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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories Networking
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 11, 2018

Configure IBM i to return public IP on passive mode request

In passive mode request the IBM i is responding with an IP address on the system. We would like passive mode request to be configurable. For example, we would like to insert the network public address in IBM i passive mode responses.

Use Case:

We would like the IBM i FTP server to insert the networks public IP address in passive mode responses.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    May 6, 2022
    IBM believes that the request described has been solved in IBM i 7.5. The FTP exit point QIBM_QTMF_SVR_LOGON, formats TCPL0200 and TCPL0300 now allow the IPv4 address to be specified for IPv4 passive data connection reply. For more information, see

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Jun 17, 2020

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Aug 29, 2018

    This requirement provides some flexibility for customer to select an adapter/IP address to transfer data. But, EPSV, which is the IPv6 replacement for PASV, assumes that the IP address of the data channel is the same as the address of the control channel. This indicates the solution to select an IP address for data channel can not apply on IPv6 network.
    Meanwhile, by default, IBM i uses EPSV to establish data channel.

  • Guest
    Aug 9, 2018

    As RFC 959 defines, the response to PASV command contains the IP and port where the FTP server is listenning for the data connection. Normally, the IP is selected as where the control connection is established.

    To understand this requirement clearly, could you describe your situation in more details? On the system more than 1 interfaces are configured, what's the policy to select which interface is preferred for a certain connection?

  • Guest
    Aug 6, 2018

    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 - Networking
    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 - ISV (Independent Software Vendor)