Host Print Transform and Reflection Desktop, Reflection 2014, or Reflection 2011

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  • 06-Jul-2007
  • 05-Jul-2018

Environment

Reflection Desktop (including Pro, or for IBM) 16.0 or higher
Reflection 2014
Reflection for IBM 2014
Reflection for IBM 2011
Reflection Standard Suite 2011

Situation

This technical note explains Host Print Transform and how to implement it with Reflection Desktop 16, Reflection 2014, Reflection for IBM 2014, or Reflection for IBM 2011. This technical note also explains how to use a terminal session or printer session to change Host Print Transform to turn HPT on or off.

Resolution

Using Host Print Transform

Host print transform is a printer device setting on the IBM System i. When HPT is set to YES, i5/OS controls all aspects of printing. Windows and Reflection for IBM act as a pipe and do not manipulate the data stream coming from the IBM System i to the printer.

When to Use HPT

Some applications on the IBM System i are set up to work with HPT. In addition, HPT can be used to fix some print configuration problems.

Turning On HPT

The HPT printer device setting on the IBM System i can be enabled remotely using Reflection for IBM. Follow these steps to set up HPT printer emulation in Reflection.

  1. Open the Reflection Workspace and create a new 5250 printer document.
  2. In the Enter Host Name or IP Address dialog box, click Cancel.
  3. Click Connection > Session Setup.
  4. Click Initialize, and then select the Host print transform check box.
  5. Select an AS/400 printer driver from the Manufacturer type drop-down list.

Note: It is essential that you use the correct driver for your printer. If your printer driver is not in the drop-down list, go to the next section.

  1. Click OK to close the 5250 Printer Driver Initialization dialog box.
  2. Enter the Host name or IP address information.
  3. Optional: We recommend that you enter name in the Device name field.
  4. Connect to a 5250 printer. Your printer session is now configured for HPT.

If the Manufacturer Type is Not in the List

If your printer driver is not available in the drop-down list (step 5 above), you have two options:

  • If you know the correct syntax, enter it in the Manufacturer Type box and click OK.
  • Manually choose the driver directly from the IBM System i by following the steps below:
    1. Do a WRKDEVD and select 2=Change for your 3812 printer device.
    2. Move the cursor down to the Manufacturer type and model field.
    3. With your cursor in the field, press F4=Prompt. You will see a listing for all the available printer drivers on your IBM System i. Press Page Down or click the More button to view all of the choices.
    4. Enter the name of your printer driver in the Manufacturer type and model field, or note the syntax of the printer driver and enter it into the Manufacturer type dialog box in Reflection for IBM (step 5 above). It is essential that you use the syntax exactly as it appears.

Turning Off HPT

Follow these steps to turn off HPT.

  1. Start the Reflection Workspace and open the 5250 printer document.
  2. In the Enter Host Name or IP Address dialog box, click Cancel.
  3. Click Connection > Session Setup.
  4. Click Initialize, and then clear the Host print transform check box.
  5. Click OK to close the 5250 Printer Driver Initialization dialog box.
  6. Re-connect to your host.

Disabling HPT Manually

To disable HPT manually, you can either modify or delete the device description. If you delete the device description, a new one will be automatically created the next time you connect your printer session. Follow the steps below for the method you prefer.

Changing the Device Description

Follow these steps to change the HPT setting on your IBM System i:

  1. Disconnect your Reflection printer session.
  2. Using a Reflection terminal session, connect to your IBM System i and do a WRKDEVD (Work with Device Description) on your printer device.
  3. Select 8=Work with status and press Enter.
  4. Select 2=Make unavailable or Vary Off and press Enter.
  5. Press F3 to return to Work with Device Descriptions.
  6. Select 2=Change for your device and press Enter.
  7. Move your cursor to the Host print transform *YES field, change it to *NO, and press Enter.
  8. Select 8=Work with status and press Enter.
  9. Select 1=Make available or Vary On and press Enter.
  10. Go to the Verifying Reflection Printer Session Settings section below to ensure that HPT is turned off in your printer session.

Deleting the Device Description

Follow these steps to delete the HPT setting on your IBM System i:

  1. Disconnect your Reflection printer session.
  2. Using a Reflection terminal session, connect to your IBM System i and do a WRKDEVD (Work with Device Description) on your printer device.
  3. Select 8=Work with status and press Enter.
  4. Select 2=Make unavailable or Vary Off and press Enter.
  5. Press F3 to return to Work with Device Descriptions.
  6. Select 4=Delete printer device description and press Enter.
  7. Go to the Verifying Reflection Printer Session Settings section below to ensure that HPT is turned off in your printer session.

Verifying Reflection Printer Session Settings

After you have modified or deleted the device description on your IBM System i, follow the steps below to ensure that HPT is turned off in your Reflection printer session settings.

  1. In the disconnected printer session, click Session Setup on the Connection menu.
  2. Under Connection Options, click Initialize, and then select the Host Print Transform check box.
  3. Reconnect your Reflection printer session to print without using HPT.

Additional Information

Legacy KB ID

This document was originally published as Attachmate Technical Note 2226.

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