FedLine Direct® File Environment and Configuration Change Matrix

Requirements to Test Changes to Your FedLine Direct File Environment

This table identifies the appropriate steps and schedules to test changes made to your FedLine Direct environment. Refer to test request forms for lead-time requirements.

Customer-Initiated Environment Changes Required Customer Actions Federal Reserve Bank Production Environment Change Required Test Schedule
  • Hardware upgrades:
    • Router (non-Federal Reserve Bank supplied)
    • Switches
    • Firewall
  • Operating System upgrade
  • Connect:Direct® server updates
Complete FedLine Direct File Connectivity Test or Repoint Request (PDF)

Primary Site:
No



Alternate Site:
Yes
Contact the Customer Contact Center (CCC) to schedule Saturday testing
Other Testing Opportunities Required Customer Actions Federal Reserve Bank Production Environment Change Required Test Schedule
Performing alternate site production processing Complete FedLine Direct File Connectivity Test or Repoint Request (PDF)

Yes Contact the Customer Contact Center to schedule Saturday testing
Performing FedACH application testing in Depository Institution Testing (DIT) environment Complete FedACH Services Test Request Form (Off-site Link) No Tuesday-Saturday
Performing non-payments application testing Complete FedLine Direct File Non-Payment Services Application Test Request (PDF) No Tuesday-Saturday

Additional FedLine Direct File Environment and Configuration Change Options

The configuration changes listed below are considered complex initiatives with durations that may vary depending on the magnitude of the project. Please note that all of the changes begin by submitting the FedLine Direct File Modify Worksheet. Your organization will work directly with a FedLine Technical Analyst to complete the additional required actions below at the appropriate time.

Customer-Initiated Configuration Changes Required Customer Actions Implementation Time from Start to Finish
Adding additional production Connect:Direct node
  • Complete FedLine Direct File Modify Worksheet - (Contact a FedLine Technical Analyst to request worksheet)
  • Request Server Certificates
  • Complete FedLine Direct File Connectivity Test
  • Complete DIT Application Test
  • Complete scheduled Saturday Test
3-4 months
Adding additional production user record
  • Complete FedLine Direct File Modify Worksheet - (Contact a FedLine Technical Analyst to request worksheet)
  • Complete FedLine Direct File Connectivity Test
  • Complete DIT Application Test
1-2 months
Adding additional Test Connect:Direct node
  • Complete FedLine Direct File Modify Worksheet - (Contact a FedLine Technical Analyst to request worksheet)
  • Request Server Certificates
  • Complete FedLine Direct File Connectivity Test
2-3 months
Adding additional test user record 1-2 months

Federal Reserve Bank Contact Information

  • To discuss Business Resumption Tests sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks, please contact FedACH® Customer Support.
  • For assistance with technical questions or requirements of FedLine Direct environment changes, please call the Customer Contact Center.

Definitions

  • FedLine Direct File Connectivity Test:  Validation of connectivity through an exchange of a non-value "hello world file" initiated by your organization's Connect:Direct server to the Federal Reserve Banks' Connect:Direct server and back. The "hello world file" may be executed by a Connect:Direct Copy Statement to the target destination.
  • DIT Application Test: Environmental changes may be verified by using the test version of FedACH Services.
  • Server Certificate: Certificate digitally signed by a trusted Authority that is required to establish FedLine Direct communication between your organization and the Federal Reserve Banks.

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