Information for Reflection X 14.1 Users Moving to Reflection X 2014
Technical Note 2620
Last Reviewed 20-Feb-2014
Applies To
Reflection X 2014
Reflection Pro 2014

Reflection X 2014 and Reflection Pro 2014 include both Reflection X Advantage (Attachmate's newest X server) and Reflection X 14.1 (Attachmate's legacy X server). Reflection X Advantage is installed by default. If you are familiar with Reflection X 14.1 (or earlier), review this note to learn how to install Reflection X 14.1 or to get help making the transition to Reflection X Advantage.

This note includes the following information:

Note: If you currently use Reflection X 14.1 (or earlier) and you are considering migrating to Reflection X Advantage, you should install one of the Reflection 2014 products (which include Reflection X Advantage 5.0), not one of the Reflection 2011 products (which include earlier versions of Reflection X Advantage). Reflection X Advantage 5.0 includes changes that make migration from the earlier versions quicker and easier.

Installing Reflection X 14.1

If you would like to continue using Reflection X 14.1, you can install it using either the Reflection X 2014 or Reflection Suite for X 2014 installer. These installers include both "Reflection X Advantage" and "Reflection X (Legacy)" in the available feature selection.

Note the following:

  • Reflection X 14.1 is identified as "Reflection X (Legacy)" in the setup program, and it is not installed by default.
  • If you have already installed Reflection X 2014 or Reflection Pro 2014 without including Reflection X 14.1, you can change your installation choices using the Windows "Programs and Features" (or "Add/Remove Programs") Control Panel.

To install Reflection X version 14.1, click "Reflection X (Legacy)" on the Feature Selection tab and select "Feature will be installed on local hard drive." This installs the default selection of Reflection X 14.1 sub features shown in the image below. You can modify this selection to fit your needs. Note, in this example, the user has elected to install both Reflection X Advantage and Reflection X (Legacy):


64-bit Support

The Reflection X 2014 and Reflection Pro 2014 installers are available as both 32-bit and 64-bit installation packages. Either package can be installed on 64-bit systems. The 64-bit installer includes a mix of 32-bit and 64-bit components. Note the following:

  • Reflection X Advantage:

The 64-bit installers include 64-bit versions of all Reflection X Advantage features.

  • Reflection X 14.1:

Reflection X 14.1 is not included with the 64-bit installers. There are no plans for adding Reflection X version 14.1 (either 32-bit or 64-bit) to the Reflection X 2014 64-bit packages. To install Reflection X version 14.1 64-bit, go to your Maintenance Entitlements on the Download Library and click the Download link under the Predecessor Product section. (The 14.1 installer offers the option to install the 64-bit version.) The 64-bit version of Reflection X 14.1 includes 64-bit versions of Reflection for UNIX and OpenVMS and Reflection FTP Client.

  • Reflection Workspace and the Reflection FTP Client:

The Reflection Workspace terminal emulators and the Reflection FTP Client are currently available as 32-bit applications. These 32-bit applications are included in both the 32-bit and 64-bit installers, and are fully supported on 64-bit platforms. If you need 64-bit versions of all applications in your product bundle, you can use the 64-bit version of Reflection X 14.1.

Migrating Reflection X Settings to Reflection X Advantage

You can install Reflection X Advantage on systems that have (or have had) Reflection X products (versions 13.x or 14.x) installed on them. The first time you start X Manager, local settings from Reflection X version 13.x or 14.x are migrated automatically and saved to a Reflection X Advantage definition file. On this first start-up, the Import Migrated Settings and Templates dialog box opens and includes an option to import your migrated settings. This option is selected by default. Click Import to add the migrated settings to X Manager. (Your earlier version settings are not changed.)

Your earlier version client files are migrated to definitions under X Clients and/or XDMCP Connections.

To get connected:

  • Double-click the X Client or XDMCP definition name.


  • Select the X Client or XDMCP, then click the click the green Start icon:

Your earlier version server settings are migrated to a session definition named "config." This session is configured to start automatically when you start X Manager. If you created any additional X Server instances, these settings are migrated using the name you provided.

Window Mode in Reflection X Advantage

In Reflection X 14.1, clients are displayed on the Windows desktop by default and all connections can use this window mode. In Reflection X Advantage, XDMCP connections (and X client definitions that create a desktop environment) must use an X terminal desktop window. A default installation creates two sample session definitions. The "My desktop" session displays clients on your desktop (sometimes called multiple window mode). The "X terminal desktop" creates an X terminal desktop window (sometimes called single window mode).

  • For XDMCP sessions and X clients that use a command that creates a desktop environment, use the "X terminal desktop" session. (Or, create a new session ensure that "Show clients on X terminal desktop" is selected in the General pane for that session.)
  • For individual X client sessions:

You can use either window display mode. If you prefer to display each client in its own window, use the "My desktop" session. (Or, create a new session and select "Show clients on my desktop" in the General pane for that session.)

Migrated sessions handle window mode automatically. In most cases, your migrated X Clients are configured to use the migrated "config" session by default. However, when this server is configured to display clients on the desktop (the default), your migrated XDMCP connections are configured to use the "X terminal desktop" session instead of your migrated "config" session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Reflection X Advantage the next version of Reflection X?

Reflection X Advantage is Attachmate's go-forward product. It uses a new code base to support features that are not available with Reflection X 14.1. Moving from Reflection 14.1 to Reflection X Advantage is a migration, not a direct upgrade.

Why migrate to Reflection X Advantage?

Reflection X Advantage includes features that are not in Reflection X 14.1, and future feature development will focus on the Advantage product. Features in Reflection X Advantage that are not available with Reflection X 14.x include: improved performance options, real-time collaboration, centralized session configuration, the ability to leave and rejoin sessions, session protection, and secure default settings. For more information, see Technical Note 2235, When to Use Reflection X Advantage.

Does Attachmate still support Reflection X version 14.1?

Yes. It is still supported and continues to ship as both a standalone product and an available feature in Reflection X 2014 and Reflection Pro 2014.

I'm familiar with the Reflection X user interface. Now I'm moving to Reflection X Advantage. How can I find the settings I need?

Search for the topic called "Feature Guide for Upgrading from Legacy Reflection X." You can find this topic in the Reflection X Advantage Help and also in the Planning and Installation Guide available from the Reflection X 2014 documentation page,

Can I use my Reflection X 13.x and 14.x client files in Reflection X Advantage?

Reflection X Advantage stores settings in a database. It does not read legacy Reflection X files directly, but it is configured to migrate the settings from these files automatically the first time you run the product.

I want to compare Reflection X version 14.1 and Reflection X Advantage before I decide which one is best for me. Can I run them both on the same system?

Yes. Each product runs independently of the other, enabling you to run one product at a time or both at the same time. However, you may need to modify the port configuration so that each product listens on a different port. For details see Technical Note 2236, Running Reflection X Advantage and Reflection X on the Same Machine.

Do Reflection X version 14.1 and Reflection X Advantage support the same command line utilities?

No. If you have used the Reflection X startup parameters or the runrx utility to launch X clients, you will need to create new shortcuts or scripts for Reflection X Advantage. For details see rxmgr and rxmgrdomains in the Reflection X Advantage Help.

Related Technical Notes
2234 Reflection X Advantage Technical Notes
2235 When to Use Reflection X Advantage
2236 Running Reflection X Advantage and Reflection X on the Same Machine

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