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Use MQGem tools with IBM MQ on IBM Cloud

You may have seen the recent announcement from IBM about the experimental IBM MQ service running on IBM Cloud.
IBM Cloud

You can learn more with these resources:-

When you read the description of this new service in the Bluemix catalog, you’ll see it says the following:-

Manage MQ your way

Manage your cloud-based queue managers with the tools you know and love – including MQ Explorer, the MQ Console, or via MQ Script Commands (MQSC).

This blog post is here to assure you that the tools you know and love from MQGem Software; MO71, MQSCX, MQEdit and QLOAD can all also be used with IBM MQ running on IBM Cloud.

Once you have created your MQ on IBM Cloud Service and Queue Manager, as shown in the above video, and your queue manager is up and running, you’ll have a view something like this.

IBM Cloud QM List

A list showing my Running queue manager

Click on the three vertical dots on the right of your queue manager to “Download Connection info”, or alternatively view the details of your queue manager and then there is a button there too which allows you to download the “Connection Information”. Either way, you’ll be presented with a pop-up which allows you to download a plain text file which contains the queue manager name, hostname, port number and a couple of channel names, one called an Application Channel and one called an Administration Channel.

IBM Cloud Download Connection info

IBM Cloud Download Connection info

In order to remotely connect to your IBM Cloud queue manager you will also need to be able to log in. As the MQ on IBM Cloud documentation describes here, you need the API key as your password to go with the user id ‘admin’. Follow the instructions on that page to obtain your API key.

Now you have all the pieces of information you need to set up any of the MQGem Software tools to administer your queue manager on IBM Cloud. As a reminder, these are the things you will need.

Item From where
Queue Manager Name You invented it when you created the queue manager. If you’ve forgotten it, it’s also in the text file you downloaded with the connection information.
Channel Name The “Administration channel name” can be found in the text file you downloaded with the connection information.
Connection Name This is built by concatenating the “Hostname” and “Listener port” details (with brackets round the port number) that can be found in the text file you downloaded with the connection information.
User ID This is ‘admin’
Password This is the API Key that you created by following the linked instructions.

On the pages that follow, we cover how to use the above information you have gathered in your table to configure each of our tools to connect to your IBM MQ in IBM Cloud Queue Manager. Go directly to the page for the tool you want to use, or page through each one in turn.

  1. MO71
  2. MQEdit
  3. MQSCX
  4. QLOAD

If you don’t have a licence and would like to try out any of our tools then send an email, noting which tool you’d like to try, to support@mqgem.com and a 1-month trial licence will be sent to you.

MQGem Monthly (January 2018)

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VOLUME IV. – No. 1. WEDNESDAY, 31 JANUARY, 2018 PRICE: FREE

Welcome to the January 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

As many of you know, we have lived in NZ for the last two years. Plans are now progressing well to move the MQGem Business to NZ as well. Look out for prices quoted in NZD as well as your own currency on future quotes.

A new version of MO71, V9.0.6, was released this month.

IBM announced its new experimental IBM MQ on IBM Cloud service. Read more here.

Training module MQG-101-31 “Securing channels using Digital Certificates (SSL/TLS)” now has z/OS instructions as well as Windows and Unix. Go our here for more information.

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 how to simplify the MO71 GUI interface.

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 have a question about IBM MQ that you can’t find the answer to, these resources are good places to ask your question.

Contact Information

Here at MQGem we hope you haven’t broken all your New Year’s resolutions 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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IBM MQ Maintenance level checking with MO71

The newest version of MO71 is able to check what the latest available maintenance level of IBM MQ and inform you if you are back level.

MO71 File Menu

MO71 File Menu with options for checking versions

In its simplest form this comes as a file menu option which you can manually select at any time. However there is also an option to have MO71 check for new versions automatically to save you having to remember to do it, and to pop up a reminder to you if there is a new maintenance level.

MO71 MQ Maintenance Levels

MO71 MQ Maintenance Levels

In addition, if you run a HealthCheck on your queue managers, one of the problems that can be checked for is whether your queue manager is running at the latest maintenance.

MO71 Problem checking Fixpack

MO71’s Problem checking can indicate if you are behind on maintenance

And finally if you look at a multi-queue manager list of queue manager attributes, there is a new column that can be added to this display which shows the latest maintenance applicable to the version each queue manager is using. If a queue manager is up-to-date on maintenance then this field is blank. Therefore, a simple filter showing only those rows with something in that field can immediately show you which queue managers need maintenance applied, or you can make a simple filter to highlight the queue managers that have a newer MQ maintenance level available, by changing their background colour, as shown below.

MO71 QMList filtered by Maintenance

MO71 QMList filtered by Maintenance


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.

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.

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!