To create a remote COBOL project

Restriction: This feature requires that Visual COBOL Development Hub is installed on the remote machine.
  1. While in the COBOL perspective, click File > New > Remote COBOL Project.
  2. In the Remote COBOL Project wizard, type a project name.
  3. Choose whether to use a remote file system (RSE) or a network file system (Samba, NFS) to interact with the remote host.
    Restriction: The Classic Data File Tools do not work with files that are part of a remote project created using the Remote System Explorer (RSE) connection type.

    The Network File System (NFS) protocol allows a client machine to access files over a network connection in a similar manner to how local storage on the client machine is accessed.

  4. If you want to create a JVM COBOL remote project, choose JVM byte code as the COBOL compilation target.
  5. Click Next. If prompted, select the required project template and click Next.
    Note: By default, two templates are available for you to choose from Micro Focus template [32 bit] or Micro Focus template [64 bit]. Select a template that best suits your requirements.
  6. If you chose the network file system (Samba, NFS), in the Location field, specify the path to the project.
    Tip: Select Use default location to use your current workspace.
  7. In the Remote settings section, in the Connection name field, choose the remote host.
    Note: If the remote host connection is not listed when you click the Connection name field, click New Connection and use the New Connection wizard to create a new connection.
  8. In the Remote location field, enter the location of the project on the remote host. You can use the Browse dialog box to browse the remote host's file system.

    For a network file system such as NFS or Samba, the Remote location value should be the UNIX/Linux representation of the path as specified in Location. For example, a location of X:NFS-mounted-drive-location\project-name should be represented by a remote location of /home/users/my-folder.

  9. If you are creating a native project, click Finish; otherwise, click Next.
  10. For JVM COBOL projects, you must select a JRE to run on the host. Select a specific JRE or use the default JRE for the remote host.
    Note: If the JRE you require is not listed, click Configure remote JREs and use the Remote JREs section to add the required JRE.
  11. Click Finish.

    The project is created and appears in the COBOL Explorer.

To change any of the connection settings afterwards, open the Remote Systems Explorer perspective, right-click on the connection and select Properties > Connector Services.

Important: If you use one of the non-Micro Focus connection types (for example 'Linux' or 'Unix') from the Remote System Explorer perspective to create a connection, choose SSH as the file system provider if you intend to use the connection for remote projects whose file system is RSE. You do this by selecting ssh.files in the Configuration box at the Files step of the wizard. Selecting a different file system provider will cause performance and stability problems. The remote host must have SSH installed and enabled.

RSE is a feature supplied by the Eclipse Foundation. Extensive documentation on RSE, including architecture, API, tutorials and reference can be found on the Eclipse website.