Software Announcement 299-277
September 21, 1999

IBM CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 and CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1 Offer Significant Programming and Operational Enhancements

 ENUS299-277.PDF (53KB)


(Corrected on December 1, 1999)

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At a Glance

The CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 enhancements include:

  • Support for new hardware
  • Programming enhancements
    • Enhancements to C++ and COM programming interfaces
    • EPI extensions to support extended terminal attributes and signon capable terminals
    • Improved supplied sample programs, including support for IBM PL/I for Windows (NT)
  • Operations support
    • Improvements to installation
      • Integrated file for configuration used by Clients and Load Manager
      • Graphical utility to aid configuration of Universal Clients
    • Support for SNA transport for Solaris Clients
    • Improved serviceability (trace) facilities
    • Client control for controlled/immediate restart
    • Improvements to the Load Manager for Windows

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Overview

CICS® Universal Clients Version 3.1 and CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1 deliver new functions with added support for new hardware:

  • IBM Network Stations
  • IBM Netfinity® Servers
  • Sun Sparc Ultra 5 and Sun Sparc Ultra 10

CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 is available for download from the Internet and also available as a program package.

The CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1 is available for download from the Internet for those with a license entitlement for it.

The CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1 includes all the CICS Universal Clients enhancements plus the following additions:

  • Enhancement to Java™ programming interfaces
  • Enhancements to the Common Connector Framework classes for CICS
  • Enable Gateway to run as an Windows NT service
  • Support for the OS/390® UNIX® Systems Services (OS/390 UNIX) environment with enhanced security and performance
  • Support for Transactional EXCI in the OS/390 environment

Key Prerequisites

CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 requires one of the following:

  • OS/2®
  • Windows NT
  • Windows™ 98 (including Windows 95)
  • AIX®
  • Solaris

Planned Availability Date

  • October 29, 1999,for download from the Internet
  • November 5, 1999, for the program package

Description

CICS Universal Clients

New functions in this release are:

  • New hardware support for:
    • IBM Network Stations
    • IBM Netfinity Servers
    • Sun Sparc Ultra 5 and Sun Sparc Ultra 10
  • Programming enhancements
    • Enhancements to C++ and COM programming interfaces. All functions supported by ECI, EPI and ESI are now available through these interfaces.
    • EPI extensions to support extended terminal attributes and signon capable terminals, plus Return Immediate processing
    • Improved supplied sample programs, including support for IBM PL/I for Windows NT
  • Operations support
    • Improvements to installation
      • Integrated file for configuration used by Clients and Load Manager
      • Graphical utility to aid configuration of Universal Clients (Configuration Wizard)
    • Support for SNA transport for Solaris Clients
    • Improved serviceability, with improved trace facilities. These include additional trace points, support for millisecond tracing and faster tracing.
    • Client controls for controlled/immediate restart
    • Improvements to the Load Manager for Windows

CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 are also supplied with various IBM transaction products and can be downloaded over the Internet (subject to licensing restrictions). Refer to the Licensing section.

CICS Transaction Gateway

The CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1 is for customers who want a server-based integration solution for CICS. It includes identical functional enhancements to those in the CICS Universal Clients, plus the following additions:

  • Enhancement to Java programming interfaces
  • Enhancements to the Common Connector Framework classes for CICS
  • Gateway enabled to run as an Windows NT service
  • Support for the OS/390 UNIX Systems Services (OS/390 UNIX) environment with enhanced security and performance. This includes support for OS/390 System Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), user authentication via an X.509 client certificate, and mapping of client certificates to RACF® user ids.
  • Support for the Transactional EXCI function of CICS Transaction Server Version 1.3 in the OS/390 environment. This enables client ECI applications to use extended units of work. Updates to other resources within the OS/390 environment will be coordinated by OS/390 Resource Recovery Management Services (RRMS).

CICS Transaction Gateway for OS/390 Version 3.1: The CICS Transaction Gateway for OS/390 Version 3.1, which runs directly on OS/390 Version 2.5, or higher, using OS/390 UNIX services, is included with the CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1. It enables customers to provide support for end users at Web browsers in a two-tier configuration.

