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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 8, 2018

Show description in "System" drop down box for ACS

When having lots of systems, sometimes with the most weird hostnames or even IP-addresses it is hard to remember which one is which when starting en emulation or other function.

Use Case:

In the System Configurations you can specificy a description for each entry, however you don't see this anywhere else. It would therefore be handy to show this description in the "System" drop down box instead of the hostname.

In addition, some sort of grouping would be helpfull as well so that I can group the various systems per customer.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Jun 17, 2019

    IBM your suggestions for this one don't work. Please re-open this RFE or I'm just going to open a new one.


  • Guest
    Jan 15, 2019

    Suggesting to use a fixed IP so I can specify whatever I want as a system name... is this a joke or what ? I'm trying to explain everyone how important it is to ban hardcoded IP-addresses, keeping host tables, ... and IBM suggests me to do the opposite ???

    BTW , System configurations is hidden for users as they should not play with it, and hovering above each system is time consuming and not user friendly ! Having multiple configuration files is neither user friendly as you need to quit the main menu each time or have multiple instances open... and it doesn't solve the problem that I don't know what system S44ABCDEF is.

    So none of the options is acceptable.

  • Guest
    Jan 3, 2019

    There are several options already available to accomplish this:
    1. The Systems list displayed in the dropdown box provides a pop-up of the provided Description when hovering over the system.
    2. From System Configurations which displays both System Name and Description, you can right-click on a system and launch to a specific function. Also note that you can sort by Description so you could have a common prefix for different customers.
    3. This last option provides a way to enter anything you want in the System Name portion of the configuration using these steps:
    a. Select System Configuration (from main GUI)
    b. Create a New or Edit an existing system entry.
    c. On the Connections tab, go to the Performance section. For "IP address lookup frequency", select "Never - Specify IP address". Then fill in the IP address for the system.
    d. Then on the General tab, you can fill in whatever description you want for System name. Since you specified "Never..." on the Connections tab, the description you fill in here will not be used for a DNS lookup.
    e. Then on the main GUI, whatever you entered for System name will be displayed for the dropdown list of systems.

    Another way of organizing systems based on multiple customers is to have a different configuration for each customer. You can bounce back and forth between configurations by modifying the property in the file, or you may choose to have multiple ACS installations where each one has its own unique file which has set based on where you want that customer's configuration stored. For additional information on changing the configuration location, see

  • Guest
    Jan 2, 2019

    I agree that this would be useful. When you have multiple systems to manage, it's impossible to see which is which just from that small drop down list.