FedLine Direct® Message Environment and Configuration Change Matrix

Requirements to Test Changes to Your FedLine Direct Message Environment

This table identifies the appropriate steps and schedules to validate changes made within your FedLine Direct environment, as well as perform various other testing opportunities. Refer to test request forms for lead-time requirements.

Customer Environment Changes Required Customer Actions Test Schedule
  • Hardware upgrades:
    • Router (non-Federal Reserve Bank supplied)
    • Switches
    • Firewall
  • Operating System change or upgrade
  • MQ Server updates
Complete FedLine Direct Message Connectivity Test or Repoint Request (PDF) Monday-Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET and
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Other Testing Opportunities Required Customer Actions Test Schedule
Performing alternate site production processing Complete FedLine Direct Message Connectivity Test or Repoint Request (PDF) Monday-Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET and
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Performing application testing in Depository Institution Testing (DIT) environment Complete Fedwire Application Test Request Form (Off-site Link) Monday-Saturday
Performing application testing in production environment (Saturdays only) Complete Fedwire Application Test Request Form (Off-site Link) Scheduled Saturdays
Participate in Federal Reserve Bank-sponsored Business Resumption Test (BRT) Complete Fedwire Services Contingency Test Registration Form Scheduled Saturdays

Additional FedLine Direct Message 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 Message Modify Worksheet. Your organization will work directly with a FedLine Technical Analyst to complete the additional required actions below at the appropriate time.

Customer Configuration Changes Required Customer Actions Implementation Time from Start to Finish
Adding additional production queue manager(s)
  • Complete FedLine Direct Message Modify Worksheet (Contact a FedLine Technical Analyst to request worksheet)
  • Request Server Certificates
  • Complete MQ Connectivity Test
  • Complete a Saturday Production Application Test
3-4 months
Adding additional production queue(s) to an existing queue manager
  • Complete FedLine Direct Message Modify Worksheet (Contact a FedLine Technical Analyst to request worksheet)
  • Complete MQ Connectivity Test
  • Complete a Saturday Production Application Test
1-2 months
Adding additional test queue manager
  • Complete FedLine Direct Message Modify Worksheet (Contact a FedLine Technical Analyst to request worksheet)
  • Request Server Certificates
  • Complete MQ Connectivity Test
  • Complete DIT Application Test
2-3 months
Adding additional test queue to an existing queue manager 1-2 months

*For additional testing opportunities please see Fedwire® Services Testing Opportunities page.

Federal Reserve Banks Contact Information

  • To discuss Federal Reserve Bank-sponsored Business Resumption Tests (BRTs), please contact your Wholesale Operations Site.
  • For assistance with technical questions or requirements of FedLine Direct environment changes, please call the Customer Contact Center.

Test Definitions

  • MQ Connectivity Test: Validation of connectivity through a "round trip message" initiated by your organization's MQ server to the Federal Reserve Banks’ MQ server and back. The "round trip message" may be executed by using a script the Federal Reserve Banks have provided to your organization or by manually placing a message onto a test queue strictly used for connectivity testing (NOTE: these are not application queues).
  • Saturday Production Application Test: Environmental changes may be verified using the production version of the Fedwire Funds Service and the Fedwire Securities Service applications along with the Account Balance Monitoring System (ABMS). This test must occur on a scheduled Saturday in order to ensure no disruption of production traffic occurs during the work week.
  • DIT Application Test: Environmental changes may be verified using the test version of the Fedwire Funds Service and the Fedwire Securities Service applications along with the Account Balance Monitoring System (ABMS).
  • Federal Reserve Bank-sponsored BRT: Contingency tests for the Fedwire Funds Service designed to demonstrate both the Federal Reserve Banks’ and its participants’ ability to resume processing in the event of a catastrophic outage at one of our processing sites. All high-volume customers, as determined by their Fedwire Services activity, are required to participate in two or three contingency tests per year and at least one of these tests must be conducted from their backup processing sites through their Federal Reserve Bank contingency routers.

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