Recently while working with a customer on HACP Extended Edition, we encountered a situation where the customer’s pages were not working as expected in a cluster environment.
If they closed the browser sessions, while having multiple HACP EE sessions active, the sessions were not getting disconnected. They could see a few LU’s still active on their mainframe.
IBM Host On-Demand (HOD) provides a feature to communicate with an AS400 database. The connection and data transfer between the client and the database happens through JDBC. We can configure HOD to establish secure communication between client and AS400 database by using JDBC over Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
HACP Extended Edition v1.5 is available with additional features of ‘Hotspot’, ‘Key Remap Enhancement’ and ‘Start Sessions Automatically’, which will enhance the user experience with emulator screens. Here is a quick list of all the new features.
In a previous blog, I had written about different Single Sign On options in IBM Host On-Demand.
One of the options specified there is Certificate Express logon. This is proprietary to mainframes only and works only with 3270 sessions. Using this feature, 3270 display sessions can be configured to connect to the host without requiring you to enter a user ID and password. When this feature is enabled on the mainframe, a telnet client like IBM Host On-Demand, can pass certificate information from an SSL connection and the application ID from a macro, to request a user ID and a PassTicket (a temporary password) from the mainframe. Using this combination, a user can be logged on automatically.
HATS provides host components that recognize elements of the host screen and widgets that render transformed elements on web page. HATS supports a rich set of default widgets.
Widgets are used to display host components in our GUI. Customizing a widget specifies how widgets appear on the web page. If the default settings of the widgets don’t satisfy your needs, you can customize them to suit your needs.
HATS web service support can be used to create Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) assets, that provide a standard programming interface to business logic and transactions that are controlled within Mainframe applications. These core business tasks can be reused as standard Web services that are an integral part of a business process integration plan.
A Host on-Demand macro is an XML script that allows clients to interact automatically with a host application running on a terminal emulator session (a 3270 Display session, a 5250 Display session, a VT Display session, or a CICS Gateway session). Macros are usually written to perform a specific task or set of tasks involving a single host application.
HACP Extended Edition (HACP EE) v1.4 is now available with additional features of color remap, status bar, and download as image which will enhance the user experience with emulator screen. Below is a quick list of all the new features.
HATS can enable the support of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) through its capability of creating Restful Web services. In the background, the functionality to be performed by Web services is achieved by recording actions through a HATS Macro. The Macro will take the input parameters which are input to web service and provides a result which is the output of a web service.
Client Authentication is a process that helps users to securely access a remote host/server by exchanging a digital certificate. TLS (Transport Layer Security) Client Authentication (also referred to as Mutual Authentication or Mutual SSL) is one of the most commonly used Client Authentication mechanisms.