IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-283
October 15, 2002
CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0 Provides CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp V4.1 Migration to Microsoft Windows
(Corrected on November 21, 2002)
Changed two order numbers in the Supplemental/Publications section.
At a Glance
IBM CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0 runs on Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows NT, and provides equivalent function to that of CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp V4.1. It:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: SE001).
IBM CICS® Transaction Server (CICS TS) for Windows® V5.0 is an advanced transaction processing solution for the Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows NT® platforms. This offering delivers a version of CICS that is compatible with the popular CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp® V4.1, providing those users with a migration path to Microsoft Windows platforms.
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 can act as a robust, enterprise-wide coordinator and integrator of servers, managing high-performance applications and data sources in a branch office environment. CICS TS for Windows V5.0 is derived from CICS TS for OS/2® V4.1, and has all its mature characteristics of reliability, availability, and data integrity. It provides a comprehensive CICS API on a codebase that is simple to install and is sparing in its use of resources, performing well in relatively small server machines. CICS TS for Windows V5.0 can be an ideal environment either for production or for development of CICS applications.
Specific functions include:
CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0 is a member of the long-established CICS family of high-integrity transaction managers. It enables complex transaction management applications in a Web or networked client/server environment, and supports users' business critical processes. It handles interactions between workstation users and application programs in a way that ensures predictable, rapid, and reliable responses to user requests. It provides the capability to exploit the power of the workstation together with either local area or wide area networks, stand-alone or host-attached. CICS TS for Windows V5.0 may be used with CICS Transaction Gateway V4.0, or later, or CICS Universal Clients V3.1, or later. CICS TS for Windows V5.0 is closely compatible with CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp V4.1, and is particularly intended for customers exploiting that product who wish to move to Microsoft Windows platforms.
The CICS family, including TXSeries, supports a range of platforms from mainframes to workstations, with connectivity to transactions and data on all other CICS systems, and with support for common applications across these platforms. It enables transaction management workload to be shared across platforms, with multiple cooperating functions run close to the user, or on local, regional, or corporate servers, in solutions optimized to minimize network traffic. CICS TS for Windows V5.0 is a scalable solution, offering opportunity for low-volume and low-cost solutions for start-up businesses, which may be scaled to higher volume by introducing more powerful processors or migrating to CICS on other platforms as business growth and needs dictate.
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 supports a CICS API equivalent to that of CICS/ESA® V4.1 (with limited exceptions principally in user journaling and full basic mapping support [BMS]). This feature makes the product particularly suitable as a platform for the development and testing of applications intended for use on mainframe CICS.
The master terminal transaction, CEMT, is provided, enabling Systems Administrators to use a command line interface for fast-path management of system tasks, transactions, and connected systems. It may be used to inquire on or set the status of system resources.
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 is a 32-bit product, and supports 32-bit applications in C, C++, PL/I, and COBOL.
Support is provided for TCP/IP, APPC, and NetBIOS communication.
A full resource definition interface provides an Inquire and Set API to enable a user to add, delete, retrieve, browse, or modify large numbers of resource definitions in a batch mode. Resource definition online facilities are available using the CEDA transaction.
A Performance Analyzer is included. This is a statistics and monitoring tool, providing information on how CICS transactions and resources are being used in the system. This information may then help in making decisions on tuning the system for optimum performance. The primary uses of the Performance Analyzer are to:
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 incorporates as its file manager Pervasive.SQL 2000i Server (at level SP4). Pervasive.SQL 2000i Server contains the Btrieve file manager, as used in CICS TS for OS/2 V4.1.
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 runs as a Windows service. This allows, for example, automatic starting, and the ability for the user to log off from the operating system while leaving CICS TS for Windows V5.0 running.
Installation of CICS TS for Windows V5.0 uses InstallShield Professional 6.3.
