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IBM Navigator for i is a modern web-based interface for managing and monitoring one or more IBM i instances securely from a single location. This modern user interface can be accessed from http://hostname:2001 or https://hostname:2010 (if running under TLS and the default ports).

This new IBM Navigator was initially release in Sept 2021. PTFs are available in the HTTP group for IBM i 7.3, IBM i 7.4, and IBM i 7.5. It is re-created in a new framework and user interface that replaces the heritage IBM Navigator for i. This new IBM Navigator for i runs under the ADMIN1 server and by default listens on port 2002. The URL for the new Navigator is http://hostname:2002/Navigator

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Short URL for this page: http://ibm.biz/IBMi_Nav4i  (updated September 2021)
Note Important updates and changes to IBM Navigator
Access to lazy-load tables through NEWNAV in QNEWNAVSRV
IBM Navigator for i will use a lazy-load function to provide large lists of data more efficiently to the user.  The lazy-load service uses the NEWNAV procedure which has moved from QUSRSYS library to library QNEWNAVSRV.  This process changed in the June PTFs.
When the lazy load function is first set up, the user logged in during the setup is required to have enough authority for the NEWNAV service program to be set up in QNEWNAVSRV library.  This is a requirement for Navigator.
If the first user is a limited user (*USER) with no special authorities, the lazy load function will fail with message that there is not enough authority:
   [Error SQL0551] Not authorized to object QNEWNAVSRV in QSYS type *LIB
The error will be something like this (depending on the table being loaded): 
Not authorized to QNEWNAVSRV
In the IBM Navigator for i PTF exit program, the owner of NEWNAV under QNEWNAVSRV is changed to QWEBADMIN. This will happen at the next PTF apply after the SRVPGM QNEWNAVSRV/NEWNAV is created.
The lazy load function is in use by the following tables at this time, and more in the future:  active job, users, printer output, event logs, collection authorities, and PTF.

Getting started with IBM Navigator for i:

Navigator for i is redesigned, leveraging the latest in web and IBM i data retrieval technology to create a user-centric, high-performing interface for monitoring and managing one or more IBM i systems in a highly secure manner.

To open the new Navigator after installing the latest PTFs, use the URL:  http://hostname:2001 OR http://hostname:2002/Navigator.  

If running with TLS, use the default URLs:  https://hostname:2010 OR   https://hostname:2003/Navigator

Once logged in, select the endpoint node to work with by double-clicking the system tile to gain access to all features. See "Dashboard" link for more features of the Dashboard. 

Note: the "/Navigator" text is required and case-sensitive. 

Note:  If you previously secured some of the ADMIN servers (disabling HTTP in the process), the new Navigator (and the new DCM) does not work out of the box insecurely at the default http://hostname:2002/ address. You have to configure TLS.

To learn more about the new features within Navigator, follow these links:

 IBM Navigator for i Home page


 

Install, Service, and Reference links:


Service Level Requirement:
IBM Navigator is installed as part of the IBM i operating system. It is part of SS1 option 3. The actual PTF is delivered as part of the HTTP PTF Group.

In addition, there are a number of other groups that are needed to ensure that all parts of the navigator interface function properly.  For a list of these groups, see Product Install Requirements.


IBM Docs links
  • Systems management: https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/i/7.4?topic=sys-navigator-i
  • Connecting to your system: https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/i/7.4?topic=system-navigator-i
  • Performance tools: https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/i/7.4?topic=data-navigator-i
 Previous changes to IBM Navigator
Security enhancement:
Function Usage ID QIBM_NAV_ALL_FUNCTION default setting is now *DENIED.  The change to default of *DENIED happens one time only on the first install of any PTF starting with the May 2022 PTF.  If the May 2022 PTF is skipped, QIBM_NAV_ALL_FUNCTION is changed to *DENIED on the next superseding PTF that is installed.
With this change, user profiles that previously were allowed to access IBM Navigator for i functions might now be restricted.  To allow user access, refer to the Function usage ID table at IBM Navigator for i - Function usage IDs.
 
The heritage Navigator running in ADMIN2 is no longer started by default
If you have a requirement to access the heritage Navigator, follow the instructions found at https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/6556828. 

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    Modified date:
    28 September 2022

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