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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories System Management
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 19, 2017

allow key based ssh connection for Administration Runtime Expert remote systems verify

Within Application Runtime Expert systems groups, we have to provide a user id/password for the tool to connect from the ARE server to each remote system we want our template to run on.
This requires either to have the same user profile/password, by default, on all remote systems, or to specify this user id/password for all remote systems.
The requirement is to be able to use an ssh keyfile (such as /home/xxx/.ssh/id_rsa) and a user id to connect with ssh in place of as-signon and as-rmtcmd.

Use Case:

1 - (out of ARE scope) on ARE server, for each remote system to be controlled, configure an ssh connection for a dedicated userid to use a key file so that password is no longer needed
2 - in ARE console runtime properties for a group, add a third way to connect to remote system with a user id and an ssh keyfile
3 - in ARE console, for each system where *DFTUSER (referring to group userid default configuration) cannot, allow a way to enter a specific user id and ssh keyfile

For systems where ssh keyfile is specified, either directly or through group default, ARE verify operation will use an ssh connection in place of as-signon, then as-rmtcmd connections.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Dec 4, 2018

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a “nice to have” low priority feature. The impact to smaller customers is small. However, for larger customers the need would be greater. The more folks that want to use ARE, the more important this will become.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Nov 21, 2017

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - System Management
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Other

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Other
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Other