CICS Transaction Gateway for OS/390 Version 3.1 was developed from, and replaces, the CICS Gateway for Java (MVS™), which was shipped as a component of the CICS Transaction Server for OS/390 1.2. It provides an API which enables Java applets and Java servlets to communicate using the CICS ECI interface. The CICS Transaction Gateway for OS/390 converts this ECI communication to access the CICS Transaction Server for OS/390 using the External CICS Interface (EXCI).

The CICS Transaction Gateway for OS/390 Version 3.1 offers improved performance compared to the CICS Gateway for Java (MVS).

The CICS Transaction Gateway is not available as a separate product. It is delivered with (same) IBM products, including:

  • CICS Transaction Server for OS/390 Version 1 Release 3
  • CICS Transaction Server for VSE Version 1 Release 1
  • TXSeries™ Version 4.2 servers
  • WebSphere Application Server Enterprise or Advanced Edition V2.02, or later
  • VisualAge® for Java Professional or Enterprise Edition V2.0 or V3.0
  • CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp Version 4.1

These products give a license entitlement for the CICS Transaction Gateway. If you want to license the CICS Transaction Gateway for use with another supported CICS server, it is recommended, as an economical way of doing this, that you purchase a license for TXSeries Version 4.2 for Windows NT, AIX, Solaris, or HP-UX, or CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp, Version 4.1. Whatever the platform supported by this product, the CICS Transaction Gateway is provided for all its supported platforms, including OS/390.

The CICS Transaction Gateway can also be downloaded over the Internet by those who have a license entitlement via the Web site below.

Additional information is available on the CICS Clients and Gateways at the Internet Web site at:

Related Products

When the program package for CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 becomes available in November 1999, CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp Version 4.1 will ship CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 and CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1 instead of the CICS Clients Version 2.

For more information, refer to announcement material on the products with which it is shipped, or to Web site:

Year 2000

This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided that all products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) used with the product properly exchange accurate date data with it.

The service end date for this Year-2000-ready product is January 31, 2002.

Product Positioning

CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 provides the basis for IBM's very successful Application Mining initiative. It enables significant value to be brought to new desktop applications by tapping the hidden assets existing in your core enterprise applications.

It provides an easy and low-cost mechanism to enable access to CICS applications for users at desktop workstations. It can be used with CICS servers on all platforms.

CICS Universal Clients provides support for a single user at a desktop workstation. Where multiple users are required, and in particular for access by multiple users at Web browsers, the CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1 should be used.

CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 is the latest IBM product for accessing CICS from desktop environments, and should be used by those who are new to CICS Clients. If you are already using CICS Clients Version 2.0 you may prefer to use CICS Clients Version 2.0.8 while continuing to roll out an existing installation. Migration to CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 is recommended in the longer term.

The CICS Transaction Gateway is the latest IBM product supporting e-business configurations with CICS. It replaces and extends the functions previously provided by the CICS Internet Gateway and the CICS Gateway for Java

Customers using the CICS Internet Gateway or the CICS Gateway for Java, which are not supported by CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1, should continue to use CICS Clients Version 2.0, but should consider migrating to the CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1 at the earliest opportunity.

Statement of Direction

Support for the HP-UX 11 environment will be made available at a future date.

Trademarks

 
MVS and TXSeries are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
CICS, Netfinity, OS/2, AIX, OS/390, RACF, and VisualAge are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows NT and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Publications

All the books applicable to CICS® Universal Clients and CICS Transaction Gateway are provided in Acrobat Portable Document format (filetype .PDF), for viewing and printing using the Adobe Acrobat reader.

The English .PDF books are provided in a single, platform-specific library, with search, covering both CICS Universal Clients and CICS Transaction Gateway. This library, along with the current Adobe Acrobat Reader, with search, is an installable option. Translated .PDFs are available on the product CD-ROM, but these are stand-alone books and are not part of the library. Language versions of the reader are not provided for these, but may be obtained from the Adobe Acrobat Web site.

The .PDF library and individual English .PDFs can also be downloaded from the Web. For more information, refer to:

and follow the library link.

