In order to comply with and enforce security requirements, TAMU will begin requiring TLS 1.1 or higher level of encryption to access FAMIS via the mainframe TN 3270 connections beginning December 6, 2019.
The following recommendation has been made to enable users of the Open Text Host Explorer (formerly Hummingbird) product to continue being able to connect to the mainframe. Failure to install the newer version of Host Explorer will cause your FAMIS connection to fail.
FAMIS users should install Host Explorer Version 15
This version can be obtained from SELL at https://sell.tamu.edu/.
SELL recommends you use the latest version of Open Text Host Explorer (formerly Hummingbird). If you don’t already have this, you can request it through ITSelf-Service:
- Open the Services pull down menu near the top of the page and select “Order Software”
- Find “Hummingbird”
- Follow the login instructions and complete your order
The software download is FREE of charge.
Additionally, FAMIS Services has published two documents to provide instructions for use of the new products as follows:
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: