Connecting to System i™: Interfaces
Use the graphical user interface provided by iSeries™ Navigator to access and administer your system, or use the character-based interface from an attached console or emulator session. You can also simplify your system setup by using EZ-Setup.iSeries Navigator and EZ-Setup are included with the iSeries Access for Windows® licensed program.
You can use a graphical interface in iSeries Navigator or a character-based interface on a console or emulator session to access a system. You can choose the interface based on your needs and the type of connection you have with your system.
- iSeries Navigator
iSeries Navigator is a graphical user interface that is used to interact with servers from a Windows desktop. It is the primary user interface for accessing and managing System i environments. With iSeries Navigator you can perform many functions with ease by incorporating wizards, customizable displays, and a wide variety of applications. All iSeries Navigator components are included with iSeries Access for Windows.
EZ-Setup is an application that simplifies server setup by identifying the server's business use and presenting a customized list of tasks. These tasks include wizards and step-by-step information for completing a server setup.
- Character-based interface
The character-based interface is available from most emulator sessions or consoles and includes a menu-based hierarchy of tasks. A character-based interface provides three primary displays: navigational, input, and informational. All System i tasks are organized into categories accessible through the main menu. To move through the character-based interface's hierarchy of tasks, you enter menu selections until you find the task of interest.
- Connecting to System i: Consoles
Use Operations Console, twinaxial console, Hardware Management Console, or the Thin Console for System i5™ as system consoles to access and administer your system. Operations Console is available with the Windows client, theiSeries Access for Windows licensed program. Hardware Management Console and the Thin Console are available on some models.
Telnet is a protocol that allows you to log on and use a server as though you were connected directly to it within the local network. The server has the capability to act as a Telnet server and a Telnet client. Telnet provides a character-based interface and allows you to access your server from outside the local network.
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