Administering IBM MQ

To administer your IBM® MQ queue managers and associated resources, choose your preferred method from a set of tasks that you can use to activate and manage those resources.

About this task

You can administer IBM MQ objects locally or remotely:
Local administration
Local administration means carrying out administration tasks on any queue managers you have defined on your local system. You can access other systems, for example through the TCP/IP terminal emulation program telnet, and carry out administration there. In IBM MQ, you can consider this as local administration because no channels are involved, that is, the communication is managed by the operating system.
For more information, see Working with local IBM MQ objects.
Remote administration
IBM MQ supports administration from a single point of contact through remote administration. Remote administration allows you to issue commands from your local system that are processed on another system and applies also to the IBM MQ Explorer. For example, you can issue a remote command to change a queue definition on a remote queue manager. You do not have to log on to that system, although you do need to have the appropriate channels defined. The queue manager and command server on the target system must be running.
Some commands cannot be issued in this way, in particular, creating or starting queue managers and starting command servers. To perform this type of task, you must either log on to the remote system and issue the commands from there or create a process that can issue the commands for you. This restriction applies also to the IBM MQ Explorer.
For more information, see Working with remote IBM MQ objects.

There are a number of different methods that you can use to create and administer your queue managers and their related resources in IBM MQ. These methods include command-line interfaces, graphical user interfaces, and an administration API.

There are different sets of commands that you can use to administer IBM MQ depending on your platform:
There are also the other following options for creating and managing IBM MQ objects: [z/OS]For information about the administration interfaces and options on IBM MQ for z/OS®, see Administering IBM MQ for z/OS.

You can automate some administration and monitoring tasks for both local and remote queue managers by using PCF commands. These commands can also be simplified by using the IBM MQ Administration Interface (MQAI) on some platforms. For more information about automating administration tasks, see Automating IBM MQ administration using PCF commands.