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Status Functionality already exists
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 27, 2023

ACS: Option to show description next to System

When we add a new system most of us use the IP address, not the FQDN or hostname on our DNS or hosts table, and the real system name is on the description.

It would be great to have the option to show the description next to the system name to improve usability.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Feb 27, 2023
    Thank you for submitting your Idea to enhance IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS). There are already 2 options available for this request.

    Option 1:
    Since you already configure your systems using an IP address, you could alter your configuration as follows so a description can be used for system selection:
    1. Select System Configuration (from main GUI)
    2. Create a New or Edit an existing system entry.
    3. 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.
    4. Then on the General tab, you can fill in whatever description you want in the ?System name?. Since you specified "Never ? Specify IP address" on the Connections tab, the description you fill in for ?System name? will not be used for a DNS lookup. On the main GUI, whatever description you entered for ?System name? will be displayed for the dropdown list of systems.

    Option 2:
    Beginning with, System Group support was added so that systems could be logically grouped together. As part of that support, we also provide an alternative view of the main GUI by selecting View-->System Groups. The System Group view shows the System name and Description. All actions available from the Main GUI view are also available from the System Group view. You can go back by selecting View-->Back to Main. The columns viewable by the System Group view can be configured from System Configurations, using View-->Columns?

    IBM Power Systems Development