Four groups of samples are provided in CICS TS for Windows V5.0:
Principal Functions Provided by CICS
Accessibility by People with Disabilities
The following features support use by people with disabilities:
CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0 is particularly suitable for meeting the continuing needs of customers who are exploiting transaction management systems based on CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp V4.1, but who wish to evolve their operating environment to Microsoft Windows. Applications may be migrated to CICS TS for Windows V5.0 essentially with no change.
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 also offers a platform for the development of CICS applications that can be executed on any of the CICS server platforms, including z/OS and OS/390®, VSE/ESA, and the platforms supported by TXSeries. It supports a CICS API approximately equivalent to that in CICS/ESA Version 4.1.
For new customers wishing to exploit advanced CICS-based transaction management on Microsoft Windows platforms, or to migrate existing systems from AIX®, Solaris, or HP-UX to Microsoft Windows, the recommended product is TXSeries Version 5.
Based on mature and proven CICS technology, CICS TS for Windows V5.0 provides a truly robust and open platform on which to build applications which are scalable, easily portable to other IBM CICS environments, manageable from a single point of control, and interoperable across networks, maintaining integrity and dependability. It is an ideal product for providing decentralized transaction management, for example in a branch office environment.
Note that, as previously announced, program services for CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp V4.1 are scheduled to be discontinued on January 31, 2003.
For TXSeries Version 5, refer to Software Announcement 202-055 , dated March 12, 2002.
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
The CICS® Transaction Server for Windows®, Version 5.0: Installation Guide (GC34-6206) is shipped in hardcopy as part of the product documentation pack.
Displayable Softcopy Publications
The following books are shipped in softcopy form as part of CICS TS for Windows V5.0 as obtained either by download or on CD-ROM. They are provided in PostScript format (filetype .PDF), for viewing and printing using the Adobe Acrobat reader (which is supplied as part of the product in a U.S. English version; other versions may be downloaded from the Adobe Acrobat Web site).
Order Title Number CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: GC34-6205 Migration Guide CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: GC34-6206 Installation Guide CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: SC34-6207 Customization CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: SC34-6208 Operation CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: SC34-6209 Intercommunication CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: GC34-6210 Problem Determination CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: SC34-6211 Application Programming CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: GC34-6212 Messages and Codes CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: SC34-6213 Performance CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0: SX33-6121 Reference Summary
Also included are some relevant CICS Family books.
In addition, these books in PDF format are available for download from:
Specified Operating Environment
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 will run in all machines in which the operating systems run, provided they have sufficient memory and hard-file capacity.
The memory requirement for CICS TS for Windows V5.0 is dependent on its
use, in particular the number of concurrent tasks to be run, and the
requirements of the applications. Similarly the requirement for
hard-file depends on what is installed, including softcopy books.
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 requires any of the following operating systems:
Note that it does not support the Windows Terminal Server or Windows Terminal Services Environments for either supported Microsoft Windows platform. They may be supported via the CICS Transaction Gateway.
To support the command files (including sample command files) included in CICS TS for Windows V5.0, Object REXX for Windows must be installed. If Object REXX is not already installed, CICS TS for Windows V5.0 will install Object REXX Version 2.1.
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 may be used with:
For NetBIOS communications, support is integrated within the Operating System.
For APPC (LU6.2) communication with CICS Universal Clients and other CICS systems:
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 supports communication using TCP6.2, allowing SNA LU6.2 messages to be passed over a TCP/IP network.
Support for TCP/IP communication is integrated within the Operating Systems.
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 does not support Telnet attached terminals.
Note that some messages displayed by the product refer to it as "CICS for Windows."
Limitations: The CICS Universal Client or CICS Transaction Gateway, at any level, cannot be installed in the same machine as CICS TS for Windows V5.0. This is because the CICS Universal Client V5 is incorporated in the product to provide the local client function.
Packaging: CICS TS for Windows V5.0 is shipped through Passport Advantage. There is no program package available, but media and documentation packs are available for order. The media pack contains the product on one CD-ROM. The documentation pack contains the installation guide only.
This program contains the IBM International Program License Agreement
(IPLA), and License Information (LI), which will be presented for
acceptance at the time of installation of the program. The IPLA and LI
will be stored in a directory for future reference as LICENSE.TXT, the
default directory being C:\CICSWIN.
Security, Auditability, and Control
The security and auditability features of CICS TS for Windows V5.0 are supplied by a sign-on program that implements user ID and password control of user access to programs, data, and other resources. User exits are also provided to enable users to employ their own security procedures if required.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
CICS TS for Windows V5.0 has a single charge unit, based on processors.
It is orderable only through Passport Advantage. Customers who have a
current Passport Advantage maintenance contract (or software
subscription) for CICS TS for OS/2 V4.1 are entitled to order a Tradeup,
in order to license CICS TS for Windows V5.0 at a discounted price.
Part Program Name/Description Number CICS Transaction Server for Windows BA06WML Version 5.0 Media Package (Multilingual) CICS Transaction Server for Windows BA06XIE Version 5.0 Documentation Package English CICS Transaction Server for Windows D51JQLL Version 5.0 Per Processor LIC/SW MAINT 1 ANNIV CICS Transaction Server for Windows D51JRLL Version 5.0 Per Processor LIC/SW MAINT 2 ANNIV CICS Transaction Server for Windows E00HGLL Version 5.0 Per Processor SW MAINT RNWL 1 ANNIV CICS Transaction Server for Windows D51JSLL Version 5.0 Per Processor SW MAINT AFT LIC 1 ANNIV CICS Transaction Server for Windows D51JTLL Version 5.0 Per Processor from CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Version 4.1 Server Tradeup LIC/SW MAINT 1 ANNIV
Complete List of Subscription IDs Entitled Maintenance Offerings that are Entitled Description to Media Pack CICS Transaction Server for CICSTRSVSB01 Windows V5 processor license
Media Pack Part Description Number CICS Transaction Server for Windows BA06WML Version 5.0 Media Package (Multilingual)
Terms and Conditions
This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.
CICS Universal Clients V3: The IBM CICS Universal Clients V3 are licensed for use with this product, and may be copied without charge to any number of client machines for the purpose of this use. However, note that, as previously announced, program services on CICS Universal Clients V3 will be discontinued on December 31, 2002.
CICS Transaction Server for Windows V5.0 Program Unique Terms: The program includes a copy of IBM Object REXX for Windows Interpreter Edition Version 2.1 ("ORI V2.1"). For each Proof of Entitlement, you are authorized to install and use this ORI V2.1 on the same processor as the program, provided that use of ORI V2.1 is limited solely to use with the program. You are not licensed to use the ORI V2.1 for any other purpose unless you acquire a separate license to use it.
The program is not fault-tolerant and is not designed, manufactured, or intended for use or resale as online control equipment in hazardous environments requiring fail-safe performance (such as [without limitation] in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft navigation, aircraft communication systems, air traffic control, direct life support machines, or weapons systems) in which the failure of the program could lead directly to death, personal injury, or severe physical or environmental damage ("high-risk activities").
IBM and its suppliers specifically disclaim any express or implied warranty of fitness for use of the program in connection with any high-risk activity.
The program includes a copy of the IBM CICS Universal Client Version 5. This copy is licensed only for installation on the same server as, and for use with, the program. If you require further copies of the CICS Universal Client Version 5, they must be separately acquired and licensed by you.
Money-Back Guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it for a refund within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.
Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Subscription and Technical Support, is now included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support for the product in this announcement is provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity by providing voice and/or electronic access into the IBM support organizations.
IBM includes Software Maintenance with each program acquired during the coverage period. The coverage period means the period commencing on the date you acquire the program up to the first or second anniversary date, depending on whether you acquired coverage for one or two anniversaries. The coverage period for Software Maintenance acquired in the two months preceding an anniversary date will be extended to the next applicable anniversary date.
While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your (1) routine, short-duration installation and usage (how-to) questions; and (2) code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide at:
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