We have a need to move stream files between the IBM i server and Windows servers.

I know I can use FTP. My question here is about what is possible. Since FTP and HTTP are both TCP/IP protocols, it should be possible to move files between the IBM i server and Windows servers using HTTP\HTTPS.

Suppose I have an Apache web serve set up on the IBM i server and an IIS web server set up on a Windows server. Here are the processes I want to accomplish.

1. A COBOL or RPG program populates a DB2/400 physical file with data based on business logic.
2. A CL program uses the CPYTOIMPF command to create a stream file in the IFS based on the physical file.
3. A process on the IBM i sends a PUT or POST HTTP request to the IIS web server in order to move the file to the Windows server for storage.
4. A CL program uses the RMVLNK command to delete the file from the IFS.
How do I achieve step 3 above?

Here is another process I want to achieve:
1. A process on the IBM i sends a GET HTTP request to an IIS web server to get a file and store it in the IFS.
2. A CL program uses the CPYFRMIMPF command to upload the file into a DB2/400 physical file.
3. A COBOL or RPG program then processes the DB2/400 file using business logic.
How do I achieve step 1 above?

I suspect I will be able to do the above processes with Node.JS on the IBM i. But I don't have Node.JS yet. So what other ways might I accomplish step 3 in the first process and step 1 in the second process?


Kelly Cookson
IT Project Leader
Dot Foods, Inc.
1.217.773.4486 ext. 12676

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