Mount_IFS — Does anyone know of this utility?

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We recently heard reference to a MOUNTIFS command or utility. 

Does anyone use this command or know where we can find more info?

Our goal is to create linkage between the IBM i and a Wintel server to transfer spool files converted to PDF on the IBM i.  Customers can then view their files via a customer support web site.

Today we transfer using FTP but that is rather cumbersome.



Software/Hardware used:
IBM i; i5/OS 6.1

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I haven’t heard of a product called mount IFS.

You can use Operations Navigator to setup a file share on your AS400 then a windows server can map to it using the iSeries NetServer service. //servername/sharename

Your windows server could map drives to it or you could direct your web app to see the AS400 file share as the directory for your documents.

Instead of FTPing all the documents you could leave them on the AS400 reducing bandwidth consumption and the web app would only retrieve requested documents.

Warning on AS400 file shares – If your OS < or = V5R4 you will have issues if you’re trying to map drives or use ODBC connectors on an 64-bit Window client. (You need V6R1 or newer for 64-Bit connections).

If I miss the mark please provide some more details on your support website.

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  • BigKat
    you might have mis-heard the terminology of having the Wintel server mount a directory (pointing it) to an IFS Share.
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  • WoodEngineer
    Our goal is to use an AS/400 command such as CPYTOSTMF to copy an object on the IBM i to a folder on a wintel server.
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  • TomLiotta
    ...to copy an object on the IBM i to a folder on a wintel server. You would simply copy it to /QNTC/servername/sharename/directory/file.name for servers that are in your domain. The FILE host server and NetServer should be running on your IBM i. If you cannot see the server in the /QNTC path, you may need to mkdir the directory. If you cannot access the share on that server, you may need to switch to a current user that has a matching name and password. In order to match name and password, you may need to create a local user on that server that matches. There are lots of variations. The NetServer and TCP/IP configurations should complement your Windows domain. Different i5/OS releases, different PTFs, different Windows OS releases... Windows networking can be tricky to keep up with, but I've always got it to work by making system tweaks rather than code tweaks. Tom
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  • TomLiotta
    Your very first step should simply be to run WRKLNK '/QNTC/*' just to get a base view of stuff that shows up normally. Tom
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  • WoodEngineer
    Thanks for the tip. The /QNTC/server/folder method worked very nicely!
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