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Question

What is the latest release that you can download of the IBM CICS Explorer and CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer, that support CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) V5.3, V5.2, V5.1, V4.2, or V4.1?

Answer

Click on one of the following CICS Explorer releases to see the version highlights and the corresponding CICS Tools plug-in releases. The releases are in order from latest (newest) to oldest.

Latest release

Product
Latest Version
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 4.2, and 4.1
CICS Configuration Manager 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
CICS Deployment Assistant 5.3 plug-in for the CICS Explorer
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
CICS Performance Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
CICS Transaction Gateway plug-in for the CICS Explorer

Previous releases

Product
Latest Version
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.2, 5.1, 4.2, and 4.1
IBM Explorer for z/OS
CICS Configuration Manager plug-in for CICS Explorer
CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in for CICS Explorer
CICS Performance Analyzer plug-in for CICS Explorer
*** NEW 13 July 2016
** NEW 24 May 2016
* NEW 19 January 2016



IBM Explorer for z/OS V3.0 and CICS Explorer V5.3
Information on IBM Explorer for z/OS and CICS Explorer V5.3 is available on the Mainframe Development page under "Eclipse Tools for Mainframe Development".

This latest release does not permit you to download maintenance from IBM Fix Central. Instead, installation instructions are available under Download Eclipse Tools which you can get to from the Mainframe Development page.
IBM Explorer for z/OS V2.1 and CICS Explorer V5.2, or earlier
IBM provides three methods for you to obtain the maintenance for CICS Explorer:
  1. Update to the new version from within the CICS Explorer by applying the maintenance from an IBM-hosted Eclipse update site
  2. Use Installation Manager
  3. Download the maintenance from IBM Fix Central

See the "Installation instructions" in the Readme for each product for more details. The Readme also contains the prerequisites and the list of enhancements and bugs fixed by each new version.

Many of the new releases of CICS Explorer and CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer contain bug fixes in addition to new functionality. To see a complete list of applicable APARs*, click on the link for each product's Fix list from the Fixes by version document.

*There are no PTFs associated with the applicable APARs.

To determine the releases of the CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with each release of CICS Explorer, refer to the CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. Details of the underlying Eclipse release for CICS Explorer are also provided in these tables.

To get the download packages for previous releases of CICS Explorer, see Releases of the CICS Explorer that are no longer available on the primary download page.

If you are new to CICS Explorer, see Getting started with the CICS Explorer.




CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in 5.3.0.4 and CICS Performance Analyzer plug-in 5.3.0.3 fix packs

Available: 28 October 2016

CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in 5.3.0.4 provides fixes for:
  • IV90139
    • The CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in 5.3.0.3 could not applied as an update using IBM Installation Manager due to a build problem. This has now been resolved.

CICS Performance Analyzer plug-in 5.3.0.3 provides fixes for:
  • IV90138
    • The CICS Performance Analyzer plug-in 5.3.0.2 could not applied as an update using IBM Installation Manager due to a build problem. This has now been resolved.

For more information about the updates, click on the links to the Readmes and APARs in the following table:

Product
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
CICS Performance Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer

In order to obtain the updates, see Ordering maintenance for IBM CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer plug-ins for details.

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.





CICS Explorer 5.3.0.8 and CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in 5.3.0.3 fix packs


Available: 30 September 2016

CICS Explorer V5.3.0.8 provides fixes for:

  • IV86507
    • When you have a CICSplex which contains an empty System Group (CSYSGRP) and CICS Explorer is connected to this CICSplex using a CICS SM Data Connection, you no longer receive a NullPointerException when expanding the empty System Group.
  • IV88816
    • CICS Explorer has been updated so that CICS System Group elements are only rendered as they become visible. This avoids the intensive CPU overhead.
  • IV89123
    • CICS Explorer has been changed internally to reduce the overhead associated with opening a context menu, thereby allowing the menu to be displayed in a timely fashion.
  • IV87536
    • New and updated items:
      • The System Links view (SYSLINK) has been added to the SM Administration perspective.
      • The toolbar icons for resources views have been updated. "Equalise column widths" is moved from the toolbar into the view menu (the little triangle in the view toolbar), icons for "Open View Configurations", "Reset To View Configuration" and "Save Settings To View Configuration" have been added to the toolbar.
      • The discard dialog on resources that also support disable has been upgraded to add a preference to issue a disable request before discarding.
      • When using the perform operation dialog to install definitions in a situation where there is only one possible install target (for example, with a scope selected), the only possible install target will now be selected by default.
      • CICS Explorer has been updated internally in some areas to retrieve records using CMCI in one connection attempt rather than separate get, fetch, and discard connections. This improves performance in the CICSplex Explorer and the Workload Specification Editor particularly.
      • In the CICSplex Repositories view, CSD list entries are now sorted in sequence, rather than alphabetic, order.
      • When exporting a CICS Bundle to zFS, Explorer now remembers for that bundle whether you prefer to export to a platform home or to a specific location.
      • In the CICS View Configuration preferences, unsaved changes are now shown with an asterisk.
      • To make it easier to replace your current views with a full set of imported views, you can now select all views in the View Configuration preferences and delete them in all at the same time.
      • New wizards have been created to allow view configurations to be imported and exported. They can be found most easily from the View Configuration preferences dialog.
      • A new "Save Settings To View Configuration" button has been added to the view toolbar that applies any changes in your active view to the underlying view configuration.
      • The NONRLSRECOV system initialization table (SIT) parameter was not visible within CICS Explorer when using the Show SIT Parameters function (IV87858).
    • The following bugs have been fixed:
      • Quick filters could not be applied to some 'N/A' attribute values.
      • Changing the CICSplex in the perform operation dialog (for example, when installing a definition) could result in a NullPointerException.
      • NullPointerException could be shown in the Error Log from the 'Create table view' wizard when nothing was selected.
      • CICSPlex SM APAR PI66792 addresses a problem that allowed CICSPlex SM to return multiple results when CICS Explorer made a requests that should return one unique record. This is now guarded in Explorer.
      • When the context or scope was changed, all resources views that had been used were refreshed, even if they were not visible. Now, only visible views are refreshed. If a view becomes visible with a stale context or scope, it will be refreshed.
      • When importing a transaction into a CICS Bundle, you had to import a "Local Transaction" which was a regression, when it should have been just "Transaction".
      • In the Regions view, PRGMUCNT and IDNTYCLASS were incorrectly named.
      • From CICS Explorer 5.3.0.6, the performance when adding and removing columns in a Resources view was very slow.
      • For CMAS to CMAS Links, when using New and New from... the CMAS Context field did not have a sensible default.
      • In some of the CICS Example wizards, the project type icons were not available and showed as red squares.
      • Using the less than (<) filter operator in a view configuration with the SM Data connection resulted in an exception in the error log.
      • The Quick Filter colors were not correct on Ubuntu Linux.
      • The order of some context menu items in resources views was incorrect.
CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in for CICS Explorer V5.3.0.3 provides fixes for:
  • IV86607
    • CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in has been updated to correct the failure to connect using CICS ATOM Services and to add the function to purge ENQ or DEQ, and TSQ by prefix.
  • IV87329
    • The CICS IA plug-in has been updated to accept a hash symbol as part of the CICS APPLID when attempting to select a threadsafe report for a CICS region.
  • IV88847
    • The CICS IA Plug-in has been updated to display grouped program flow for a transaction in the CICS IA plug-in. CICS Interdepency Analyzer V5.3 APAR PI68407 is required for this update.

For more information about the updates, click on the links to the Readmes and APARs in the following table:

Product
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 4.2, 4.1, 3.2 and 3.1
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer

In order to obtain the updates, see Ordering maintenance for IBM CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer plug-ins for details.

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.




CICS Explorer 5.2.0.7 fix pack


Available: 13 July 2016

CICS Explorer V5.2.0.7 provides fixes for:

  • IV86033
    • CICS Explorer V5.2.0 has been enhanced so that it can create a CMCI connection to CICS Transaction Server for z/OS 5.3. Connections to CICSPlex SM or to single CICS regions (SMSS) are supported.
    • When connected to a CICS TS V5.3 system, CICS Explorer V5.2 will function as if the CICS system were at V5.2 or lower. CICS Explorer V5.2 cannot be used to manage resources added at CICS TS V5.3.
For more information about the updates, click on the Readmes and APARs in the following table:

Product
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 4.2, 4.1, 3.2 and 3.1

In order to obtain the updates, see Ordering maintenance for IBM CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer plug-ins for details.

There are no updates to the CICS Tools plug-ins that are associated with this APAR, however, if you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.




CICS Deployment Assistant plug-in 5.3.0.1 and CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in 5.3.0.2 fix packs


Available: 24 June 2016

CICS Deployment Assistant plug-in for CICS Explorer V5.3.0.1 provides fixes for:

  • IV81257
    • The CICS Deployment Assistant plug-in has been changed to check for both an explicit and generated start policy.

CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in for CICS Explorer V5.3.0.2 provides fixes for:
  • IV83417
    • The Context menu for a Program Resource in the CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in has been changed to add the menu item “Purge” with two options: “All regions” and “Specific region". This allows the user to purge obsolete data based on program version.
  • IV83108
    • The CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in has been updated so that the Application Context option is available. This APAR contains a fix to make the plug-in compatible with CICS Interdependency Analyzer Host APAR PI61475.

For more information about the updates, click on the Readmes and APARs in the following table:
Product
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Deployment Assistant 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer

In order to obtain the updates, see Ordering maintenance for IBM CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer plug-ins for details.

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.





CICS Explorer 5.3.0.5, CICS Performance Analyzer plug-in 5.3.0.2, and CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in 5.2.0.5 fix packs


Available: 27 May 2016

CICS Explorer V5.3.0.5 provides fixes for:

  • IV85026
    • The buttons for Active workload application owning regions (AORs) have been enabled so that they can be activated or quiesced when multi-selected.
  • IV83887
    • Improvements have been made to filtering within CICS Explorer views. The Customize View dialog has been moved into the Explorer Preferences panel. The ability to right-click on any column in the CICS SM perspective, and add quick filter within a view has been added.
    • CICS Explorer now only allows users to specify URI or URIMAP on an INVOKE SERVICE Event Specification because they are mutually exclusive.
    • Toolbar names have been improved when customizing a perspective using Window > Customize Perspective.
    • Validation when importing resources to a bundle has been improved.
    • View summary information to CICS Explorer service data has been added.
    • The "Local delete count" attribute in the Local Files view has been changed to "Delete count".
    • A Programs view has been added to the default stack in the CICS SM perspective.
    • A Regions column has been added to the default set in the Programs view.
    • The list of sample pipeline configurations has been updated to include non-Java JSON support when configuring within a CICS bundle.
    • A new system intialization table (SIT) Parameter XPTKT has been added to the list of attributes that are displayed in the Explorer 'SIT Parameters' view. This SIT parameter was added by CICS TS V5.3 APAR PI60602.
    • In the CICS JDBC example, the default imports have been updated in the manifest.
CICS Performance Analyzer plug-in for CICS Explorer V5.3.0.2 provides fixes for:
  • IV84342
    • When trying to access the Performance List table, an error no longer occurs when one, or more, STATS interval types are deselected.

CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in for CICS Explorer V5.2.0.5 provides fixes for:
  • IV82726
    • A change to the user interface has been made to support the INITIAL context option to get the application context. This APAR provides compatibility with APAR PI53503 for the CICS Interdependency Analyzer host component.

For more information about the updates, click on the Readmes and APARs in the following table:

Product
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 4.2, 4.1, 3.2 and 3.1
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.2 plug-in for CICS Explorer *
CICS Performance Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer

* This was made available on 24th May 2016.

