Getting started with the CICS Explorer

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Question

You want to start using the CICS Explorer for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS). You need to know things like: which release of CICS Explorer comes with IBM Explorer for z/OS; which release you should use; how do you download and configure CICS Explorer; how do you obtain updates or previous releases of CICS Explorer; and which products integrate and support CICS Explorer.

Answer


Visit CICS Explorer at ibm.com for more information including demos.



Installation

IBM recommends that you use the latest supported version of CICS Explorer and, where applicable, the latest version of any plug-ins you have installed for CICS Explorer; available from the main CICS Explorer download page. Simply follow the download instructions appropriate to your current installation environment and scenario.

Copies of previous releases of CICS Explorer and plug-ins for CICS Explorer are available from the CICS Explorer releases no longer available on primary download page. If you need to determine which release of a plug-in for CICS Explorer works with which release of CICS Explorer, see the CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables.

For more information, see Getting started with the CICS Explorer in the CICS TS V5.1 Information Center.

Note:
  • IBM Explorer for z/OS* (z/OS Explorer) and CICS Explorer are available as a separately available free downloads only, and are not shipped with CICS TS.
  • Always read the supplied CICS Explorer release notes and CICS Explorer Readme document as they contain important information, such as Prerequisites.
  • From release 5.1.1 onwards of CICS Explorer, the CICS Explorer Software Development Kit (SDK) is always also installed. For users of CICS Explorer prior to release 5.1.1, you must download the CICS Explorer (SDK) separately; available from the main CICS Explorer download page.
  • The original unsupported SupportPac that first introduced CICS Explorer in November 2008 (codenamed CS1J) was withdrawn.

*z/OS Explorer is shipped as part of an IBM Installation Manager package and is installed alongside CICS Explorer. z/OS Explorer forms part of the core of CICS Explorer, from release 5.1 onwards.






Configuration

After installation, you must configure the CICS Explorer connections to your CICS or CICSPlex SM (CPSM) systems.

There are two types of connections you can use:
  • CICSPlex SM Data Interface for a read-only connection to a CICS TS V4 (or later) or CICS TS V3 CPSM WUI server.
  • CICS management client interface (CMCI) for a connection to a CICS TS V4 (or later) CPSM WUI, or a single CICS region with update capability.

If you want to update any MAS or CICSplex using a CMCI connection, you will need to be running CPSM V4 (or later) agent code in the MAS and be connected to a CICS TS V4 (or later) WUI.

Refer to sections Configuring a system connection and Setting up CMCI with CICSPlex SM in the CICS TS V5.1 information center for more information.




Updates

IBM provides updates to CICS Explorer on a regular basis and provides three methods for you to obtain maintenance for it. The most up-to-date release of CICS Explorer and plug-ins for CICS Explorer are always available from the main CICS Explorer download page.

If you have an earlier release of CICS Explorer and want to update it to a newer version, then visit the main CICS Explorer download page, and follow the download instructions appropriate to your current installation environment and scenario. Visit the latest version of the CICS Explorer page to see the highlights from each version and the corresponding CICS tools plug-ins.

If you have an earlier release of CICS Explorer and want to acquire another copy of that release, then visit the CICS Explorer releases no longer available on primary download page.

If you need to determine which release of a plug-in for CICS Explorer works with which release of CICS Explorer, see the CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables.

Note:





Forum

The CICS Explorer forum enables you to interact other users and with the CICS Explorer development team about questions and problems related to the CICS Explorer. Use this forum to better understand the CICS Explorer, to debug problems, to make requests, and to get answers. This forum is moderated by CICS Explorer architects, developers, and testers.

To find out more about the CICS Explorer see FAQs on the CICS Explorer forum.





Feedback

IBM would like to hear your views about the CICS Explorer and what you would like to see it deliver in future versions. To tell IBM about yourself and let IBM know what you think, contact the CICS Explorer team by sending an email to knutson@uk.ibm.com.




Products that support CICS Explorer

The following IBM products support CICS Explorer:


Related information

Finding the CICS Explorer messages
Collect troubleshooting data for a CICS Explorer error

Product Alias/Synonym

CICS/TS CICS TS CICS Transaction Server

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Document information


More support for:

CICS Transaction Server
Explorer

Software version:

3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1

Operating system(s):

z/OS

Reference #:

1399558

Modified date:

2013-10-02

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