IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 delivers a highly scalable infrastructure that drives efficiency, productivity, and profitIBM United States Software Announcement 207-353
December 11, 2007
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(Corrected on May 7, 2008)
|At a glance|
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 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:
- Moves to the next generation of the Internet with Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
- Takes advantage of the newest levels of IBM prerequisite software
- Includes z/OS Job Configuration Tool for improved installation and PTF application
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IBM DB2® Content Manager for z/OS® V8.4 improves installation and configuration, adds a number of incremental enhancements to V8.3, and adds support for new levels of prerequisite software.
- New support for the IBM Web Interface for Content Management (IBM WEBi) client
New platform support including:
- IBM DB2 z/OS V9.1
- IBM WebSphere® Application Server z/OS V6.1
- Java 5.0
- Support for IBM DB2 Content Manager Web services technology
- Support for 2007 Microsoft® Office System XML file formats
- Support for Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) with dual-stack
- Improvements for library server-managed user passwords
- eClient enhancements, with support of Java 5, JCA data sources, and a query cancel function
- Enhanced Information Center with features that improve your ability to search, print, and update product documentation
- Improved core APIs for IBM DB2 Content Manager: Java, Web services
- Query improvements: support for longer SQL strings
- Supports logging of retrieval of objects from resource manager on z/OS
- Has z/OS Job Configuration tool for improved installation and PTF application
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|Planned availability date|
December 14, 2007
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IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS manages 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 multitier, 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.
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS provides universal access to content while preserving system performance, whether configured for a single installation or a distributed environment. It is a platform that offers tremendous flexibility, can accelerates application deployment, and help and 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 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 DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4
IBM WEBi V1.02
adds support for access to documents in the IBM DB2 Content Manager repository with Internet
Explorer or Firefox. IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS users can now leverage the new IBM WEBi
IBM WEBi is a Web 2.0/Ajax-based, "light weight" Web client, introduced previously for IBM DB2 Content Manager OnDemand and is now available for IBM DB2 Content Manager.
Designed to meet the needs of the knowledge worker, IBM WEBi provides a new web-based client for IBM DB2 Content Manager users, providing basic content management function such as read, update, search, check-in, check-out, and versioning. The Web interface can be easily modified to a customized theme to reflect the brand, color, and logo of an organization.
New platform support: DB2 z/OS V9.1, WebSphere Application Server z/OS V6.1, and Java 5.0
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 adds support for DB2 z/OS V9.1 databases, WebSphere Application Server V6.1, and the Java 5.0 platform. Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections for more information.
Support for 2007 Microsoft Office System XML file formats
IBM DB2 Content Manager Enterprise Edition V8.4 adds support for the new 2007 Microsoft Office System XML file formats, so you can now:
- View, manipulate, and annotate Office XML documents within the Client for Windows, eClient viewer applet, or custom solutions built using the Java viewer toolkit.
- Add MIME type definitions to tell your application how to handle the new XML file formats when objects are retrieved from the resource manager.
Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) with dual-stack support
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 supports IPv6. IPv6 is the next generation of the network protocol that was created by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to replace the current protocol, IPv4. IPv6 provides greater network deployment flexibility, a much expanded address space, authentication, and privacy. It also eliminates the shortage of IPv4 addresses that are required by all new machines that are connected to the Internet. Dual stack support allows networks, such as intranets, to use a mix of IPv4 and IPv6 protocols.
The core components of IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 can now operate in a dual stack IPv6 network environment, when installed and configured with the appropriate levels of software prerequisites.
- Library server
- Java APIs
- Clients: system administration client, eClient, Client for Windows
- Installation tools and utility programs
Note: Resource Manager on z/OS only supports IPv4 due to restrictions with the underlying IBM HTTP Server z/OS base element.
This announcement fulfills the statement of direction published on the IBM IPv6 Compliance Status Web page at
eClient enhancements, with support of Java 5, JCA data sources, and a
query cancel function
eClient deployment, with better platform support is based on Java 5, with support for WebSphere Application JCA data sources, and exploitation of IBM DB2 driver for JDBC and SQLJ Support.
The option to configure the eClient to support ad-hoc user cancellations of a query improves the ability for an end user to resume productive work in an eClient session instead of waiting for the completion of a long-running query.
Improvements in handling IBM DB2 Content Manager library server-managed
For user passwords that are managed by IBM DB2 Content Manager and stored in the library server, IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 now provides a library server exit that you can tailor to enforce password quality rules, such as ensuring that passwords have a minimum number of required characters.
A sample library server exit is provided as source code to illustrate a check that enforces a policy where passwords must have a minimum length and at least one non-alphabetic character.
Information Center enhancements that improve your ability to search,
print, and update product documentation
You can now perform the following tasks in the Information Center:
- Update click a button to download the latest documentation updates
- Print and search one or all subtopics
- Toggle search highlighting on or off
- Expand search results in the results pane to show a short summary description
- Search by master index to view index entries in alphabetical order
Improved core Java application programming interfaces (APIs) for IBM DB2
- Support of the IBM DB2 driver for JDBC and SQLJ (type 2 and type 4) eliminates the requirement for you to install the DB2 runtime client for use with the ICM connector, federated connector, or eClient server.
New Java APIs for administration of resource manager enhance the IBM DB2
Content Manager system administration client, or can be used for custom
- Control object migration based on high and low threshold values
Stop or start and check
the status of various resource manager services
Renovated retrieve options for the core Java APIs (ICM connector) (in addition to support for the deprecated old bitwise integer retrieve options), as previously introduced in IBM DB2 Content Manager V8.3 Fix Pack 4.