In order to obtain the updates, see Ordering maintenance for IBM CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer plug-ins for details.

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.




5.3.0.4 CICS Explorer rebuilt due to a security vulnerability affecting IBM Explorer for z/OS V3.0 fix packs


Available: 10 May 2016

As a result of a security vulnerability in the IBM Java SDK that affects IBM Explorer for z/OS 3.0, upon which CICS Explorer is built, CICS Explorer has been rebuilt. See Security Bulletin: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Java SDK affect IBM Explorer for z/OS V3.0 (CVE-2016-0363 and CVE-2016-0376) for details.

CICS Explorer itself is not affected by the security vulnerability so there is no associated APAR. In order to obtain the update, see Ordering maintenance for IBM CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer plug-ins for details.

There are no updates to the CICS Tools plug-ins that are associated with this security vulnerability. But, if you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.





5.3.0.3 CICS Explorer and CICS Tools plug-in 5.3.0.1 fix packs

Available: 29 April 2016

CICS Explorer V5.3.0.3 provides fixes for:

  • IV83649
    • CICS Transaction Server for z/OS APARs PI55497 and PI58639 add support for specifying a user ID on JCICS StartRequests. CICS Explorer has been updated to support the new method.
  • IV83682
    • The user agent string presented by CICS Explorer has been enhanced to include the CICS Explorer, z/OS Explorer, and JRE identification information.

CICS Configuration Manager plug-in for CICS Explorer V5.3.0.1 provides fixes for:
  • IV80881
    • An IO request that was causing the plug-in to hang when the user right-mouse clicks on a package in the CM Change Packages view has been removed.

CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in for CICS Explorer V5.3.0.1 provides fixes for:
  • IV82885
    • The Affinity Report generation has been updated to allow for empty result sets to be returned from SQL requests.

CICS Performance Analyzer plug-in for CICS Explorer V5.3.0.1 provides fixes for:
  • IV81114
    • When a customised layout with a filter is created and saved if the layout is changed, and the filter cleared, with the saved layout and filter being restored the "Run" button is now enabled.

For more information about the updates, click on the Readmes and APARs in the following table:

Product (and link to Readme)
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 4.2, 4.1, 3.2 and 3.1
CICS Configuration Manager 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
CICS Performance Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer

In order to obtain the updates, see Ordering maintenance for IBM CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer plug-ins for details.

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.






5.2.0.6 CICS Explorer documentation changes and 2.1.0.12 IBM Explorer for z/OS maintenance updates

Available: 19 January 2016

CICS Explorer V5.2.0.6 addresses various documentation problems identified in CICS Explorer V5.2:
  • Removed fast views topic from CICS Explorer V5.2 help.
  • Fixed broken link in the Event Processing resources topic.
  • Provided an update and added missing information to the Policy Actions topic in V5.2.
  • Corrected default routing targets in the help section of the "About the Default Routing Targets" page.
  • Various updates to policy topics.

IBM Explorer for z/OS V2.1.0.12 provides a fix and minor documentation updates. The fix is to reset the password to the default value, if IBM Explorer for z/OS cannot access the secure storage to load key or trust store passwords.

For more information about the updates, click on the Readmes and APARs in the following table:


Product (and link to Readme)
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.2, 5.1, 4.2, and 4.1
IBM Explorer for z/OS

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.






5.3.0.0 Support for CICS TS 5.3 and many enhancements

Available: 11 December 2015

Version 5.3.0.0 of the CICS Explorer provides support for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.3 and includes the following new functionality as documented in the release notes:
  • CICS Explorer runs on IBM Explorer for z/OS® Aqua 3.0.0.0 (z/OS Explorer). For details, see What's new in z/OS Explorer Version 3.0.0.
      When you open CICS Explorer, the first screen displays the name IBM Explorer for z/OS Aqua 3.0.0.0 before the CICS Explorer workbench opens.

      When the CICS Explorer workbench opens, if the CICS SM perspective is not displayed by default, you can open it. Click the Open Perspective icon on the workbench toolbar or
      Window > Open Perspective > Other in the main menu for the workbench. In the Open Perspective window, click CICS SM , then click OK .

  • CICS Explorer requires Eclipse 4.4.2.
      If your current version of CICS Explorer is Version 5.3 Beta, Version 5.2, or earlier, you must install a new copy of CICS Explorer. You cannot just upgrade CICS Explorer.

      It is advisable to back up any existing workspace before you install this new release of CICS Explorer.

  • The name of the default workspace is changed to .zosexplorer. To use the previous .cicsexplorer workspace, use one of the following methods:
    • When you start CICS Explorer, when the Workspace Launcher dialog is displayed, specify directory_path/.cicsexplorer.
    • In the main menu for the CICS Explorer workbench, click File > Switch Workspace > Other, then specify directory_path/.cicsexplorer in the Workspace Launcher dialog.
    In the CICS Explorer and CICS® Transaction Server documentation, any references to the .cicsexplorer workspace name also mean .zosexplorer.

  • If you install the CICS Explorer direct download, the name of the executable file is changed to zosexplorer.exe (Windows) or zosexplorer (Linux or OS X).

    In the CICS Explorer and CICS Transaction Server documentation, any references to the cicsexplorer.exe (Windows) or cicsexplorer (Linux or OS X) executable file also mean zosexplorer.exe (Windows) or zosexplorer (Linux or OS X).

  • CICS Explorer is available for the OS X Yosemite (10.10) and later operating system.
  • CICS Explorer can connect to a CICS TS for z/VSE 2.1 system to browse and process supported resources.
  • Creating a customized resource view
  • Setting a default connection
  • Automatic connection at startup
  • Defining a TRANSACTION resource as an application entry point
  • Phasing in a new version of an OSGi bundle
  • Specifying a version range for an OSGi project
  • Defining a PACKAGESET resource in a CICS bundle project
  • Querying PACKAGESET resources by platform, region type or application
  • Exporting selected connections
  • Filtering resources by expression
  • Further support for CICS policies
  • Support for new NQRNL system initialization (SIT) parameter
  • IBM CICS Event Binding Editor help is included in CICS Explorer product documentation

For more information about the new and changed function, see What's new in Version 5.3 in the product documentation or the CICS Explorer Help Contents.

The new plug-ins for the CICS tools that support CICS Explorer V5.3 provide compatibility, new functionality, and some defect fixes. Much of the new functionality is not dependent on you having CICS TS V5.3.


Product
Version
APAR
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 4.2, and 4.1
5.3.0.0
none
CICS Configuration Manager 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
5.3.0.0
none
CICS Deployment Assistant 5.3 plug-in for the CICS Explorer
5.3.0.0
none
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
5.3.0.0
none
CICS Performance Analyzer 5.3 plug-in for CICS Explorer
5.3.0.0
none
CICS Transaction Gateway plug-in for the CICS Explorer
3.0.1.0
none

CICS Explorer V5.3 and the CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer are shipped as new releases so no APARs are associated with them. The new code is available on the Mainframe development page.

CICS Explorer V5.3 is compatible with CICS TS V5.3, V5.1, V4.2, and V4.1 therefore, you can install the new version of CICS Explorer and take advantage of a lot of the new functionality regardless of the release of CICS TS that you are using.

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with a particular release of CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS Tool that you are using, refer to the CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. These reference tables also give details of the releases of Eclipse SDK that are required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.






