I've been asked to automate a file transfer that is currently being
manually via email and it seems that NFS would be a good solution. Thefor
"Exploring NFS on AS400" redbook does a thorough job of explaining the
universe of possibilities but I'm having a bit of trouble narrowing them
down to what will address our particular issue. Is anyone aware of a
tutorial or 'how to' that might give me some pointers on configuring NFS
the following scenario?daily
Currently, a customer service rep in our little department receives a
email which contains a link to a .txt file on a server at the corporatesame
office. The operator clicks the link which imports the file into notepad.
She then does a 'save as' into her /home directory on the IFS and launches
an edit/import process from a green-screen menu. The link is always the
value and is in the form of \\some_share_name\folder_name\file_name.txtare
<file:///\\some_share_name\folder_name\file_name.txt> . All the desktops
on the "corporateoffice.com" domain and I'm assuming that the link back toto
the actual .txt file is handled through the magic of Windows and SMB.
My idea of an improved process would be to use NFS to establish a link
the .txt file on the corporate server and submit the update process tobatch
at a predetermined time. Assuming that we can address any firewallblockages
and CCSID issues, am I correct in my assumption that using NFS wouldpretty
much be a drop-in replacement for the manual email step? The existingCL/RPG
retrieves the data from an IFS link anyway and I'm thinking that NFSshould
handle the actual transfer. What I don't know is:to
1) How is Windows resolving the SMB link and how do I translate that
to NFS lingo
2) Although this will happen inside the corporate firewall, I need
be mindful of security. I'm assuming that some of the iSeries NFS serversresolve
need to be started but I'm not clear on which ones are necessary to
the link to the .txt file at the corporate office. It shouldn't benecessary
to expose any of the iSeries folders.
3) Or maybe I should use FTP instead?
Any pointers or war-stories will be greatly appreciated.
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