CometAnywhere Configuration Guidelines


Here are some basic guidelines to follow when configuring CometAnywhere. We have included installation and configuration information for both the host Comet98 system as well as the remote CometAnywhere client.

CometAnywhere is a feature of Comet98. With CometAnywhere, you can set up a Comet98 host system that serves numerous remote clients. The remote systems communicate with the host via TCP/IP over either the Internet or dedicated phone lines.

The host system consists of a complete Comet98 installation, while the remote system requires only two files, as shown in the following diagram:

Here are the installation, security, and configuration guidelines:

On the host machine:

  1. Install a Comet98 system on the host machine. If this machine is a node in a network, install Comet98 as you would install a single user Comet system.

  2. Secure this system as you would secure any other "single user" Comet machine.

  3. Configure remote sessions using the SYSGEN configuration utility. Your CometAnywhere password determines how many remote sessions can be configured. A remote session is a Type 3 session.

    Here's a sample line from a Comet98 INI file showing the configuration of sessions 002 through 010 as remote sessions:

    Session = 002-010,P02,3,F0,80,FF,F0,B0;

    Some things to note about remote sessions:

  4. To configure remote printers, use SYSGEN and specify a Type W (Windows) printer. In the device name field, specify #.

    The # symbol intructs Comet98 to route the output to the COSW.EXE program (the program running on the remote system), which in turn routes it to the COSP.EXE program (the print routine on the remote system).

    Here is the general SYSGEN syntax for configuring a CometAnywhere remote printer:

    PRINTER = printer-name,W,spool-type,spool-device,#,,,;

    Here is a specific example for a non-spooling printer named LP1:

    PRINTER = LP1,W,N,,#,,,;

On the remote machine:

  1. Install the following files:

    COSW.EXE CometAnywhere client
    COSP.EXE CometAnywhere print routine

    Note: These programs do not require license validation. Thus, you may distribute as many copies of these programs as you want (e.g., to multiple customers, to multiple field sales staff, etc.).

  2. Create a shortcut that launches the COSW program. Use the /net option to specify either the IP address of the host system or the domain name of the host system.

    There are three ways to specify the COSW startup command, as shown in the following table:

    Method of contacting host Startup command
    Specific IP address (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) COSW /net:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
    Specific domain name COSW /net:domain-name
    User-supplied IP address or domain name

    With this method, a dialog box is displayed when the COSW program is launched. The remote user then supplies the IP address or domain name of the host system. The supplied address/name is stored in a file named COSW.INI (COSW creates this file in the Windows directory). When COSW is subsequently launched, the previous address/name is displayed in a pull-down menu in the startup dialog box.

    If the remote user communicates with multiple Comet98 hosts, all of their IP address/domain name choices are saved in COSW.INI and displayed in the startup dialog box.

    COSW /net

    For example, to reach Signature Systems' Comet98 host machine, you could use either of the following startup commands:

    COSW /net:209.204.143.94

    COSW /net:signature.net

    Alternatively, you could use the startup command without the specific details, as follows:

    COSW /net

    With this startup command, when you launch COSW you will see a dialog box that prompts you for an IP address or domain name. To connect with Signature's Comet98 host system, enter either 209.204.143.94 (the IP address) or signature.net (the domain name).

  3. Use the "Print Setup" selection to choose the printer for the remote CometAnywhere system. This selection appears in the "File" menu, as shown here:

    The following dialog is displayed, in which you choose the printer for the remote site:

  4. Optionally, use the "Set Printer Font" selection to configure the system fonts (Font 0, Font 1, and Font 2). This selection appears in the "File" menu, as shown here:

    The following dialog is displayed, in which you choose the fonts:


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