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This course describes how to perform data transfers using System i Access for Windows.

You will see how to download IBM i data to your PC and how to upload data from your PC to an IBM i system. The course describes the various options that control and affect a data transfer, and it shows how to execute a previously saved data transfer request.

Approximate Study Time: 2 hours


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define and use data transfer terminology
  • Perform a data download operation
  • Perform a data download operation that uses multiple IBM i files as input
  • Manipulate a file being downloaded in the following ways:
    • Extract specified fields from each record
    • Extract specified records from the file
    • Create summary records from the file
    • Change the order of records
  • Perform a data upload operation
  • Save a data transfer request
  • Execute a previously saved data transfer request
  • Create a desktop icon for a data transfer request
  • Display and change data transfer properties
  • Use commands to execute batch transfer requests

Topic Outline

Introduction to File Transfers

Performing a Basic Download Operation

Advanced Options for Download Operations

Uploading Files to an IBM i System

Saving and Executing File Transfer Requests


This course should be taken by anyone who wants to use System i Access for Windows to transfer data between a PC and an IBM i system.


This course assumes you are familiar with both the Windows and IBM i environments. The IBM i-related prerequisites are covered in the Manta series Introduction to the IBM i Environment.

This course assumes you are familiar with basic System i Access functions and terminology. You can satisfy this prerequisite by successfully completing the first course of this series:

You may also have obtained these skills by taking other courses or through relevant work experience.