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  • Using Digital Certificate

    We are currently printing checks to pay our customers and doing a nightly CSV batch upload to register those checks in the bank's system. It works well but doesn't help the people who are given a check and wish to cash it right away. They either pay a check cashing business or have to wait while the bank attempts to verify the check with us, which doesn't always run smoothly.

    We are having a meeting with them on Monday to discuss auto-uploading the check information as it is created. Of the various options available, the two most likely that we could try to use are "HTTPS with Automation" using a bank issued ID/Password/Digital Certificate combination or what they call "FTP/S" which is FTP using bank issued ID/Password/Digital Certificate. The ftp solution is the one that appeals to me but it's the digital certificate bit that throws me.

    Has anyone done uploads involving digital certificates? I see a couple of examples in the documentation about digitally hashing documents for submission to e-commerce sites like Amazon. Is that the same as a digital certificate? Unfortunately the examples are not that well documented and refer to an (apparently) missing dll needed to access the dot net class.

    Any ideas anyone?

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    Re: Using Digital Certificate

    Hey Finnian. I'm not sure, but let me just throw it out here: given that the current system works as desired, why not run the CSV-batch a day earlier, and print the checks the next day? It would make no difference for the checks (printed at the same point in time as now) but the CSV would have been run a day earlier and would already be at the bank before the checks got printed out. Is that a feasible idea?


    • #3
      Re: Using Digital Certificate

      Hi Fred, thanks for the suggestion but that wouldn't work. The checks are being printed along with a ticket as we are purchasing metals from our customers. We never know how many we'll do on a particular day. I add each check's details to a table at the time of printing and then run the batch at night. Since I have to wait for closing before running/submitting the batch manually I'll be glad to have one less nightly task.

      I see that Filezilla, among other ftp software sellers, has the ability to do secure transfers with a certificate. I also found out that the bank has its own (or preferred) ftp software so I guess that they should be able to help me figure it out. I'll keep my fingers crossed.


      • #4
        Re: Using Digital Certificate

        Hi Finian. Hope you got this working. As you know, the built-in FTP process does not support secure FTP. I ended up using CoreFTP to automate our needs in Alpha. My recollection is that Filezilla client did not support automation through Alpha, but hopefully whatever the bank recommends will support automation. If you are still working on this, let me know and I'll go into more detail about what we do.



        • #5
          Re: Using Digital Certificate

          Hi Bill:

          I should be getting the bank-approved software this week, so I'll know better then. I'll be happy to pick your brains once I know which tool I will actually be using. Thanks.


          • #6
            Re: Using Digital Certificate

            The bank uses Axway Secure Client software for FTP and HTTP transfers. It has a command-line interface which I'm hoping to use. I think/hope the process will be to create the text file that describes the check, then create a command line that adds the file to the server along with necessary keys passwords etc then run the file with sys_shell_wait(). We'll see once I have the software installed.