The Question is:
We need to connect to an FTP site outside of our domain to transfer data files
back and forth. What has to be in place before this can work?
The Answer is :
Power. Network(s). Router(s). Name services. Communications.
Firewall(s). Security. Address(es). Etc.
On OpenVMS itself, you will need to have an IP stack loaded, configured,
and running, and specifically the baseline routing and an FTP client.
You may need the FTP server and other host components, particularly if
you wish remote systems to store and/or to retrieve files that are or
will be resident on the OpenVMS host (the host running the FTP server).
If you wish an IP network consultancy -- which is where this discussion
certainly appears to be headed -- please contact HP Services for further
assistance. This question is exceedingly open-ended, and accordingly
exceedingly difficult to answer with any particularly specific details.
If you are unfamiliar with the particular IP package in use, the OpenVMS
Wizard strongly encourages a review of the product installation and
configuration documentation. (For the OpenVMS TCP/IP Services package,
please see the OpenVMS documentation website. For a third-party IP
stack, please see the associated documentation.)