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Are you planning to upgrade your level of z/OS or WebSphere Application Server, or maybe even both, and are wondering how one might affect the other?
The Software Product Compatibility Report will help you figure this out:
The first page you will see is this:
You can select 'High-level' or 'In-depth' reports. The High-level report is sufficient if all you want to see is what... [More]
It's the moment you've all been waiting for (I know I have). Version 8 of WebSphere MQ has been announced and will soon officially become available for the z/OS platform (General Availability date 13 June for z/OS, eGA of 23 May for multiplatforms). When I was reviewing early release materials for documentation on the product I was happy about many of the changes that had been implemented by Development. We had seen, at the Support Center, that many of these changes were the result of problems that had come into us at the... [More]
Once your application is implemented and deployed, it is important to keep it up-to-date and maintained to avoid any issues that might impact its availability and to ensure continued support in the event a problem occurs.
The Operational Decision Manager version numbers use the standard IBM format V.R.M.F which stands for Version.Release.Modification.Fixpack . See the V.R.M.F Maintenance Stream Delivery Vehicle terminology explanation for more details.
By now you have probably heard the news about WebSphere Application Server (WAS) v6.1 reaching the end of its Software Support Lifecycle on September 30th, 2013. But if you missed the deadline and now it's October you may be wondering what it is you need to do next to ensure you have IBM support.
We have pulled together a lot of information that outlines the options you have available from IBM in terms of migrating (upgrading) to a new version or obtaining a support extension (SE).
Like all platforms, specialized skills are just part of the territory when we talk about successfully migrating (upgrading) software. For those familiar with mainframes this has never been more true than in the z/OS environment where installation and migration tasks may entail extensive planning. When so many details have to be taken into account it can be easy to miss a simple step. Though relatively small, one misstep can mean missed targets or delays in rollouts to other environments until test systems are first up to snuff. So, while... [More]
I've had a few customers lately that are in a situation where they are still running old unsupported versions of WebSphere MQ. Specifically, a problem arises when they are still on MQ version 5.3 and want to upgrade to a recent version such as 7.1 or 7.5 as there is not direct route for upgrading MQ v5.3 to those versions. Here are links to migration documentation in the information center: For MQ v7.1: Migrating and upgrading WebSphere MQ For MQ v7.5: Planning WebSphere MQ version 6.0 to WebSphere MQ version 7.5 migration by platform If you... [More]
In the fall of 2011, I posted an article titled WebSphere Application Server Information Supercenter with links that may be particularly helpful when navigating the support information available for WebSphere Application Server (WAS). Since then we've had plenty of newsworthy activity, for example, the release of WAS V8.0 and V8.5 as well as some fix packs. Here is an updated list to bookmark that will help with keeping the top information at your fingertips. Version 8.0 and 8.5 Links: System Requirements for Application Client for WebSphere... [More]
In my job as a Project Leader in ITSO (also known as the IBM Redbooks team) I have published more than 100 books since 1999. My first two Redbooks publications even had the red covers. Anyone still remember them? I have always enjoyed working for ITSO, because of the opportunity to meet with people from all over the world and to be able to work on the leading-edge IBM products. Most of the Redbooks projects are run in one of the two ITSO centers in US --Raleigh and Poughkeepsie. However, recently we have started running some of these outside... [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]
The idea behind this blog entry is to house multiple related links to WebSphere Application Server (WAS) V6.1 Going End of Support and Upgrading or Migrating to WAS V8.5. It's not the end of the world, but yes, WAS 6.1 is going out of support in September 2012 2013. What's your plan? Update: IBM has decided to extend the WebSphere Application Server V6.1 End of Support date, giving you another year of support while you plan your upgrade to one of the latest releases, the NEW End of Support date is September 30 2013! See the link above... [More]
WebSphere Commerce V7.0 Feature Pack 5.0 was recently released and many clients rushed to upgrade to the new environment so they could play with the new features. One of the prerequisites is to upgrade WebSphere Commerce to 18.104.22.168 fixpack, and as usual, while already one is at these maintenance tasks, it is good to upgrade also the underlying SW (software) stack, such as the WebSphere Application Server (WAS) fixpack level, to the latest. While running upgrades for WebSphere Commerce underlying SW stack such as WAS fixpacks, it's good to be... [More]
The launchpad, introduced in V7.5, helps you install the prerequisites and the product components, in the correct order. To understand the WODM components that the installer includes, read the section Composition of Operational Decision Management for version 7.5, and for version 8.0 see section Composition of WebSphere Operational Decision Management of the WODM information center. First of all, refer to the WODM Detailed System Requirements
to ensure that your configuration complies with the hardware and software requirements . Then,... [More]
When it comes to making the decision on when to upgrade the maintenance on a WebSphere MQ system, many people prefer not to think about it. They wait until they are forced to make the upgrade, either because they hit some very serious problems or because a version of MQ has gone unsupported. After going through a "forced" upgrade, it is very common for a person to look back at their experience and wish they could have avoided that scenario. Often times, the person will say "I wish I knew then what I know now". Thinking... [More]
The new channel authentication records were added to version 7.1 to give more precise control over access granted to a connecting system at the channel level. This feature allows you to define rules about whether certain inbound channels to a queue manager should be allowed or blocked. The rules can be set up to use IP address, SSL/TLS subjects distinguished Name, Client user ID or remote queue manager name. I'm not going to attempt to go over the features available here but bring a possible issue to your attention that might affect you... [More]
Following is support content available to help you with the task of planning and upgrading to a more current version of WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance firmware: See a summary of the supported versions of WebSphere DataPower firmware in this IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliance Support Lifecycle document. More information about accessing the latest firmware versions is available in Supported firmware versions and recommended upgrade levels for WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances . Be attentive to the details provided in Critical updates for IBM... [More]