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Earlier in the year I wrote an article talking about the hot topics in WebSphere MQ (WMQ). I thought now would be a good time to take another look and see what has changed. I found a lot of the things that were hot then are still hot now. So in this article, I am not going to talk much about the items included in the last article. Instead, I will list 5 new items that I did not include in my list the last time. In case you missed the first article you should go back and take a look at that because many of those items are still hot topics... [More]
Whenever you encounter a problem, whether it is in development, test, or production, it seems you are always in a race against time to resolve it. If you are not prepared to run that race, you may find yourself crossing the finish line in the dark after everyone else has gone home. This holds true for almost any problem you may encounter. Problems within WebSphere MQ Publish and Subscribe (PUB/SUB) are no exception to that rule, but there are some things you can do to train yourself for that race if there ever comes a time when you have to... [More]
I was asked today if there is any document that describes the contents of the FDC files (First Failure Symptom Report) that are written by WebSphere MQ to record potentially important events. These files are for use by support to help research problems and different FDCs will contain different kinds of data and control blocks. This might change at any time depending on what the development team decides they would like to see for that particular event (Probe). Because of this, the content of the FDC files is not published. But looking at... [More]
Security is a hot topic these days and I'd like to explain the basic use of the mcauser attribute for controlling client access for WebSphere MQ. An inbound channel with a blank MCAUSER value will permit whatever is connecting to administer the local queue manager. To prevent this, some best practices include setting MCAUSER to the ID of the person using the respective channels, and give them the required access. The MCAUSER attribute of the SYSTEM.DEF.SVRCONN should be set to something that has no authorities on the server. Access control in... [More]
Clustering is a WebSphere MQ feature that is often confusing for many users. I’d like to provide some guidelines you can follow to ensure the optimum health for your cluster. Here’s a list of Ten Tips for MQ Clustering: Don’t issue refresh command unless absolutely necessary. The REFRESH CLUSTER command can cause temporary disruption to traffic as it clears out the local cache. It is not a command that should be issued on a routine basis. Have 2 Full Repositories (no more, no less). When updates are made within a cluster, two messages are sent... [More]
Ever since the end of support date for WebSphere Message Broker (WMB) V6.0 was announced, we have been receiving a lot of queries on migration from the older versions of Message Broker to the latest WMB V7.0. In this blog, I have tried to address some common questions around migration. You can migrate from your existing Message Broker components and its resources to WMB V7.0 in a streamlined fashion. You can also reverse migrate from a WMB V7.0 broker to the older version of broker provided you first migrated from this older version to V7.0 on... [More]
This is the first of several blog entries describing changes in the new release of WebSphere MQ Explorer, available as a component of WebSphere MQ V7.1, and separately through SupportPac MS0T . Repackaging MQ Explorer The first change I'll describe is very noticeable if you're familiar with earlier versions of MQ Explorer. Before installing MQ Explorer V7.0 and earlier you have to first install a prerequisite package called the 'IBM WebSphere Eclipse Platform'. This is an installer that provides the Eclipse SDK (version 184.108.40.206 for WebSphere MQ... [More]
WebSphere MQ V7.1 introduced a channel security feature, Channel Authentication Records, or CHLAUTH for short. This feature allows you to set up rules to detail how your inbound connections should be treated. Should they be allowed or blocked. Today we shall look at the best way to use CHLAUTH rules in MQ. Allow or Block? When thinking about the control of inbound connections into your queue manager, there are two perspectives. Either you can try to list all the connections that are not allowed, or you can start by saying all connections are... [More]
When deploying your enterprise application, do you ever wonder where the EAR file is uploaded, or what directory it is extracted to? Maybe you are even unclear of when in the process the deployment metadata is read and where it is written to?. This blog post will take you through the flow of application deployment, and give you a high level overview of what happens during the deployment of your enterprise application. Note: Before deploying your application, it is always recommended that you backup your master configuration. To back up your... [More]
If you are not using WebSphere MQ V7, then this is your opportunity to kick the tires and give it a test drive. Download The registration process just takes a minute, and then you can download the product for the platform of your choice. It took me about an hour to download the WebSphere MQ V220.127.116.11 for Windows Trial Version. Install My WebSphere MQ Windows installation was painless. There were just a few questions to answer, and the installation completed in 12 minutes. Configure The WebSphere MQ Explorer was very easy to use; I was able... [More]
What ever happened to the MQ API Exerciser? I have used this tool in prior versions of WebSphere MQ and I can't find it in WebSphere MQ V7. My mistake it is included in V7, but it's hard to find. I have installed WebSphere MQ many times, and like most people, I just zoom through the installation process by using the path of least resistance. I was rushing to get WebSphere MQ V7 installed, and after the installation was complete, I started looking for the MQ API Exerciser; I finally found it under the WebSphere MQ Explorer. So, if you are... [More]
Well, well. You have installed WebSphere MQ onto your system. Now, you need to determine whether you installed the client or server. It could be that you need to determine this after you installed it 2 years ago and you just don’t remember. Better yet, you need to ensure that you have the proper number of licenses for every WebSphere MQ server installed. Everyone is aware that you can perform the ‘dspmqver’ command from the command prompt to get similar output as follows: Name: WebSphere MQ Version: 18.104.22.168 CMVC level: ... [More]
WebSphere MQ allows independent and asynchronous applications to communicate with each other across a large number of platforms. MQ software is not optimized for storing a large number of messages on a local queue for an extended period of time. MQ can process millions of messages in a short amount of time as throughput but when they sit on the queues and have to be reloaded from memory, it slows the processing and you would likely see performance issues.