Support for IBM DB2 Content Manager Web Services and XML API technologies
ported to z/OS
IBM DB2 Content Manager provides a self-contained, self-describing modular interface and a Web services interface that you can use within your applications, with other Web services, or in complex business processes to seamlessly access items stored in IBM DB2 Content Manager. The Web services interface allows you to dynamically integrate your applications with IBM DB2 Content Manager, regardless of the programming language they were written in and the platform they reside on.
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 adds support for the IBM DB2 Content Manager Web services API ported natively to z/OS UNIX® System Services (USS). These were previously only available through the Web services API of Information Integrator for content under IBM DB2 Content Manager Enterprise Edition on Linux, UNIX, and Windows platforms including the improvements made with IBM DB2 Content Manager Enterprise Edition V8.4).
Support for IBM DB2 Content Manager XML APIs
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 now supports the Content Manager XML APIs on z/OS. Java applications running natively on z/OS USS can now use the XML APIs to import and export metadata (administrative metadata objects, data model metadata objects, and data instance objects), using the XML service natively on z/OS, as an alternative to using the XML APIs previously only available from Information Integrator for Content XML APIs on Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
(The XML schema mapping tool and APIs to convert a user-defined schema into a storage schema are not available on z/OS.)
Query improvements: support for longer SQL strings
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 increases underlying database support for longer query strings. This lifts the previous limit that SQL strings had to be less than 64 K characters long. In V8.4, query strings can be as long as the underlying database allows.
When IBM DB2 Content Manager processes an XQuery Path Expressions (XQPE) query, it translates it into an SQL statement that runs in the underlying database. Raising the query length limit means that a IBM DB2 Content Manager user or application can now submit much longer XQPE strings.
In addition, the sample tool, TSearchICM, has been updated to support the new renovated retrieve options in the core API, and is now provided in Java source code. With this tool, you can view the execution timings of long running and problematic queries. The tool accepts common query options to help simulate the options used by the application, such as the query method, the maximum number of results, document retrieval options, and so on
Logging of retrieval of objects from resource manager on z/OS
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4 now enables the event code 531 (ICM_EVENT_RETRIEVE_OBJECT) for logging the retrieval of objects from an enabled resource manager. The event codes are logged in the item events table ICMSTITEMEVENTS.
z/OS Job Configuration Tool for improved installation and PTF application
You can use the IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS Job Configuration Tool to configure jobs for a new installation of IBM DB2 Content Manager or to configure upgrade jobs for an upgrade from V8.3 to V8.4.
The Job Configuration Tool helps you configure the Job Control Language (JCL) jobs that you must run to complete the installation and configuration of the IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS library server, resource managers, and other components.
This tool eliminates much of the manual configuration, required in previous versions, to configure the IBM DB2 Content Manager components. The configuration tool helps you add information that can be used in the jobs, information that can be reused in other jobs, and can be changed as you move through the panels of the interface if the information must be different for a different IBM DB2 Content Manager component. The configuration tool can also be used to apply a PTF upgrade from IBM DB2 Content Manager V8.3 Fix Pack 6 to Content Manager V8.4.
Updated to include IBM DB2 Content Manager Enterprise Edition V8.4
Refer to Software Announcement 207-352 , dated December 11, 2007.
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 14, 2007, 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
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|Statement of direction|
IBM intends to provide deliver the following updates to IBM DB2 Content Manager Enterprise Edition V8.4 at a later date.
IBM WEBi is a Web 2.0/Ajax-based, "light weight" Web client, introduced previously for IBM DB2 Content Manager OnDemand and now for IBM DB2 Content Manager. The anticipated availability of IBM WEBi 1.0.2 by January 30, 2008.
All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.
IBM SmoothStart Services, an on-site implementation and training startup service, are designed to accelerate your productive use of your IBM solution. The service is provided by IBM Global Services or your IBM Business Partner at an additional cost. For additional information or contact your IBM representative and ask for SmoothStart Services for IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS.
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, visit
For the most current and complete information on software requirements for Content Manager for z/OS V8.4, 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
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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
New licensees: 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 shipment date after planned availability will be shipped IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4. 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 V8.3.
- Orders that ship after the planned availability date will receive IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.4.
New users of IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS should specify:
Type Model 5697 H60
To order specify feature number 9001 Base license asset registration.
Basic machine-readable material
Orderable Supply ID Language Distribution Medium Description S0109DW U.S. English 3480 Tape Cartridge CM Library Server S0109F2 U.S. English 3480 Tape Cartridge CM Resource Manager
Customization options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order to specify the delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.
Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For future updates, specify feature number 3480 to ship media updates only. If, in the future, publication updates are required, order an MES to remove feature number 3480; then, the publications will ship with the next release of the program.
Feature Description 3444 Serial Number Only (suppresses shipment of media and documentation) 3470 Ship Media Only (suppresses initial shipment of documentation)
Feature Description 3480 Ship Media Updates Only (suppresses update shipment of documentation) 3482 Suppress Updates (suppresses update shipment of media and documentation)
Feature Description 3445 Local IBM Office Expedite (for IBM use only) 3446 Customer Expedite Process Charge ($30 charge for each product)
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
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
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, as previously announced, Software Announcement 207-077 , dated April 17, 2007, licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement are unaffected by this announcement.
IBM Operational Support Services SupportLine:
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IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.2 Library Server
Monthly license charge Feature Per MLC 0001 Per 250 MLCs 0002
IBM DB2 Content Manager for z/OS V8.2 Resource Manager
Monthly license charge Feature Per MLC 0003 Per 250 MLCs 0004
For additional product information, refer to Software Announcement 207-352 , dated December 11, 2007.
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