Installing IBM i Access Client Solutions using the Java Web Start method

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 22 January 2016

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ISBN-10: 073845494X
ISBN-13: 9780738454948
IBM Form #: REDP-5304-00
(22 pages)

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Authors: Ryan Cooper, Tom Vernaillen


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication shows you how to set up an environment to host the IBM i Access Client Solutions software and serve it to users using the Java Web Start process.

The example shown in this paper creates a new HTTP server to host a production and test environment of IBM i Access Client Solutions. When possible, IBM i command language (CL) commands are used in this example. However, some steps can be performed on your local computer to avoid complexity of the task.

The process of installing IBM i Access Client Solutions software using the Java Web Start process relies on having a Java client installed and your ability to make some custom changes to the Java configuration. As the authors of this paper discovered while creating this paper, the client installed version of Java and the configuration of it varies from one computer to the next. Because we cannot verify and test this process for every scenario, we provide examples that worked for us.

Table of contents

Step 1: Creating the Java keystore and certificate
Step 2: Creating the HTTP server
Step 3: Downloading and extracting IBM i Access Client Solutions
Step 4: Setting up the IBM i Access Client environment
Step 5: Customizing the file
Step 6: Signing the JAR file
Step 7: Setting up the .jnlp file
Step 8: Authority settings
Step 9: Client considerations
Step 10: Testing the installation

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