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EXTOL INSIDER’s Tips from the Technical Support Center – December 2011

EXTOL Business Integrator (EBI)

Question: If I’ve forgotten the name of an Application or EDI Endpoint for a specific Trading Partner, is there a way to find it?

Answer: You can use the ‘Endpoint Search’ feature to find them using values specific to a Trading Partner. Follow these steps:

– At the bottom of the ‘Endpoints’ tab inside of the EBI Workbench, click the first button on the left to bring up the search window.

– Select the endpoint type from the dropdown menu at the top of the window. This will display all of the fields available within that endpoint category.

– From there, you can enter the specific criteria for a Trading Partner, such as Sender/Receiver ID.

– To turn off your search filter, simply click the second button from the left at the bottom of the ‘Endpoint’ tab.

EXTOL Secure Exchange (ESX)

Question: How do I republish an outbound document from ESX?

Answer: To republish an outbound document from ESX, you first right click on the specified session and choose publish to, outgoing channel. Next, select the outgoing channel that is attached to the partnership that you want this document republished to, and click ok.

* Note: Make sure this outgoing channel is not selected on multiple partnerships. Otherwise, this document will go to all the partnerships the outgoing channel is selected on.

Improving AS2 Security Using Secure Proxy

Securing electronic communications is of paramount concern for companies exchanging business-critical transactions.  A recommended method to ensure a high level of security is to introduce an additional layer to the process: HTTP Proxy.  A previous EXTOL blog discussed some of the benefits provided by a proxy for AS2 transmissions; this will focus on the EXTOL Secure (ESX) Proxy.

It is important to consider that Secure Proxy is not a generalized HTTP proxy to be used for all network traffic.  It is a lightweight, low complexity solution designed to work for AS2 traffic only.  Secure Proxy should be deployed within a “DMZ” where it can perform important security functions such as weeding out insecure and potentially malicious traffic before it ever reaches the firewall. Continue reading

SMS Notifications from EBI and ESX

Since EBI and ESX exchange critical data, administrators must know immediately if there was an error with either processing or transferring of documents.  Email notifications can be sent from both EXTOL products when failures occur, but this kind of notification may not be effective when the administrator is away from their PC but still has their mobile phone handy.  With small modifications, email notifications can become TXT notifications.

Most mobile carriers provide email to SMS gateways.  A list of carriers providing SMS transit can be found here.  Simply look up the mobile carrier that will receive the TXT message and change the recipient’s email address with the appropriate email format found in this list.  Now all email notifications will be sent as TXT messages.

The minor problem with this approach is knowing the recipient’s mobile carrier.  If you want to be agnostic of mobile carriers, then there are commercial Web Services available for sending TXT messages.  A reliable SMS service I’ve used for years has been from abctext.com (which is about $0.13 per message).  They support delayed TXT’ing, bulk messaging, a control panel displaying which TXT messages that were sent, and more.  Unfortunately, since you may only interact with abctext.com through Web Services, only EBI can be used to send TXT notifications in this way.