Creating an OFTP/IP partner

  1. Select COMMUNICATION > Partner Management.
  2. Click New.
  3. Select OFTP/IP.
  4. Click Next.
  5. In the General Partner Details section, specify this information:
    The Partner field and the Unit field are used as a unique identifier. The Partner field has nine digits.
    The three-digit Unit field is not required.
    This field shows the description of the selected partner.
    Specify a comment.
  6. On the OFTP tab, specify this information.
    Communication Active
    Select this check box to enable communication with this partner. If the check box is disabled, send requests can be created, but are not sent. When receiving data, Exchange Services behaves as if the partner does not exist.
    OFTP Version
    Specify OFTP Version 1 or OFTP Version 2.
    OFTP Secure Authentication
    Specify if the OFTP2 partner authentication is to be used. You can specify yes, no, or prepared. Use prepared if you preconfigure the partner's certificate identification data. In this case, the authentication can be started by the system through the automatic certificate exchange once the certificates are exchanged.
    Note: This list box can be accessed only if OFTP Version 2 is specified.
    The partner's ODETTE ID and the corresponding password are used to communicate with this partner.
    Local ODETTE ID send, Local ODETTE ID receive
    If available, specify an alternative own Odette ID to be used with this partner.
    Remote Password
    Specify the partner's password.
    Local Password
    Specify the password with which you can access your partner’s system. You must coordinate the password with your partner.
    IP address
    Specify your partner's DNS name or IP address.
    Specify the number of the IP port where the partner expects the data.
    Use TLS/SSL
    Select this option if the partner uses an OFTP2 TCP/IP TLS/SSL server.
    Send Systems
    The selected systems are assigned to the partner.
    Verify Host Name against Certificate
    Select this check box to check the host name against the common name used in the TLS/SSL certificate received from the message partner.
  7. Optionally, click the Certificates tab. Here you can store the partners's TLS/SSL server or client-side certificates.
    See Certificate Management for the handling of certificates.
    Note: This tab can only be accessed when you specify OFTP 2 as OFTP version.
  8. On the Extended Settings tab, specify this information.
    OFTP SSID user data
    This information may be required for mailbox systems.
    Exchange Buffer Size
    Specify the value for the exchange buffer size if the value differs from the the default value.
    Exchange Buffer Credits
    Specify a value for the exchange buffer credits if the value differs from the default value.
    Select the check box to enable compression.
    Allow Restart
    Select the check box to allow a restart of the transmission.
    Suppress duplicate file check (SFNA13)
    Select this option to suppress the verification of duplicate files that are based on SSID+Originator+Destination+Virtual File Name and Odette file date. This can be required when a partner sends different files with the same above-mentioned parameters, in particular with identical Odette file date.

    Note that by selecting this option you prevent the restart of broken transmissions. Broken file transmissions thus produce 'order skeletons' in the receive list.

    Allow Direction Change
    Select this option to allow sending and receiving during the same session.
    Partner sends EERP
    Specify if the partner sends EERP (end-to-end response) messages. If you select the check box, the system waits for the EERP message before the files are archived.
    EERP Collection (EFPACD with NO)
    Select the check box to enable collected End to End Response (EERP) messages if your partner requires this functionality.

    The EFPACD setting shows the setting of the Change Direction Indicator in the OFTP protocol.

    After having received an end file commmand (EFID), the recipient of the file returns an EFPA (End File Positive Answer). Through the EFPACD parameter, the listener can request a Change Direction (CD) command from the speaker. 'No', which is the preconfigured setting, means that the sender can continue with the next file. Thus, the EERP's accumulate.

    Active EERP Retrieval
    Select the check box to specify that an EERP message is actively retrieved.
    Max. Retrieval Attempts
    Specify the maximum number of attempts for retrieving the EERP messages.
    Retrieval Attempts Interval (in min.)
    Specify the time interval (in minutes) after which an attempt should be made to retrieve the EERP message.
    Process limit
    Specify the number of simultaneous processes that can be active in communicating with this partner.
    Max. Call Attempts
    Specify how many transmission attempts are made before an error message is displayed.
    Interval Call Attempts (in sec.)
    Specify the time interval between two consecutive sending attempts.
    Individual Sending Directory
    Select the check box to specify an individual sending directory in the provided field.
    Individual Receipt Directory
    Select the check box to specify an individual receipt directory.
    Partner specific TLS/SSL parameter (Expert Mode)
    Select this check box to adjust some partner-specific TLS/SSL security parameters, such as cipher suite or TLS/SSL protocol, through the TLS/SSL Parameter button.

    See Configuring extended settings.

    If you select this check box, non-standard parameters are set by default.

    For incoming connections, the parameters are set based on the incoming IP address if the incoming IP address or name is known.

    Additional Inbound IPs (comma separated)
    Optionally, you can add differing incoming IP addresses in addition to the outgoing IP address.
    Client Authentication on base of incoming IP-Addresses
    Select None or Force to deactivate or enforce client authentication in TLS deviating from the default settings in the receiving system.
    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.
    COM-Secure Encryption
    Specify an encryption type.
    To use COM-Secure encryption, you must purchase a license.
    Select the groups that you want to assign to the selected partner.
  9. Click File > Save.