Is PASSPORT Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server compliant?
PASSPORT is ideal for use on Windows 2003 server or with Windows XP desktops. The 32-bit ActiveX solution was designed specifically for Windows and Internet Explorer, which makes the C++ application extremely fast and completely Windows compliant in terms of using Cut, Copy, Paste, Windows short-cut keys, the full PC keyboard, etc. Zephyr took this development strategy since the overwhelming majority of terminal emulation runs on a Windows platform.
How does PASSPORT WEB TO HOST differ from IBM Host on Demand?
From an architectural and feature perspective, two web to host terminal emulation products lead the market: PASSPORT WEB TO HOST from Zephyr and Host on Demand (HOD) from IBM®. Both solutions include an extensive list of features normally found only in desktop-based emulation. Yet the two solutions are very different.
PASSPORT WEB TO HOST was designed specifically for Windows. Thus, companies that use Windows XP and 2000 as their primary desktop platform will find the 32-bit architecture of PASSPORT to be significantly faster and more usable than the 8-bit interpretive Java™ design of HOD. In fact, experts claim that a C++ application like PASSPORT can be up to 70% faster than a Java™-based solution. Further, in choosing the 32-bit software for host access, users can continue to use Windows functions like Cut, Copy and Paste. They can also have use of the full PC keyboard, just as they had with desktop emulation.
Users will also find the 3270, 5250, VT100/VT220 and SCO ANSI host session merged with the framework of the Internet Explorer browser. In providing this tight integration, PASSPORT offers advanced session management that assists the user in viewing other HTML pages. For example, if you elect to launch another browser window, PASSPORT first gives you the option of automatically opening another browser window or terminating the host session before viewing another HTML page. The same is true when you choose to close a browser session – PASSPORT first prompts you to make sure you want to terminate the host session.
For developers, new and existing Visual Basic and C HLLAPI applications and macros can be deployed and used just as they were with desktop emulation. Most 32-bit Visual Basic HLLAPI applications can be used as-is, including Attachmate® HLLAPI applications. Older 16-bit HLLAPI applications developed for IBM® PC/3270 can also be used with PASSPORT. For new application development, Zephyr offers a HLLAPI toolkit, a time-saving development tool designed to assist application programmers in the development of host/client applications in Visual Basic or C++.
Since lower TCO is one of the top reasons to switch to a WEB TO HOST terminal emulator, network administrators have the most to gain by migrating to a solution like PASSPORT WEB TO HOST. The server-based code is easy to install, easy to configure and offers a reliable and secure method of centralizing the administration of host access for your enterprise. Text-based session profiles, enterprise, group and local macros, enterprise, group and local HLLAPI application support, the ability to create and lock standard configurations and more, will help lower your cost of host access ownership by at least 25%. The Zephyr subscription licensing can yield even further savings. And since most organizations license PASSPORT as their standard for enterprise host access, you can consolidate the use of multiple emulators to a single host access solution.
How can Attachmate EXTRA!® users be easily converted to PASSPORT?
To ease the transition from Attachmate EXTRA! to PASSPORT, Zephyr has also created an Attachmate Macro Conversion Tool that automatically converts the proprietary Attachmate macros, developed using EXTRA! Objects, into standard Visual Basic (for use with PASSPORT). Hundreds of Attachmate macros can now be collected, converted and delivered to Zephyr clients in a manner of days.
The Attachmate EXTRA! Macro Conversion Tool is not sold, but is offered as a free service for Zephyr clients under an annual Subscription License Agreement (SLA).
Zephyr is also pleased to announce the PASSPORT Object Toolkit, a time-saving development tool designed to help application and web programmers transition applications written for Attachmate® EXTRA!® Personal Client to PASSPORT terminal emulation software. Since the PASSPORT object interface is compatible with the Attachmate EXTRA! ® OLE automation support interface, your Attachmate application can be easily re-linked and used with PASSPORT. Learn more about the PASSPORT Object Toolkit
What is the difference between PASSPORT PC TO HOST and WEB TO HOST?
PASSPORT PC TO HOST provides 3270, 5250, VT100/VT220 and SCO ANSI host access, as well as FTP file transfer, and is fully compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, NT, 98 and 95. Though PASSPORT PC TO HOST is feature rich, the host access suite has a small 8MB footprint.
PASSPORT WEB TO HOST provides the same 3270 5250, VT100/VT220, and SCO ANSI terminal emulation found in the PC TO HOST product but is deployed from a web server instead of installed on each desktop PC. Server-based deployment of host access can significantly lower TCO. Further, the web-based solution can be used to integrate host access through an organizational portal.
What are the advantages of PASSPORT WEB TO HOST?
The primary advantages of using a web-based terminal emulator for host access over a desktop-based thick client are portal integration (the ability to launch host sessions from a corporate or organizational intranet), centralized administration, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). With centralized administration, all configuration and management of the application is done on the web server. There is no need to install and configure the client software on each client PC. When a new release of the software becomes available, only the web server needs to be upgraded. The new software will be detected and automatically downloaded to the client PC, eliminating the need to manually install an update on each desktop. This model can render significant savings for network administrators and is especially helpful if you have lots of remote users. Experts estimate that a 25% savings can be realized for host access simply by migrating to this model.
How does PASSPORT WEB TO HOST work?
PASSPORT WEB TO HOST is an ActiveX component that performs 3270, 5250, VT100/VT220 and SCO ANSI terminal emulation within a web browser. It also includes FTP file transfer. The PASSPORT session is launched from the PASSPORT web site. The URL http://Yourwebsite/pec/ is the default URL used to launch an PASSPORT session. The user is prompted for their user name with an option to choose a button to launch a host session directly. Based on the user name, a list of available sessions will appear. The session name is actually the name of an HTML file used to launch the session. When the session is launched, an ActiveX component is downloaded to the end user’s PC from the web server. The ActiveX component is only downloaded the first time a session is launched, or whenever the server version of the ActiveX component changes to a later version. Once downloaded, the user simply accesses the host by launching a browser session that connects directly to the host.
What is the PASSPORT WEB TO HOST administrator?
The PASSPORT WEB TO HOST Administrator consists of three parts: the Administrator web site, the Administrator Configuration Program and the PASSPORT web site The Administrator web site contains information on setup, QuickStart, configuration, deployment, support, help and also starts the Administrator Configuration Program. The Administrator Configuration Program, which looks and feels like Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer and the Microsoft® BackOffice product family, is used to configure session profiles, users and groups, keyboard layouts and attribute settings. The PASSPORT web site is what the end user views in their web browser before establishing a session with the host. For a more detailed discussion refer to the PASSPORT WEB TO HOST Administrator Setup and General Information.
Quicktrial or Download Options
There are two ways to evaluate the PASSPORT WEB TO HOST terminal emulator: either download a copy of the software or do a QuickTrial of the application. With QuickTrial, there is no server installation, you simply download the client and run the application from our web server. This is a fast and easy way to look at the PASSPORT software. For those that want to install the software on their own web server, you can download the fully functional 3270, 5250, SCO ANSI and VT100/VT220 emulator trial and complete a full evaluation.