In the Stone Age of computing, during which many of us began our careers, most users accessed the system through "dumb terminals." These hard-wired behemoths provided reliable access to the system. However, they lacked the ability to compete with the emerging array of desktop applications available on PCs. After two decades, PCs have become the standard method for accessing the i5 server. This chapter reviews the features of iSeries Access.
iSeries Access and related software components are delivered as part of licensed program product 5722-XW1. To verify that you have this licensed program installed, use the command GO LICPGM, and take option 10 to Display installed licensed programs. If you cannot find the "Client Access Family for Windows" listed there, you should have received a copy of the licensed program product on CD with your i5 server. Once installed, you have 70 days of use before a software license key is required to continue using the product. See Chapter 12 for instructions on installing iSeries Access on the PC client.