IBM MQ 9.1.3 is the next continuous delivery release of IBM MQ, delivering further incremental updates to MQ. To recap, here are your your MQ and MQ Appliance options at this point:

On the MQ Appliance you have a choice of whether to follow the Long Term Support or Continuous Delivery path for updates. New MQ Appliance M2002 models will ship with the LTS firmware onboard by default, but you can move at any time to the CD firmware if there is function of interest.

Where can I get IBM MQ 9.1.3 from?

MQ 9.1.3 has been delivered concurrently on distributed, z/OS, MQ Appliance and IBM MQ on IBM Cloud managed service platforms. MQ 9.1.3 can be obtained from:

  • Distributed platforms: PassportAdvantage for AIX, Linux and Windows platforms (Search for part numbers CJ4YKML for Production use and CJ4SWML for Trial)
  • z/OS: shopZ for z/OS. Each PID has a Long Term Support and Continuous Delivery orderable feature.
    The MQ for z/OS 9.1.3 PTFs will deliver the function initially, with shopZ install images being available on 2nd August 2019. Search for APAR PH08444 for IBM MQ for z/OS, APAR PH12887 for MQ Managed File Transfer for z/OS and APAR PH12889 for MQ Advanced for z/OS Value Unit Edition.
    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    • 5655-AM9 – IBM MQ Advanced Message Security for z/OS – will be withdrawn from sale on 7th October 2019. Further information is in the What’s new section.
    • 5655-MF9 – IBM MQ Managed File Transfer for z/OS – will be withdrawn from sale on 7th October 2019. Further information is in the What’s new section.
    • 5655-AV9 – IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS
      • This is a bundle of MQ Advanced Message Security and MQ Managed File Transfer capability (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 capability
  • MQ Appliance: The IBM MQ Appliance firmware image can be obtained from Fix Central and applied to the M2002, M2001 and M2000 hardware models.
  • IBM MQ on IBM Cloud: IBM MQ on IBM Cloud managed service, which has 3 pre-configured queue manager sizes, a Lite (Trial) plan and options for placing the queue manager in an IBM Cloud or AWS data center.

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What’s new in MQ 9.1.3?

IBM MQ and MQ Appliance 9.1.3 announcement letters:

For our Offering Management perspective head over to Leif Davidsen’s wordpress blog

Look out for further blog articles and video demos on our playlists.
YouTube playlists: MQ, MQ for z/OS, MQ Appliance.

Updates in this release of IBM MQ include:

MQ updates across all platforms

  • REST messaging browse capability
    The messaging REST interface has been extended with the ability to browse the next message or list messages on a queue. The /messaging/qmgr/{qmgrName}/queue/{queueName}/message and /messaging/qmgr/{qmgrName}/queue/{queueName}/messagelist resources may be used respectively to perform these operations.
  • Improved JSON formatting for MQSC commands over the administrative REST interface
    Prior to MQ 9.1.3 MQSC commands over REST have to be sent as MQSC formatted strings. From this release MQSC commands can be sent in JSON format for improved parsing and handling by applications.
  • Embedding the IBM MQ Console in an IFrame
    New configuration property mqConsoleFrameAncestors on the mqweb server maintains a white-list of origins of web pages which can embed the IBM MQ Console using an IFrame
  • The IBM MQ Explorer SupportPac (MS0T) is now delivered with IBM MQ Continuous Delivery releases
  • MQ Advanced: New fteClearMonitorHistory command for MQ Managed File Transfer
    This provides a mechanism for clearing the history of a Managed File Transfer resource monitor to simplify the process of re-initiating failed transfers.
  • MQ Advanced: MQ Managed File Transfer adds support for FTP servers on IBM i
    Customers who use FTP to move files into and out of the IBM i platform can have them intercepted by the FTP Protocol Bridge and moved into the MQ network.

