DFHDPLOY introduced with CICS TS V5.3 allows simple scripts to be written that deploy, re-deploy, or un-deploy CICS bundles and CICS applications. In the past these procedures have been difficult to execute in a repeatable and reliable way due to the asynchronous lifecycle of bundle resources and the additional AVAILABLE/UNAVAILABLE state. DFHDPLOY is one of a trio of utilities including the CICS Build Toolkit and UrbanCode Deploy that enable customers to build a DevOps pipeline. You can download the CICS Build Toolkit here.
APAR PI56706 âDFHDPLOY NOT AVAILABLE IN CICS V5.1 AND V5.2â, available now, provides this new capability and recent serviceability enhancements to CICS TS V5.1 and V5.2. APAR PI56708 âSERVICEABILITY IMPROVEMENTS TO DFHDPLOYâ brings the serviceability enhancements in PI56706 to CICS TS V5.3.
Users of the IBM CICS TS plug-in for UrbanCode Deploy can also take advantage of these APARs. The plug-in allows deployments to be scripted visually and depends on DFHDPLOY to handle the lifecycle of CICS bundle and CICS applications. This capability is now available to those on all releases of CICS TS V5.