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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 21, 2022

Rational Developer for i Keepalive for Debug Server

For Debug Server started using the command STRDBGSVR the Keep Alive on its port (3825) is never sent.
See case TS008748689


Use Case:

We found that despite any value set on CHGTCPA TCPKEEPALV parameter the QB5ROUTER "debug server router function" servicing RDI debug request from Clients never uses keepalive function causing Network issues.

To clarify, having CHGTCPA TCPKEEPALV set to 15 mins IBM i does keepalive on all RDI related ports (Host Server ports 847x) but it does NOT on 3825 port where keepalive is never done causing their firewall settings to close idle RDI debug session as its idle time exceeds idle inactivity times set on their Firewall (60 mins).

To recover from closed RDI debug connection Customer must restart Develop environment on PC Client.


Idea priority Urgent
  • Admin
    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki
    Jun 28, 2022

    The CAAC has reviewed this Idea and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. As the expansion of remote development continues, this will become a broader issue in using VPN.


    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 Ideas on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your Idea.


    For more information about CAAC, see www.common.org/caac


    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    May 24, 2022

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed. Having a solution to meet this need seems like a good idea. However, we have voted medium as we would like IBM to focus on other prioriries at this time.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (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 @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Sabine Jordan + Sara Andres – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Apr 4, 2022

    Although the theme of this request is consistent with our business strategy, it is not committed to the release that is currently under development.

    --IBM Power Systems Development - RDi team

  • Guest
    Mar 21, 2022

    I think that also Debug Server must have a keep alive; integrated or associated to the value inserted in the parameter
    TCPKEEPALV of CHGTCPA