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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 30, 2019

Extend QNTC beyond the restrictions of NTBIOS.

Many of us today have to deal with systems in the cloud. I need to transfer data to AZURE from out IBMi.

Microsoft's Azure has URL names that are longer than 60 characters which QNTC cannot use.

QNTC needs to be SMB 3.0 compliant.

User ID and password need to be independent of the user signing on. When connecting, we should be able to enter the USER ID and PASSWORD. Our security team and compliance do not want AZURE profiles permanently on the system. This will be required however when AZURE contacts the IBMi to send or retrieve data from it.

Use Case:

Many companies have switched over to using cloud systems especially AZURE.

We have many non IBM i applications in the cloud and are adding more.

We need to integrate seemlessly with AZURE or AWB.

Not doing so adds to the situation where management has an argument to replace IBM i.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 3, 2022
    This support is available in IBM i 7.5.
    QNTC has increased the maximum path length to 5,120 characters.
  • Guest
    Sep 7, 2021

    We will investigate the update to the QNTC pathlength limitation.

  • Guest
    Apr 15, 2020

    Thank you for submitting this request. We understand the importance of allowing QNTC to more easily interact with other servers.

    As there are multiple requests listed they will be addressed individually.

    QNTC path length limitiation:
    We agree that this is restrictive and will consider extending the path limitation.

    QNTC support of SMB 3.0:
    This was delivered in IBM i 7.4 and is available. Please refer to RFE 107466.

    Allow connection to server use user ID different from current proces profile:
    We do understand that requiring matching userid and password on client and server is restrictive and less secure. However, unlike mapping a drive in Microsoft Windows where you can select different credentials, access using QNTC is with the use of a path. Forcing input of a user/pw when QNTC is accessed makes QNTC unusable with applications. Likewise providing a mechanism to provide a system/user/pw combination for use with QNTC has additional security and logistical concerns. Instead we recommend the use of EIM and Kerberos. While the current QNTC implementation for Kerberos is awkward, please see RFE 139032 which will make it much more usable.

  • Guest
    Feb 18, 2020

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. More and more customers are working with AZURE so IBM i needs to be able to interact more easily.

    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
    Feb 17, 2020

    The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The CEAC members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial 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.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Nov 5, 2019

    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 - IFS (Integrated File System) and Servers
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - ISV (Independent Software Vendor)

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Networking
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - ISV (Independent Software Vendor)