The support is included in the new MQ 220.127.116.11 fixpack. To install the new AMQP function you will need to install the full version of MQ 18.104.22.168 from Passport Advantage rather than adding fixpack 4 to an existing MQ 8 installation. This is because the AMQP service is a new optional install component which has required updates to the MQ installers.
The MQ Advanced for Developers download (available here) has also been updated to the 22.214.171.124 level.
For a complete walk through of the new AMQP channel including how to install the feature and create your first MQ Light connection to MQ, I've recorded a screen capture video on YouTube that goes through everything step-by-step.
Once the optional AMQP component has been installed you still need to upgrade your queue manager to command level 801 or higher (e.g. strmqm -e CMDLEVEL=801 <QMNAME>) in order to use the AMQP service.
If you have installed MQ fixpack 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, or 184.108.40.206 on top of an existing MQ 8 installation and upgraded the queue manager to command level 801 or higher you will see some of the new AMQP-related objects appear. They cannot be used without performing a fresh install of 220.127.116.11 or later.
Some of you may have been trying out the AMQP channel already using the open beta release which we blogged about twice earlier this year. The original articles are still available (you can read them here and here) although the beta code downloads have now been removed. Full documentation for how to use the new AMQP channel has been added to the MQ 8 Knowledge Center.
The 18.104.22.168 release not only makes the AMQP service a fully supported MQ feature. It also adds new features that were not available in the beta releases. For example we have added support for connection authentication rules in the release to allow you to verify the username and password of an AMQP client against the MQ operating system or an LDAP repository.
Hybrid Messaging Support
With this release it is now possible to deploy complete hybrid messaging solutions that combine the rapid development and deployment advantages offered by IBM Bluemix with access to on-premise enterprise data already flowing through your MQ network. Rob Nicholson gave a great demo of this using the first beta release of AMQP support which you can watch here. Everything he shows in the video can be done using the fully supported AMQP feature in MQ 22.214.171.124.
Integration between MQ Light and MQ applications
One of the key benefits of AMQP support in MQ is the ability to exchange data between new MQ Light apps and existing MQ ones. When the first beta release was made available we put up a blog article to explain the basics of routing MQ messages to/from MQ Light, and how the different message formats are converted. The blog article covers the basics but a complete list of supported AMQP message properties and attributes and how they are mapped to/from MQ messages is available to read in the MQ 8 KnowledgeCenter. It is spread across 3 pages: