MQ Appliance firmware update 9.0.1 is out now, and brings major improvements to HA function, system management and monitoring, and security controls among other features.
As you may have seen the MQ Appliance 9.0.1 firmware is now available. This is a big update for the appliance in a number of areas – not least in moving along with the rest of the MQ family to an officially ‘continuous delivery’ model. This will mean you’ll see more frequent functional updates, while maintaining the option of staying with a ‘Long term support’ release if you prefer (in the case of the appliance, since we’re joining the continuous delivery party a little later than software MQ, the LTS firmware release remains version 8 – currently at fix pack 8005.)
One major thing to note is that if you choose to adopt the new continuous delivery stream, you will not be able to roll back to the version 8 level (without losing your queue manager data). For more information on the continuous delivery model see this FAQ and go here for predicted fixpack information for version 8.
So aside from continuous delivery, what’s new in this release? Unsurprisingly, MQ Appliance version 9.0.1 moves the embedded MQ installation to 126.96.36.199 – see other posts and announcements for the new features in MQ 9 and 901. But there are also some significant new features specific to the MQ Appliance. Most of these will be covered in more detail in future posts (I’ll update with links as available), but to give a quick flavour:
Security: Many new options for managing the authentication and roles granted to appliance administrators, including using an external LDAP repository and providing fine grained control over MQ object authorities.
Monitoring: Numerous new tools for reporting status of your appliance, perhaps most importantly including SNMP support for easy integration with external monitoring products.
Management API: A complete REST interface for remote/programmatic control of all appliance system settings.
Floating IP for HA: The powerful MQ Appliance HA capabilities, now potentially without having to modify your client applications at all – the IP address they see moves with the queue manager in event of a failover.
Web interface: Almost all system management capabilities now exposed via Web UI, and integrates the new improved MQ Console.
As well as these there are lots of ease of use and simplified management features: a few favourites:
Control over Auto-start of queue managers at system startup/reboot
Queue manager backup/restore facilities
System troubleshooting facilities (test log events, generate error report, etc)
Keep an eye on MQDev for more details on these and other MQ 901 features in the coming weeks, or if you can’t wait take a look at the newly updated KnowledgeCenter now!