MO71 version 9.0.6 is released

MQGem Software is pleased to announce that a new version of MO71, our GUI Administrative tool for IBM MQ, is now available.

The main features of the release are as follows:-

Improvements to Column Filters

Following on from version 9.0.5, when column filters were first introduced, this version improves them for integer values which are now shown as a selectable list of values in use.

MO71 Integer Column Filters

For fields with integer values, view how many of each value are present and filter by them

Splash Screens

You can configure MO71 to display a panel of information either when MO71 initially starts or when a user connects to a Queue Manager. This allows a central MQ Administration department to disseminate information to MO71 users. For example, tell them about Queue Manager ownership, status or maintenance schedules.

IBM MQ Fix Pack check

MO71 can now check for the latest available MQ fix pack levels and help to inform you that a later fix pack is available for a particular Queue Manager. Read more in IBM MQ Maintenance level checking with MO71

MO71 Version Check

The MO71 Version Check dialog

MO71 Update notification

MO71 can now check and notify you if there is a later version of MO71 available for you.

Import from another MO71 Configuration File

You can now import location definitions from another, central, MO71 configuration file. Not only that but you can ask MO71 to merge any definitions from this file into the local configuration each time it starts.

Licence Command

Another feature which makes central administration a little easier. You can configure MO71 to run a command if the licence file is either not present or due to expire soon. This enables you to automatically copy or FTP a new licence file from a central location without the end user needing to do anything.


The new version can be downloaded from the MO71 Download Page. Any current licensed users of MO71 can run the new version on their existing licence. If you don’t have a licence and would like to try out MO71 then send an email to support@mqgem.com and a 1-month trial licence will be sent to you.

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MQGem Monthly (December 2017)

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VOLUME III. – No. 12. FRIDAY, 29 DECEMBER, 2017 PRICE: FREE

Welcome to the December edition of the MQGem Monthly Newsletter, bringing you company news from MQGem Software, information about the MO71, MQSCX, MQEdit, and QLOAD products, our IBM MQ training modules, and interesting articles about IBM MQ.

News

It’s somewhat traditional at the end of the year to take a look back at all the things that have happened. Read ours here.

An open beta of the latest version of MO71, V9.0.6, is currently running. Get involved and try it out.

The MQGem training module MQG-101-32: “Using MQ Authentication” has been updated to provide instructions on the z/OS platform now as well. The brochure with module details has also been enhanced with longer module descriptions. See here.

Interesting IBM MQ links

Here are a few links that caught our eye this month.

We share all the above links on our Twitter feed and Facebook page so if you don’t want to wait until the end-of-month newsletter, follow us on there.

Upcoming events

There are a number of conference events where IBM MQ will be featured in the coming months. Hopefully you’ll be able to sign up to one near you and obtain some MQ technical education.

Product Info

This months highlighted product information is a video showing the Web Access capabilities of MO71.

IBM MQ Latest Maintenance

Make sure you’re on the latest maintenance level of your version of IBM MQ. These are the latest Fix Packs at the time of going to press. Check here for the latest versions now, and here for the planned dates for the next ones.

Contact Information

MQGem wishes you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by email or follow us on one of our social media channels.
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Looking back on 2017

In this post we look back on the year that was 2017 and what happened in both IBM MQ, and MQGem Software.

New Versions

Both IBM MQ and MQGem Software products had a number of new releases in 2017.

MQGem Software products

Three new versions of our premier product, MO71 – a graphical administrative product for IBM MQ. Version 9.0.3 was released in March with various new features including the very popular hostname display for your IP addresses, and User Commands. Version 9.0.4 was released in July with the Activity Trace viewer being its main feature, and then version 9.0.5 was released in August to supply the new column filters feature.

In January of 2017 we also made available the ability to run Microsoft Windows graphical programs such as MO71 and MQEdit which use IBM MQ libraries, on Intel Linux under Wine.

An MQSCX mini version 9.0.1 was released in July with some customer requested features.

Two new versions of QLOAD – our unload/load IBM MQ queues product, were released this year. Version V9.0.1 was released in June with the capability to unload and reload all your queues at once. Then version V9.0.2 was released in July with a customer requested feature providing rated throughput.

Our newest product MQEdit – a live-parsing IBM MQ message editor – also had a new version this year. Version V9.0.2 was released in August providing several more natively understood formats, as request by customers.

IBM MQ Fix Packs and new function

Two new Fix Packs on IBM WebSphere MQ V7.1. Fix Pack 7.1.0.8 was released in January and the last Fix Pack on this release, Fix Pack 7.1.0.9 was released in November. One new Fix Pack on IBM WebSphere MQ V7.5. Fix Pack 7.5.0.8 was released in July.

Three new Fix Packs on IBM MQ V8. Fix Pack 8.0.0.6 was released in January. Fix Pack 8.0.0.7 was released in July. Fix Pack 8.0.0.8 was released in November.

Two new Fix Packs on IBM MQ V9. Fix Pack 9.0.0.1 was released in May/June. Fix Pack 9.0.0.2 was released in September.

There were also three new continuous delivery (CD) releases made available in 2017. V9.0.2 in March, V9.0.3 in May, and V9.0.4 in October. Only the two most recent CD releases are still in support. With each CD release to date, the MQ Appliance has also been available at that level. In addition to the new versions on the MQ Appliance, IBM released support for external storage on the MQ Appliance.

Conference Events

There have been quite a number of events throughout 2017 that have had IBM MQ content delivered at them. A separate post contains all the material that is available on-line from these various events.

