This document features the most requested documents as well as those identified as valuable in helping answer your questions related to CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) and the CICS Tools. The list will be updated periodically to reflect new trends and issues.
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This document contains links to CICS Transaction Server and CICS Tools technical support documents and information. It is intended to help you to be proactive in the support and administration of your software. This document includes:
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Apply PTF UI15515 if using transient data queues with CICS TS 5.1
If you are using CICS TS V5.1 with transient data (TD) queues, you should apply PTF UI15515. This PTF fixes several serialization problems that can cause abend 0C4 in DFHTDB, LMQUEUE and ENQUEUE deadlocks, DFHDS0002 severe error code 0067 in DFHDSSR, DFHTD0180, DFHTD0382, and DFHTD0384...
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IBM Knowledge Center at www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/ brings together over 800 individual Information Centers into a single application. Through July 2014, IBM will be redirecting Information Center pages that you might have bookmarked directly to the corresponding pages in Knowledge Center.
How to let IBM know what you want in CICS and the CICS Tools - use RFE!
Request for Enhancements (RFEs) lets you provide feedback to IBM on CICS TS and CICS Tools. You can let IBM know what changes and improvements you would like. You can also collaborate with other RFE users by browsing all requests, voting on them, and making comments.
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The WebSphere and CICS support blog provides technical information for many of the WebSphere and CICS products. Use your developerWorks id to follow the blog. Recent posts include:
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Announcement Letters for CICS Products
You want easy access to the Announcement Letters for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) and CICS Tools.
Upgrading information for CICS when changing release of CICS, z/OS, or DB2
You would like to know what problems you might encounter when you upgrade from one release of CICS or CICSPlex SM to another. You also want to know what CICS problems you might encounter if you change to a new release of z/OS or DB2.
End of Service dates for CICS products
You want to know when the end of service (EOS) date is for a CICS product. This document includes information concerning CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, CICS Transaction Server for VSE/ESA, and CICS Tools.
Fixes by version for CICS products
Fix lists summarize all the APARs for each version, release, and modification (VRM) level of the currently supported CICS products.
The IBM CICS SupportPac family provides you with a range of downloadable code and documentation that complements the CICS family of products. The majority of SupportPacs are available at no charge to users:
Technical Exchange webcasts for CICS
Replay previous webcasts and visit the Support Technical Exchange site to see upcoming topics.
YouTube videos for CICS
View videos posted by CICS Hursley. See "Recent activity" at top of page or see available videos by categories like CICS at Impact 2014, CICS Mobile, and CICS Modern Batch.
Access some of the CICS presentations that were given at Impact in Las Vegas this year!
The slides for various Impact 2014 presentations are available on-line. For example, CICS V5 Performance Overview, CICS 5.2 Portfolio Technical Overview, Securing mobile access to CICS, and more.
IBM Education training paths for CICS
Choose the CICS Application Developer or CICS System Programming training path. Then use the training path to see the available courses. Click on the course boxes to access a course description, view its schedule, and enroll.
IBM Software Redbooks publications
Hundreds of IBM Redbooks publications are available for downloading. New publications of interest include:
IBM Education Assistant modules for CICS products
IBM Education Assistant (IEA) is a collection of multimedia educational modules that help you better understand IBM software products and use them more effectively to meet your business requirements. New IEA modules include:
An IBM resource for developers and IT professionals.
This session unveils the mystery of CICS Event Processing and how organizations can use events to identify and react to situations as they occur. When changes are detected as they happen it can enable organizations and their applications to respond in a timely fashion.
Get a glimpse at the IBM Redbooks publication "Threadsafe Considerations for CICS" (published in 2012). The agenda for this video consists of Why threadsafe, In the beginning, and a Threadsafe conversion plan.
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|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Configuration Manager for z/OS||Maintenance||z/OS||5.2, 5.1, 2.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||IBM Session Manager||Maintenance||z/OS||3.2, 3.1, 2.2, 2.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS||Maintenance||z/OS||5.2, 5.1, 3.2, 3.1, 2.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer||Maintenance||z/OS||1.2|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS||Migration||z/OS||5.2, 5.1, 3.2, 3.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS VSAM Recovery for z/OS||Not Applicable||z/OS||5.2, 5.1, 4.3, 4.2|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Batch Application Control for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||1.1, 1.1.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Performance Monitor for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||1.2|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS VSAM Transparency for z/OS||Documentation||z/OS||1.2, 2.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||IBM CL/CONFERENCE||Documentation||z/OS||1.4.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||IBM CL/SUPERSESSION||Documentation||z/OS||1.4.7|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Deployment Assistant for z/OS||Not Applicable||z/OS||5.2, 5.1, 1.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||IBM Explorer for z/OS||Maintenance||Linux, Windows, z/OS||2.1.0|
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