How do you find CICS product documentation for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS), CICS on z/VSE, and the CICS tools?
The best place to find CICS product documentation is to use the CICS TS information centers. Documentation for the latest versions of the CICS Tools is also included in the CICS TS information centers. Each release of CICS has its own information center that you can view on the www.ibm.com web site or install on a workstation or server.
For information on CICS for VSE, see the z/VSE documentation page for a list of libraries. Note that the VSE documentation is not available in an information center.
The CICS information centers are powered by Eclipse technology and run on a number of platforms, including z/OS. Each information center contains a number of document plug-ins that contain the CICS documentation in HTML and PDF formats. A plug-in is a set of files that are designed to run in an Eclipse framework. See the Eclipse website for more information.
The CICS information centers on the IBM Web site are refreshed on a regular basis to include updates following APARs and readers comment forms (RCFs). The time stamp on the Welcome page indicates when the information center was last updated. The following information centers are available:
CICS TS V5.1 information center
CICS TS V4.2 information center
CICS TS V4.1 information center
CICS TS V3.2 information center
CICS TS V3.1 information center
CICS TS V2.3 information center (no longer updated)
CICS TS V2.2 manuals (information center no longer available)
The CICS information center is shipped on CD with the product and the CD image is also available for download from the IBM Publications Center. Search on the following publication numbers to download the information center:
- SK4T-2692 - CICS TS V5.1 information center on AIX
- SK4T-2693 - CICS TS V5.1 information center on Linux Intel
- SK4T-2694 - CICS TS V5.1 information center on Windows
- SK4T-2695 - CICS TS V5.1 information center on z/OS
- SK4T-2664 - CICS TS V4.2 information center on AIX
- SK4T-2665 - CICS TS V4.2 information center on Linux Intel
- SK4T-2666 - CICS TS V4.2 information center on Windows
- SK4T-2667 - CICS TS V4.2 information center on z/OS
- SK4T-2624 - CICS TS V4.1 information center on Windows
- SK4T-2626 - CICS TS V4.1 information center on Linux
- SK4T-2627 - CICS TS V4.1 information center on AIX
- SK4T-2654 - CICS TS V4.1 information center on z/OS
- SK4T-2578 - CICS TS V3.2 information center on any platform
- SK3T-6965 - CICS TS V3.1 information center on any platform
- SK3T-6958 - CICS TS V2.3 information center on any platform
The CICS information centers are supported on a variety of platforms. Check the readme that is shipped with the information center to find out which operating systems and versions are supported.
For best results when viewing the information center, use one of the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer V7 or V8
- Firefox V7.0 or higher
You can select to install the CICS document plug-ins and any or all of the tooling plug-ins provided. You can also install the document plug-ins into an existing Eclipse IDE if preferred. The readme that is provided with the information center explains how to do this.
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||5.1, 3.2, 3.1, 2.2|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||5.1, 3.2, 3.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Performance Monitor for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||1.2|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS VSAM Recovery||Documentation||z/OS||4.2, 4.3|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||1.2, 2.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||IBM Session Manager||Documentation||z/OS||3.1, 2.2, 2.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Transaction Gateway||Documentation||z/OS||9.0, 8.1, 8.0, 7.2, 7.1, 7.0|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Universal Client||Documentation||7.1, 7.0|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Batch Application Control for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||1.1.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Configuration Manager for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||5.1, 2.1, 1.2|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer||Documentation||z/OS||1.2|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Deployment Assistant for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||5.1, 1.1|
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