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Settings for the TCP Outbound Adapters

Provides reference information for settings of the TCP outbound adapters.

Summary

The outbound TCP adapters have the following settings:

The remaining settings are common to all business operations. For information, see “Settings for All Business Operations” in Configuring Productions.

Charset

Applies to EnsLib.TCP.CountedOutboundAdapter, EnsLib.TCP.CountedXMLOutboundAdapter, and EnsLib.TCP.TextLineOutboundAdapter.

Specifies the desired character set of the outbound data. InterSystems IRIS® automatically translates the characters to this character encoding. See “Charset” in “Settings for the TCP Inbound Adapters.”

Connect Timeout

Applies to all outbound TCP adapters.

Number of seconds to wait on each attempt to connect to the remote TCP listener. The default is 5 seconds.

Endian

Applies to EnsLib.TCP.CountedOutboundAdapter and EnsLib.TCP.CountedXMLOutboundAdapter.

A choice of Big or Little indicates the byte order of the 4-byte block count prefix. Big endian means the most significant byte (MSB) goes over the wire first; Little endian means the least significant byte (LSB) goes over the wire first. The default value for this string is Big.

Get Reply

Applies to all outbound TCP adapters.

If 1 (true) wait to read a reply message back from the socket before returning. If 0 (false) do not wait. The default value is 1.

IP Address

Applies to all outbound TCP adapters.

IP address to make a TCP connection to. The adapter accepts an IPV4 address, an IPV6 address, or a server name that the domain host controller can resolve.

If the string starts with an exclamation point (!) character, the outbound adapter does not initiate the connection but rather waits for an incoming connection request. Once it accepts the connection request, it can send outbound messages. The exclamation point can be specified by itself or followed by a comma-separated list of IP addresses. If the exclamation point is not followed by an IP address, the outbound TCP adapter accepts a connection from any IP address, otherwise the adapter accepts connections only from the specified addresses. The adapter accepts IPV4 addresses, IPV6 addresses, or server names that the domain host controller can resolve. You can optionally specify a port for each IP address by appending a colon (:) followed by the port number. If a port is specified, the adapter accepts connections from only the specified port.

Note:

IP address filtering is a means to control access on private networks, rather than for publicly accessible systems. InterSystems does not recommend relying on IP address filtering as a sole security mechanism, as it is possible for attackers to spoof IP addresses.

LocalInterface

Applies to all outbound TCP adapters.

Specifies the network interface through which the TCP connection should go. Select a value from the list or type a value. An empty value means use any interface. For details, see “Local Interface” in “Settings for the TCP Inbound Adapters.”

Port

Applies to all outbound TCP adapters.

Identifies the TCP port to connect to.

QSize

Applies to EnsLib.TCP.CountedOutboundAdapter, EnsLib.TCP.CountedXMLOutboundAdapter, and EnsLib.TCP.TextLineOutboundAdapter.

Specifies the number of incoming connections the operating system should hold in reserve on behalf of this business operation. There is generally no reason to change the default value of 0. Either the connection is outbound, or the business operation is using '!' inbound mode, in which case only 1 client is allowed at a time, per business operation pool job.

Read Timeout

Applies to all TCP adapters.

Number of seconds to wait for each successive incoming TCP read operation, following receipt of initial data from the remote TCP port. The default is 5 seconds. The range is 0–600 seconds (a maximum of 10 minutes).

Reconnect Retry

Applies to all outbound TCP adapters.

Number of retries at which to drop the connection and try reconnecting again. A value of 0 (zero) means never disconnect. The default value is 5.

Response Timeout

Applies to all outbound TCP adapters.

Number of seconds to wait for a response to begin arriving back from the remote system after sending a request. The default is 15 seconds.

SSL Configuration

Applies to all TCP adapters.

The name of an existing SSL/TLS configuration to use to authenticate this connection. Choose a client SSL/TLS configuration, because the adapter initiates the communication. For details, see “SSL Config” in “Settings for the TCP Inbound Adapters.”

Stay Connected

Applies to all TCP adapters.

Specifies how long the TCP adapter stays connected to the remote system after completing an operation and determines how the adapter handles disconnections.

You can specify any of the following values:

  • A positive value—The adapter remains connected to the remote system for this number of seconds. Disconnections are not handled like errors.

  • 0—The adapter disconnects immediately. Disconnections are not handled like errors.

  • –1—The adapter is permanently connected, including during idle times.

    Note:

    Adapters auto-connect at startup only if the Stay Connected value is –1. Disconnections are handled like errors.

The default value is –1.