I had similar issues in the past.
Reason for the failure was Electronic Service Agent was not properly configured.
IBM forwarded simple steps for reconfiguring service agent, see below.
ESA will use a fall back, but if not properly configured, fall back will fail.
A SNDPTFORD can be setup automated/unattended, I don't think this can be done with fix central.
Also, a SNDPTFORD will be downloaded before you even finish the fix central order process.
Actually, I have had more issues with Fix Central due to browser issues, and/or fix central being down.
If one had many partitions to maintain, fix central might be a better option.
For now, SNDPTFORD wins hands down, one step process, compared to 5 to 10 steps for fix central.


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-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerald Kern
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 5:00 PM
To: Midrange
Subject: RE: PTF apply philosophies

My predecessor had our systems set up to use SNDPTFORD to download images (on each partition!), but for some bizarre reason I had some problems where I wasn't getting 'complete' orders on one partition. When I opened a PMR to resolve the issue, the IBM'r suggested using Fix Central and ordering image packages to be downloaded via FTP because that process tells you exactly how many bytes are in the package so you can check to ensure you do get the complete download. And the other benefit of doing this is that it's easy to FTP them from one partition to the other partitions and therefore only have to download the order once. So to answer one of your questions I think the FTP process from fix central is just as easy as SNDPTFORD. IBM gives you all the instructsion step by step. And I do plan to continue applying cumes and groups all at once, however my strategy is to do that and then apply those permanently before I do any TR updates.

Thanks, Jerry

Gerald Kern - Information Technology
Programming Supervisor
IBM Certified RPG IV Developer
Lotus Notes/Domino Administrator
The Toledo Clinic, Inc.
4235 Secor Road
Toledo, OH 43623
Phone 419-479-5535
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