Creating an FTP partner DSN inbound for FTP client

  1. Select COMMUNICATION > Partner Management.
  2. Edit an FTP partner.
  3. In the DSN Inbound area, click New.
    A DSN named 'Unnamed DSN' is created.
  4. Specify the information in the General DSN Details dialog. The available fields depend on the selected connection type.
    Specify a data set name. This way, the complete set of information can be assigned to a send request.
    Specify a description of the data set name.
  5. On the FTP tab, specify this information:
    FTP Client (Retrieve Files from Partners FTP Server)
    Select this option to determine that the DSN is to act as an FTP client. The files are retrieved from an FTP server.
    Passive Transfer Mode
    When you select this option, the client opens the connection to the server. The client may be behind a firewall, the server must be directly accessible. With active FTP the server opens the data connection to the client. The client must not be behind a firewall, and the firewall must be able to handle these FTP connections.
    FTP Data Type (format)
    Specify the FTP transfer format: IMAGE, ASCII, LOCAL, or EBCDIC. The format is transferred to the FTP server. The format should be converted by the FTP server.
    Remote FTP Directory
    Specify a directory on the FTP server. You can store the transferred data there. The path is used to change the path using the CD command. If this information is omitted, the CD command cannot be executed.
    Remote File Name Template
    Specify a search template for the files that are to be transferred.

    Example: *.d01

    Minimum Transaction Security
    Specify an option.
    None There is no securing of transactions.
    Rename file After a successful transmission the file is renamed, for example to $1.bak. $1 stands for the first wildcard in the file name.
    Delete Retrieved File Select this option to delete the file after a successful transmission.
    Retrieve Data via Time Series
    Specify the time series that is used to retrieve files from your partner.
    You can click New, Edit or Delete to create, edit or remove a time series.

    You can define the schedule depending on the partner by clicking New. When specified, the time event manager on the OFTP server analyzes the schedule and initializes the connection to the partner system.

    1. Specify the start and end time of the schedule in the Time Series section.
    2. Select Daily or Weekly in the Schedule Planning section. Optionally, select the available check boxes for additional information.
    3. Specify the beginning and the duration of the schedule in the Schedule Duration section.
  6. On the Extended settings tab, specify this information:
    Individual FTP commands
    If necessary, you can adjust the access to the FTP server individually. The list of commands depends on the server. For further information see RFC 959.
    • Connection establishment: FTP commands that are executed when the TCP/IP connection is established. These commands replace the login. The parameters of the FTP tab are not used.
    • List Command: LIST is set as default command. Use NLST if LIST provides a directory structure that cannot be parsed by the FTP parser. In this case, the parser ignores the files.
    • Before Data Transfer: FTP commands that are executed before downloading the file. These replace the FTP file type setting. If the FTP file type setting is required, then you must explicitly define it as a command.
    • After data transfer: FTP commands that are executed after the file has been transferred.
    • Before Disconnect: FTP commands that are executed before the data connection is terminated.
    Specify the conversion to be performed by Exchange Services before transmission.
    These options are available: None, ASCII to EBCDIC, EBCDIC to ASCII.
    Subsequent processing
    Click Add to specify the type of processing.
    Processing type
    • Routing program: one or more routing programs
    • HTTP: one or more HTTP sub processes
    • Forwarding to External: one or more forwarding sub processes
    • EDX: one or more EDX sub processes
    Category name Select the category name from the list or specify a new category name manually. Categories that are inserted manually are added to the drop-down list.