Db2 support update: secure protocols now required for exchanging data with IBM Support
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IBM is working to transform our tools for GDPR readiness. As part of that effort Enhanced Customer Data Repository (ECuRep) servers, including the IBM Boulder Test Case Data Repository ('testcase') servers, now require an authenticated log-in using an IBM Support File Transfer ID and password (token), and they support only secure transfer protocols.
Beginning on May 24, 2018, to exchange data with IBM using either the 'testcase' or ECuRep servers, you must now use an IBM Support File Transfer ID and password (token). You use your IBM ID to create the IBM Support File Transfer ID. You must also now use secure tranfer protocols, such as FTPS, SFTP, or HTTPS. Unsecured FTP and anonymous upload methods are no longer supported.
Many clients will need to change their scripts to use the new authentication method, and might need to update firewall rules for the new ECuRep Secure FTP Server. For clients who require more time to update their environments and processes, the current FTP process for ECuRep and Testcase will remain available until June 21, 2018.
Actions to take before exchanging documentation with IBM
For more information, see Contacting IBM Support about Db2 problems.
A recent IBM Red Alert also describes this change.
Guilherme Saueressig is a Tech Evangelist for Db2 for z/OS Worldwide Technical Support. Paul McWilliams is a technical writer for Db2 for z/OS.
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