QTerm 7.0

The 7.0 version of QTerm brings a new look and easily accessible function panels which can be permanently displayed (pinned) or can be automatically hidden and only displayed when moused over. Mutiple frame windows are also supported with one or more terminal windows in each frame. This allows you to easily take advantage of multiple monitors.

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ClearConnect

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Description

ClearConnect is a web-server based solution for providing a choice of access modes to your enterprise server.  The web-server function is only used to initiate the loading of terminal emulation capability to the user's pc.  After that the emulation software (exe, ActiveX, Java) makes a tcp/ip connection to your host, without transiting through the web server.

A light weight database on a network server is used to configure and maintain all user details and permissions, within a department style grouping. 

When an emulator starts up it requests pertinent information from the server and an ASP page checks the user name/password and delivers the required information as a dynamically constructed profile.  The emulator subsequently informs the server of important events such startup, connect and disconnect.  These notification events are used to update statistics in the administration database, which are immediately available for display, by the ClearView utility web.

Overview

The ClearConnect system, including the ClearView web, is installed on your network server using a setup program.  This creates the required directories under the inetpub directory and installs the web content, including a sample database.

You then need to give write permission to the database directory (as instructed during the installation) and begin to build your database of users, terminals etc.  This stage is described in detail in the ClearView help pages but briefly you will create one or more departments and create user entries in the department(s) with their assigned terminals.  You will create host definitions and profiles that are used at runtime to pull down the appropriate details to the emulator software.  If you like, you can create a department by importing a text file that can taken from a previous (QTerm 4) installation or created by you in a simple text editor.

In an operational context your users access the host in one of two ways; either by starting a QTerm executable on their pc or by launching an internet browser and navigating to the ClearConnect web to load the appropriate component (ActiveX or Java).  Note that you can easily change how users connect by modifying a profile in the ClearView web.

QTerm Database

A key component of ClearConnect is the concept of centrally managed host access.  A Microsoft Access database defines the:

  • Departments

  • Users

  • Terminals

  • Hosts and Hosts Groups

  • Base profiles

which is administered via the ClearView web. The database management may be easily augmented by a network administrator to provide specific reports etc.

ClearView

A web based management tool supporting database maintenance, real time management and status display, from your web browser.

ClearConnect Features

Software Version Update

After QTerm is installed on a user desktop in a centrally managed network, it checks each time it is started to see if a newer version should be loaded from the network server.  This provides a network supervisor with the same easy solution to version update as currently provided by web browsers for updating controls.

For the ActiveX Control products (Web-UTS, Web-T27) and the Java based products the version update is taken care of by the internet browser.

Selective Configuration Update

QTerm supports selective update of configuration items. This feature provides the update to terminals and host settings plus centralized control of updates to macros and other configuration options. Each user can therefore be updated automatically and transparently every time they start QTerm.  

An example scenario is where the network supervisor needs to change a terminal name in a single user’s configuration and add a shortcut key. When QTerm starts it checks in with the network server and pulls down a small profile file that informs QTerm what terminal names to use and to include the new shortcut key.

Central Statistics Collection

The usage of each terminal emulator in the network is recorded on a server. The QTerm release has the capability to notify a server each time it is started, connects, disconnects and stopped. The data is gathered by an ASP page which collects the statistics into the QTerm database, recording the number of connections, messages sent and received etc.

Compatibility

The QTerm 4.0 server files (Terms.txt and Hosts.txt) contain the terminal names for each user and the host names for all users.  If you are using the QTerm 4.0 server initialization feature, the department import function allows you to easily kick start your QTerm database by importing data from these files

Also, you can continue using the QTerm 4.0 mode for the time being and, at some later time, modify the Terms.txt file to indicate that the QTerm installations are to switch to using the database, by including a new section:

 :ServerDatabase  
serverURL 

Then the next time each user QTerm is started it sets the relevant parameters in the local configuration path settings and switches to using the server database.  This avoids having to change each one of your desktop configurations.