5.2.0.4 CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.2 plug-in for CICS Explorer enhancements and support for APAR PI38229 and PI22815

Available: 7 October 2015

CICS Interdependency Analyzer plug-in for CICS Explorer V5.2.0.4 provides:

  • Support for CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS APAR PI38229:
    • In the Queries, Command Flow, and Visualization views, TSQNAME and TSQUEUE AUX fields incorrectly appear on the list of CICS Types.
    • In the Queries and Command Flow views, READQ AUX and WRITEQ AUX fields are missing from the list of available CICS Commands.
  • Support is provided for CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS APAR PI22815 compatibility:
    • In the Queries view, Command Flow Queries using a remote name do not produce results.
    • In the Command Flow view the Remote Name and Remote Sysid information is incorrect.
  • Enhancements
    • The resource connections view has been redesigned.
    • Uses Resources view has been redesigned.

For more information about the updates, click on the Readme and APARs in the following table:


Product (and link to Readme)
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.2 plug-in for CICS Explorer

The above-mentioned enhancements are also included in 5.1.1.7 CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.1 plug-in:

Product (and link to Readme)
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.1 plug-in for CICS Explorer

This fix pack for the older release has been included in the download packages for previous releases of CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.1 plug-in for CICS Explorer, see Releases of the CICS Explorer that are no longer available on the primary download page.

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.







5.2.0.5 CICS Explorer enhancements and 2.1.0.11 IBM Explorer for z/OS maintenance updates


Available: 29 September 2015

CICS Explorer V5.2.0.5 fixes various problems and minor documentation changes identified in CICS Explorer V5.2:

  • Adding the Regions column to the default task view columns.
  • Improving the way connection exceptions are displayed in installed tools.
  • Correcting the delete button in the drop down in the editor breadcrumb.
  • Corrected an issue where the WLM workload owner is not show in CICS Explorer when installing a routing rule into an existing workload.
  • Fixed a problem whereby the message CNX0593E was issued when removing a CMTCMDEF through CICS Explorer.

IBM Explorer for z/OS V2.1.0.11 provides a fix and minor documentation updates. The fix is to improve the way connection exceptions are displayed in installed tools.

For more information about the updates, click on the Readmes and APARs in the following table:


Product (and link to Readme)
Version
(Readme)
APAR
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.2, 5.1, 4.2, 4.1, 3.2 and 3.1
IBM Explorer for z/OS
CICS Configuration Manager 5.2 plug-in for CICS Explorer **
CICS Deployment Assistant 5.2 plug-in for the CICS Explorer
5.2.0.0
none
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.2 plug-in for CICS Explorer ***
CICS Performance Analyzer 5.2 plug-in for CICS Explorer ***
CICS Transaction Gateway plug-in for the CICS Explorer
3.0.0.0
none
CICS VSAM Transparency (SupportPac) & z/OS components
2.1.0.0
none

** There are no updates to the CICS Tools plug-ins that are related to CICS Explorer V5.2.0.5, however, CICS Configuration Manager's fix pack recently became available so the APARs are included in the table.
*** These have been included to display the most recent fix packs which are available.

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this version became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.







5.2.0.2, 5.1.1.6, 5.1.0.2, 1.1.1.5, 1.1.0.4, 1.0.1.4, & 1.0.0.9 POODLE Security update and more


Available: 12 December 2014

Fix packs for the POODLE security vulnerability are provided by the following APARs for the various supported releases of the CICS Explorer and IBM Explorer for z/OS:

Product APAR
Version / Fix Pack
Description of Fix
CICS Explorer
1.0.0.9
Update for POODLE security vulnerability
1.0.1.4
1.1.0.4
1.1.1.5
5.1.0.2
5.1.1.6
5.2.0.2
IBM Explorer for z/OS
2.1.0.8


In addition to the APARs for the POODLE security vulnerability, the following APARs are included in the CICS Explorer 5.2.0.2 and IBM Explorer for z/OS 2.1.0.8 fix packs:
Product APAR
Version / Fix Pack
Description of Fix
CICS Explorer
5.2.0.2
Update for POODLE security vulnerability
Maintenance roll up
In CICS Explorer 5.2.0.1 programs appear with a 'BUNDLE' icon
Support for Apple OS X Yosemite 10.10 or higher
IBM Explorer for z/OS
2.1.0.8
Update for POODLE security vulnerability
Maintenance roll up
Support for Apple OS X Yosemite 10.10 or higher

The 5.2.0.2 and 2.1.0.8 fix packs have been incorporated into the latest release of CICS Explorer and IBM Explorer for z/OS which are hosted on the primary IBM CICS Explorer Downloads page. The fix packs for the older releases have been included in the download packages for previous releases of CICS Explorer, see Releases of the CICS Explorer that are no longer available on the primary download page.

