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Do you want to visualize the status of internal and external business-to business (B2B) transfers from a central automation platform?

 

Learn how our newest product, Control-M MFT Enterprise B2B, provides a secure method for external business partners to transfer files to and from Control-M Managed File Transfer environments from an easy-to-use web interface and more.

 

In this webinar James Pendergrast will explain the architecture of this add-on and how you can get the most out of it in your organization.

 

This is the link on YouTube for the recorded session:

 

Connect With Control-M: Control-M Managed File Transfer Enterprise B2B (Version 9.0.18) - YouTube

 

Here is the Q&A for this webinar (Connect with Control-M: Control-M Managed File Transfer Enterprise B2B (Version 9.0.18))

 

Q: Is the name of the product Managed File Transfer Enterprise? Or Managed File Transfer B2B?

A: Managed File Transfer Enterprise

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Q: Is it licensed separately from MFT?

A: Managed File Transfer is an additional purchase on top of Managed File Transfer (MFT).

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Q: What version of EM is necessary to use MFT Enterprise?

A: Enterprise Manager must be 9.0.18.001

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Q: Are we need to shut down related agent before start installation?

A: No, it must be pushed and activated while the agent is online.

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Q: Will this upgrade AFT to MFT?

A: Managed File Transfer 9.0.18 can only upgrade accounts from AFT 8.2 and Managed File Transfer 9.0

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Q: Are MFT and MFT B2B 2 separate products?

A: Managed File Transfer is an additional purchase on top of Managed File Transfer (MFT).

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Q: Can we grant/limit access from Authorizations to the MFT Enterprise Settings?

A: The Managed File Transfer has authorizations that are specific to the transfers and access. Enterprise Manager has a separate set of authorizations.

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Q: Is Gateway machine a CTM agent?

A: No, it’s a standalone process.

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Q: Does the HUB install on windows platform or just Unix?

A: The Hub can be installed on Linux and MS Windows

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Q: At a user group meeting I heard that the Control-M MFT B2B is not included with the licensing for Control-M MFT that the B2B needs to be purchased as an add-on is that true?

A: Managed File Transfer is an additional purchase on top of Managed File Transfer (MFT).

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Q: Does MFT encrypts/decrypts files according to various vendor if yes then where are the keys stored or do we still need to use any pgp tool for that and also how about zipping/unzipping

A: MFT currently does not encrypt the file, this will need to be done with an external process.

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Q: Can we create specific folders for specific external users/partners?

A: Yes, each external user is assigned to one or more folders.

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Q: Can I use MFT 9.0.18 in compatibility mode?

A: No, the forms and information needed for Managed File Transfer Enterprise to work, is not available when in Compatibility Mode.

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Q: What kind of penetration testing has the CTM MFT B2B been through to make sure that the Gateway through to the internal is protected from hackers?

A: Please contact BMC for results from Penetration testing.

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Q: What happens if there is an overload of the interfaces such as a denial of service overload?

A: This will affect the availability of Managed File Transfer Enterprise.

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Q: Does update 001 need to be installed on both the EM Server and Clients?

A: Update 001 needs to be installed on all the EM clients that access MFT Enterprise.

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Q: Does the File Exchange function as a reverse-proxy?

A: Yes, it does function as a reverse proxy.

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Q: What protocols does Managed File Transfer Enterprise support?

A: Currently we support FTP, FTP with SSL/TLS, SFTP, and HTTP(S) but we'll include more in future. If you need a specific protocol that isn't currently supported, please open a ticket, so we can document the request. We are always looking for input for what is requested.

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Q: What reporting is available for file transfers?

A: You can use the reporting facility and the mftreportcli to create reports. There are 2 new reports available.

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Q: Are there dependencies between MFT B2B and MFT?

A: Managed File Transfer is an additional purchase on top of Managed File Transfer (MFT).

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Q: We only have AFT 8.2, could we use MFT B2B with AFT 8.2?

A: MFT is additional functionality on top of Managed File Transfer 9.0.18.

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Q: Does search of files at dashboard working also for files, that names in definition consist variables?

A: Wild cards and partial files names can be matches when searching for a file.

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Q: Is the webpage interface the only interface external users can use, is there any sort of cod line or other interface they could script around and automate with

A: Yes, external users can access their files via FTP over SSL, SFTP, and REST over HTTPS.

