to use than Windows XP and more stable that Windows “Linux is Better” (also known as Windows Vista).  I had a concern that there might be problems with the vast array of software that our customers use.  That turns out not to be the case….almost…

Windows 7 is a little quirky when it comes to allowing users to access some programs.  This is very evident when it comes to Client Access.  You install Client Access the same way you did in Windows XP.  The fun begins when you start configuring it.

If you haven’t read my other Windows 7 article about setting up the Administrator account now would be a good time to do so…go ahead…I’ll wait.  If you can’t find it, look in the Networking/PC Support Category on the right.

Assuming that you’ve enabled and logged onto the Administrator account, let’s proceed.  To configure Client Access, click on the Start Menu and then All Programs.  Click on the IBM iSeries folder, then the Emulator folder, and then the “Start or Configure Session” icon.  Configure the session and save it.  For instructions on configuring the Client Access sessions, email me at treynolds@dsmhospital.com and I’ll send you a cheat sheet that will walk you through the steps.

If you launch Client Access (and it’s configured correctly) then you should be able to log on to the server.  It’s all fun and games until you change user accounts, then you’ll get so many error messages that you’ll probably start apologizing for things you didn’t even do! (I personally confessed to the Chicago fire, but after I calmed down I realized that was a bit nutty.  I have since recanted.)

You see, the saved Client Access configuration is NOT placed in the Program Files/IBM/Emulator/Private folder like it is in Windows XP.  Instead it’s saved in the App Data folder of the installing user account.  In this case, the Administrator’s App Data folder.  Since other users would not normally have access to this folder, access error messages will appear if another user tries to use Client Access.

To solve this problem, you’ll need to move and edit a few files.  I’ll talk about this on the next post titled “Windows 7 – Client Access vs Windows 7, The Sequel.”


Windows 7 – Administering the Administrator

As people cling to Windows XP like it was the last donut in a room full of policemen, Windows 7 is quickly becoming more noticeable. Like every other version of Windows, Windows 7 is an improvement over it’s previous flavors. It’s not without its quirkiness, however, and one of the most notable is the configuration of the local Administrator account!

Though it was not so important in XP, major installations (Client Access, anti-virus, etc.) should be installed using the Administrator account. Win7 takes the role of Administrator seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the Administrator account is not even enabled by default. When you start to configure a new Win7 PC, a good place to start is by enabling the Administrator account.

To enable it, simply log on to the first user account you create. Click on the start menu, click on All Programs, and then click on the Accessories folder. Right click on the Command Prompt icon and choose “Run as administrator.” At the prompt, type in the command “net user administrator /active:yes” without the quotes. Hit the enter key and you should get a message stating that the operation was successful. Remember to open the command prompt by right clicking and running as the administrator. This is important because simply opening the command prompt and running this command will lead to error messages and possible balding, though the latter is still unconfirmed.

The Administrator account does not have a password when you enable it so log off the current user and you’ll see the Administrator icon on the Welcome screen. Click it and, after the desktop loads (which might take a little longer the first time) click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel. The default view for the control panel is supposed to be user friendly, but, like swimming with lead flippers, I find it a bit cumbersome.

Near the upper right corner you’ll see a link labeled “View by.” Click on the word “Category” and choose “Large Icons” from the drop down menu. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and you’ll see an entry for user accounts…so….click it. In the middle of the window there will be several links for different tasks. Choose the link that enables you to create a password and follow the on-screen prompts. When you’re done, close everything out and you’re ready to use the Administrator account.