IBM Information Exchange FTP (IBM IE FTP) Adapter
The IBM Information Exchange FTP adapter sends and collects documents from the IBM EDI services mailbox by using a TCP/IP FTP gateway.
The following table provides an overview of the IBM Information Exchange FTP (IBM IE FTP) adapter, which is used to communicate with the IBM Information Exchange network:
|System name||IBM IE FTP adapter|
|Graphical Process Modeler (GPM) category||All Services|
|Description||The IBM IE FTP adapter is used to send and collect documents from the IBM EDI services mailbox using a TCP/IP FTP gateway.|
|Business usage||Used to exchange documents with a trading partner's IBM EDI services mailbox.|
|Usage example||An internal service invokes a business process that sends a trading document to a trading partner mailbox in the IBM VAN.|
|Requires third-party files?||None|
|Platform availability||All supported Sterling B2B Integrator platforms|
|Related adapters||FTP Client Adapter|
|Initiates business processes?||Yes, this adapter will initiate another business process in COLLECT mode.|
|Invocation||This adapter can be invoked by an internal service only.|
|Business process context considerations||You must be familiar with the internal service (workflow and business process parameters) that invoked this adapter. Workflow parameters are those values that were passed into the internal service. Business process parameters are those values specified within the business process code.|
|Returned status values||Returned status values:
|Persistence level||System default (Full)|
|Testing considerations||Create a test configuration of the adapter and
create a business process to test with. See Business Process Example.
The most frequent problems encountered are:
Implementing the IBM IE FTP Adapter
- Activate your license for the IBM IE FTP adapter. See An Overview of Implementing Services.
- Create an IBM IE FTP adapter configuration. See Creating a Service Configuration.
- Configure the adapter. See Configuring the IBM IE FTP Adapter.
- Create a business process that includes the IBM IE FTP adapter and enable it.
- Test the business process and the adapter.
- Run the business process.
Configuring the IBM IE FTP Adapter
To configure the IBM IE FTP adapter, you must specify field settings in Sterling B2B Integrator.
Sterling B2B Integrator Configuration
The following table describes the fields used to configure the IBM IE FTP adapter in Sterling B2B Integrator:
|Name||Unique and meaningful name for the adapter configuration. Required.|
|Description||Meaningful description for the adapter configuration, for reference purposes. Required.|
|Select a Group||Group of services or adapters of the same type
that can act as peers. A Service Group name is used in BPML in place
of the Service Configuration name. Service Groups show up in the GPM
as if they were Service Configurations. Select a Service Group to
associate with this adapter. Valid values are:
|Default IBM IE FTP Server||The host information for IBM IE FTP server. Valid value is a hostname or IP address. Default is myhost. Required.|
|Default IBM IE FTP Server Port||Port number of the IBM IE FTP server. This is typically port number 21, but it can be another number depending on the FTP server settings. Default is 21. Required.|
|User Name||User login name to connect to the IBM IE FTP server. Alphanumeric and case-sensitive. Default is euser. Required.|
|Password||Password used for authentication when connecting to the IBM IE FTP server. Case-sensitive. Default is ******. Required.|
|SMIME Encryption User Certificate||Not in use|
|SMIME Decryption Certificate (System Store):||Not in use|
|SSL||The SSL flag that determines SSL socket negotiation.
Valid values are:
|Clear Control Channel||Indicates if information that travels across the control channel should be clear. Valid values are Yes and No. Default is No. Required.|
|Key Certificate Passphrase||Not in use.|
|Cipher Strength||The level of encryption you would like to be applied
to the data that flows through the socket connection. Valid values
|Key Certificate (System Store)||Select from the list of PrivateKeys/Public Certificates that are signed by the trading partner trusted certificate authority. In process data, this parameter is displayed as an object ID. Required for client authentication.|
|CA Certificates||Select from the list of trusted certificate authority public certificates. In process data, this parameter is displayed as an object ID. Required for server authentication.|
|Select the operation||Specifies the type of operation to perform. Valid
|Trading Partner||Specifies the trading partner mailbox to collect. Default is account.userid. Required for COLLECT.|
|Message Class||Specifies the message class to collect. Default is text. Required for COLLECT.|
|Business Process||Specifies the business process to invoke. Required for COLLECT.|
|Schedule Settings||Enables you to set up a schedule. Supporting scheduling
options are presented based on the value specified here. Valid values
|Select the message type||Specifies the message type to send. If you select
SUBMIT for the type of operation, you will be presented with this
option. Valid values are:
|Select the alias table type||Specifies the alias table type. If you select EDI
for the message type, this field is displayed. You define the alias
table to resolve EDI addresses. Valid values are:
|Alias table name||Specifies the alias table name. Default is tablename. Required for SUBMIT EDI message.|
Business Process Example
The following business process example illustrates how you can invoke an IBM IE FTP adapter configuration:
<process name="Test_bpml"> <sequence name="optional"> <operation name="Invoke an instance of IBM IE FTP adapter "> <participant name="IBM_IE_FTP_adapter"/> <output message="Xout"> <assign to="." from="*"></assign> </output> <input message="Xin"> <assign to="." from="*"></assign> </input> </operation> </sequence> </process>