Managing NetServer from a Command Line Interface
We all know and heavily rely upon IBM i’s venerable NetServer facility to serve-up IFS folders as standard SMB (Server Message Block) shares on our corporate networks, and to also allow our IBM i systems to act as SMB clients and access network file shares on other servers in heterogeneous environments via the QNTC facility. So, if I were to ask the question, how can you configure/administer NetServer on an IBM i system, how many of you would only answer with only “Navigator for i”?
The answer is, there are actually two ways that you can effectively manage NetServer on IBM i:
- Navigator for i
- NETS menu command-line interface
Yes, there is actually a “green screen” way to fully manage NetServer on your system. By default, IBM ships this capability inside of the IBM i operating system but, you first must “install” it onto your system, and the installation & use of the NETS menu functionality is the focus of this article.