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PostalOne!® Mandatory Software Update in August

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is issuing a mandatory software update for the PostalOne! production system, scheduled for August 2016. This update will be implemented onSunday, August 14, 2016. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update; more details on the outage period will be provided closer to the implementation date. Likewise, PostalOne! will also be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM); that update will occur on Monday, August 15, 2016. The PostalOne! TEM environment will also have an outage period on August 15. The new Mail.dat® client download for the Production Environment will be version 44.0.0.0_PROD; all previous versions of the Mail.dat client will be expired.

 

Why the update?

The USPS periodically makes updates to the PostalOne! system to incorporate enhancements and bug fixes. Major updates are performed when there are significant changes to postal rates and/or regulations, such as when the USPS changes their prices, which is the case for this mandatory update. There are usually at least four PostalOne! software updates during the year. There may also be interim updates to PostalOne! for immediate fixes or other system issues.

This mandatory update is to support the First-Class parcel price changes taking effect on August 28, 2016. Details of the changes for this update may be found on the USPS RIBBS®web site for the August 2016 Release Notes.

 

Handling Change

When these types of changes are announced, it is important for mailers to pay attention to the outage periods so that you can make adjustments in your mailing operations to accommodate the downtime. It is also extremely important for mailers to download and install the USPS Mail.dat® Client software (also sometimes referred to as MD Client or MDR/MDX Client) as soon as it is available. This software can be downloaded from theBusiness Customer Gateway web site. Mailers also need to make any associated updates or configuration changes to software that interfaces with PostalOne! once their Mail.dat Client software is updated. For example, if you use DAT-MAIL’s eDM10X™, you will need to edit the configuration for this in the Window Book Automation Scheduler.

 

Resources

The USPS sends out notifications of all PostalOne! outages and software updates using the DMM Advisory. You can subscribe to the DMM Advisory by sending an email to[email protected]. In addition, detailed information regarding the changes in the PostalOne! software is available on the USPS RIBBS web site. Also available on the RIBBS site are the planned release schedules for these updates.

Window Book offers our Professional Services to users who may need assistance to download and install the Mail.dat Client software from the USPS, or to make any necessary updates or configuration edits to your Window Book software when these PostalOne! updates occur.

 

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