IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1 delivers a highly scalable infrastructure that drives efficiency, productivity, and profitIBM United States Software Announcement 208-426
November 11, 2008
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IBM® DB2® Content Manager for z/OS® V8.4.1 adds features for improved usability and efficiency, updated platform support, and improvements for installation and configuration tasks.
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1:
- Offers integration with IBM FileNet® Business Process Manager and IBM FileNet Records Manager through IBM FileNet Content Federation Services
- Improves Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) support to include native support
- Takes advantage of the newest levels of IBM prerequisite software
- Provides support for storing objects up to 1 GB in size
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IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1 improves installation and configuration, adds a number of incremental enhancements to V8.4, and adds support for new levels of prerequisite software.
Feature updates include:
- Extended integration with IBM FileNet Business Process Manager
- Extended integration with IBM FileNet Records Manager through IBM FileNet Content Federation Services
- New platform support and object size support, including
- z/OS V1.10
- Support for objects greater than 256 MB up to 1 GB
- Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) native support
- z/OS Toolkit usability enhancement
- z/OS Job Configuration Tool enhancements
- Updated support for the IBM Web Interface for Content Management (IBM WEBi) client
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When purchasing Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1 you are entitled to one user client license and the DB2 Content Manager System Administrator client. A full media collection for the DB2 Content Manager Enterprise Edition can be ordered, part number BF03QML, or downloaded in order to complete the installation and configuration of DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1. Note: The Content Manager System Administrator client is required.
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|Planned availability date|
December 12, 2008
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IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OSmanages all types of content - document images, electronic office documents, XML, audio, video - with support for a breadth of platforms, databases, and applications.
Developed from the ground up with a multi-tiered, XML-ready data model and distributed architecture, IBM DB2 Content Manager delivers the scalability to grow from a single department to a geographically dispersed enterprise. IBM DB2 Content Manager supports replication to store and manage objects in multiple locations and supports LAN cache for application-transparent caching. This makes IBM DB2 Content Manager the standard Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform offering that serves your enterprise needs while ensuring that content is always available.
DB2 Content Manager for z/OS provides universal access to content while preserving performance, whether configured for a single installation or a distributed environment. It is a platform that offers tremendous flexibility, can accelerate application deployment, and can help lower total cost of ownership. IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS:
- Delivers the repository services and infrastructure platform for IBM DB2 Content Management solutions such as production imaging, case management, compliance in a regulated life sciences environment, compliance with records management, document lifecycle management, e-mail management for Lotus Notes® or Microsoft® Exchange Server, digital media, and Web content management.
- Offers a powerful and expressive XML-ready data model, Java and Web services programming interfaces, and an integrated hierarchical storage manager that supports hundreds of storage devices and media types.
- Scales horizontally and vertically, from Microsoft Windows® through mainframes, with enterprise features such as replication to store and manage objects in multiple locations and application-transparent content caching.
What's new in IBM Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1
New integration with IBM FileNet Business Process Manager
IBM DB2 Content Manager V8.4.1 is now integrated with IBM FileNet Business Process Manager (BPM), which is a separately licensed software component. Content stored in DB2 Content Manager repositories can now be made active, or event enabled, and used to invoke FileNet BPM processes. Content stored in DB2 Content Manager repositories can also be manipulated within FileNet BPM processes through extended operations specific to DB2 Content Manager V8 within IBM FileNet BPM Component Integrator.
The integration of IBM DB2 Content Manager and FileNet Business Process Manager is achieved through two features: active content and content operations.
- Active content is implemented through two new DB2 Content Manager components, the event handler and event monitor. A single event monitor processes events generated by DB2 Content Manager and places them on a JMS queue. One or more event handlers process events from the JMS queue and start the FileNet BPM processes.
- New content operations specific to DB2 Content Manager content are available within IBM Content Integrator to support various activities on DB2 Content Manager content. All supported operations can be invoked within FileNet BPM processes.
As a solution for managing content across platforms, databases, and applications, DB2 Content Manager V8 has achieved broad success and a huge installation base. The principal role of IBM DB2 Content Manager is to manage the retention, management, and routing of documents so that you can use them in decision making and business initiatives. By comparison, FileNet Business Process Manager helps make the information in a content management repository an integral, useful part of business processes. By providing this integration, FileNet Business Process Manager becomes a key element in creating an agile ECM environment necessary to support today's dynamic organizational requirements that use IBM DB2 Content Manager as the content repository of choice.
New integration with IBM FileNet Records Manager
IBM DB2 Content Manager V8.4.1 is now integrated with IBM FileNet Records Manager, a separately licensed software component. Content stored in DB2 Content Manager repositories can be locked to prevent changes and deletion, and a record retention schedule can be applied in a consolidated enterprise records management file plan. Subsequent records administration activities are then performed within the IBM FileNet Records Manager interface, including legal holds, record reviews, transfer workflows, and disposition activities.
The integration of IBM FileNet Records Manager and IBM DB2 Content Manager is achieved through two strategic software components:
- Content Federation Services, a component of IBM FileNet Content Manager V4.5, provides the ability to consolidate metadata from multiple content repositories under a single, coherent enterprise catalog.
- IBM Content Integrator helps organizations to quickly unify isolated content silos to improve access, reuse, and control of distributed content assets while reducing cost and application integration complexity. When used with Content Federation Services, metadata from disparate repositories is federated into the FileNet P8 content engine where it appears as native FileNet P8 content and becomes available to FileNet P8 applications, which provide search and retrieval, records management, and business process management capabilities.
This new capability provides the ability for customers to take advantage of IBM FileNet's advanced records management capabilities of P8 and apply records management best practices to federated content. Documents are declared as records and can be managed throughout their lifecycle as records based on a common file plan and set of management rules.
When properly configured and maintained, IBM FileNet Records Manager automates the entire records management lifecycle process, invisibly enforcing consistent compliance and records management policy throughout an enterprise by combining content, process, and connectivity. IBM FileNet Records Manager streamlines all records-based activities, eliminating burdensome end-user participation, and provides enhanced security, advanced access control, and retention classification for greater protection of intellectual property and prevention of identity theft, while at the same time, providing a tangible return on investment.
See the IBM FileNet Records Manager announcement for more details.
Operating system support for z/OS V1.10
Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1 is fully supported on z/OS V1.10, which became generally available in September 2009. Among a number of other enhancements on the new operating system, Object Authority Manager (OAM) with z/OS V1.10 now supports objects up to 2000 MB (megabytes). The previous limit was objects up to 256 Mb. The current implementation with Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1 will support storing objects up to 1 GB (gigabyte).
Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) with native support
Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1 supports native IPv6. Content Manager z/OS V8.4 provided IPv6 dual stack support, which included support for the z/OS Library Server and Toolkit, excluding only the z/OS Resource Manager. V8.4.1 allows users to run a pure native IPv6 environment. To remove the Resource Manager limitation, Content Manager V8.4.1 provides support for the Resource Manager to run in a 'reverse proxy' environment, utilizing Apache V2.2. The Resource Manager requires the DGW HTTP Server, shipped as a component of the z/OS operating system, which is not IPv6 compliant. To resolve this limitation with a reverse proxy an Apache V2.2 HTTP server, which is IPv6 capable and compliant, can receive requests over an IPv6 connection and redirect the request to the DGW HTTP server.
Enablement now includes:
- Library server
- Resource Manager
- Java APIs
- Clients: system administration client, eClient, Client for Windows
- Installation tools and utility programs
This announcement fulfills the statement of direction published on the IBM IPv6 Compliance Status Web page at
z/OS Job Configuration Tool enhancements
An enhancement to Content Manager z/OS V8.4 was the ISPF-based z/OS Job Configuration Tool, which provides a series of panels with screen- and field-level help. To make the job of customizing the JCL and control data members required to complete the installation and customization easier, Content Manager on z/OS has been enhanced in this release to provide support for applying multiple fixpack PTFs simultaneously.
z/OS Toolkit usability enhancement
The Content Manager z/OS Toolkit requires two INI files for the Java API and eClient functionality, cmbicmsvrs.ini and cmbicmenv.ini. In previous releases of Content Manager on z/OS the files need to be encoded differently depending on how the application accesses them. When the application (such as eClient) is running within WAS, the files need to be encoded in ASCII. When running outside of WAS, they need to be encoded in EBCDIC. In Version 8.4.1, you can use a single set of INI files for either the eClient (running within the WebSphere® Application Server on z/OS) or the Java APIs running under UNIX® System Services (USS) on z/OS. You can accept the default encoding (EBCDIC) for the INI files, or specify the ASCII option during the Toolkit configuration. Either encoding is accepted by both execution environments, and you can choose which encoding is used across the two environments. Maintenance procedures in a dual-environment installation will be simpler because you can maintain a single set of INI files.
Accessibility by people with disabilities
A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS is capable as of December 12, 2008, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), containing details on the products accessibility compliance, can be requested at
Hardware and software support services
IBM SmoothStart Services, on-site implementation and training startup services, are designed to accelerate your productive use of your IBM solution. The services are provided by IBM Global Services or your IBM Business Partner at an additional cost. For additional information, contact your IBM representative and ask for SmoothStart Services for IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS.
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Program Program number VRM name 5697-H60 8.4.1 IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8
Business Partner information
If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).
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Specified operating environment
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS supports IBM System z® hardware.
The exact configuration needed to support your environment with satisfactory response time varies depending on the size of the objects you are working with and other factors. Individual display response times vary depending on workstation speed, memory, size of objects, and network and server workload.
For the most current and complete information on hardware requirements for IBM DB2 Content Manager z/OS V8.4.1, visit
For the most current and complete information on software requirements for Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1, visit
Direct customer support
Direct customer support is provided by IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition or SoftwareXcel Basic Edition. These fee services can enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition or SoftwareXcel Basic Edition will help answer questions pertaining to usage, how-to, and suspected software defects for eligible products.
Security, auditability, and control
The announced program uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or operating system software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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Ordering z/OS through the Internet
ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the U.S., Canada, and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the ShopzSeries Web site at
Orders for new licenses can be placed now. Registered customers can access IBMLink for ordering information and charges. Shipment will not occur before the availability date. Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.
- Orders entered after the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date for the week following order entry.
- Orders entered with a scheduled date before the planned availability date will be shipped IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.
- Orders entered with a scheduled ship date after planned availability will be shipped IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1. Unless a later date is specified, an order is scheduled for the week following order entry.
Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.
- Orders that ship before the planned availability will receive IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.
- Orders that ship after the planned availability date will receive IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.1.
New users of IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS should specify:
Type: 5655 Model: H60
To order specify feature number 9001, Base license asset registration.
Basic machine-readable material
Orderable Supply ID Language Distribution Medium Description S0109DZ US English 3480 Tape Cartridge CM Library Server S0109F4 US English 3480 Tape Cartridge CM Resource Manager S014GR9 Japanese 3480 Tape Cartridge CM Library Server
The following publications are shipped with the announced product.
IBM DB2 Content Manager Library Server Program Directory GI10-8686 IBM DB2 Content Manager toolkit Program Directory GI10-8690 IBM DB2 Content Manager V8.4.1 License Information GI18-9533 IBM DB2 Content Manager V8.4.1 Memo GI10-8778 IBM DB2 Records Manager V8.4.1 OAM Program directory GI10-8687 IBM DB2 Records Manager V8.4.1 TSM Program directory GI10-8688
Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.
Product deliverables are shipped only via Customized Offerings (for example, CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac®).
CBPDO and ServerPac are offered for Internet delivery, where ShopzSeries product ordering is available. Internet delivery of ServerPac may help improve automation and software delivery time. For more details on Internet delivery, refer to the ShopzSeries help information at
Media type for this software product is chosen during the customized offerings ordering process. Based on your customer environment, it is recommended that the highest possible density tape media is selected. Currently offered media types are:
- CBPDOs - 3480, 3480 Compressed, 3490E, 3590, 3592*
- ServerPacs - 3480, 3480 Compressed, 3490E, 3590, 3592*
- SystemPacs - 3480, 3480 Compressed, 3490E, 3590, 3592*
* 3592 is highest density media. Selecting 3592 will ship the fewest number of media.
Once a product becomes generally available, it will be included in the next ServerPac and SystemPac monthly update.
Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.
- CBPDO shipments will begin one week after general availability.
- ServerPac shipments will begin two weeks after inclusion in ServerPac.
- SystemPac shipments will begin four weeks after inclusion in SystemPac due to additional customization, and data input verification.
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|Terms and conditions|
The terms for IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS, licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement, are as previously announced.
IBM Operational Support Services - SupportLine
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The charges for IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS are unaffected by this announcement.
For additional product information, refer to Software Announcement 207-353, dated December 11, 2007.
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