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Overview of ID Manager

ID Manager provides IDs to client applications (such as viewers and printer applets, or custom applications that work with Smart Connectors) at runtime.

When you use ID Manager, the unique connection data (such as T27 station IDs or UTS terminal IDs) for each client can be omitted from the viewer, printer applet, or Smart Connector configuration. Therefore, you can create a single configuration that can be used by multiple clients to establish multiple sessions with a host, rather than having to create a separate configuration for each host connection.

To use ID Manager, you must first decide how you want to assign the IDs. For example, you might want to assign specific IDs to specific users, or you might want to assign a large number of IDs to an address pool that any user can access on a first-come, first-served basis. The different types of entities that can be assigned IDs are called names.

Once you have defined your list of names, you can assign IDs to them, and each ID can have its own properties. For example, a T27 station ID can be flagged for use with a terminal emulation session, a printer session, or a gateway connection.

You can also control when IDs become available to other sessions by specifying a lease or inactivity timeout.

All of the information about names, IDs, and timeouts is stored in a data file called serverdata.xml.

Once you have assigned IDs to names, you can create a configuration that obtains its ID from ID Manager. Alternatively, you can create your configurations first, and then assign IDs to names. However, you cannot use the configuration to establish a host connection until you have assigned IDs to names.

When a user accesses a viewer, printer applet, or other type of host access configuration, the client contacts ID Manager and obtains the first available ID. The client then establishes a connection with the host using that ID.

Note If you're using e-Vantage Gateway, whether or not an ID obtained from ID Manager is actually used depends on how e-Vantage Gateway is configured. For more information, refer to the documentation for that product.

ID Manager keeps track of which IDs are currently in use. Once all of the IDs assigned to a particular name are in use, no other host sessions can be opened via that name.

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