MQ on distributed platforms (Windows, Linux and AIX)

  • Uniform cluster client re-balancing
    In this release we have added further client support for JMS applications This builds on the C client support delivered in MQ 9.1.2. We have also added administrative MQSC commands and PCF interfaces to enable the status of applications connected to a queue manger, cluster or uniform cluster to be displayed.
    As a reminder, uniform cluster is a new way of configuring MQ clusters to enable MQ to automatically re-balance workload without the need for intervention from application developers or system administrators. MQ will ensure application instances identified with the same application name are balanced across a set of clustered queue managers. As queue managers are added or removed from a cluster, applications will be re-balanced. This is also useful in maintenance scenarios when a queue manager may be temporarily shut down.
  • Configurable ephemeral data directory for Red Hat OpenShift environments
    The location of data ephemeral to the queue manager, such as queue manager operating system sockets, may be defined using EphemeralPrefix. This allows the UNIX domain sockets to be placed on a non-mounted file system in a Red Hat OpenShift environment, but EphemeralPrefix may also be used in other MQ environments except for MQ Appliance and MQ for z/OS.
  • Support for .NET Core applications on MacOS for development purposes
    Once developed the applications can be run supported on Windows or Linux
  • Conversion of data between CCSID 37 and 500

MQ on z/OS

  • Withdrawal from sale of IBM MQ Managed File Transfer for z/OS and IBM MQ Advanced Message Security for z/OS
    For existing customers support and Continuous Delivery updates will continue as normal for both of these offerings. Future CD updates will continue to be delivered as PTFs, but won’t be available from shopZ. The capability offered by these products will continue to be available through the IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS and IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS Value Unit Edition offerings.
  • Removal of enablement modules for IBM MQ Advanced Message Security for z/OS, IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS Value Unit Edition, and IBM MQ for z/OS Value Unit Edition
    Instead the QMGRPROD and AMSPROD attributes should be set as part of migrating to MQ 9.1.3
  • MQ Service Provider for z/OS Connect EE changes
    z/OS Connect EE Version 3.0.21.0 and later ships an enhanced version of the MQ Service Provider which supports service archive files. You should migrate to a version of z/OS Connect EE that includes the built-in MQ Service Provider, instead of using the service provider shipped with the IBM MQ for z/OS product.
  • IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS – Advanced Message Security interception on server-to-server message channels
    This feature enables you, for example, to decrypt outbound messages to a business partner who does not use AMS and to encrypt inbound messages from a business partner who does not use AMS. Therefore, allowing you to support AMS and to communicate with business partners who do not support AMS.

MQ Appliance

  • Status notifications are now issued when HA and DR queue managers, and the HA group, changes state.
    You can use these notifications to track the health of the HA or DR configuration. Combined the ability to set appliance log targets, the status notifications from a pair of appliances can be written to the same log location to give much better insight into what is happening in the system.
  • Uniform cluster client re-balancing
    The capability on the MQ Appliance is as described above for MQ on distributed platforms.
  • Conversion of data between CCSID 37 and 500

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



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  • Yes, you can. A free download to use for development on Windows and Linux x86-64 is available from the IBM MQ download page
  • An IBM MQ Advanced for Developers Docker image is also available on Docker Store or Docker Hub

The LearnMQ site is regularly updated with a mix of tutorials and essential getting started information, and offers you the opportunity to earn an IBM MQ Developer Essentials badge.

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Downloadable resources

A number of MQ components are made available on IBM Fix Central and elsewhere for ease of download. Below are the links to the available components. Where applicable, they will show the latest V9.1 Continuous Delivery (CD) and Long Term Support (LTS) updates for each component. Be sure to know which you require!

Tip: Try opening the links in a private browsing tab if they don’t correctly resolve.
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MQ System Requirements and documentation

The system requirements are documented at the links below. IBM MQ Continuous Delivery releases are being made available on 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

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What function has released in previous updates?

IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.1.2 Continuous Delivery Release
IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.1.1 Continuous Delivery Release
IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.1 Long Term Support (inc. new M2002 hardware model)

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Remind me how the Continuous Delivery support model works…

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

  • MQ 9.1 LTS is supported for a minimum of 5 years from its availability in July 2018, and will receive fix only updates through fixpacks versioned 9.1.0.1, 9.1.0.2 and so on.
  • MQ CD updates will be delivered with the 3rd digit change – 9.1.1, 9.1.2 and so on. Defect support for a CD release is available for 12 months from the availability of the release or while it remains one of the two most recent CD releases, whichever is longer, so you need to keep moving forward with the MQ CD releases.
  • 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.

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