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Connect:Direct Client Identification by the Connect:Direct Server

Connect:Direct, although a peer to peer MFT tool, uses a client - server model as it's underlying architecture. With a client submitting a job to the C:D server, we cannot identify the client server with the current state of affairs if the C:D server and C:D client are on different servers. Further, with the introduction of CD Web Services, the server submitting the job can be anywhere.


If the CD server can identify the source of the connection from Client, we have the following benefits:

  1. Can identify which IP/server the client connection is coming from.

  2. Reports can be generated with the necessary details like the Client version and details in cliapi files.

  3. Proactive blocking of un-authorized clients, if any.

Gathering these details will further allow:

  1. Version upgrades / patching.

  2. Would have helped a lot in the current upgrade process from v4.2 to v6 as there is a cross-compatibility issue which prevents connections of a v4.2 client with a v6 server and vice-versa.

  3. Possible internal charge-back model for business, based on the job submissions or file transfers arriving from a particular client.

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  • Dec 28 2021
  • Future consideration
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If the CD server can identify the source of the connection from Client, we have the following benefits:

  1. Can identify which IP/server the client connection is coming from.

  2. Reports can be generated with the necessary details like the Client version and details in cliapi files.

  3. Proactive blocking of un-authorized clients, if any.

Gathering these details will further allow:

  1. Version upgrades / patching.

  2. Would have helped a lot in the current upgrade process from v4.2 to v6 as there is a cross-compatibility issue which prevents connections of a v4.2 client with a v6 server and vice-versa.

  3. Possible internal charge-back model for business, based on the job submissions or file transfers arriving from a particular client.

  • Admin
    Chris Sanders commented
    25 Mar 12:29pm

    Thank you for opening this enhancement request with IBM. I have reviewed it with my team and we believe this could be a useful enhancement to C:D. I have accepted it and will add it to our backlog of potential enhancements to deliver moving forward.


    Sincerely,

    Chris Sanders

    Connect:Direct Product Manager

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