APAR

APAR#:II14239
Component:INFOAS400 - AS/400 Information
Release(s):5.4, 6.1

Abstract
SYSTEM I ACCESS SUPPORT FOR WINDOWS VISTA

Error Description
                                                               
** Last updated March 24, 2008 **                              
                                                               
This Information APAR defines IBM's support for System i Access
for Windows on Microsoft Windows Vista.                        
                                                               
V5R4 and V6R1 System i Access for Windows do not support the    
Vista Home Premium and Home Basic editions.                    
                                                               
V5R4 System i Access for Windows supports the other editions    
with service pack PTF SI25949 or later.  The PC5250 component  
requires service pack PTF SI27741 or later.                    
                                                               
For the latest service pack for System i Access for Windows    
supported releases, refer to                                    
  http://www.ibm.com/systems/i/software/access/windows/casp.html
                                                               
There are no plans to support V5R3 iSeries Access for Windows  
on Windows Vista.  If you would like to keep your i5/OS at      
V5R3 but take advantage of V5R4 System i Access for Windows,    
you can acquire the V5R4 System i Access Family (5722-XW1)      
products at no charge if you have a software maintenance        
agreement.  Feature 2648 of 5722-XW1 is available to current    
V5R3 iSeries Access Family customers.  Refer to                
 http://www.ibm.com/systems/i/software/access/caorder.html     
                                                               
Notes:                                                          
All components are tested and supported, except where noted    
below.                                                          
- PC5250 requires service pack PTF SI27741 or later.            
- Before now, Operations Console was not supported on Vista.    
Now the LAN Console function of Operations Console is supported.
                                                               
Permanent restrictions:                                        
1) Direct Console will not be supported on Vista.  This is a    
permanent restriction because Vista does not support the        
SLIP protocol that is required by Direct Console.  As stated    
above, LAN Console is supported on Vista.                      
2) SCS printer drivers are not supported on Vista.              
                                                               
Workarounds required:                                          
1) Help text and Welcome Wizard:                                
   Workaround:  Download the WinHelp engine from Microsoft's    
   website and install it on the PC.  Refer to the MS          
   Knowledgebase article:                                      
     http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607                     
   Note that V5R4 and V6R1 System i Access for Windows require  
   the WinHelp macros to be enabled.                            
                                                               
   System i Navigator help text:                                
   The help provided by System i Navigator uses WinHelp and    
   other delivery engines.  Some of the help text will require  
   the user to download the WinHelp engine.  Some of the help  
   text requires that System i Navigator is run with elevated  
   authority.  E.g., right click on the System i Navigator      
   icon, and choose "Run as administrator", then                
   answer the prompt for elevation.                            
                                                               
Restriction in V5R4 but fixed in V6R1 and later releases:      
1) Check Service Level at logon time:                          
Check Service Level will not automatically run at logon time.  
Instead, you must run it manually.  Background:                
Check Service Level determines whether there is a              
more recent version or service pack of System i Access for      
Windows available at a configured location, than is currently  
on your PC.  Due to a Microsoft restriction in Vista, programs  
that run at logon time may not use administrator authority,    
and may not launch other programs that do.  Because            
Check Service Level launches applications that require          
administrator authority (such as Service Pack Install), it may  
not run at logon time in V5R4. Settings in System i Access for  
Windows Properties that control how often Check Service Level  
runs at logon time (on the Service tab) will be ignored on      
Vista. To run Check Service Level manually, click              
Start, All Programs, then System i Access for Windows, then    
Service, then Check Service Level.                              
                                                               
For more technical details regarding System i Access for        
Windows use on Windows Vista, refer to the following two        
informational APARs:                                            
   II14247                                                      
   II14380                                                      
   II14338                                                      

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    Summary Information

    Status..............................................CLOSED CAN
    HIPER............................................. No
    Component....................................
    Failing Module...............................
    Reported Release........................5.4
    Duplicate Of...................................

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