In addition, hardcopy of these books (except CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1: Messages and CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.1: Messages) are available for purchase. To order, contact your IBM representative or your dealer. However, the hardcopy books may be at a lower level than the .PDFs available from the referenced Web site.

The books are:

.----------------------------------------------+------------.
|                            Title             |Order Number|
|----------------------------------------------+------------|
|CICS Universal Clients V3.1                   |            |
|  Administration for Windows (TM)             |SC34-5449   |
|  Administration for OS/2 (R)                 |SC34-5450   |
|  Administration for AIX (R)                  |SC34-5348   |
|  Administration for Solaris                  |SC34-5451   |
|  Messages                                    |            |
|  C++ Programming**                           |SC33-1923   |
|  COM Automation Programming**                |SC33-1924   |
|----------------------------------------------+------------|
|CICS Family:  Client/Server Programming       |SC33-1435   |
|----------------------------------------------+------------|
|CICS Transaction Clients V3.1                 |            |
|  Administration for Windows                  |SC34-5589   |
|  Administration for OS/2                     |SC34-5590   |
|  Administration for AIX                      |SC34-5591   |
|  Administration for Solaris                  |SC34-5592   |
|  Administration for OS/390 (R)               |SC34-5528   |
|  Messages                                    |            |
|  Programming                                 |SC34-5594   |
|----------------------------------------------+------------|
|**CICS Clients Version 2 users need the (-00) level of     |
|  these books:                                             |
|  CICS Family:  OO Programming in C++ for CICS Clients     |
|  CICS Family:  OO Programming in BASIC for CICS Clients   |
'-----------------------------------------------------------'

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements: CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 will run on any hardware capable of running the appropriate operating system and other prerequisite software.

The support for the CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 for OS/2, Windows NT™, and Windows 98 is for any IBM-compatible machine.

Requirements for hard disk space for the CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 are in the region of:

.----------------------+--------------------------.
|       Platform       |    Hard File Space       |
|----------------------+--------------------------|
|OS/2                  |     8 MB                 |
|----------------------+--------------------------|
|Windows NT            |     8 MB                 |
|                      |    +5 MB for TCP62       |
|----------------------+--------------------------|
|Windows 98/95         |     8 MB                 |
|                      |    +5 MB for TCP62       |
|----------------------+--------------------------|
|AIX                   |     4 MB                 |
|----------------------+--------------------------|
|Solaris               |     4 MB                 |
'----------------------+--------------------------'

Software Requirements: Information on software requirements previously announced for Version 3.0 remains valid, except as described below. For this information, refer to Software Announcement 299-058 , dated March 9, 1999, and to Software Announcement 298-378 , dated September 29, 1998.

For SNA communications with the CICS Universal Clients for Windows 98, IntranetWare for SAA, Version 3 is supported.

For SNA communications with the CICS Universal Clients for Windows NT and Windows 95, NetWare for SAA Version 2.20, with APAR JP10793, or later, or IntranetWare for SAA, Version 3, are supported. The support for eNetwork™ Personal Communications includes Version 4.3.

For use of DCE with the CICS Universal Client for Windows NT, DCE Runtime Services are required. The DCE products supported are:

  • IBM DCE for Windows NT Version 2.2
  • Gradient PC-DCE Version 2.2 for Windows NT/95, or later

The following compilers and application development tools are supported:

.--------------------+--------------------------------------.
|    Client Platforms|Software Supported                    |
|--------------------+--------------------------------------|
|OS/2                |VisualAge (R) C++ Version 3.0,        |
|                    |  or later                            |
|                    |VisualAge PL/I Version 2.1            |
|                    |IBM REXX for OS/2                     |
|                    |WebSphere (TM) Application Server     |
|                    |  Advanced                            |
|                    |Edition V2.02 or later                |
|--------------------+--------------------------------------|
|OS/2, Windows NT,   |VisualAge COBOL Version 2.1, or later |
|  Windows 95,       |                                      |
|  Windows 98        |                                      |
|--------------------+--------------------------------------|
|OS/390, OS/2,       |VisualAge for Java (TM) Professional  |
|  Windows NT, AIX   |or Enterprise Edition V2.0 and V3.0   |
|--------------------+--------------------------------------|
|Windows NT,         |VisualAge C++ Version 3.5, or later   |
|  Windows 98,       |Microsoft (TM) Visual C++ Version 5.0,|
|  Windows 95        |  or later                            |
|                    |Microsoft Visual Basic Version 5.0,   |
|                    |  or later                            |
|                    |Microsoft Visual Basic Script         |
|                    |  Version 5.0 for Windows             |
|                    |  (Part of Scripting Host)            |
|                    |IBM Object REXX Version 1.0.2         |
|                    |IBM WebSphere Application Server      |
|                    |    Advanced Edition 2.02 or later    |
|                    |IBM VisualAge Interspace              |
|                    |  Version 5.2, 6.0                    |
|                    |  (Refer to note below)               |
|--------------------+--------------------------------------|
|AIX                 |IBM C for AIX Version 4.4             |
|                    |IBM C Set++ for AIX Version 3.1       |
|                    |  or later 3.1, or later              |
|                    |  3.1, or later                       |
|                    |IBM COBOL Set for AIX Version 1.1,    |
|                    |  or later                            |
|                    |IBM WebSphere Application Server      |
|                    |Advanced Edition V2.02 or later       |
|--------------------+--------------------------------------|
|Solaris             |Sun WorkShop C++ Version 3.0.0        |
|                    |IBM WebSphere Application Server      |
|                    |Advanced Edition 2.02 or later        |
|--------------------+--------------------------------------|
|Note:  IBM VisualAge Interspace Version 5.2 can only be    |
|used for development under NT,                             |
|and supports the CICS Universal Clients at run-time.       |
|However, for production it can also be used for AIX and    |
|Solaris, but only supports the CICS for UNIX (R) Clients.  |
|VisualAge Interspace Version 6.0 supports the              |
|CICS Universal Clients at run-time for AIX and Solaris.    |
|For application development VisualAge Interspace           |
|Version 6.0 only supports Windows NT 4.0 and               |
|Windows 98, 95.                                            |
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Planning Information

Packaging: CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 is shipped in a shrink-wrapped box, delivering the Universal Clients for all supported platforms. The box contains the following:

  • One CD-ROM
  • International Program License Agreement (IPLA) in multilanguage booklet
  • IPLA Pointer Sheet
  • License Information for CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1
  • Proof of Entitlement (PoE)
  • Publications Pointer Sheet

Note: The Java Run-time environment (JRE) for the Solaris platform is supported by Sun Microsystems, Inc. The Solaris JRE is installed with the CICS Transaction Gateway This improves the installation process as well as run-time checking. Customers using this JRE can keep up to date with the Sun upgrades by accessing the Sun Web site (for the 1.1.x level).

This program when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM license agreement, and License Information (LI), if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. The license and LI will be stored in a directory for future reference.

Security, Auditability, and Control

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 is a product with a single charge unit of "Installs". It is ordered as a program package, and as use authorizations without program supply.

CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1 is available at an upgrade price for those customers currently licensed for the following qualifying programs:

  • CICS Clients Version 1.0
  • CICS Clients Version 2.0 (any modification level)

Licensed customers of CICS Clients Version 3.1 can upgrade at no charge by downloading from the Internet site or obtaining a service upgrade for the qualifying program.

                                 Order       Feature     Part
Description                      Type         Number     Number
 
CICS Universal Clients Version 3.1
 
Program Package                  5801-AAR      5288      0704642
  -- CD-ROM
1 Install                        5802-AAR      2896      0704644

Upgrades

                                 Order       Feature     Part
Description                      Type         Number     Number
 
CICS Universal Clients
 
Version 3.1 Program              5803-AAR      2321      0704643
  Package Upgrade
  -- CD-ROM
Version 3.0 -- 1 Install         5804-AAR      1112      0704645
  for Upgrade