If a large number of messages are left on queue, you may... [More]
Fear not, you are not alone! After applying WebSphere Application Server V22.214.171.124 fix pack, your WebSphere MQ JMS applications begin failing with error MQJMS2013. Here is an example of the MQJMS2013 error: javax.jms.JMSSecurityException: MQJMS2013: invalid security authentication supplied for MQQueueManager at com.ibm.mq.jms.MQConnection.createQM(MQConnection.java:2532) at com.ibm.mq.jms.MQConnection.createQMXA(MQConnection.java:1892) at com.ibm.mq.jms.MQQueueConnection.<init>(MQQueueConnection.java:105) at... [More]
The default for WebSphere MQ is circular logging. If you do not specify otherwise, when you create a queue manager it will have circular logging invoked.
Changing the type of logging in the qm.ini after queue manager has been created will not change the way the queue manager handles logging. If you wish to convert from circular to linear or vice versa, you would have to recreate the queue manager specifying the new type of logging at creation time.
Linear logging allows you to recreate lost or damaged data... [More]
The introduction of the multi-instance(MI) concept into the Websphere MQ and WebSphere Message Broker products helped several clients to make use of this freely available high availability feature in their infrastructure. The earlier cat 2 HA support packs IC91 and MC91 became irrelevant with this new functionality in the products. Thus the multi-instances feature made the existing HA user's job very simple. There have been a number of articles and presentations on how to set up multi-instance queue managers and message brokers. I have included... [More]
The task of securing web services can be quite daunting. So many options for SSL configuration on client and server sometimes cause confusion. The WebSphere Message Broker (WMB) Information Center describes these options in detail on the following links: Configuring SOAPInput and SOAPReply nodes to use SSL (HTTPS) Configuring SOAPRequest and SOAPAsyncRequest nodes to use SSL (HTTPS) Here's a quick cheat sheet that may be help you setup SSL for the SOAP nodes. It is important to understand some facts about SSL in Message Broker before getting... [More]
Sometimes problem records that I work on for WebSphere MQ Level 2 have a common theme. I've seen a few instances lately where people have created Group IDs with more than 12 characters on Linux Platforms. I thought I would share what I've learned in this area, and hopefully it will help you. Group IDs greater than 12 characters cause an error when the WebSphere MQ Object Authority Manager (OAM) checks the security for access to MQ objects. You might experience unpredictable results when trying to access, or administer, MQ objects and receive a... [More]
While working with the older versions of WebSphere Message Broker (WMB) V6.x, did you ever feel “Gosh! “Why does it have so many components in a single product”. If so, you have reached the right place. We will discuss some of the key features introduced in WebSphere Message Broker V7 and familiarize you with the simplified architecture of the product in addition to giving you the agility to extend your SOA environment. WebSphere Message Broker V7 was announced in October 2009. It promises to simplify your overall messaging infrastructure and... [More]
Uh Oh, My Messages are missing! WebSphere MQ does it best not to lose messages, however we have seen some unusual results. For the most part, we have assured delivery of messages. So, if messages are being lost, we really need to determine what happened. Are your messages persistent? Does the message being processed contain important data? If your messages contain critical information, then you may want to ensure that the messages are persistent. Persistent messages are logged in WebSphere MQ logs and to the queue data files. By doing so,... [More]