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Install LANSA AXES – Automatic Web Interface for IBM i (AS/400) 5250 Applications 

 July 23, 2019

By  NickLitten

Now that’s a mouthful!

So, I’ve been asked to install the latest July 2019 version of Lansa Axes (v4.2.0) for a client. Axes is a web application, running on your IBM i Server, which will replace old traditional green-screen 5250 terminal screens like this:

Install LANSA AXES
Plain green screen terminal login screen

to this:

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The same login screen in a browser

Remove any previous versions of LANSA AXES

GO LICPGM and option 10 to view your licensed programs. This install had an error from a failed previous upgrade (hence asking me to help) so I decided to do a clean install:

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We need to delete the old server:

DLTLICPGM  1AXES01
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Check that libraries AXES, AXESJSM, JSMINSTALL are empty. If not, delete all objects inside.

Check IFS folder /axes and /axesjsm – if they are there, delete them.

Check DSPSFWRSC and make sure there are no licensed programs for 1AXES01 installed.

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Now lets do a full fresh install of Axes 4.2

How to install Lansa Axes 4.2

Assuming you have already downloaded the install *SAVF and used FTP to upload it to SAVF(QGPL/AXINSPKG)

Check the system values

System ValueRequired Value
QFRCCVNRST0
QVFYOBJRST1
QUTCOFFSETMust be set to something
QAUTOVRTA large number or *NOMAX
QALWOBJRST*ALL

Run the install

LODRUN DEV(*SAVF) SAVF(QGPL/AXINSPKG)
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After a few seconds you will see the install confirmation screen:

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make a note of the port numbers

Press F8 to install and read the LICENSE screen and press ENTER, this will then show you the CONFIRMATION screen:

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Now sit and wait.. the install took over 5 minutes on this slow old IBM i Server (running IBM i V7R1). While its running you will be looking at a delightfully blank screen with a very dull status message on the bottom row:

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The install took several minutes for me, but your mileage may vary.

Once it’s installed – its now time to start the AXES Web Server using command:

WRKAXESSVR 

Check all the settings and start the server:

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Phew this blog is getting waay too long.

I might create a new one going through the Axes server setup, port assignments and other techno-guff in a few days.

Maybe…. just maybe…

NickLitten


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

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  • Hello Nick & Co,
    I’m trying to install AXES but i have an error everytime I try to LODRUN DEV(*SAVF) SAVF(QGPL/AXINSPKG) . It says “the keyword SAVF it’s not valid for this command”. I’m stuck at this step. Please, could you help me or give me any advice?
    Thanks!

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