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SFA is pleased to share the 12th communication on SFA to the Internet migration

Publication Date: September 26, 2001

Author: General Manager: SFA Student Channel

Summary: SFA is pleased to Share the 12th Communication on SFA to the Internet Migration


Posted on September 26, 2001

SFA is pleased to share the 12th communication on SFA to the Internet migration. We are excited to report that migration of the SFA Title IV Application Systems has been completed and Early Adopter migration began on September 20! To date, over 50 users have migrated. The Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) is performing successfully. Since the majority of you have direct connections to the Internet, you can look forward to faster transmissions over the SAIG than you are currently experiencing with the Title IV WAN.


The following issues are covered in this communication:

1. Can we install EDconnect 5.0.0 in the existing directories utilized for Version 3.x or 4.x?
2. New information forthcoming in Version 1.1 of the SAIG Host Communication Guide for Mainframe and Midrange Users
3. Feedback from Early Adopters
4. Update on migration schedule.


Can we install EDconnect 5.0.0 in the existing directories utilized for Version 3.x or 4.x?
No. It is important the EDconnect 5.0.0 database is not installed in a folder with a previous version EDconnect database. Version 5.0.0 of the software has been designed to default to a unique directory (EDconnect) to simply the installation process. You will need to retain your current version of the software to receive any files that have been sent to your "old" mailbox prior to your migration to SAIG. You can also use your prior version of the software to connect to the TIV WAN On-Line Query system that contains a record of all network traffic prior to your migration. Note: Customers who install EDconnect on their network should be sure to share this information with their technical staff to prevent EDconnect database issues.

Updates to the SAIG Host Communication Guide for Mainframe and Midrange users:
Version 1.1 of the SAIG Host Communication Guide for Mainframe and Midrange Users will be posted to the SFADownload Web site by the end of September. Version 1.1 will include the following updates:

  • The SENDUSERID Command Line Keyword must now contain your current TG ID. The O*N05 header record in your data file is still the default for the TG ID where you are sending the data.
  • The SENDCLASS Keyword parameter is optional. Caution: unless you purposely wish to override the default message class from the O*N05 header, we highly recommend not using this parameter in your Transfer command line.

What type of feedback is being received from the Early Adopters?

  • Almost seemed too easy! I'm still waiting for some glitch to appear, but so far so good.
  • It's working fine. I received two files today.
  • The service and responses to e-mails were excellent.

Look for more comments in future communications!

When can non-Early Adopters expect to start migrating to the SAIG?
We will open up the migration process to the entire user community when we are confident that the SAIG solution performs to our expectations. Our experience to date has shown that direct connection users will be pleased that they no longer have to deal with modems and the likelihood that their transmission will be dropped due to line issues. Assuming the Early Adopter migration continues to support the success of the SAIG, we are prepared to open up migration to everyone on September 28, 2001. Look for updates in these future communications.


How do I find out more about this project?
We will send SFA to the Internet communications weekly during the migration process. Each communication will be titled "SFA to the Internet Status Update". If you miss any of the updates, all information can be found at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/sfatech/sfafaq.html. We encourage you to bookmark this location.

You can also access this Web site from the School Portal (http://www.fsa4schools.ed.gov), SFATECH, or IFAP Web sites.

How will I be supported throughout the migration process?
CPS/WAN Technical Support will be available to assist you during your migration process. If you have questions, please contact them at (800) 330-5947, or via e-mail at cpswan@ncs.com. There is no charge for this service.

Last Modified: 09/25/2001