Distributing Content

A Distribution List is an easy way to distribute content to multiple recipients. You can specify the name of a list stored in the Repository that contains the individual recipients, rather than entering each recipient separately into a schedule. A Distribution List can be made available to other users by sharing it or changing its ownership to be managed or published.

If you have an LDAP data source, you can access Email information that is stored in it by configuring the LDAP Email Setting in the ReportCaster Console Configuration tool. Once configured, you can select email addresses from within the email address book of your company, eliminating the need to type them in manually.

Before creating a Distribution List, understand what groups or individual users require access to it to determine the folder in which to create it.

Procedure: How to Create a Distribution List

  1. In the Workspaces area, choose the workspace in which you want to create the Distribution List.
  2. On the Action Bar, click Schedule, and then click Distribution List.

    The Distribution List window opens, as shown in the following image.

    distribution list

  3. In the Title box, type a descriptive name for the Distribution List.
  4. From the Method drop-down list, select the distribution method for the Distribution List. Email is the default distribution method.
    • If you select Email, you must provide a list of email addresses and can optionally burst values associated with an address.

      In the Address box, specify the email addresses of the recipients (for example, chuck_hill@ibi.com for an individual user or #sales@ibi.com for an email server list that contains multiple email addresses). Be careful typing this information because there is no edit checking. The maximum number of email addresses you can specify in a Distribution List is 9999. You can specify a maximum of 800 characters within a single Address line.

      You can specify multiple email addresses within a single Address field.

      In the Allowed Email Addresses and Domains dialog box in the ReportCaster Console, if the Restrict user input with this list check box has been selected, user input of email addresses is restricted to a list of allowed email domains and addresses.

    • If you select FTP, you must specify the names of the FTP files that will hold the report (including the extension) and, optionally, burst values associated with the FTP file.

      The extension specified here should be appropriate for the format selected when creating the schedule. For example, if you selected Excel or EXL2K on a Windows platform, the file should be drive:\directory\filename.xls. The maximum number of FTP files you can specify in a Distribution List is 9999.

      When using FTP to transfer cascading style sheet (CSS) files from any platform to z/OS UNIX and the z/OS UNIX httpd.conf file contains the default MIME type of 8-bit for CSS files, then the CSS files must be transferred in binary mode.

    • If you select Print, you must specify the printers that will receive the distribution and, optionally, burst values associated with the printer.

      In the Printer input field, specify the printer using the following format:




      Is the name of the printer queue.


      Is the host name or IP address of the printer.

      Although this supports specifying only the print server (host name or IP address), we recommend that you specify both the print queue and print server. (ReportCaster differentiates between the printer queue and the printer server by detecting the presence of the '@' separator.)

  5. Click the Add New button.

    The Add New Member dialog box displays.

  6. Complete the Burst Value, Pattern, name of the Printer, FTP Location, and Email fields, as explained in Step 4.
  7. Optionally, you can click the Search button to add members from an address book.
  8. If you are finished creating a Distribution List, click Save & Close.


    • The maximum length of a title value for a file is 256 characters.
    • If the title of your file has the same name as an existing file in the folder, you will receive a message asking if you wish to replace the file.