IBM MQ and IBM i – Happy Birthday!

IBM i 30 YearsThis year sees the 30th birthday of the platform now known as IBM i (previous names AS/400, OS/400 and iSeries).

Read more about the IBM i Anniversary in Steve Will’s Blog Post announcing the celebrations.

IBM MQ 25This year also sees the 25th birthday of IBM MQ (previous names MQSeries and WebSphere MQ). Celebrations began at the IBM Think 2018 conference with cupcakes. Naomi Scott wrote this blog post as part of the celebrations: The best technology grows and innovates over time

This video was also released as part of the IBM MQ 25 years celebrations.

We look forward to more IBM MQ celebrations as the December date approaches later this year. Follow the #IBMMQ25 hashtag to watch the celebrations.


MQSeries on OS/400 was the first of the distributed platforms to ship, partly due to the alignment with the OS/400 stack. MQ has been on IBM i platform since 1994.

Our very own Paul Clarke was part of the team that developed MQ on the OS/400. He has fond memories of the interesting and challenging discussions that were had with the introduction of the different architecture of the OS/400 machine compared to the Unix and OS/2 machines they had been working on.

To celebrate both birthdays, MQGem is very pleased to announce that all our MQ training modules now include instructions for the IBM i platform as well.

IBM i IBM MQ Birthday

Birthday Cake credit:


MQ Devt Team Memories

The recent IBM MQ 25th Birthday celebration video that Hursley just released had a variety of photos from over the years in MQ Development. Unfortunately I’m not in any of them, but they did bring back memories of many of the people I worked with. One of the photos with the most people I recognised was the one below which you can see at 1m2s into the video. My guess is it was taken maybe 3 years before I joined the department, which would make it 1993. Perhaps it was the “V1 release” photo in 1993?

They are all making ‘V’ signs, which I assume is V for Victory, since Victory was the code name for the MQ for MVS; OS/390; z/OS product.

MQ Development Team

MQSeries for MVS/ESA Development Team (what Year?)
Click on the photo to enlarge

I can’t remember all the people in the photo, but I thought it might be nice to see whether others could help me fill in the gaps. And does anyone know where they all are now?

Back Row: Francis Burgess, Simon Rushton, Mick Lickman, Bob Gold, John Barfield?, Colin Paice (retiring 2018), Marilyn Rayner, Steve Craggs, ?, Andy Hebb, Gill Curwen, Lynn Barker
Middle Row: Joy Matthews, ?, Richard Appleby, Annabelle Chilton, Helena Smith, Terry Learney, Linda Taylor (my first manager), Dave Ashford, Dermot Flaherty, Anthony O’Dowd, Bryan Lewis, Ian Turner
Front Row: Keith Andrews, Keith Taylor, Dave Challis, Clare Sprenger, Jane Doel-James, Norman Adlam, Peter Missen, ?, Judith Bedford, Paul Kettley, Dave Coakley, John Jones
Front Row (Partial): ?, Paul Fairburn, Lionel De Lambert

IBM MQ and MQ Appliance News – March 2018

On Friday March 16th, IBM Hursley made available the next in the series of Continuous Delivery releases for IBM MQ V9.0 and the MQ Appliance. IBM MQ V9.0.5 is now available.

Downloading IBM MQ Version 9.0.5 Continuous Delivery

Read these links of interest:-

A few days later, the next continuous delivery release on the NPE NonStop platform was also released. Read more about that here.

We’ll collect up any other links about the new release as we find them and put them all here.

I can haz error logs?

IBM MQ on IBM Cloud has now reached the Beta phase. See Jen’s latest Blog Post: MQ on IBM Cloud – we’ve hit beta and one of the new things in the beta is the ability to view your queue manager’s error logs.

I Can Haz Error LogsThis is a very important step since one of the first things you should learn is how to discover what your queue manager is trying to tell you when there is an error. In fact this is one of the most important things my MQ training modules also teach you.

Here’s a quick summary of exactly how you can view your IBM Cloud queue manager error logs.

Having created your queue manager, as per Woz Arshad’s YouTube video:

YouTube Introducing MQ on IBM Cloud

you can view your queue manager and get connection information on how to connect to it. From this same view you can also get hold of your queue manager’s error log. Select the “Logs and diagnostics” option.

IBM Cloud MQ Logs and Diagnostics

Select the Logs and diagnostics section

This will show a panel where you have two choices. You can download a smaller zip file which is mainly about obtaining your error logs, or you can go for the full RAS package. For just the error logs click on the “Collect logs” button, and you will then be prompted to supply a password which you will use to unlock the error log files in the zip you download.

IBM Cloud MQ Collect logs

Press the button to collect the queue manager error logs

IBM Cloud MQ Download Log file zip

Download your password protected zip file

After a few moments your zip file will be ready and then you can download it to view the contents.

Inside the zip file there will be three folders:-

  • FDCs
  • QM Logs
  • trace

You’ll be interested in the folder called “QM Logs”. N.B. This is the error logs from the queue manager not the transactional logs.

Inside that folder you will find three files AMQERR0n.LOG – usually you will find all you need in AMQERR01.LOG.