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:
In the Spotlight
Announcement letter for CICS Solution Packs for Optimization and Modernization 5.1
CICS Optimization Solution Pack for z/OS V5.1 and CICS Modernization Solution Pack for z/OS V5.1 general availability (GA) date was 25 October 2013.
Announcement letter for CICS TS Feature Pack for Security Token Extensions 1.0
CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) Feature Pack for Security Token Extensions V1.0 general availability (GA) date was 11 October 2013. The new feature pack further enhances operational efficiency by adding support for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) security tokens.
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:
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See the blog posts for CICS!
The WebSphere and CICS support blog provides technical information for many of the WebSphere and CICS products. Check the blog for topics that affect you, like: "CICS Explorer makes it easy to view and edit CSD groups." You can start following the blog by using your developerWorks id.
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SupportPac CB12 is primarily for demonstrating application modernization for IBM CICS TS by modelling a general insurance application.
SupportPac CA1Y provides a simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP) client to send emails and attachments from CICS TS.
APAR PM92913 provides enhancements to the CICS Web Services Assistants
PM92913 updates CICS Web Services Assistants in CICS TS 4.2 to allow reading and writing to extended address volumes (EAV) and non EAV datasets. PM99622 is the equivalent for CICS TS 5.1.
Changes to be aware of when upgrading to z/VSE 4.3 or later if still running CICS/VSE 2.3
z/VSE 5.1 cannot be used as a run-time environment for CICS/VSE 2.3. z/VSE 4.3 is the last release that can be used as a run-time environment for CICS/VSE 2.3.
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.
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Creating a CICS PA report for a specific transaction identifier
You are using the CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS (CICS PA) ISPF dialog to create a performance list report and need to reduce the size of the output. How can you limit the list report output to a subset of transaction identifiers?
Technical Exchange webcasts
Join us as technical experts share their knowledge and then answer your questions. Visit this site often to see upcoming topics. Here are the most recent Webcasts for CICS:
Learn from these YouTube videos for CICS and CICS Tools
Many new videos including: CICS - Facts You Might Not Know; CICS and Mobile; IBM z/OS Tools - CICS Tools and Problem Determination Tools; Creating a CICS Platform for cloud enablement from an existing topology; Creating a CICS Application for a cloud environment; CICS Lunch n Learn Upgrade CICS TS Using Cheat Sheets; CICS Mobile demonstration with iPad, iPhone, & GENAPP using CICS TS Feature Pack for Mobile Extensions; CICS and Banking Applications - Payment Security - the FiTeq story
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:
IBM Redbooks Publications
View the following new Redbooks publication or search for any IBM Redbooks publication:
IBM WebSphere Education for CICS
Find CICS courses in the CICS Transaction Server curriculum. CICS V5 Fundamentals courses WM851 and VM851 have recently been added to the curriculum. You can search on the course numbers or "CICS" to find CICS related education.
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|Host Transaction Processing||CICS Configuration Manager for z/OS||Maintenance||z/OS||5.1, 2.1, 1.2|
|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||5.1, 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||5.1, 3.2, 3.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||CICS VSAM Recovery for z/OS||Not Applicable||z/OS||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||5.1, 1.1|
|Host Transaction Processing||IBM Explorer for z/OS||Maintenance||Linux, Windows, z/OS||2.1.0|
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