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I have to admit that I put off installing the CICS Explorer for a long time because I was so busy. I finally took the time to install the CICS Explorer last year and was surprised at how quickly I was using it. I really like it and I think you will too. If you haven't already started using the CICS Explorer, I hope this post encourages you to start soon. See my other blog post " Getting the latest CICS Explorer version " for details on downloading or updating your CICS Explorer. What is the CICS Explorer? As you probably already... [More]
Most migrations (upgrades) of WebSphere MQ go swimmingly, don't they? This is a good thing. But we'd like to see every single one of them fall into that bucket. To that end, it's crucial that you include the following information into your migration plans. This is because migration isn't just about moving forward, but it's also about allowing queue managers to co-exist in configurations where queue-sharing groups commingle data; where different levels of the base code may have been installed; and how to create a migration plan where you can... [More]
... which is much more desirable than an ever-expanding waistline! Back in October, Maryam Ahmed reminded our viewers " We Still Love Your Feedback ". In December, Luc Leblanc shared our current social media channel implementation with his entry " How Social Are We? " and also mentioned us making the foray into YouTube. Well, I'm pleased to tell you that we've expanded into YouTube and LinkedIn. IBM Support TV logo (click image to enlarge) For YouTube, we've chosen to help create and distribute content as playlist(s) for... [More]
The latest version of MessageSight was released on November 29th. MessageSight v1.1 contains some major enhancements and many other smaller improvements which I'd like to share with you. For some additional background on IBM's MessageSight appliance, see my previous blog entry: " IBM MessageSight makes it easy to connect mobile customers to your existing messaging infrastructure "
MessageSight v1.1 updates include:
JMS Resource adapter
WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) v7.5 New Featuers & Enhancements Installation & Deployment Dedicated First Steps console which you can use to get started with WSRR With a stand-alone profile, Business Space is configured automatically Installation requires Installation Manager v1.4.3 Profile creation / augmentation parameters are stored in a log file for easy reference Configurable schema names for WSRR databases One click 'Typical Installation' option available which installs Installation Manager, WebSphere Application... [More]
We are happy to announce the availability of the first full beta release of IBM Support Assistant 5.0. You can find a more complete description, download and installation instructions at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27024922 . Many thousands of you have been using IBM Support Assistant 4.x over the last several years, to help streamline various troubleshooting tasks such as collecting diagnostic data and analyzing that data using a library of problem determination tools. One of the limitations of IBM Support Assistant 4.x is... [More]
WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances are a key element in IBM's holistic approach to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). These appliances are purpose-built, easy-to-deploy network devices to simplify, help secure, and accelerate your XML and Web services deployments. Learn more about these appliances by watching the educational videos provided by IBM Education Assistant! WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI52 : IBM's hardware enterprise service bus (ESB), the XI52 is built for simplified deployment & hardened security, bridging... [More]
Transparent decision services, Hosted Transparent Decision Service (HTDS), and Managed Transparent Decision Service (MTDS), provide immediate integration of ruleset execution with any other application through a web service. HTDS does not require that you generate any code, but up to JRules V7.1, you must use MTDS if some of the ruleset parameters use complex Java™ types, because HTDS did not support complex Java types. From version 7.5 of the product (WODM - WebSphere Operational Decision Manager / ODM - IBM Operational Decision Manager), HTDS... [More]
In Websphere MQ version 7.1 it is now possible to use the setmqaut (set mq authorities) to set the security for remote cluster queues or remote queue managers. This allows you to secure access to objects on a remote queue manager. Prior to version 7.1 access needed to be granted to put messages to the SYSTEM.CLUSTER.TRANSMIT.QUEUE. Enabling Remote Object Authorization allows selective access control to objects residing remotely. This functionality is in the Security stanza of the qm.ini file for the queue manager.... [More]
CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) 4.1 provided new functionality in enabling CICS applications to be Atom feeds. ATOM is a application-level protocol for publishing and editing Web resources using HTTP and XML 1.0. A protocol for publishing/editing Web data using HTTP is based on the Atom Syndication format that uses HTTP methods to manipulate data (LCRUD - List, Create, Read, Update, and Delete). NEW SPI (system programmer interface) commands for Atom feeds include: CREATE ATOMSERVICE DISCARD ATOMSERVICE INQUIRE ATOMSERVICE SET... [More]
As the End of Service date (30 September 2010) approaches for WebSphere Partner Gateway (WPG) version 6.0, it is time to grab that Migration Bull by the horns and begin the process of upgrading to a newer release like WPG 6.1, 6.1.1, or 6.2. I thought I would share some useful links to what's new in WPG 6.2 and to some WebSphere Software Technical Exchange (WSTE) presentations for migrating from WPG 6.0 to a supported WPG release (6.1, 6.1.1 or 6.2) that will help you to steer that migration bull in the right direction. To learn what's new in... [More]
Although we've been planning this blog for about 9 months now, our manager Kelly will be the first to tell you that you never know quite what to expect in the end. We have been microblogging on Twitter for a while now, but both the WebSphere and CICS support teams here at IBM felt that you deserved to hear more from us - and we're finally ready to deliver! So from now on, our readers can look forward to a blog on the hottest topics in support that affect you. In particular, we're hoping to hear your questions, comments, and concerns so that we... [More]
What is the problem?
Have you ever run into a problem in WebSphere Message Broker (WMB) and you just were not sure where to start looking to find help or to find the solution?
Have you ever started working on a problem in WMB and you were able to get started looking for the answer but you ended up going down the wrong path?
Have you ever had a problem in WMB and you found the solution but you were left with questions because you were not sure how you got from the problem symptoms to the... [More]
In a WebSphere Application Server zOS environment, workload management stops the creation of new server address spaces when one of the following conditions exist: JCL errors in the procedure associated with the application environment Coding errors in the server code which cause five unexpected terminations of server address spaces within ten minutes Failure of the server address space to connect to workload management due to an invalid invocation environment or invalid parameters The application environment first enters the STOPPING state,... [More]
In CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) V9 we fulfilled 17 customer requirements which had been raised in RFE. The full list can be seen in the document entitled " Customer requirements answered in CICS Transaction Gateway V9.0 " but in this article we will look at 22036 CICS Request Exit to provide client IP address and how it can be used to control who is able to call CICS Programs. This is a question that I've heard from customers where they want to ensure that the client applications that are connected to CICS TG are from known IP... [More]