IP-DLC Connection to iSeries Systems fails with an Event ID 66

This particular problem was reported to me by a customer, but I also found out that the same issue was being seen by the HIS Product Team on one of their iSeries systems. It was good timing all around as it might affect others that want to connect HIS 2006 or HIS 2009 to IBM…

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HIS 2009 and Biztalk Adapters for Host Systems 2.0 Licensing and Platform Requirements

Since the release of Host Integration Server 2009 and Biztalk Adapters for Host Systems (BAHS) 2.0, we have gotten quite a few questions related to the following: – Licensing – Systems requirements and other pre-requisites There are publicly available locations that answer most of the questions that come up, but the information isn’t always easy…

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“Unable to load Autorun.xml” error when installing Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2

I recently received an email from someone trying to install the Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 on a system running a 64-bit version of SQL Server 2005. The setup program returned the following error whenever they tried to install the DB2 Provider on this system: Unable to load Autorun.xml In addition to the Autorun.xml…

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History of SNA Server and HIS Versions

Host Integration Server is definitely a small volume server based application when compared to large volume products like Exchange Server and SQL Server, but it does provide mission critical functionality to customers around the world. However, it has had a long lifecycle. A number of customers that use HIS may not realize how long the…

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HIS Client white paper has been posted on Microsoft Download Center

For those interesting in getting more details about the Host Integration Server Client, the “Understanding the Host Integration Server Client” white paper is now available at the following location: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fafcf170-ad84-4f80-84b7-97e351e761dd It should be posted to MSDN as well later this month or early next month. This white paper discusses the Microsoft® Host Integration Server (HIS)…

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The Host code page is always changed to 37 when importing HCD file in Visual Studio

If you create a Host File Project in Visual Studio to utilize the Managed Data Provider for Host Files included with Host Integration Server 2006, you may notice an issue if you are trying to use a host code page other than code page 37 (EBCDIC – U.S./Canada). After you add a Host File Library,…

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HIS 2009 popup message dialogs are not displayed on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

If you have used Host Integration Server 2006 and earlier, you have likely seen HIS display certain error messages in popup message dialogs. For example, a popup message dialog like the following is displayed on a HIS Client when the SnaBase process is unable to connect to a sponsor server: Host Integration Server – ERROR…

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How does HIS fit in with Biztalk Server

I received a comment on a previous post asking the following questions: How does HIS depend on BizTalk Server and vice-versa? What is BizTalk Adapters for Host System? Does BizTalk Adapters for Host Systems come with HIS 2006/HIS 2009 or BizTalk Server 2006/BizTalk Server 2009? I’d like to try to answer these questions here. Does…

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Transaction Integrator behavior when using an 8-byte TRANCODE value

If you are using Transaction Integrator (TI) on to connect to IMS applications on an IBM mainframe using the IMS Connect programming model, you may encounter the problem described in the following Knowledge base article when using an 8-byte TRANCODE value. 921479 FIX: Data that is sent to an IBM IMS application may be offset…

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