What’s up with AnyNet in 7.1? If you have the 7.1 release, you’ll be able to see that the user interface for AnyNet hasn’t gone away. If you use it, it will probably work. We didn’t remove any of the AnyNet functionality in 7.1. To make matters even more confusing, all of the AnyNet documentation remains in the 7.1 Knowledge Center.
IBM made a statement of direction some time ago that included the following:
“AnyNet support is also available in V5R3 through V6R1, however, IBM plans to withdraw support of AnyNet in the release following V6R1; customers currently using AnyNet should start to move to Enterprise Extender in preparation for this.”
Is AnyNet supported or not in the 7.1 release?
AnyNet isn’t supported on 7.1. The 7.1 Memo to Users has the following information:
“Starting in i 7.1, AnyNet® (a method used to run SNA communications traffic over IP) is no longer supported. Users of AnyNet are encouraged to migrate to Enterprise Extenders as a replacement. For information about migrating to Enterprise Extenders from AnyNet, see the Migrating from AnyNet to Enterprise Extender topic in the IBM i Knowledge Center.”If you continue to use AnyNet and have problems, you’ll be told that you should be using Enterprise Extender.
Enterprise Extender is more robust than AnyNet and has more functionality.
There’s documentation in the Knowledge Center on Configuring Enterprise Extender, as well as Migrating from AnyNet to Enterprise Extender.
This blog post was edited for currency on January 31, 2020.
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