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Intoduction to Remote views

Here is another quick overview of another very useful networking tool: The Remote Views, which is also offered by many products (refer to the system admin guide for list of products).

What exactly is Remote Views?

The remote views module allows a windows client to configure and run a client (remotely) on Unix Servers, so user can set up a job through the windows client, save it, on Unix server without the need for telnet or SSH client etc, also without worrying about carriage returns characters being introduced when a file is configured on windows and then you moved to your Unix server this way, you can run the job from the GUI through the windows client without the need to do so from the command line.

How does it work?

First Remote views should be installed on a supported operating system,

The server spawns a process for each product e.g for Label Studio the process name is vservels, for presort it is named vservepst etc..

As explained in details in the System admin user guide, all the environment variables, PATH, CLASS_PATH etc.. should be set on Unix machine before starting Remote views, then the System administrator should starts the server from the UNIX side with root permissions, the root permissions are important so that vserve can use the system services needed for authentication and other necessities.

Before the server is started it is configured to use a port number this port number is used by the views client to connect; therefore the user will need to enter the same port number in the file named vws_hsts.dat residing on the windows side, when this file is modified the user will be prompted to choose between running remotely to a Unix server or running the job locally.


If the user specified more than one server, they will then need to select the server to connect to, once they are connected to the server, they will be able to run jobs through their widows client.

For more information regarding setting up and running the remote views server please refer to the system admin.

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