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IT21147: Permit monitoring of IBM MFT agent JVM's using JMX tools such asJConsole

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APAR status

  • Closed as new function.

Error description

  • Java Management Extensions (JMX) specification tools such as
    "JConsole" permit an application to connect to a running JVM,
    for example to permit the JVM to be monitored.
    It is not possible to attach these JMX tools to an IBM MQ
    Managed File Transfer agent JVM.

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    This issue affects users of IBM MQ Managed File Transfer who
    want to attach monitoring tools to their agent JVMs.
    Platforms affected:
    It was not possible to attach a JVM monitoring JMX tools such as
    JConsole to a IBM MQ Managed File Transfer agent's JVM.
    This was because attaching was disabled due to a problem within
    the JRE, which was documented under APAR IZ73533:
    IBM MQ now ships a version of the JRE which contains this JRE
    APAR, so the attach feature can be re-enabled.

Problem conclusion

  • It is now possible to attach a JVM monitoring tool such as
    JConsole to a IBM MQ Managed File Transfer agent JVM, if the
    platform is using an IBM JRE (AIX, Linux, IBM i, Windows, z/OS).
     To enable this, set the environment variable BFG_ALLOW_ATTACH
    to some value in the shell which starts the agent - for
    After starting the agent in a shell where this environment
    variable has been set, JMX monitoring tools can then be attached
    to the agent's JVM, unless this function has been separately
    disabled in the JVM configuration.
    If running on a UNIX type platform, this variable will need to
    be exported in order to be picked up by the agent start scripts,
      export BFG_ALLOW_ATTACH=true
    The fix is targeted for delivery in the following PTFs:
    Version    Maintenance Level
    v9.0 LTS
    The latest available MQ maintenance can be obtained from
    'WebSphere MQ Recommended Fixes'
    If the maintenance level is not yet available information on
    its planned availability can be found in 'WebSphere MQ
    Planned Maintenance Release Dates'

Temporary fix


APAR Information

  • APAR number


  • Reported component name

    WMQ MFT V8.0

  • Reported component ID


  • Reported release


  • Status


  • PE




  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt / Xsystem

  • Submitted date


  • Closed date


  • Last modified date


  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WMQ MFT V8.0

  • Fixed component ID


Applicable component levels

[{"Business Unit":{"code":"BU053","label":"Cloud & Data Platform"},"Product":{"code":"SSYHRD","label":"IBM MQ"},"Component":"","ARM Category":[],"Platform":[{"code":"PF025","label":"Platform Independent"}],"Version":"8.0","Edition":"","Line of Business":{"code":"LOB45","label":"Automation"}}]

Document Information

Modified date:
23 March 2018