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IBM MQ, IBM MQ for z/OS and IBM MQ Appliance firmware 9.2.5 Continuous Delivery releases are available

By Ian Harwood posted Thu February 24, 2022 07:30 AM

  

Here are your MQ and MQ Appliance options at this point:

New MQ Appliance M2002 models will ship with the 9.2 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 9.2.5 from?

MQ 9.2.5 delivers concurrently on distributed platforms, MQ for z/OS, MQ Appliance and IBM MQ on IBM Cloud managed service platforms. For any queries about what each Program entitles you to install check out the MQ license information page.  

  • Distributed platforms: Download instructions for AIX, Linux and Windows
  • z/OS
    • shopZ for z/OS - will be available on 18th March 2022
    • PTFs are available now - PH42801 (MQ base)PH42802 (MQ Advanced for z/OS VUE).
      Note that on z/OS there are CD and LTS orderable features in shopZ. They are functionally identical at 9.2.0 but you must ensure you install the one that matches the upgrade path you wish to follow - LTS or CD
    • z/OS offerings are:
      • 5655-MQ9 – IBM MQ for z/OS
      • 5655-VU9 – IBM MQ for z/OS Value Unit Edition
      • 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: On Fix Central and applied to the M2002 and M2001 hardware models.
  • IBM MQ Advanced certified containerDeployment instructions
  • IBM MQ on IBM Cloud: IBM MQ on IBM Cloud managed service, which has different T-shirt size plans and options for placing the queue manager in an IBM Cloud or AWS data center.

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What’s new in the MQ 9.2.5 CD release?

In addition to the below, there is also a new MQ focused Podcast available from www.DoYouMQ.comSpotify or Apple Podcasts featuring MQ experts, customers and business partners sharing their knowledge and insights about MQ capabilities. If you have suggestions for topics let us know! Season 3 is coming soon...

MQ updates on distributed platforms

What's new/changed - IBM MQ

  • IBM MQ native HA is now available to deploy in containers on Kubernetes

    An example Helm chart has been provided in the ibm-messaging GitHub repo. For more information about Native HA, including what it is, how it works, and how to get started, see: Cloud native high availability with IBM MQ. Supported container runtimes are documented under the Runtime Environments section of the MQ system requirement pages.

  • REST Messaging API enhancements
    The messaging REST API is used to perform simple point-to-point and publish messaging, for instance messages can be published to a topic, sent to a queue, browsed on a queue, and destructively got from a queue. This RESTful API allows the creation and consumption of IBM MQ messages without the requirement of an MQ client install. In IBM MQ 9.2.5, user properties can be set on messages enabling messaging REST API users to identify and route messages more effectively.

  • Security enhancements
    • MQ Internet Pass-Thru (IPT) now supports TLS 1.3 and can now also support multiple queue manager certificates
    • Supports TLS secured communications has been added to the IBM MQ .NET XA Monitor application.
  • IA94 XMS C/C++ SupportPac update - https://ibm.biz/mqxms3supportpac
    The IA94 SupportPac has been repackaged to be unzippable and go with no installation and is also now licensed to be redistributable with applications. There are also defect fixes and other lifecycle updates. It is supported on Microsoft Windows, Linux x86-64 and AIX.

    MQ for z/OS

    What's new/changed - IBM MQ

    •  z/OS 64-bit RBA (Relative Byte Address) by default provides greater capacity for MQ log data without requiring a manual step by the user
    • Java 11 -  IBM MQ Java Batch applications can now be modernised with Java 11 support

    MQ Appliance

    What's new/changed - IBM MQ Appliance

    • Encrypted storage for queue manager data
      With the MQ 9.2.5 firmware update it is  now possible to encrypt individual queue managers. Queue managers that are mirrored to a paired HA appliance can also benefit from encryption before transfer, providing enhanced security between appliances.
    • Rename or validate a queue manager certificate
      To improve management of queue manager certificates two new commands have been added to enable renaming of a certificate (renamecert) and validating a certificate trust chain (validatecert).

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

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    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.

    The full list of Developer download options are below.

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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 9.2 Continuous Delivery (CD) and Long Term Support (LTS) updates for each component. Be sure to know which you require!

    Main product:


    Fix packs:


    Checksums and Signatures:

    Clients:

    Components:


    Containers:


    Development:

    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 Documentation and the IBM MQ Appliance Documentation

    MQ 9.2 operating system support
    MQ 9.2.2 CD MQ 9.2 LTS Removed compared to MQ 9.1
    AIX 7.1 TL5, 7.2 TL3 7.2 TL2
    IBM i 7.3, 7.4 7.2
    Linux

    Added Ubuntu 20.04

    RHEL 7.6+, 8.0+
    SLES 12 SP4, 15 SP1
    Ubuntu 18.04

    RHEL 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
    SLES 12 SP2, SP3, 15 SP0
    Ubuntu 16.04
    Windows Windows Server 2016, 2019
    Windows 10
    Windows Server 2012 R2
    Windows 8.1
    z/OS 2.3, 2.4 2.2


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    What function has released in previous updates?

    IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.2 Long Term Support Release
    IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.2.1 Continuous Delivery Release
    IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.2.2 Continuous Delivery Release
    IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.2.3 Continuous Delivery Release
    IBM MQ and IBM MQ Appliance 9.2.4 Continuous Delivery Release

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    Remind me how the Continuous Delivery support model works…

    It's worth reminding you what the Continuous Delivery support model means for MQ.

    • MQ 9.2 LTS is supported for a minimum of 5 years from its availability in July 2020, and will receive fix only updates through fixpacks versioned 9.2.0.1, 9.2.0.2 and so on.
    • MQ CD updates will be delivered with the 3rd digit change – 9.2.1, 9.2.2 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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