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CA APM10.5.2 - IBM IIB v10 - IBM MQ&Broker Agent

Blog Post created by bwcole on Sep 21, 2017

It has been more than a few years since we downloaded the MQ agent and things have changed quite a bit.  Now the IBM IIB is listed in the CA Marketplace.  Took a little bit since the Marketplace is not liking MS IE.  Was sent a download link which wanted to install a download manager.  Hummm..no.  How do I cancel out of that, is there any other options?  If you scroll down the dialog it has an option to not install the download manager.

Once you click on that link, you get a URL to the download.  Now the download more than likely using FTP so if your site is restricted as much as mine is, you will need to use an approved system and approved internet connection to download via FTP.  

 

So, got the zip, it is titled IIB10.zip which appears all good.  I pulled our current 10.0 configuration files as a source control base, then started to over lay the new configuration files on top.  Did a diff between the 10.0 files to the ones I downloaded and found that the one I downloaded has "

   ########################################################################
   #
   # CA Wily Introscope(R)
   # PowerPack for WebSphere MQ Connectors and Messaging System(R)
   #
   # Version: 9.7.0.27
   # Build: 27
   #
   # CA Wily Introscope(R) Version 9.7.0 Build 27
   # Copyright (c) 2014 CA. All Rights Reserved.
   # Introscope(R) is a registered trademark of CA.
   #
   # Introscope AutoProbe and Agent Configuration 

 

But but...but...I just download this and the version I currently have installed has 10.0.0.12 in the configuration file headers.

 

So create a support case asking to have this checked and make sure before I get much deeper into this agent that I am starting with the latest greatest version.

 

While I wait I am read over the installation documentation.  Wow, so many jars.  I forgot how much a pain getting the IBM communication JARs, getting everything thing lined up before even starting the agent.  Past the version hickup, waiting for the system user creation and group assignment on the queue manager to allow access to the queue manager. 

 

I'm starting with the JARs that are already present in our 10.0 MQ agent, and a IBM MQ version 9.  Once I get that working then we will start adding the version IIB v10 communication JARs.

 

The base configuration file setup looks very close but with any sort of upgrade/installation, take the time to read through the configuration files, make notes on anything you change and always use source control.  Check in the installed version, any modification/changes you make, and never make edits to files on the server directly.  You might be tempted but years from now, you are going to ask, "Why was that change made?  Who made it?" and you will have a band of crickets answering you. 

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