Host server administration

Identify and effectively use and manage IBM® i Access Client Solutions host servers.

This topic provides brief descriptions and technical information for a subset of host server functions used by the IBM i Access Client Solutions product.

IBM i host servers

Host servers handle requests from client PCs or devices such as running an application, querying a database, printing a document, or even performing a backup or recovery procedure. IBM i computers are full-function servers capable of performing many tasks at once, including file, database, applications, mail, print, fax, and wireless communications. When these tasks are handled by several different servers, server management and coordination become complex. Having all your servers on one integrated system greatly reduces the overall cost and complexity of managing your network.

These servers are used by IBM i Access Client Solutions but are designed so that other client products can also use them. This topic focuses on how these servers are used by IBM i Access Client Solutions.

Adding or removing the Host Server option

The servers discussed here are all optimized servers, and are included with the base option of IBM i.

If you are not using any IBM i Access products or IBM i NetServer and would like to remove the Host Server option, you should end the subsystems used by these servers before you remove the option. End the QBASE or QCMN subsystem (for host servers with APPC support), the QSYSWRK and QUSRWRK subsystems (for host servers with sockets support), and the QSERVER subsystem (for database and file server). Problems may occur if you try to delete the option while any of these subsystems are active.