IBM MQ 9.0.4 is the next continuous delivery update for MQ, with IBM MQ 9.0 being the current Long Term Support option. The continuous delivery releases incrementally build on the MQ 9.0 features, providing early, supported, access to the latest MQ capabilities. Version 9.0.4 has been delivered concurrently on distributed, z/OS and the appliance platforms, and for the first time continuous delivery updates are available on AIX. MQ 9.0.4 can be obtained from:

  • PassportAdvantage for Windows and Linux platforms (Search for part numbers CJ280ML for Production use and CJ1RLML for Trial)
  • shopZ for z/OS. Each PID has a Long Term Support and Continuous Delivery orderable feature.
    Search for APAR PI86801 to find the PTFs to update your installation from 9.0.3 to 9.0.4 (APAR PI86272 for MQ Managed File Transfer). The Continuous Delivery orderable feature will be updated to 9.0.4 on 10th November 2017.
    PIDs are:

    • 5655-MQ9 – IBM MQ for z/OS
    • 5655-VU9 – IBM MQ for z/OS Value Unit Edition
    • 5655-AM9 – IBM MQ Advanced Message Security for z/OS
    • 5655-MF9 – IBM MQ Managed File Transfer for z/OS
    • 5655-AV9 – IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS
      • This is a bundle of MQ Advanced Message Security and MQ Managed File Transfer (no MQ entitlement included)
    • 5655-AV1 – IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS Value Unit Edition
      • This is a bundle of MQ Advanced Message Security, MQ Managed File Transfer and MQ for z/OS Value Unit Edition
  • The IBM MQ Appliance firmware image can be obtained from Fix Central and can be applied to both the M2000 and M2001 hardware models.

What’s new in MQ 9.0.4?

IBM MQ and MQ Appliance 9.0.4 announcement letters:

For our Offering Management perspective on MQ 9.0.4 head over to Leif Davidsen’s wordpress blog.
YouTube playlists: MQ, MQ for z/OS, MQ Appliance.

IBM MQ Advanced enhancements:

  • IBM MQ Advanced introduces a new option for building high availability solutions. The Replicated Data Queue Manager feature eliminates the need for using a shared/clustered file system on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • IBM MQ Advanced is now available on IBM Cloud Private
  • The Blockchain bridge is now available on Linux server and client images for connecting to MQ Advanced queue managers. It can connect to local or IBM Cloud hosted Hyperledger Fabric networks and can perform query and update operations on the ledger.
  • The MQ Managed File Transfer file logger component has been updated to run as a client component, so a local queue manager is no longer required. No license entitlement is required for the deployment of the File Logger on a system with no local queue manager installed.
  • A batch Java program using the MQ Classes for Java or JMS on z/OS can connect to a IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS Value Unit Edition entitled queue manager running on a different LPAR.

Enhancements available in both MQ and MQ Advanced:

  • Channels and subscriptions are now supported by the REST interface for administration. A 9.0.4 queue manager can also be used as a proxy for using REST to perform administration on earlier versions of MQ.
  • MQ 9.0.4 introduces a new REST API for messaging, with initial support for performing PUT and GET operations.
  • Since MQ 9.0.2, MQ has been able to register queue managers with the IBM Cloud Product Insights service. MQ 9.0.4 adds the possibility for information to be routed through a proxy so that not every MQ system needs a direct connection to IBM Cloud Product Insights.
  • The MQ Salesforce bridge is now bi-directional enabling MQ to publish messages into Salesforce as well as receive events from Salesforce.
  • MQ 9.0.4 CD releases are now available on the AIX operating system.

IBM MQ Appliance enhancements:

  • IBM MQ Appliance firmware is updated to the latest MQ 9.0.4 functionality
  • When defining queue managers on the MQ Appliance they can now use internal storage or external SAN storage. There are two use cases for this. Firstly, if more storage is required than is available internally on the appliance, or secondly if a queue manager needs to store data on a SAN as part of a wider disaster recovery solution.
  • 9.0.4 firmware adds the ability for an administrator to increase the amount of storage available to a queue manager after its initial creation.

Look out for further blog articles and video demos on our playlists.

Can I get a copy of IBM MQ 9.0.4 for development purposes?

Yes, you can. A free download to use for development is available from the IBM MQ download page. It is available for Windows and Linux x86-64.

Remind me how the Continuous Delivery support model works…

Its worth reminding you what the Continuous Delivery support model means for MQ.

  • MQ 9.0 LTS is supported for a minimum of 5 years from its availability in May 2016, and will receive fix only updates through fixpacks versioned, and so on.
  • MQ CD updates will be delivered with the 3rd digit change – 9.0.1, 9.0.2 and so on. Fixes will only be provided on the most recent two CD updates, so you need to keep moving forward with the MQ CD releases. Also, MQ CD updates will be delivered with new function enabled by default.
  • The IBM MQ FAQ for Long Term Support and Continuous Delivery Releases will hopefully answer most of your questions.

MQ System Requirements and documentation

The system requirements are documented at the links below. IBM MQ is being made available on a subset of the LTS operating systems and on the IBM MQ Appliance. The set of supported operating systems are z/OS, Microsoft Windows, Linux on x86-64, Linux on IBM z Systems, Linux on Little Endian Power (RHEL, SLES and Ubuntu) and AIX.

Further information can be found in the IBM MQ Knowledge Center and the IBM MQ Appliance Knowledge Center

Other Fix Central resources

A number of MQ 9.0.4 components are made available on Fix Central for ease of download. Here are the links to the available components:

What function has released in previous continuous delivery updates?

IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.0.3
IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.0.2
IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.0.1

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