MQTC v2.0.1.5 Bats of a Feather Session

We’re trying something new at MQTC this year and if it goes well it may become a regular event. Let us know what you think by voting and participating in the contest. It’s conceived as a cross between the Birds of a Feather sessions from IMPACT and the slightly more subversive events that take place at Def Con. We’re calling it Bats of a Feather and prizes will be awarded.

Full details can be found at https://t-rob.net/2015/08/25/mqtcbats15/

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQTC v2.0.1.5 Final Schedule

The final schedule has been posted to www.mqtechconference.com/schedule.html

A session list by topics can be found at www.mqtechconference.com/sessions_v2015.html

A session list by tracks can be found at www.mqtechconference.com/tracks.html

Here is a list of sessions by speaker:

Technical Sessions:

Mark Taylor of IBM:
– What’s New in IBM Messaging
– MQ Integration with Directory Services
– PCF Programming
– Where is my Message?

Dave Ware of IBM:
– An introduction to MQ publish/subscribe
– Using publish/subscribe in an MQ network
– What can you achieve with MQ clusters?
– Introducing the IBM MQ Appliance

Matthew Whitehead of IBM:
– An Introduction to MQ Light, MQ’s beta support for AMQP & Bluemix
– Deploying MQ Light applications against MQ
– An Introduction to JMS 2.0 in MQ V8

Chris Frank of IBM:
– Mysteries of the Distributed MQ Logger
– Flexible MQ Topologies in IBM Integration Bus V10
– MQ Appliance Administration Using the IBM MQ Console

Lyn Elkins of IBM:
– MQ for z/OS – Taking advantage of the platform
– MQ for z/OS – An introduction to tuning and queue manager management
– MQ for z/OS – An introduction to tuning applications for performance
– MQ for z/OS – The V8 SMF data

Jeff Lowrey of IBM:
– Advanced MQTT for Developers
– IOTF, MessageSight and Bluemix

T.Rob Wyatt of IoPT Consulting:
– Managing CA Certificates for MQ
– Beyond Intrusion Prevention

Suganya Rane of Prolifics:
– Architecting & Tuning IIB / eXtreme Scale for Maximum Performance and Reliability
– Top Ten ways to improve your MQ/IIB environment

Sandeep Chellingi of Prolifics:
– Pure pattern for MQ & IIB components
– The new MQ Appliance as a “Messaging in a Box” and “MQ/MFT Hub” solution

Glen Brumbaugh of TxMQ:
– SOA, APIs, and MQ
– MQ Performance Tuning
– SSL/TLS: Using and Managing Certificates

Art Rodriguez of TxMQ:
– MQ for Administrators
– MQ Internet Pass Through

Allan Bartleywood of TxMQ:
– Can your App keep up with MQ

Gary Dischner of TxMQ:
– MQ Telemetry

Roger Lacroix of Capitalware:
– Introduction to MQ

Tim Zielke of AON:
– MQ Problem Determination With Tracing

Barry Lamkin of IBM:
– The top ten issues in IBM MQ and WebSphere MB

Greg Brown of CACI:
– Enabling Auto-Segmentation of Messages Having Defined Properties

Richard Nikula of Nastel Technologies:
– Monitoring and Tracking for Remote MQ Environments

Vendor Sessions:

Roger Lacroix of Capitalware:
– Capitalware’s Commercial & Open Source Products Explained
– Application API Tracking
– Authentication with MQAUSX

Peter D’Agosta of Avada Software:
– Productivity through smart self service for IBM MQ/IIB
– An Infrared360 deep dive-little known secrets
– How to build a PLUG-IN to the IR360 framework

Richard Nikula of Nastel Technologies:
– 3 Things That Nobody Tells You About MQ Monitoring
– When Good Flows Go Bad…

Barry Lamkin of IBM:
– What is new in OMEGAMON XE for Messaging v7.3
– What happened to my Transaction

T.Rob Wyatt of IoPT Consulting:
– Advanced Scripting with MQSCX by T.Rob Wyatt

Allan Bartleywood of TxMQ:
– MQ Capacity Planner by Allan Bartleywood
– TxMQ Virtual MQ by Allan Bartleywood

Krista Valentine & Steve Lokam of OpenLogix:
– 7 Tips to Successful Engagements with your Business Partners

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

So, hopefully there is lots of MQ content that will keep attendees busy for 3 days. :)

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Bug in MQ V8.0 for Getting Messages in a Group

IBM Support has posted a bug report that may affect some Universal File Mover (UFM) users.

Title: IT09814: IBM MQ V8.0: Applications cannot get messages that were put to a queue as a group.

Error description:

In IBM MQ v8.0 an application that reads from a queue can fail to get messages that are put to the queue as a group. The failure occurs for new messages put to the queue in a group after the application opens the queue and tries to get messages. If the group of messages is already on the queue when the application tries to read from the queue then the operation succeeds.

This only affects UFM users who are running MQ v8.0 queue managers and if the files they are receiving are larger than 4MB. When a file is larger than 4MB, UFM uses MQ’s message grouping feature. Therefore, for UFM instances running against MQ v8 queue managers, if the entire message group is not available when the get is issued then the problem will appear (only a single message is retrieved and not the entire group of messages).

IBM says this will be fixed in FixPack 8.0.0.4.

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Sessions by Track for MQTC v2.0.1.5

I have created a new web page called ‘Tracks‘. I have group sessions together by various Tracks. It is designed to help attendees determine what sessions they should attend at MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.5 (MQTC).

I have created 7 Tracks and here is the list:

  • MQ Administration
  • MQ Advanced Administration
  • MQ Programming
  • MQ Security
  • MQ Performance
  • MQ on z/OS
  • MQ Architecture

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Krista Valentine & Steve Lokam will be Speaking at MQTC v2.0.1.5

Krista Valentine & Steve Lokam of OpenLogix will be presenting the following session at MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.5 (MQTC):

    Krista Valentine & Steve Lokam’s Vendor Sessions:

  • 7 Tips to Successful Engagements with your Business Partners

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

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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CRA Phone Scam from (613) 927-9687

Three weeks ago, I received the first phone call and I just received the second phone call from (613) 927-9687. It is an automated phone call (woman’s voice), stating it is the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) and threatening a lawsuit for unpaid taxes.

The first time it happened, I figured it was a scam but I went to CRA’s web site, looked up the phone number and called them. The CRA confirmed it was a scam, took the information and said they would post an alert.

I have no idea if the RCMP is looking into this but they SHOULD BE.

Anyway, for any Canadian that receives a phone call from CRA threatening a lawsuit, do NOT call the number they give you in the phone call, i.e. (613) 927-9687, but rather go to CRA’s web site, look up phone number for your region and then give them a quick call to double check with them.

The bottom-line is that a call from (613) 927-9687 or a call that wants you to call (613) 927-9687 IS A SCAM.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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IBM Introduces Two Open-Source-Only Mainframes

IBM is introducing two mainframe servers that run only on the open-source Linux operating system. Here are some articles on it:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-17/ibm-introduces-two-open-source-only-mainframes-in-hardware-push
http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/16/linux-foundation-launches-open-mainframe-project/
http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/16/ibm-teams-with-canonical-on-linux-mainframe/

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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FreeBSD v10.2 Released

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has just released FreeBSD v10.2.
http://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.2R/announce.html

FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for modern server, desktop, and embedded computer platforms. FreeBSD’s code base has undergone over thirty years of continuous development, improvement, and optimization. It is developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. FreeBSD provides advanced networking, impressive security features, and world class performance and is used by some of the world’s busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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A Better MD Class than IBM’s MQMD Class

This is a follow up to my blog posting last week titled: Java MQMD class Weirdness. After beating my head against the wall, I gave up on the ‘com.ibm.mq.headers.MQMD’ class and went back to my own MD (Message Descriptor) class. At least I know it works. :)

The reason I originally created my MD class was to keep the JVM memory use to a minimum in MQ Visual Edit (MQVE). MQVE passes my MD object between threads rather than the whole MQMessage object. The MQMessage class is very heavy to begin with and then add 100KB or 1MB of message data and the JVM memory usage starts to really go up when dealing with many messages. Everything MQVE does is thread based (to stay off the event thread), hence, it keeps MQVE very responsive to the user. There are many cases when MQVE only needs the MD and not the whole message.

My MD class is called MDOnly. It has the standard constructors and all the necessary getter and setter methods plus I added the copyTo and copyFrom methods. You can download the MDOnly and the JavaDocs for it from this link.

Enjoy.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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WebSphere MQ FixPack 7.0.1.13 Released

IBM has just released FixPack 7.0.1.13 for WebSphere MQ.
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21960691

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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