Reflection Desktop 16.2 Update 1 Release Notes

1.0 Introduction

Reflection Desktop products are full-featured desktop applications that allow you to run host applications, transfer files, and integrate host data into the latest Windows and Office software applications.

  • Reflection Desktop for IBM provides access to applications running on IBM mainframe and AS400 systems.

  • Reflection Desktop for UNIX and OpenVMS provides access to applications running on UNIX and OpenVMS systems.

  • Reflection Desktop provides access to applications running on IBM, UNIX, and OpenVMS systems.

  • Reflection Desktop for X provides access to applications running on UNIX and OpenVMS systems. It also includes Reflection X Advantage, an X server that allows you to view your UNIX desktop and work with X client applications from a remote workstation.

  • Reflection Desktop Pro includes Reflection Desktop along with Reflection X Advantage, and provides access to applications running on IBM, UNIX, and OpenVMS systems, as well as X client applications.

  • The Reflection Desktop for NonStop Add-On is a separately licensed product for connecting to HP NonStop hosts (Tandem 6530).

These release notes include new improvements and resolved issues for the 16.2 Update 1 version of these Reflection Desktop products.

Many of these improvements were made in direct response to suggestions from our customers. We thank you for your time and valuable input. We hope you continue to help us ensure that our products meet all your needs.

2.0 What’s New?

Reflection Desktop 16.2 Update 1 includes several improvements.

2.1 Improvements for Reflection Desktop for NonStop Add-On

  • Added the ability to map OSS (i.e., VT emulation mode) colors separate from the Guardian mode colors.

  • Added the ability to switch the host file display between Guardian API and USS modes when connected to a Non-Stop FTP Server.

  • The Fast Paste option has been removed and replaced with a Fast Paste button in the Reflection for Non-Stop host sessions.

  • The ability to clear the clipboard has been added to Reflection for Non-Stop host sessions.

2.2 Improvements for VT Terminals

  • For VT terminals, added the Capture Incoming Data action that is available in the EXTRA! and InfoConnect products. You can use the Capture Incoming Data action to capture data received from the host and save it to a file. This allows you to save a report (or other data) on the host screen and distribute it as a text file. It is also useful for logging data received from the host.

3.0 Resolved Issues

Reflection Desktop 16.2 Update 1 resolved a number of issues.

  • Reflection Workspace and host sessions stopped responding (“freezed”) when left idle for a period of time. Host session “freezes” could occur for a number of reasons and could also occur if the Reflection Workspace was resized or the Windows screen resolution was changed while the host sessions were running.

  • The Reflection Desktop host sessions did not disconnect when a CAC/PIV card was removed from the card reader.

  • When managed by a Host Access Management and Security Server (MSS), an SSH connection to an OpenVMS system failed to reconnect after the first successful connection.

  • The Reflection X Advantage Manager could stop responding (“freeze”) temporarily when configured for “On my Desktop” while running the Serena PVCS Version Manager application.

  • Resolved an issue where referencing an Extra! Session object by a session name with the Sessions.Item method failed and displayed the error message “Runtime error 450. Wrong number of arguments."

  • Using the ALT-key and other key combinations did not properly perform menu activation when running in Classic MDI mode for 3270 connections.

  • Using the CTRL-TAB key to switch back to Reflection Desktop from another Windows application could put focus on the Search box instead of the terminal session window.

  • Resolved some causes of the following two errors: “Reflection SSL/TLS library (RSCAPI.DLL) missing or damaged” and “Unable to launch Reflection. Make sure Reflection is installed and registered correctly." These errors were caused by the incomplete loading of the Reflection security modules for secure TLS connections.

  • IND$FILE file transfer to TSO (uploads) no longer adds unnecessary single quotes (tick marks) around multilevel dataset names. The user is now in control and responsible for adding the appropriate tick marks to the TSO dataset names.

  • Fixed an unhandled exception error which could occur when trying to create a new host session from an encrypted host session template.

  • Resolved an issue where the Copy command failed to copy selected text to the clipboard if the Control key was pressed down before releasing the left mouse button.

  • A “Could not read file...” error no longer occurs if the mouse pointer is placed over the Quick Access Toolbar or the Reflection Workspace Ribbon while opening a Reflection for Non-Stop (RD6) host session.

  • The ThisTerminal.vbProject and the ThisIbmTerminal.vbProject now correctly point to the vbProject of the session that is open.

  • Resolved an issue where Reflection for Non-Stop (RD6) host sessions could crash while waiting for a host connection timeout.

  • Fixed a problem where Reflection for Non-Stop (RD6) host sessions and the Reflection Workspace could crash when switching to another open host session while opening a new host session or closing an existing session.

  • Resolved issues which could occur with the Find function in a Reflection Desktop for NonStop (RD6) host session.

4.0 Installing Reflection Desktop

Maintained customers are now eligible to download the latest product releases at You will be prompted to login and accept the Software License Agreement before you can download a file.

If you have already installed Reflection Desktop 16.2, you can apply the .msp file for this update to your existing installation.

If you use the setup.exe file available with this update to reinstall Reflection Desktop 16.2, you will need to reselect the features you want to install during the installation process. The full installation includes this update.

For information about installing, see the Reflection Help and the Reflection Desktop Deployment Guide.

5.0 Previous Releases

For information about the Reflection Desktop 16.2 release, see the Reflection Desktop 16.2 Release Notes.

6.0 Contacting Micro Focus

For specific product issues, contact Micro Focus Support at

Additional technical information or advice is available from several sources: