Returning Speaking for MQTC v2.0.1.6

Here are the speakers, so far, that have committed to MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.6 (MQTC):

For more information about MQTC, please go to:
http://www.mqtechconference.com

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Call for Speakers for MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.6

We are looking for speakers on any product/service that uses IBM MQ (aka WebSphere MQ & MQSeries) for “MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.6” (MQTC). The sessions are to be technical in nature and on any subject so long as it relates to MQ.

We offer speakers the conference fee for free and we also pay for your room at Kalahari Resorts. Note: Breakfast and lunch plus snacks & drinks during the breaks are included for all attendees and speakers.

If you are interested please contact me at callforspeakers@mqtechconference.com

MQTC is a premier event that brings together IBM MQ professionals from across the mid-west and the world. MQTC will offer 70 technical sessions and 15 vendor sessions that are designed to enhance the skills of IT professionals who are using IBM’s IBM MQ on AIX, HP-UX, IBM i (OS/400), Linux, Solaris, Windows and z/OS.

MQTC is the largest conference in the world solely dedicated to IBM MQ.

More information on MQTC can be found at http://www.mqtechconference.com

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.6

Capitalware would like to announce MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.6 (MQTC). MQTC is an event that will educate attendees on current practices, methodologies, administration, problem determination, security best practices and technology trends for IBM MQ. MQTC will offer 70 technical sessions and 15 vendor sessions that are designed to enhance the skills of IT professionals who are using IBM MQ on AIX, HP-UX, IBM i (OS/400), Linux, Solaris, Windows and z/OS. Since we have 5 session rooms at MQTC, there will be 5 concurrent MQ sessions at any given time.

MQTC is the largest conference in the world solely dedicated to IBM MQ (aka WebSphere MQ & MQSeries).

Date: September 26 to September 28, 2016
Location: Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky, Ohio
Duration: 3 Days

Early-bird Price: $349.00 until June 26th, 2016
Regular Price: $399.00 from June 26th to September 11th, 2016
Group Price (5+ people): $299.00 until August 26th, 2016
Late/Onsite Price: $449.00 after September 11th, 2016

For more information, please go to: http://www.mqtechconference.com

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Mozilla Firefox 44.0 Released

Mozilla Firefox has just released Mozilla Firefox v44.0.
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements most current web standards in addition to several features that are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Tyler has released a new iOS app called Peg Grabbers

Some of you may remember my son, Tyler Lacroix, as a speaker at MQTC v2.0.1.3 for the ‘MQ Telemetry Transport Programming’ session. He is now in 2nd year engineering at the University of Western.

I just realized that I never posted anything on Tyler’s latest iOS app. On October 3rd, 2015, Tyler released a new iOS app called Peg Grabbers.

Description: Meet Goop. An adorable, cute, orange creature. Use your finger to fling Goop and help him reach the rocket while collecting the fruits.


You can find Peg Grabbers in the iOS app store at:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/peg-grabbers/id823254497?mt=8

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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SQLite v3.10.0 Released

D. Richard Hipp has just released SQLite v3.10.0.
http://www.sqlite.org/news.html

SQLite is a software library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. SQLite is the most widely deployed SQL database engine in the world. The source code for SQLite is in the public domain.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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A Comparison of Capitalware’s MQAUSX to MQ V8 Authentication

This is an update to a posting I made last year which includes new features in MQAUSX & z/MQAUSX and updates made to MQ V8 via Fix Packs.

The following is a comparison of Capitalware’s MQ Authenticate User Security Exit (MQAUSX) to IBM’s MQ V8 new authentication feature. By authentication, I mean UserId and Password authentication against a target system (i.e. Local OS, LDAP, etc.).

Authentication IBM MQ V8 MQAUSX
& z/MQAUSX
Authentication against Local OS Yes Yes
Authentication against LDAP Server Yes Yes
Authentication against LDAP Server using SSL Yes Yes
Authentication against MS Active Directory from Windows No Yes
Number of LDAP calls to perform Authentication 2 1*
Authentication against Quest Authentication Services No Yes
Authentication against Centrify’s DirectControl No Yes
Authentication against PAM Yes** Yes
Authentication against RACF – z/OS only Yes Yes
Authentication against ACF2 – z/OS only Yes Yes
Authentication against TopSecret – z/OS only Yes Yes
Authentication against File Based Authentication No Yes
Ability to use more than 1 authentication type per Queue Manager No Yes
Ability to set authentication order No Yes
Group Functionality IBM MQ V8 MQAUSX
& z/MQAUSX
Only allow the connection if the UserId exists in a particular LDAP Group No Yes
Only allow the connection if the UserId exists in a particular Local OS Group No Yes
Only allow the connection if the UserId exists in a particular File-based Group No Yes
Control Functionality IBM MQ V8 MQAUSX
& z/MQAUSX
Assign a Password to a Queue Manager No Yes
Credential Caching No Yes
Allow/Reject by IP Address Yes Yes
Allow/Reject by Hostname (DNS) Yes Yes
Allow/Reject by Host by Name No Yes
Allow/Reject by SSL DN Yes Yes
Allow/Reject by UserId Yes Yes
Allow/Reject by MS Active Directory Name No Yes
Ability to Reject Self Signed Certificates No Yes
Limit the number of connections by Channel Yes Yes
Ability to secure cluster channels Yes Yes
Mapping Functionality IBM MQ V8 MQAUSX
& z/MQAUSX
Map incoming UserID to another UserId to be used as the connection MCAUSER value Yes Yes
Map SSL UserId to the connection MCAUSER value Yes Yes
Map the channel’s SSLCertUserID to the connection MCAUSER value – z/OS only No Yes
Logging Functionality IBM MQ V8 MQAUSX
& z/MQAUSX
Logging (& alerting) of Excessive Client Connections No Yes
Generate an alert when number of connections by Channel reaches a certain percentage No Yes
Logging of successful connections Partial Yes
Logging of failed connection attempts Yes Yes
Write event message for failed connection attempts Yes*** Yes

* A single LDAP API call is used for a standard LDAP v3 server. MQAUSX will issue 2 LDAP API calls to Microsoft Active Directory as an LDAP server.

** Requires MQ v8 with Fix Pack 3 or higher

*** Event messages must be enabled first.

MQ V8 offers basic UserId and Password authentication and control over access granted to an incoming connection (CHLAUTH) whereas MQAUSX offers a robust solution that includes authentication to a variety of different targets and a wide variety of secondary features to control incoming connections.

I hope the above information is useful.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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New: Universal File Mover v1.2.2

Capitalware is pleased to announce the release of Universal File Mover v1.2.2. It is a free open source project.

Universal File Mover is more than a simple tool to manage the transfer of files. It allows the user to combine business processes into a workflow. The user combines a series of Action commands to create the UFM Workflow XML file. UFM is supported on AIX, HP-UX, IBM i (OS/400), Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris and Windows.

    Changes:

  • Fixed an issue with Zip Action not honoring the createdir attribute
  • Fixed the reported filesize value for MQSend action
  • Added try/catch for MQ version check because not everyone uses UFM with MQ

For more information on Universal File Mover, please go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/ufm_overview.html

Note: When upgrading UFM from an ealier release, please remember to deploy the receiver side first because the MQSend action defaults to use MQ properties. There is a new MQSend attribute called ‘usev7prop’. It defaults to ‘Y’. The user can set the ‘usev7prop’ attribute to ‘N’ and it will use the old style handling for the Remote FileName and Directory.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, etc… and a Happy New Year. :)

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Mozilla Firefox 43.0 Released

Mozilla Firefox has just released Mozilla Firefox v43.0.
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements most current web standards in addition to several features that are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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