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SAP on IBM i – Update week 6 2014: Using ssh for adm

Welcome in SAP on UBM i update! This time we will describe how to use ssh to do simple administrative tasks.

There are situations when one wants to access the SAP system on IBM i in the same way as a SAP system on UNIX, e.g. someone without IBM i knowledge needs to test the effect of modifications of SAP-Profiles.

SAP-Note 1966316 describes the steps necessary to set up a UNIX-like Environment for <SID>adm. This updates the paseinlpgm and the startsap/stopsap programs and creates/updates some UNIX-profiles in /home/<sid>adm.

You need an SSH-Client for your Windows-PC in order to use these features. A popular one is PuTTY, a free Telnet/SSH client maintained primarily by Simon Tatham.

Then log on to your IBM i System as user <sid>adm: After starting PuTTY and entering the host name you are presented with the ‘login as:’-Prompt where you type in the user-name, hit <ENTER> and type in the password and hit <ENTER>.

Then you are at the mercy of the minimalistic ‘%’-Unix prompt and may start working — but only if you know what you are doing.

To stop the SAP-System use the ‘stopsap’ command and to start it the ‘startsap’ command.

To leave the SSH-Session type ‘exit’.

Customizing the UNIX-Environment:

The file .login_shell in the home-directory <sid>adm determines which UNIX-Shell is used for login. Standard shells are the preset C-Shell (/QOpenSys/bin/csh) or the Korn-Shell (/QOpenSys/bin/ksh93).

You can customize these shells by editing the .login (for csh) or the .profile (for ksh93). See the appropriate Unix documentation on how to do this.

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      Former Member

      Great write up.  I connect to my IBM i's using SSH all the time.

      Any change we can get SAP to publish SAP note 1966316 in English?

      Author's profile photo Thomas Obermeier
      Thomas Obermeier

      Hi William,

      Translation of the is requested and will be available soon.

      Regards,

      Thomas