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Host Explorer (Hummingbird) Mainframe Client for Windows

Installing. Configuring. Updating.


image of Hummingbird HostExplorer's initial installation windows with Next and Cancel buttons at bottom


Install Host Explorer

  1. Download the HostEx installer from the University FTP site at:
  2. Select the EXE file for HostEx and save it to your computer.
  3. Open the downloaded file to expand/uncompress the file.
  4. Launch the installer setup.exe that is extracted (located at: C:\HostExplorer in most cases).
  5. Default options for the HostExplorer Setup Wizard are fine, simply click Next through each successive option.
  6. Restart your computer when prompted.

Update Host Explorer

  1. Download and install HostEx patches from the University FTP site at:
  2. Choose to Save the updater to your computer.
  3. Run the updater (all default options are acceptable).

Install Session Profiles

  1. Download the appropriate session profiles for the systems that you access by going to the University FTP site at:
  2. Right-click the appropriate mainframe sessions to save them to your computer.
    Note: session file names should be fairly self-explanatory (FRS, FOCUS, CONTROL-D, etc)

Modify Session Profiles for Dynamic SSL (if installed prior to February 2010)

With the latest version of VM, (5.4), the TN3270 Secure SSL Session support is now established via a Dynamic SSL Connection. Your present UCONNVM/CMS, or whatever your VM session Profiles are named, need to be updated to accept these new Dynamic connections. The following short steps need to be done on your VM session Profiles.

  1. Click on the Start menu, All Programs, Hummingbird Connectivity 2008, and launch Hummingbird Neighborhood. Once you are in the Hummingbird Neighborhood, your Session Profile Names should be displayed.
  2. Right click on your UCONNVM/CMS session profile.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Click on Connections.
  5. Click on TN3270 and edit the Host Name | PORT section by clicking on the pencil icon.
  6. Change the PORT number to 23 and click OK to continue.
  7. Click on Security.
  8. Click on SSL/TLS.
  9. Under SSL/TLS Options, CHECK the box for Negotiate Via Telnet.
  10. Click OK.

Repeat these steps for each of your VM session profiles.


Updated: 12/14/10 CCH