Configuring a proxy server

Service updates for the z/OS® Explorer are available on a pre-configured download site on the internet. Your organization might require you to connect to the internet through a proxy server. You can use the Preferences dialog to define a proxy server.

Before proceeding, ensure that you have all the details including the address and port number for your proxy server.
Note: Proxy bypass does not work if you have configured a SOCKS proxy server.

  1. Use the appropriate method to open the Preferences window:
    • Windows or Linux®: Click Window > Preferences on the workbench menu bar.
    • OS X: Click IBM Explorer for z/OS > Preferences on the main menu.
  2. Expand General and click Network Connections. The Network Connections pane is displayed in the Preferences window.
  3. Select the schema for the proxy type, HTTP, HTTPS, you want to configure and click Edit.
  4. Type the address of the proxy, and the port number, in the dialog. If the proxy server requires authentication, select the Enable proxy authentication check box and enter your user name and password. Click OK to close the dialog.
  5. Optional: If you have defined a proxy but one or more of the servers you are connecting to does not use the proxy, you must configure a proxy bypass. Click Add Host to open the Proxy bypass hosts dialog. Enter the server host name, for example; and click OK.
    All connections to the configured server will now go direct and not use the proxy.
  6. Click Apply to save the configuration.
  7. The Active Provider field indicates whether the proxy is used. Select the appropriate setting. There are three choices that can be selected:
    Any settings that were discovered in the OS are used. Native is the default setting. When this option is active, no proxy check boxes are selected.
    Any proxy servers defined in this view are used. When this option is active, all proxy check boxes are selected.
    All connections are opened without using proxy servers. When this option is active, no proxy check boxes are selected.
  8. Click OK to close the dialog.
If you selected Manual in the Active Provider field, the next time z/OS Explorer connects to the internet the connection will go through the proxy server.