Online articles

There have been some really great blog posts written throughout 2017. Lots of the guys in IBM Hursley have been blogging about the new features they have been releasing throughout the year. They have a new blog to host all their posts with the creation of IBM Messaging for admins and developers.

2017 has been a great year for all things MQ. MQGem wishes all its customers, readers, and friends a Happy and Prosperous 2018. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Conference Material from 2017

There have been quite a number of events throughout 2017 that have had IBM MQ content delivered at them. I hope you were able to attend at least one. The presentation material is online for many of these events, and download links are shown below where we are aware of them.

MQGem Monthly (November 2017)

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VOLUME III. – No. 11. THURSDAY, 30 NOVEMBER, 2017 PRICE: FREE

Welcome to the November edition of the MQGem Monthly Newsletter, bringing you company news from MQGem Software, information about the MO71, MQSCX, MQEdit, and QLOAD products, our IBM MQ training modules, and interesting articles about IBM MQ.

News

MQGem is pleased to announce the availability of its new online MQ training modules. Read more here. We also offer classroom based education. If you’re interested in either, please get in touch.

Interesting IBM MQ links

Here are a few links that caught our eye this month.

We share all the above links on our Twitter feed and Facebook page so if you don’t want to wait until the end-of-month newsletter, follow us on there.

Upcoming events

There are a number of conference events where IBM MQ will be featured in the coming months. Hopefully you’ll be able to sign up to one near you and obtain some MQ technical education.

Product Info

This months highlighted product information is a video which introduces the MQSCX product.

IBM MQ Latest Maintenance

Make sure you’re on the latest maintenance level of your version of IBM MQ. These are the latest Fix Packs at the time of going to press. Check here for the latest versions now, and here for the planned dates for the next ones.

Handy IBM MQ Resources

If you want to read blog posts on IBM MQ subject matter, these resources are good places to follow. There are a great number of IBM MQ Experts that write in the IBM MQ Blogosphere.

Contact Information

MQGem hopes you have a great holiday season, have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by email or follow us on one of our social media channels.
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Online MQ Training

MQGem is pleased to announce the availability of new online training modules for IBM MQ.

These online, self-paced modules are designed to allow you to get training on IBM MQ without the need to wait for a date where a classroom based course runs.

You do the provided worked exercises on your own machine allowing you to learn IBM MQ in the same environment where you will later need to use the skills you acquire.

In fact, online courses provide many advantages over classroom based education, such as:-

  • Going at your own pace
  • Being able to do it piece meal, an hour here and an hour there, as your current job schedule allows
  • No need to have the whole department away from their jobs at the same time
  • Considerably cheaper than classroom based education

You need a system with IBM MQ installed on it – preferably IBM MQ V8 or V9. If you do not have such a system available to you to use, you can download IBM MQ Advanced for Developers, from IBM MQ Advanced Download Page for free and follow these instructions MQv8 or MQv9 for installing it (or for Windows watch these videos MQv8 or MQv9).

Training modules are continually being added and you can see the currently available set on our website.

The modules are provided on a Web based learning platform to which you will be enrolled on the modules you choose. The dashboard shows your progress as you work through the modules and remembers where you are in the instructions if you leave and later come back.

Dashboard

The Dashboard keeps track of your progress

Instructions are provided for a variety of MQ administration tools including MQSC, MQ Explorer, MO71 and the z/OS ISPF Panels. You press the button in the instructions for the tool you wish to use.

Navigation Buttons

Press the appropriate Navigation Button for the tool you are using

Similarly, instructions are provided for various IBM MQ platforms. Initially UNIX (tested on Intel Linux), Windows and z/OS. Other platforms can be added upon request.

You can try out the first module, MQG-101-00: First steps with IBM MQ, for FREE. This module is freely available for two reasons:-

  • To allow you to try out an MQGem training module and see what the format is like
  • To teach you pre-requisite skills for managing IBM MQ, so that other modules can rely upon you having those skills

If you like the format, why not try some of the other training modules. They are great value for money, providing training in IBM MQ from an expert in the product, for a fraction of the cost of classroom based training.

Sign up for some MQ training today by contacting us at learn@mqgem.com.

Behaviour changes in MQ V9.0.4 – CONNAUTH/CHLAUTH

UserID and PasswordIBM recently released it’s latest Continuous Delivery release (MQ V9.0.4). This has made some changes to the default behaviours for CONNAUTH and CHLAUTH. You can read all the new changes in V9.0.4 here, but I wanted to highlight a few I thought were very important.

Adopt Context is YES by default

From the introduction of Connection Authentication in IBM MQ V8, the default value of ADOPTCTX was NO. I am delighted to see that the default has now been changed to YES. This is probably the most common configuration problem we help customers with around the use of Connection Authentication. It’ll take a while to percolate through, because there are plenty of existing queue managers out there with ADOPTCTX(NO) but it will definitely improve things.

qm.ini ChlauthEarlyAdopt=Y is now the default

The qm.ini ChlauthEarlyAdopt attribute was added in IBM MQ V8 FixPack 5 to allow users to revert the behaviour back to the way it was prior to another change that was made – i.e. back to the designed IBM MQ V8 GA behaviour. I am very happy to see that IBM has now reverted this behaviour to be there by default for everyone.

Java clients use user ID and password in the same way as ‘C’ clients

Due to the historical use by the Java client of the FAP flow to send a user ID and password (as described in this blog post) a compatibility setting had to be provided at MQ V8 GA in case any Java Client connections into queue managers were relying on this behaviour for their security exits. This meant that Java clients and ‘C’ Clients operated differently by default. Now, as of V9.0.4, the Java client uses the MQCSP to send its user ID and password just as the ‘C’ client does and they both work the same way. This is very good news.