Have you installed Hummingbird 15 yet? December 6 is 2 days away!
In order to comply with and enforce enhanced security requirements, the A&M System will begin requiring TLS 1.1 or higher level of encryption to for all inbound FTP connections to the TAMU mainframe beginning December 6, 2019. As a reminder, plain-text, unencrypted FTP connections are not permitted.
All FTP clients and connections impacted
This change impacts all FTP clients and all FTP connections into the TAMU mainframe.
Information for OpenText Host Explorer (formerly Hummingbird) users
Many FAMIS FTP stakeholders use the FTP client provided with the OpenText Host Explorer software. The following recommendation has been made to enable users of this product to continue being able to FTP to the mainframe. Failure to install the newer version of Host Explorer will cause your FAMIS FTP connection to fail.
FAMIS FTP users should install Host Explorer Version 15
The software may be obtained by using the following link:
This latest version can also be obtained from SELL at https://sell.tamu.edu/. If you are unable to obtain a copy through SELL, contact FAMISHelp@tamus.edu for assistance.
Instructions for obtaining the software from SELL:
- Use a browser to navigate to TAMU IT Self Service
- Open the Services pull down menu near the top of the page and select “Order Software”
- You will need to login using a TAMU NetID
- Follow the ordering instructions
- You will be provided a link to download the software
The software download is FREE of charge.
Additionally, FAMIS Services has published a document to provide additional instructions for Host Explorer setup.
Tips for users requiring FTP Setup
IT personnel responsible for each units’ setup should consider creating multiple profiles for each campus and file type that you are responsible for. The file type is generally entered in the Initial Directory on the Other Tab during setup. An example is shown below of how you can segregate job responsibilities into different profiles: