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If you’re just getting started with OS/400 FTP, you probably found that it didn’t take long to master the basics. After all, FTP is one of the key TCP/IP utility programs, and IBM’s OS/400 version isn’t much different from the implementations provided in the UNIX, Linux, or Windows environments.

Now that you’re manually using your AS/400 (iSeries) as an FTP server or client, and you’re firing up OS/400-centric FTP sessions with impunity, it’s time to take the next step: automating your FTP file transfers so that they can be called from inside a CL program or from an automatic scheduling program, such as Help/Systems’s Robot SCHEDULE product (www.helpsystems.com/products/ schedule.html). The good news is that automated FTP from an iSeries and AS/400 is easier than you think. It’s just a matter of following a few simple steps to set up a fully functional FTP transfer that can be called any time you wish in a batch program without any user intervention whatsoever. Here’s my quick five-step process for automating FTP transfers inside OS/400.

Step One: Test Your FTP Session Manually

Before you can automate an FTP transfer, you need to ensure that you can complete the transfer manually. To that end, it’s always wise to manually test out the specific command sequence that you’ll be using inside an automatic FTP transfer. Figure 1 shows some simple FTP commands for transferring a file from one AS/400 or iSeries to another. What I want to do is look at the manual process for running a specific FTP transfer, and then translate those steps to an automatic FTP that can be kicked off inside a CL program in a batch job.

Command 1 in Figure 1 shows you how to start an interactive FTP session by running the Start TCP/IP File Transfer (FTP) command. If you wanted to start an FTP session with another AS/400 at the 192.168.10.1 IP address, you would enter your command this way:

FTP RMTSYS(‘192.168.10.1’)


Alternatively, you could set up an entry in the TCP/IP Host Table (accessed by selecting option 10 from the Configure TCP/IP [CFGTCP] menu) that associates an IP address (192.168.10.1) with a specific host name (e.g., Remote400). In this case, if you wanted to use a host name to start your AS/400-to-AS/400 FTP session, you would enter the FTP command this way:

FTP RMTSYS(Remote400)

Once the session is established, OS/400 FTP will prompt you for a valid user name and password to log onto the target AS/400. After you enter these values, OS/400 starts the FTP session with the remote AS/400 host.

Now, because you’re performing an AS/400-to-AS/400 transfer, command 2 in Figure 1 (the NAMEFMT 0 subcommand) explicitly states that you should be using the file naming format 0—which allows you to specify only DB2/400 library names and file names—rather than AS/400 Integrated File System (AS/400 IFS) file naming conventions for the transfer. (See my article, “The One AS/400 FTP Command You Must Understand,” AS/400 Network Expert, November/December 1999). As shown in Figure 1, command 3 then copies a file called CUSTOMER in the library HERTVIK of my client AS/400 to the same library on the target host server AS/400 by using the FTP PUT statement. Finally, command 4 closes the FTP session and returns the user to the OS/400 command line via the FTP QUIT command.

Step Two: Setting Up the Transfer for Batch FTP

Now that you know the steps for a manual transfer and you have tested the manual FTP transfer skeleton, you can convert this procedure to a batch process that can be called from a CL program. In turn, you can set up the CL program to run from the scheduling software so that this transfer runs on a timed basis. The drill now is to convert the processes you created for the manual transfer into an automated process using three steps:

• You must set up a text file that contains the FTP commands to be executed. This file will serve as the input file for the automated FTP statement.

• You must set up a text file that contains the output of the FTP commands that have executed. This will be the FTP results (output) file.

• You must set up a CL program that runs the batch FTP using the commands stored in the FTP input file and stores the results of the transfer in the FTP output file.

Step Three: Setting Up the FTP Input File

Collect and transfer the manual commands into a single text file member that can be pulled into the batch FTP CL program. I performed this task for my example, and I came up with a text file that contains the commands listed in Figure 2.

For automated FTP, you must set up an FTP batch input member that stores all the FTP commands to execute from an OS/400 CL program automatically. The commands listed in Figure 2 help with the transfer in the following way:

• Because you’ll establish the FTP session in the CL program (which I’ll explain in this article), there is no need for an FTP OPEN command.

• The REI FTP command is the Reinitialize Session command, which is supported for OS/400 FTP logins. REI (which can be typed in as REIN on some systems) returns your session to the state it was in when the FTP session first started. You need to reinitialize your FTP session to sign onto your target AS/400 as a specific user via the FTP USER


command on the next line. Your batch transfer might fail if you don’t enter this command before the USER command.

• The USER HERTVIK PASSWORD command attempts to sign onto the remote AS/400 server with user profile HERTVIK and password PASSWORD. This command is the weak link of batch FTP because, like most client/server programs, it forces you to hard- code a password within your batch process. However, once you are signed on, you have the authority to transfer files between the two systems.

• The NAMEFMT 0, PUT HERTVIK/CUSTOMER HERTVIK/CUSTOMER, and QUIT commands are exactly the same as the commands you entered for the manual process.

The best place to store these commands is in a text file member (member type TXT) in an OS/400 source file. Because the drill requires you to override an OS/400 physical file member inside a CL program, an OS/400 physical file member is the only place where you can store these commands. You cannot store these FTP input commands in a text file inside the AS/400 IFS Root directory or any other directory in the AS/400 IFS.

To create the FTP input file, I used PDM to create an FTPINPUT source file text member (type TXT) in my HERTVIK/SOURCE file. I then entered the commands listed in Figure 2 and saved my member. When it’s time to run the batch FTP program, my FTP statement will access this source member to retrieve the commands to execute.

