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TXSeries provides a tool at 'no-cost' that brings in the ability to
manage the workload running in TXSeries (called WLM) available for AIX
platform. In other words using this tool you will be able to cluster a
set of TXSeries regions and distribute the incoming workload among
these. As in any cluster you will have a set of regions that look
'similar' (or cloned regions) that provides the necessary business
functions. In general, any cluster system would provide the following: Improved response times Increased service availability... [More]
The wait is over, TXSeries v8.1 is available for download. One of the key features of 8.1 is the ability to monitor TXSeries using IBM Tivoli monitoring infrastructure. You must be wondering, why do I need Tivoli to monitor TXSeries when the existing monitoring capabilities are working for me. Let me give you a short introduction to the IBM Tivoli Monitoring. Tivoli Monitoring is the premium, enterprise class monitoring solution from IBM. Its easy to use highly customizable portal provides all the insight into your IT infrastructure in one... [More]
On recent versions of AIX (AIX 7.1, AIX 6.1), the operating system can generate the process ID number more than 7 digits by default. In TXSeries, if the process ID generated for the CICS process is beyond the 33554431 (2^25 -1) then following scenarios might fail
-> Starting/Stopping the SFS server, Region with cicscp command
-> sfsadmin, cicssdt, tkadmin and any region or command accessing the SFS can also fail with ERZ-rpc-0214
-> region to region communications with ppc_tcp and ppc_gateway might fail
-> Region might... [More]
Have you been an avid user of Web Administration Console in TXSeries? Then, be ready for a pleasant surprise when you move to a version newer than TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1.
The TXSeries Administration Console (Let me call it TAC keep it short) is a Java EE web application, which is deployed on to a web application server. Since its introduction in TXSeries for Multiplatforms version 6.1, till TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1, it was using Light Weight Infrastructure (pet named LWI) as its web server. Now this is replaced with... [More]
TXSeries v8.1 introduces a new a WLM Sample and Verification suite. The suite will automatically setup all the configuration required to setup a sample WLM environment with 1 COR (Client Owning Region) and 3 AOR (Application Owning Region) regions. It also configures sample application programs and provides a Client application to run it. All this in under a minute!
The following video will walk you through how to access and run the new WLM Sample configuration in TXSeries v8.1.
This is an update to the blog that I wrote earlier on ways to monitor a TXSeries system... With the monitoring features introduced in TXSeries for Multiplatforms V8.1 Open Beta I have highlighted the new updates in this blog (marked in BLUE color)...
The CICS TS for the z environment has a rich set of monitoring tools available from both IBM and the third-party vendors. Though TXSeries (CICS) is not blessed with similar offerings, I have striked this sentence as we now provide real-time monitoring support for TXSeries using Tivoli... [More]
Well, as you know, COMMAREA is a very simple, convenient method to transfer data in CICS environment. You can use COMMAREA in a RETURN, XCTL or LINK. Called program can then alter the data passed in the COMMAREA.
Step forward and take a closer look. COMMAREA is just a chunk of bytes which is a direct footprint of your data (or think of it as a byte stream if you are from Java world!). This chunk might have been derived from an instance of a C structure, Working storage section or copy book of COBOL program. For a short discussion here,... [More]
WebSphere MQ is now supported with TXSeries v8.1 on Linux. WebSphere MQ is already supported on other platforms with TXSeries v8.1. With support for WebSphere MQ on Linux, the new Enhanced Enterprise Integration with CKTI feature is also supported with the Linux version of TXSeries v8.1.
On Linux, you will need WebSphere MQ 220.127.116.11 as a pre-requisite. Also, on the TXSeries side, you will need InterimServiceFix1 on top of TXSeries v8.1.
Here's a quick look at the excerpt from the system requirements page,
In the earlier blog on “ Securing your XA Password ” , you saw the steps that need to be followed to create a secure password for your XA connections. This blog just adds to the previous post by showing a picture of how the XAD entries look with existing plain text passwords and newly modified secure XA password.
An existing XAD entry with plain text password could look something like this ,
Observe the XAOpen... [More]
AppProbe (Application Probe) facility which is introduced in the TXSereis for Multiplatforms V7.1, is a very useful tool to monitor and debug application's memory usage and helps in detecting memory leaks within the application.
The tool can be used to monitor your applications based on transaction names, program names or the programming language. Using this facility, you can monitor the memory usage in process heap (for tracking memory blocks allocated through standard functions such as malloc/calloc) and TaskPrivate pool (for tracking... [More]
Do you have a scenario where you are using WLM and have a requirement to use DPL userexit also in your application. And frustated as you cannot do that as WLM uses a DPL and DTR userexit internally and TXSeries allows only one userexit to be associated for a given exit point. Now you can be relieved.
TXSeries 8.1 provides a way to handle multiple userexits from a single global exitpoint. With this feature, you can define more than one user program to be associated for a given user exit. These prgrams are called in sequence and the order... [More]
There has been a recent update to the version of IBM Communication Server (SNA) supported with TXSeries v8.1 on Linux. TXSeries v8.1 now supports IBM Communication Server 18.104.22.168 on Linux. No additional fix required on TXSeries side. Here's a quick look at the table from system requirements page,
You can find the detailed system requirements on Linux here, http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21656675
Have you ever faced a situation where you are left with a hung CICS region and not able to connect to it to see what's going on?. This situation arises as all the CICSAS application server processes are busy running user transaction and there is no freely available application server process to run CICS supplied transactions such as CEMT, CSTD, etc,... We require a free CICSAS application server process to connect to the CICS region as well as that would run CCIN or CHAT CICS supplied transactions.
Similarly for administration... [More]
Do More with your TXSeries - Webinar Series: TXSeries for Multiplatforms, is IBM's premiere online transaction processing environment for business critical mixed language applications. It is widely used for integrating data and applications between distributed solutions and enterprise systems. It is also used for the deployment of high-performance, distributed CICS applications written in COBOL, C / C++, and PL/I. This integrates well into mixed language, multi platform service oriented architecture (SOA) solution. With its support for... [More]