Example of an Advanced Managed File Transfer (MFT) Workflow

The following workflow template (i.e.,” /MFT/Template”) illustrates an example workflow demonstrating Flux’s MFT capabilities. This reusable and configurable workflow template can be deployed to a Flux engine to execute any number of exchange file transfers. For example, submitting the template to a Flux engine as the name “/Acme/weekly” will force the engine to configure the workflow based on a runtime …

How to Decide Which Scheduler Is Right for You

One of the least productive uses of staff time is manually determining when to run particular tasks. Sometimes tasks are simply time based, such as running reports at the end of the month or end of week. But often the requirements are a bit more complex. In such instances the utility of some kind of scheduler becomes obvious. If your …

Can Flux call on external executables?

It is very typical for someone looking at a file orchestration system like Flux to already have a suite of “home grown” scripts that they’ve been using, or other external executables. The common question that comes from this is: Can Flux call on and orchestrate these external executables that are already in place? TL;DR: Absolutely! Flux has customers that call …

How to maintain and care for your Flux environment

Many organizations run Flux environments in mission-critical systems. The following outlines some basic documents and tasks that help support the overall care and maintenance of a Flux environment. Documenting a Flux Environment The following information should be kept in an editable document, reviewed quarterly, and made available to Flux Support Personnel when requested for assisting in Flux-related issues. While this …

When processes require running as another user (RunAs User)

There are instances where processes – such as database scripts (not just SQL statements) and operating system commands – require running under a different user than the user, or the service account, that is running Flux. Java provides no means to start processes as a different user than the one that started the Java virtual machine. Such a feature would …

Flux 7.11 gets performance boost from new release

Flux is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Flux 7.11.5. Depending on customer use case, this release can be expected to improve performance 20 – 200%. New for 7.11.5: Support for the HSQL in-memory database Compatability with Java 7 and Java 8 Improved performance of SFTP file transfers and overall engine performance Full release notes for Flux 7.11.5 can …

Securing Operations over SSH in Flux

How does Flux interact with remote servers that are secured using SSH? Since the release of Flux 8.0.10, we have implemented support for SSH based interactions with remote servers in your enterprise workflows. Workflows and file orchestrations now interact cleanly with the enterprise’s existing public key infrastructure, while still enjoying Flux’s powerful integration capabilities. New SSH related Flux Actions also …

Running Flux on Amazon Web Services

Numerous Flux customers run Flux on AWS. A two engine Flux cluster with an Oracle RDS backend was configured and set up using Windows servers in just an hour. Total cost for this environment is about 6.00 USD per day for a basic configuration. Here’s a quick task list to get you started running Flux on AWS: Create the database …

Prepare file and process — new Flux workflow example

Prepare and Read CSV File, Do Something with the Text in the File (Intermediate — Requires Light Scripting)   It’s pretty common to receive a file from a customer and have to do some processing using the info in that file. This workflow polls a landing folder for a customer file (in the example we’re polling ‘c:\TEST\SAP\’) then, using a …

It’s the best time of year to evaluate your Flux needs and usage

Here at Flux, we’re excited to finish the year with a !bang and set ourselves up for an excellent 2016, and we’re pretty sure you are too. If you’re a Flux user, make sure you’re getting the most out of your file orchestration and job scheduling system: Have you updated to Flux 8?  There are new performance and usability features. …