AS/400 spool file transfer to server

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AS/400 Spool Files
Any best way to trasfer the generated spool file and store in a server - is it good to covert the spool to PF and ftp the file to server? Thanks in advance for any input.

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We store the reports directly to optical thereby retaining its original report format. However we also convert to PDF and store the entire outq on the network at monthend via windows drag and drop. Automated FTP is best if you have a set location.
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  • WM
    I believe the spool files can be converted to a physical file. I can not remember the steps but I'm almost 100% sure it can be done. I used to use Client Access Explorer. By using CA Explorer you can view your spool files and drag and drop to a specific folder on your PC or server. This was a quite easy way to move my spool files from the system to the PC.
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  • WoodEngineer
    WM is correct - spool files can be copied to physical files. However, the formatting will be lost if those files are transfered to a wintel-based server. There are several economical tools that convert spool files to PDF - see Gumbo and BVSTools. Both work well. IBM's Infoprint server will also convert to PDF but is more expensive. Saving the PDF on your server is a great way to archive reports. We do that via FTP. I think there is a way to streamline the whole process in Infoprint. I have not checked our using Gumbo or BVSTools products to deliver the converrted spool file directly to a server.
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  • DanTheDane
    With v6.1 you may use parameters on the OVRPRTF command to get spool-print generated into PDF files residing on a folder on the IFS. Test it out by entering the following two commands one after the other:
    OVRPRTF FILE(QPQUPRFIL)         
            TOFILE(*LIBL/QPQUPRFIL) 
            DEVTYPE(*AFPDS)          
            SAVE(*YES)               
            TOSTMF('/myfolder')          
            WSCST(*PDF)        
    
    RUNQRY QRY(myquerylib/myquery)  OUTTYPE(*PRINTER) 
    
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