Step Four: Setting Up the FTP Output File

The next step is to create another text source file member (type TXT again) called FTPOUTPUT that will contain the results of the automated FTP transfer after you finish running the program. In a manual FTP session, the error messages and confirmation are displayed on the screen. This isn’t possible with a batch FTP program, and you need to redirect the FTP output. In this case, I am choosing to send the output to another source file member that I can review after the batch FTP transfer is complete.

Step Five: Setting Up Your FTP CL Program

Figure 3 shows the CL program that I set up to perform my batch FTP transfer. Whenever I transfer this particular file to another AS/400 or iSeries, I run this program and the batch transfer automatically completes. Here’s how it works:

• The first Override with Data Base File (OVRDBF) command changes all references to the INPUT file to the FTPINPUT source file member that I created in the HERTVIK/SOURCE file. When called in batch mode, FTP will automatically accept commands that originate from the designated INPUT file.

• The Clear Physical File Member (CLRPFM) command clears out any old messages from the FTP output file member FTPOUTPUT before the transfer begins. If you don’t clear this member, the new messages are appended to the bottom of the old messages listed in this source file member.

• The second OVRDBF command changes all references to the OUTPUT file to the FTPOUTPUT source file member I created. Rather than outputting the results of my FTP commands to a display, the command redirects those results to my FTPOUTPUT source file.

• The FTP command then runs, designating the remote system to which your AS/400 or iSeries should connect in order to create a transfer session (which is why you didn’t need to use an FTP OPEN command in your FTPINPUT text file). The FTP command then


processes the commands listed in the FTPINPUT source member for the transfer and places the results of that transfer in the FTPOUTPUT source member. To view the results of the batch FTP transfer, you can view the FTPOUTPUT source member in your SEU editor. Also, because this FTPOUTPUT file is nothing more than an OS/400 file member, you can use it as input for a CL or RPG program to process the output information and perform certain actions based on whether the command executed correctly or not. See Figure 4 for a sample of the type of output messages a batch FTP session produces.

• The Delete Override (DLTOVR) command deletes the INPUT and OUTPUT overrides that were used in the program.

I Told You It Was Easy

Once you understand how easy it is to create a batch FTP transfer, you’ll be using it to set up transfers automatically all over the place. Give it a try. It will make life easier for your FTP processing.

Command 1: Start the FTP session with the remote AS/400 by using the OS/400 FTP command:

FTP RMTSYS(ip_address) or FTP RMTSYS(host_name)

OS/400 FTP will automatically prompt the user for a valid OS/400 user profile name and password during this
stage. At this point, your FTP session is started and you can enter FTP commands.

Command 2: Specify that this is a DB2/400-only file transfer to simplify your file naming convention by
using the NAMEFMT command, as follows:

NAMEFMT 0

Command 3: Copy the CUSTOMERS file in the HERTVIK library to the same file and library name on the target
host machine by using the FTP PUT command:

PUT HERTVIK/CUSTOMER HERTVIK/CUSTOMER

Command 4: End the FTP session by entering the FTP QUIT Command:

QUIT

This ends your FTP session and returns you to the OS/400 command line.

Figure 1: Use these commands to perform the example manual FTP transfer.

REI
USER HERTVIK PASSWORD
NAMEFMT 0
PUT HERTVIK/CUSTOMER HERTVIK/CUSTOMER
QUIT

Figure 2: Enter these commands into the FTP input member, FTPINPUT.

PGM

OVRDBF FILE(INPUT) TOFILE(HERTVIK/SOURCE) +

MBR(FTPINPUT)

CLRPFM FILE(HERTVIK/SOURCE) MBR(FTPOUTPUT)

OVRDBF FILE(OUTPUT) TOFILE(HERTVIK/SOURCE) +

MBR(FTPOUTPUT)

FTP RMTSYS(192.168.10.1)

DLTOVR FILE(*ALL)

ENDPGM

Figure 3: This simple CL program runs the file transfer.


*************** Beginning of data *************************************
0001.00 Output redirected to a file.
0002.00 Input read from specified override file.
0003.00 Connecting to host forums.midrangecomputing.com at address 192.168.10.1
0004.00 port 21.
0005.00 220-QTCP at MC170.
0006.00 220 Connection will close if idle more than 166 minutes.
0007.00 Enter login ID (hertvik):
0008.00 331 Enter password.
0009.00 OS/400 is the remote operating system. The TCP/IP version is "V4R4M0".
0010.00 250 Now using naming format "0".
0011.00 Enter an FTP subcommand.
0012.00 > USER HERTVIK *****
0013.00 331 Enter password.
0014.00 230 HERTVIK logged on.
0015.00 OS/400 is the remote operating system. The TCP/IP version is "V4R4M0".
0016.00 250 Now using naming format "0".
0017.00 257 "HERTVIK" is current library.
0018.00 Enter an FTP subcommand.
0019.00 > NAMEFMT 0
0020.00 250 Now using naming format "0".
0021.00 Server NAMEFMT is 0.
0022.00 Client NAMEFMT is 0.
0023.00 Enter an FTP subcommand.
0024.00 > PUT HERTVIK/CUSTOMER HERTVIK/CUSTOMER
0025.00 227 Entering Passive Mode (192,168,10,1,21,152).
0026.00 150 Sending file to member CUSTOMER in file CUSTOMER in library HERTVIK
0027.00 250 File transfer completed successfully.
0028.00 63 bytes transferred in 0.005 seconds. Transfer rate 12.902 KB/sec.
0029.00 Enter an FTP subcommand.
0030.00 > QUIT
0031.00 221 QUIT subcommand received.
0032.00 Output redirected to a file.
0033.00 Input read from specified override file.

Figure 4: Always check the batch FTP output file after a batch transfer completes.


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    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

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    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

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    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

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    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
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    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.