A list of other sources of practical information on FTE that I am aware of:
- DeveloperWorks forum - still relatively new as I write this. Intended primarily as a self-help group for FTE users, but a number of us on the development team keep an eye on it.
- MQSeries.net forum - An FTE-specific subgroup of the long-standing MQSeries.net forums. The sub-forum is beginning to be self-helping (ie questions being answered by non-IBMers), plus we at Hursley do also pop in from time to time. If your problem is a generic MQ one rather than specific to FTE, you will also find many helpful people (mostly non-IBM) on the main MQSeries.net forum there.
- ibm.software.websphere.mq news group on news.software.ibm.com . A general MQ newsgroup, for which you will need an NNTP client.
- Rich Cumbers's blog - Rich is an FTE developer who sometimes posts very useful FTE-related information on his personal blog.
- T.Rob's MQ Security blog - A secure FTE network relies on having a secure MQ network. T.Rob Wyatt is a renowned expert on the topic, and has also posted some FTE-specific material both here and in his DeveloperWorks column.
- The FTE infocenter - just in case you haven't found it, this is the formal product manual for the most recently-released version. This does get periodic updates, and will almost certainly be newer than the docs shipped on CD, so it's worth using instead of those if you can. Alternatively, if the machine you installed the docs on is connected to the Internet you can click an update button on the Infocenter toolbar to kick off a painless upgrade process on your local copy.
- FTE-related technotes (the link is to the general search page, since I can't find a way to list all the technotes for a particular product). These are short notes detailing problems experienced, with workarounds. They're generally written by Service (ie, tech support) people to document what they've found. Searching for error messages can be particularly helpful.
- For IBMers: FTE internal forum If you have access to IBM's internal network, you can use this forum too. It's essentially an internal version of the DeveloperWorks forum at the top of this post, but since FTE has been used internally for longer than it has externally (Tech Sales and Services people skilling up ready to help customers) it's currently considerably busier. You can get help from your peers and also, where necessary, the development team.