Application Administration

Application Administration is an optionally installable component of System i® Navigator as well as a part of IBM® Navigator for i. Administrators can use Application Administration to control the functions and applications available to users and groups on a specific system.

This includes controlling the functions available to users that access their system through client application (System i Navigator) or the web (IBM Navigator for i). If you access a system from a Windows client, the operating system user profile, not the Windows user, determines which functions are available.

Application Administration controls access to any application that has a defined administrable function on your system. System i Navigator, IBM Navigator for i and IBM i Access Client Solutions - Windows Application Package are examples of applications that have defined administrable functions. For example, you can grant or deny access to the printer output function in basic operations, or grant or deny access to the entire basic operations administrable function in System i Navigator.

How does Application Administration work?

Application Administration provides a convenient graphical user interface (GUI) that you can use to control the functions that are available to users and groups. When a user accesses an administrable function, the system reads the user's access setting to determine whether the user is allowed to access that function.

Note: The IBM Navigator for i Web interface of Application Administration does not include cross-system functions that Management Central handles.

What are the Central Settings?

Previously, you were able to simply deny or allow access to a function. Now you can set up an administration system to centrally manage many of the properties used by IBM i Access for Windows clients and work with advanced Application Administration settings (Central Settings).

If you have configured an administration system, you can work with the Central Settings on that system. An administration system is the only type of system that contains Central Settings. You can use the Central Settings on the administration system to manage which applications are available to users and groups. With the Central Settings, you can also customize advanced settings for users or groups. These advanced settings allow you to control what environments are available to specific users and groups. Also, the administrator, through the advanced settings, can control password, connection, service, language settings, and specify whether to automatically determine if new plug-ins are available for installation.