For more information, refer to the APARs for the fix packs.

There are no related POODLE security vulnerability APARs for the CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer. If you need to determine the releases of the CICS Tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with a particular release of CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS Tool that you are using, refer to the CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. These reference tables also give details of the releases of Eclipse SDK that are required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.

See Finding security and integrity APARs for System z products like CICS TS for the best way to stay current and be notified when there is a security and integrity APAR for CICS Transaction Sever for z/OS and the CICS Tools that run on z/OS.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since these versions became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.







5.1.0.1 provides the fix for APARs IV36046 and IV35382
Available: 9 May 2013

Version 5.1.0.1 of the CICS Explorer includes APAR IV36046 and IV35382:
  • IV36046 fixes a problem stopped CICS Explorer V5.1 from connecting to CICS on z/VSE
  • IV35382 provides additional support for CICS event binding
More details about these APARs can be found by clicking on the links to the APARs in the table below.

To see if there have been any APARs opened against the CICS Explorer since this versions became available, see the Fix lists for the CICS Explorer.


Product
Version
APAR
CICS Explorer for CICS TS 5.1,4.2, and 4.1
5.1.0.1
CICS Configuration Manager 5.1 plug-in for CICS Explorer
5.1.0.0
none
CICS Deployment Assistant 5.1 plug-in for the CICS Explorer
5.1.0.0
none
CICS Interdependency Analyzer 5.1 plug-in for CICS Explorer
5.1.0.1
CICS Performance Analyzer 5.1 plug-in for CICS Explorer
5.1.0.0
none
CICS Transaction Gateway plug-in for the CICS Explorer
2.0.0.0
none
CICS VSAM Transparency (SupportPac) & z/OS components
2.1.0.0
none
IBM Session Manager 3.2 plug-in for CICS Explorer
3.2.0.0
none

There are no updates to the CICS tools plug-ins that correspond with the CICS Explorer updates, however, an updated CICS IA 5.1 plug-in is also available (V5.1.0.1).

If you need to determine the releases of the CICS tools plug-ins for CICS Explorer that are compatible with the release of the CICS Explorer or the release of a CICS tool that you are using, see CICS Explorer and CICS tools plug-ins release compatibility reference tables. The tables in this document also contain the releases of Eclipse SDK required for the different releases of CICS Explorer.


Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Host Transaction Processing CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS IA Explorer 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 3.2, 3.1
Host Transaction Processing CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS CICS Explorer Plug-in 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 3.2, 3.1
Host Transaction Processing CICS Configuration Manager for z/OS CICS Explorer Plug-in 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 2.1
Host Transaction Processing CICS Deployment Assistant for z/OS Explorer Plug-in Linux, Windows 5.3, 5.2, 5.1, 1.1
Host Transaction Processing IBM Session Manager CICS Explorer Plug-in 3.2, 3.1
Host Transaction Processing CICS Transaction Gateway CICS Transaction Gateway plug-in for CICS Explorer AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS 9.1, 9.0, 8.1, 8.0
Host Transaction Processing CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS CICS Explorer plug-in 2.1
Host Transaction Processing IBM Explorer for z/OS Maintenance Linux, Windows 2.1.0, 3.0.0

Product Alias/Synonym

CICS/TS CICS TS CICS Transaction Server

Document information

More support for: CICS Transaction Server
Explorer

Software version: 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows, z/OS, z/VSE

Reference #: 1404312

Modified date: 06 November 2016