We’ve just released the latest z/OS Connect EE open beta which is available now to download from our recently moved open beta website.

New features in this open beta include

We encourage you to download this latest refresh, and we welcome your feedback on any features of the open beta.

Useful information about this open beta refresh:

PassTicket support for IMS services

z/OS Connect EE has been enhanced to support the use of PassTicket authentication for IMS services. Using PassTickets allows for z/OS Connect EE to enable SAF authentication for IMS without having access to the SAF password. A PassTicket is generated for a specific user ID and application, by z/OS Connect EE, and is then passed to IMS where it is validated.

A distributed ID, which must be mapped to a SAF user ID unless it is already a SAF user ID, is included in the request to z/OS Connect EE, where is then authenticated. The user ID from the request is then propagated to IMS with the generated PassTicket, where further authentication is then carried out by IMS. If a specific user ID is required for authentication with IMS for all requests, then this user ID can be configured in your server.xml configuration file within the userName attribute.

Find out more.

Upgrading from a previous version of the z/OS Connect EE beta

If you are using a z/OS Connect EE server from an earlier version of a z/OS Connect EE open beta, the first time you start up your server, you must specify the --clean option on your started task PARMS statement, for example: /S BAQSTRT,PARMS=' serverName --clean'. This is to delete all persistent cached information and pick up updated OSGi bundles shipped in this release.
Find out more about the –clean option.

If you fail to specify the --clean option your server may not function correctly and you may see errors similar to the following in your messages.log, STDERR, and FFDC:


[ERROR   ] CWWKF0002E: A bundle could not be found for com.fasterxml.jackson.core.jackson-annotations/x.x.x.          
[ERROR   ] CWWKF0002E: A bundle could not be found for com.fasterxml.jackson.core.jackson-databind/x.x.x.             
[ERROR   ] CWWKF0002E: A bundle could not be found for org.apache.commons.commons-compress/x.x.x.                    
[ERROR   ] CWWKF0002E: A bundle could not be found for com.fasterxml.jackson.dataformat.jackson-dataformat-yaml/x.x.x.
[ERROR   ] CWWKF0002E: A bundle could not be found for com.fasterxml.jackson.core.jackson-core/x.x.x.

Subsequent starts of the server do not require the --clean option.

Download website for z/OS Connect EE open beta

Our download website for z/OS Connect EE open beta moved to a new location last month. Therefore, please update any bookmarks you have pointing to the old site.

Open beta code available for up to 120 days

This version of the open beta is available for up to 120 days. We hope this will allow time for you to evaluate the new features offered through our beta and to provide us feedback on what you do and don’t like with these features. Please use the z/OS Connect EE open beta forum to provide your feedback.

Open beta version of the API toolkit

The open beta version of the API toolkit to accompany the open beta z/OS Connect EE runtime is V3.9.8.00. This open beta version of the toolkit will currently only run on Windows. You are strongly recommended to use this version of the API toolkit with the open beta z/OS Connect EE runtime to enjoy the full suite of new features available in both the toolkit and runtime, and also to ensure you maintain compatibility. For example, to try out the creation of MQ services, you must use this open beta version of both the API toolkit and z/OS Connect EE runtime.

Open beta build and expiry dates

The build date for this version of the z/OS Connect EE open beta runtime is 20200327-1924 and appears on the BAQR0000I message.

This version of the z/OS Connect EE open beta is due to expire on 25 July 2020 and appears on the BAQR9999I message. However, do not panic! A newer version of the open beta with additional enhancements will be available to download before this version expires.

WebSphere Liberty Profile 20.0.0.3

The version of WebSphere Liberty Profile embedded in this open beta is version 20.0.0.3. The version level of the WebSphere Liberty Profile appears in both the top of the z/OS Connect EE messages.log file, and also in the STDOUT logfile.

Angel V13

The version of the angel shipped with WebSphere Liberty Profile 20.0.0.3 is version 13.

If you choose to remain at a lower version of the angel, you will see the following warning message in your z/OS Connect EE messages.log file when you start up your server:
CWWKB0127W: The current angel version is earlier than the version that the server expects. Update the angel version to the latest available version.
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Java 8 required to run z/OS Connect EE

Java 8 is the only supported level of Java with this version of the open beta. Your z/OS Connect EE server will not start if Java 8 is not used. It will fail with message “CWWKE0042E: The correct Java version is not running. The runtime environment requires Java 8 or higher”.

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Feedback please!

While we hope you enjoy these new features, do understand that features delivered in the open beta are not always delivered in the GA product. Please provide feedback on these new features using the z/OS Connect EE open beta forum as your feedback will help influence our decisions. (The warning message on the open beta forum “The developerWorks Connections Platform is now in read-only mode and content is only available for viewing.” can be ignored – the open beta forum is still active.)

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