As you may have already seen, the latest firmware update for the MQ Appliance (126.96.36.199) is now live on fix central. If you’re an existing user of the MQ Appliance and haven’t already done so, what are you waiting for – go and get it now, then come back and read the rest!
In keeping with our focus on continuously delivering new enhancements, there are a number of new features in this update worth taking a look at:
The biggest and most obvious new addition is the new, built in, Disaster Recovery function. In a similar manner to our existing synchronous HA support, this extends the product capabilities to give you asynchronous replication suitable for higher latency connections – think hundreds of miles, rather than hundreds of meters. Leif has already talked about this at a high level here, and John, our HA architect will be following up with a deeper technical dive on MQDev in the near future. In the meantime, you should be able to get a good overview from the KnowledgeCenter.
Browser based file management
One of the most requested features in the early days of the product has been improved file management capability. The WebUI now provides complete and – we hope - intuitive access to all the filesystem URIs, so whether it’s installing a future firmware level, managing your certificates, or retrieving queue manager diagnostics, you should now find these tasks quick and easy from your web browser. See this blog post for more details.
You’ll also find a number of other enhancements to the UI/MQ Console, including in particular more facilities for managing HA Groups such as viewing the replication status of your queue managers.
MQ fixes and new functionality
As with any firmware update for the appliance, the bundle supersedes all previous firmware levels and brings you right up to date with the latest service level for MQ on ‘distributed platforms’. For the list of APARs this includes, see here. It’s also worth taking a look at this presentation for descriptions of some of the other enhancements in MQ version 188.8.131.52. – many have been covered in previous ‘bitesize blog posts’ here on MQDev.
Do note that not all of these are applicable to the appliance - one difference in particular is that as the appliance does not currently include the ‘XR service’, firmware update 184.108.40.206 does NOT add MQLight AMQP listener support (as on the majority of other platforms.)