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The PPD security is used when installing CPPD, or when updating from a demo copy, or when changing IBM i processors. This can be found from the Cobwebb Main Menu - Option 4 or from the Cobwebb Fax & Email Menu - Work with System Parameters - Option 6.

CPPD will not convert or print spooled files without a valid security code. The Cobwebb Server software is licensed for use on a specified IBM i; a change of IBM i processor requires a new access code.

If a new access code is required please contact Cobwebb Communications Ltd. - see Requesting a new Cobwebb Server Security Code.

Note: You can restrict access to this option if required; please see the topic Restricting Access to Cobwebb PPD Security & System Parameters.


System Description

This name is used as part of the security to identify the CPPD System and is usually the company name. (Previously called System name)

Instance Description

This identifies the CPPD Instance if there is more than one installation of CPPD. (Previously called Location)

Country Code

The Country Code identifies the country of installation e.g. UK

Expiry date

If a demonstration copy of the software is provided an expiry date is used to identify the end of the trial period. A permanent copy of the software has a blank expiry date. After the expiry date the software will not create spooled files. Cobwebb also supply a "Term" licence which will also have an expiry date.


This entry is only used if an Expiry Date has been entered. It is used to determine if the licence is a "Term" licence or a "Temporary / Demonstration" licence. Enter a "Y" if you have a "Term" licence or "N" for a "Temporary / Demonstration" licence. The only difference is in the message that is sent to QSYSOPR when the licence is nearing its Expiry Date.

IBM i Serial number / Partition

This is automatically populated with the IBM i machine serial number and the partition where CPPD is loaded.

IBM i  Model

This is automatically populated with the IBM i model number.

Print Page Designer

A Y indicates that you can create output using a PPD e.g. CRTPPD, RUNPPD or the Spooled File Monitor.

Advanced Print feature

A Y indicates the AFP print feature is authorised. This enables use of Graphics overlays, fonts barcodes etc.

PC Designer

A Y indicates that you may upload Cobwebb Designs to the IBM i from the Cobwebb Designer.

XPD version

This information should be used to make sure that you upload your PPD files with a matching version number - see the XPD File Version on the Server tab of the Options entry on the View menu in the Cobwebb Designer.

Fax interface

A Y indicates the Cobwebb Fax interface is authorised.

Maximum lines

The maximum number of authorised fax lines.

Auth PC users

The number of PC users authorised to use the Cobwebb Fax PC Windows Software (no longer used).

Email interface

A Y indicates the Cobwebb Email interface is authorised.

Number of jobs

The number of Email driver jobs to start in the CPPD subsystem.

File interface

A Y indicates the Cobwebb File interface is authorised.

Web interface

A Y indicates the Cobwebb Web Service interface is authorised.

XML interface

A Y indicates the Cobwebb XML interface is authorised.


A Y indicates the Cobwebb Docstore module is authorised.

PDF interface

A Y indicates the Spool-a-matic PDF interface is authorised.

Access code

The access code provided by Cobwebb Communications Ltd. On older versions of the Cobwebb Server software (prior to V6.2.58) this entry was hidden (non display) so the best way to position the cursor in the correct place for entering your supplied code is to press the Tab key until the cursor is on the correct line.

Once you have updated the Access code you need to press Enter to apply the code. You should see the message "Access code updated"

Function keys


Exits the PPD Security screen and returns to the Main menu, without updating. Press Enter to Update.

F14=Command String

Displays your current Security details as a string which may be copied and emailed to Cobwebb Support in order to request a security code.


Cancels the PPD Security screen and returns to the Main menu, without updating. Press Enter to Update.