Sterling B2B Integrator - Admin Console

The Admin Console pane is your access point to all the standard IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator features. The UI uses a dashboard design that enables the display of additional optional panes that are available with other IBM Sterling B2B Integrator applications.

When you log in to IBM Sterling B2B Integrator, the Admin Console pane is displayed. The following figure illustrates the Admin Console pane.


The Operations option provides access to system administration information, including system troubleshooting, performance tuning, system logs, and license information.

The interface display can be customized in a variety of ways. Therefore, if any of the following are true, the Admin Console pane may not be displayed when you log in, or look different from that shown in the previous figure:
  • You are logged in to a IBM Sterling B2B Integrator edition, such as the AS2 Edition. In this case, an edition-specific pane may be displayed.
  • The permissions associated with your user account limit your navigation of the UI to a smaller subset of components. In this case, some of the menu options may not be displayed.

For purposes of exploring the interface, this documentation assumes that your interface contains all the standard menu options and that the Admin Console pane is your entry point to the system.

Portlet View Pane

The portlet view panes, such as the Operator pane (click the tab to view it), provide at-a-glance visibility into your processing operations. You can customize your panes and select a specific portlet display to better suit the way you use IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator.

While the Admin Console is, by default, the Home page of the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator interface, other panes can be tailored for more specific uses through the use of portlets, that is, snapshots that are arranged on the pane to work as windows to your system activity.

Procedure Page

Procedure pages are the typical pages that are used in the Admin Console pane and the home page pane for the AS2 edition to complete necessary activities, such as configuring services and adapters, creating trading partner profiles, creating reports, and searching for specific information.

The following figure shows the standard parts of the interface pages:


The following table describes the labeled parts:

Page Component
Manage Layout linkLinks to the Customize pane for customizing Dashboard panes. You can customize the pane and portlet content.
Navigation menuThe appropriate menu is displayed according to the pane your are in. Provides access to process-related activities.
Central page areaDisplays the page title and the body of the page that are related to the menu selection used to navigate to the page.
Navigation and task buttonsMay include BackNextCancelReturnSaveValidate, and Finish. Enables you to navigate back and forth in the pages that make up a procedure, save changes, complete a task, cancel a procedure, or return to the initial page in a procedure or topical area.
Note: Always use the IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator Back and Next buttons instead of your browser’s Back and Forward arrow buttons. Using the browser buttons may cause errors.
Page informationDescribes the page and how to use it. May include a list of steps to complete a task.


The menus in the IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator Dashboard interface work in the same manner to provide access to the different components of IBM Sterling B2B Integrator.

The following figure displays a typical menu with the parts labeled:
The following table describes the parts of the menus:
Menu Component
Title barIdentifies the menu.
Help linksProvide quick navigation:
  • HomeIconHome– Displays the home page for the application or functional area you are working in.
  • SitemapIconSite Map– Displays a site map of the application or functional area you are working in. Items on the site maps are links that can be used to navigate to a specific interface component.
  • SupportIconSupport– Displays information about how to get technical support and contains a link to open a support case.
  • HelpIconHelp – Opens a separate window to display the onlinw Documentation Library, where you can access all IBM Sterling B2B Integrator documentation.
Primary headingsIndicates the categories of menu selection you can access by expanding the headings. To expand the menu, click the primary heading. Click again to hide the related menu options.

Some primary headings have secondary headings under them, providing access to another tier of menu options. The following menu shows a primary heading, Trading Partner and a secondary heading, Document Envelopes. Both these headings can be expanded by clicking the corresponding arrow:

The following table describes the primary heading menu options of the Administration Men