How to customize the advanced proxy settings member PASADVOP in the CA Mainframe Software Manager SAMPLIB.

Document ID : KB000051063
Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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Description:

When installing CA Mainframe Software Manager and trying to access the CA websites it can give some problems by accessing them. When your company has a proxy installed and HTTP and FTP access needs to go through this PROXY, you can specify the proxy address and port in the CA Mainframe Software Manager System Settings at the Software Acquisition settings. However enabling the proxy settings is sometimes not enough. Your proxy requires a specific logon and CA Mainframe Software Manager can be customized to do this via the PASADVOP member in the SAMPLIB. Here is what and how to get the correct information to build this member.

Solution:

To run some test to access the ftp servers from CA outside of CA Mainframe Software Manager can be done via OMVS. This will provide information on how to setup CA Mainframe Software Manager and if CA Mainframe Software Manager is even able to get access to the CA websites via your company network.

To test the connection go into the OMVS environment under TSO via ISPF P.6 (TSO Command) option. When you are at the command prompt first try to access the CA websites via the commands:

ftp ftp.ca.com
anonymous                          (the userid)
email@address                      (your full email address as password)
ls                                 (Directory command to see if you have access, it will display a directory listing)

To exit the ftp server enter quit.

However it can be that a proxy needs to be used.

Then see below script to access the CA ftp server, or ask your network people how this should be accessed.

To customize this member it's needed to know how you can access the CA websites from your OMVS/USS partition. The best way is to go to you OMVS environment via ISPF option P.6 (TSO Command) and enter OMVS. Then see how you can get to the websites from CA. The best way is to check with your network staff, but here is a script that most of the times works.

When at OMVS, enter

ftp <your proxy server>
anonymous@ftp.ca.com               (the userid to our CA website, @-sign, name of CA ftp server)
<your full email address>          (password for CA ftp server)
ls                                 (only for testing enter the ls (dirlist) command and see if it returns the directories)

When this is successful, you can customize your SAMPLIB member PASADVOP accordingly.

You need to replace all the values given above and replace them with variables/parameters.

Below is only shown the above access to the ftp server. Only the commands to the PROXY server. Not the settings.

See below:

DEFAULT:                            Customized according above sample logon:
<FIREWALL>                          <FIREWALL>
<FIRECMD>HOST;</FIRECMD>            <FIRECMD>HOST;</FIRECMD)

Value entered in the first command above: ftp <your proxy server>

<FIRECMD>USER;@REMOTE_HOST;</FIRECMD>

Remove this line, not needed in this example.

<FIRECMD>PW;</FIRECMD>              <FIRECMD>REMOTE_USER;@REMOTE_HOST;</FIRECMD)

In the REMOTE_USER parm is the value anonymous, or other when provided by CA Mainframe Software Manager depending on website.

REMOTE_HOST is similar provided by CA Mainframe Software Manager

<FIRECMD>REMOTE_USER;</FIRECMD>

Remove this line, not needed in this example.

<FIRECMD>REMOTE_PW;</FIRECMD>       <FIRECMD>REMOTE_PW;<F/FIRECMD>

The value of the REMOTE_PW is provided by CA Mainframe Software Manager, depending on website to access.

</FIREWALL>                         </FIREWALL>

When the member is changed, you can test the connection via the 'TEST Connection' button at the CA Mainframe Software Manager GUI.