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Q: Will AFT work as normal, or does this replace AFT totally?

A: Managed File Transfer Enterprise replaces AFT when installed.

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Q: Can external users download files via B2B?

A: Yes, via FTPS, SFTP, and REST over HTTPS.

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Q: Can this be installed on either Windows or Linux?

A: The HUB can be run on Windows or Linux. The Gateway must be installed on Linux.

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Q: AFT and MFT are different license?

A: Yes, they are separate licenses. Managed File Transfer is an additional license on top of Managed File Transfer.

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Q: What is the timeline for those who are currently in version 9.0.00.103 to upgrade to B2B Enterprise?

A: Managed File Transfer 9.0.18 is currently available, and can be deployed once EM and Control-M/Server are version 9.0.18.

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Q: The notification sent when files arrive, can it contain the file name that arrived?

A: Yes, the notification contains the filename.

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Q: Is the hub installed on the Control-M/Server or Control-M/Agent?

A: Hub is installed on a Control-M/Agent.

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Q: Is MFT available for Windows?

A: Yes, but gateway only available for Linux

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Q: Is there a limit on the file size which can be transferred? Also does it allow to transfer multiple files at same instance (like 100 at a time)?

A: No, there is no limit coded, as long as the servers involved can handle the traffic.

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Q: Is it possible to set up B2B failover?

A: The HUB and Gateway can be configured to run on existing HA platforms for redundancy.

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Q: To exchange files with another multiple companies in a managed way, does Ctrl-M need to be installed on both ends, or just the "server" side?

A: Any client supporting FTP over SSL, SFTP or supporting REST over HTTPS can exchange files.

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Q: Can external users download files via B2B?

A: Yes

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Q: Will existing defined AFT jobs on previous versions still work seamlessly?

A: Yes, as long as the previous version of AFT was previously running 8.2.

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Q: Can the reports be used for the AFT transfers existing already or only for the installed B2B?

A: Yes, the repots can be customized to only show MFTE transfers.

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Q: Can external user use regular FTP client to upload/download without using web interface?

A: Yes, he can use ftp or sftp client.

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Q: Can CTRL M MFT Agent be installed on windows too? If not, when are we going to have a MFT Agent for windows?

A: Yes, Managed File Transfer supports Microsoft Windows.

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Q: How did Bob at ACME get the logon link and password?  Who manages the password changes?  Is this automate?

A: The administrator of MFT Enterprise created his account and sent him his credentials, and can managed SFTP key.

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Q: Does MFT come with 9.0.18 and you would just add on the MFT B2B?

A: Managed File Transfer is an additional purchase on top of Managed File Transfer (MFT).

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Q: Does the B2B gateway process run as root or installation defined user?

A: Can run as any user with proper access.

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Q: How is the alert management in case of failures?

A: Please contact BMC for further clarification on this question.

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Q: Is it possible to transfer files from REST Service API without creating file transfer job to external users using MFT web interface?

A: Yes

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Q: Virtual folders are on gateway machine or hub machine?

A: On hub machine. There is no information stored on gateway.

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Q: Can we set the dependency flag once file is pulled by B2B or pushed by Vendor?

A: Please contact BMC so we can further understand the request.

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Q: What user on hub machine owns the files and folders of the virtual folders?

A: These are owned by the agent user, but the FTP access is handled within the FTP server, and not OS users.

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Q: Can the hub communicate through a hardware load balancer to have multiple endpoints?

A: Please contact BMC so we can understand the requirements.

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Q: Is there a conversion utility for converting existing AFT jobs to MFT B2B?

A: The AFT must be upgraded if not already running on version 8.2.  At that point MFT 9.0.18 can be used to upgrade this installation.

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Q: Existing AFT jobs will be automatically displayed in MFT dashboard?

A: Yes, all transfer jobs run through the job or on a MFT job in this environment are displayed don the hub.

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Q: Can the MFT B2B be used to receive patches from BMC?

A: Not at this time. 

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Q: What is the time for connection profile? Can this be changed?

A: Please contact BMC so we can receive clarification on this question.

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Q: We have many files about 5 GB or 15GB file transfer. Do we know how fast file can be moved with MFT Enterprise?

A: MFT Enterprise benchmarking is available on request.

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