Passport Advantage

                                                         Part
Description                                              Number
 
CICS Universal Clients Media Package English             84H6616
CICS Universal Clients Documentation                     84H6615
  Package English
VPO Instl  CICS Universal Clients 1 client               D2686ML
VPO Instl/SW Sub CICS Universal Clients                  D2688ML
  1 client 1 Year
VPO Instl/SW Sub CICS Universal Clients                  D2689ML
  1 client 2 Years
VPO SW Sub Rnwl CICS Universal Clients                   E168AML
  1 client
VPO SW Sub CICS Universal Clients 1 client               D268CML
  1 Year
VPO SW Sub CICS Universal Clients 1 client               D268DML
  2 Years
CO Instl/SW Sub CICS Universal Clients                   D268EML
  1 client 1st Anniversary
CO Instl/SW Sub CICS Universal Clients                   D268FML
  1 client 2nd Anniversary
CO SW Sub Rnwl CICS Universal Clients                    E168HML
  1 client
CO SW Sub CICS Universal Clients 1 client                D268KML
  1st Anniversary
CO SW Sub CICS Universal Clients 1 client                D268MML
  2nd Anniversary
CO SUPT CICS CLIENT FLAT 1 ANNIV                         AR7UWML
CO SUPT CICS CLIENT FLAT 2 ANNIV                         AR633ML

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM IPLA. PoE are required for all authorized use, except as described below.

CICS Universal Clients Version 3 may be copied free of charge to enable communication with any supported IBM CICS server, Transaction Server, CICS Transaction Server, or TXSeries™ server, with the exception of the servers listed below. Provided CICS Universal Clients is used only with servers which are not on the exceptions list, customers are authorized to make copies of the CICS Universal Clients as program features.

The exceptions are:

  • CICS/ESA® Version 4.1
  • CICS/VSE® Version 2.3

Note: Earlier versions of these two servers are not supported with CICS Universal Clients Version 3.

If they are used to enable communication with either of these servers, a license is required for every copy made of CICS Universal Clients.

Note: When the CICS Universal Clients Version 3 program is connected to a server that has use-based pricing, the appropriate number of use-based features for that server must be licensed.

A license entitlement (subject to the Terms and Conditions of the IBM IPLA) to use the CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3 is included at no additional charge with a license for any of the following products:

  • TXSeries, Version 4.2, for AIX, Solaris, Windows NT, or HP-UX
  • CICS Transaction Server for OS/2 Warp, Version 4.1
  • CICS Transaction Server for OS/390 Version 1.1, or later
  • CICS Transaction Server for VSE Version 1.1
  • VisualAge for Java Professional or Enterprise Edition Version 2.0 and Version 3.0 (Application Development use only — not production)
  • WebSphere Application Server Advanced or Enterprise Edition Version  2.02, or later

Note: in the event that you cease to be authorized to use this program then you are no longer authorized to use the CICS Transaction Gateway Version 3.

License Information Form Number

  • CICS Universal Clients V3.1 — GC34-5465
  • CICS Transaction Gateway V3.1 — GC34-5466

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until January 31, 2002

To obtain the latest service level, contact the Service Support Center for your country. Alternatively, you can obtain information about service levels and download the latest service level from the Internet at:

Money-back Guarantee: 30-day, money-back guarantee

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: Yes

Support Line: Yes

Other Support: Passport Advantage

Volume Orders: Yes, contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage Applies: Yes

Passport Advantage Subscription Applies: Yes

Upgrades: Customers can acquire upgrades up to the currently authorized level of use of the qualifying programs.

AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

AS/400® Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Charges

The charges provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

                                      Part
Description                           Number      OTC(1)
 
CICS Universal Clients
  Version 3.1 Program                 0704642     $115
    Package -- CD-ROM
  Version 3.1 -- 1 Install            0704644       95
1
One-time charge

Upgrades: Contact your sales channel for Support Line pricing information.

                                      Part
Description                           Number      OTC
 
CICS Universal Clients
  Version 3.1 Program Package         0704643      $46
    Upgrade -- CD-ROM
  Version 3.1 -- 1 Install            0704645       38
    for Upgrade

Passport Advantage

Note: For Passport Advantage ordering information and charges, contact your IBM Lotus® representative or authorized IBM Lotus Business Partner. Additional information is also available on the Passport Advantage URL:

Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

Trademarks

 
eNetwork, WebSphere, and TXSeries are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
CICS, OS/2, AIX, OS/390, VisualAge, CICS/ESA, CICS/VSE, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows, Windows NT, and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
 
Lotus is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.