FedLine Direct® (FLD) 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 specific lead time requirements.

Customer Environment Changes Required Customer Actions Test Schedule
  • Hardware upgrades:
    • Router (non-FRB supplied)
    • Switches
    • Firewall
  • Operating System change or upgrade
  • MQ Server Updates
Complete FedLine Direct Message Connectivity Test Request Form (PDF) Monday - Friday 6:30 p.m. - 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 Alternate Site Processing Request Form (PDF) Monday - Friday 6:30 p.m. - 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 Banks- Sponsored Business Resumption Test (BRT) Complete Fedwire Services Contingency Tests Participation Information 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 institution will work directly with a Federal Reserve Bank 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 CCC - FedLine Direct Support 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 CCC - FedLine Direct Support 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 CCC - FedLine Direct Support 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 Banks-Sponsored Business Resumption Tests (BRTs), please contact the Wholesale Operations Site.
  • For assistance with technical questions or requirements of FedLine Direct environment changes, please call the Federal Reserve Banks' Customer Contact Center.

Test Definitions

  • MQ Connectivity Test: Validation of connectivity through a "round trip message" initiated by the customer'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 Bank has provided to your institution 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: Customers may verify environmental changes using the production version of 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: Customers may verify environmental changes using the test version of Fedwire Funds Service and the Fedwire Securities Service applications along with the Account Balance Monitoring System (ABMS).
  • Federal Reserve Banks-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 site through their Federal Reserve Banks contingency router.

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