This list features the most requested documents as well as those identified as valuable in helping answer your questions related to IBM CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) and CICS Universal Client (CICS UC). The list will be updated periodically to reflect new trends and issues.
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This document contains links to CICS Transaction Gateway & CICS Universal Client 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
As 2013 comes to an end, where do you stand regarding your releases of CICS TG?
As 2013 comes to an end, it is time to evaluate your current CICS Transaction Gateway configurations. With several releases planned to go out of support soon we felt that it was time for a "state of the product" checkpoint.
IBM Redbooks Solution Guide-Flexible, High-Performing, Security-Rich, and Scalable Connectivity with CICS Transaction Gateway Products
The IBM® CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) product suite is the flexible, high-performing, security-rich, and scalable connector technology for all CICS servers. CICS TG-based solutions are production proven in customer environments worldwide, with successful deployments across every major industry. This IBM Redbooks Solution Guide gives an overview of the possibilities of the IBM CICS TG, sharing its business value, several scenarios, and explanations of how you might integrate CICS TG into your day-to-day operations.
(Multiplatforms / DE) SP800-131A compliance strengthens security by requiring the use of stronger cryptographic keys and more robust algorithms
CICS TG v9.0 FP2 delivers full SP800-131A compliance, by extending support to also include "Strict" mode.
(z/OS) SP800-131A compliance strengthens security by requiring the use of stronger cryptographic keys and more robust algorithms
CICS TG v9.0 PTFs delivers full SP800-131A compliance, by extending support to also include "Strict" mode.
SupportPacs for developing applications calling CICS using CICS Transaction Gateway
Over the past five years the CICS Transaction Gateway team have released a number of SupportPacs to support the development of applications calling CICS using CICS TG APIs. The following links detail these SupportPacs, including the evolution of the API for .NET Framework-based applications.
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SupportPac CA5F allows integration test tools to intercept ECI calls to CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) from Java™ applications before they are processed by CICS TG.
SupportPac CA0B provides an AIX 64-bit ECI Version 2 API for calling CICS COMMAREA programs using IBM CICS Transaction Gateway Version 8.0 or later.
This SupportPac enables the development of .NET Framework applications that can connect to CICS Transaction Gateway using Secure Sockets Layer protocols.
SupportPac CA75 enables .NET applications to pass channel and container payloads to CICS programs when using the CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) V8 External Call Interface (ECI).
SupportPac CA73 allows .NET applications to run programs in CICS using the CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) V7.2 External Call Interface (ECI) V2 API. V1.1 is now available.
SupportPac CA72 provides an article (and sample code) on the creation of a .NET mixed mode DLL to wrap the CICS Transaction Gateway API for the C language.
Fix Central Download Site
Beginning with CICS Transaction Gateway V126.96.36.199 you can download fixes and APARs directly. Browse for all fixes for your specific software version or search for fixes by fix ID or Authorized Program Analysis Report (APAR) or Software Problem Report (SPR) number. You can also search for fixes by entering text information, such as an error code or exception or you can display a set of recommended fixes for your specific version. Use the following information for CICS Transaction Gateway on Fix Central: Select Product Group : All Software Product : CICS Transaction Gateway for Multiplatforms Installed Version : ALL (or desired version) Platform : ALL (or desired platform) Select <Continue>
APAR/PTF table for CICS Transaction Gateway V9.0, V8.1, V8.0, V7.2, V7.1, V7.0, V6.1 and V6.0 for z/OS
This document provides tables of APARs which have resulted in PTFs for IBM CICS Transaction Gateway V9.0, V8.1, V8.0, V7.2, V7.1 which are not included in the base level of the products.
Supported Software for CICS Transaction Gateway products
This document provides the supported releases of CICS Transaction Gateway from which you can select specific detailed system requirements.
CICS Family of products SupportPacs
IBM CICS family SupportPacs provide you with a range of downloadable code and documentation that compliments the CICS family of products.
Choosing the correct CICS Resource Adapter to deploy in WebSphere Application Server (Revised)
Which CICS Resource Adapter should be used with the my version of WebSphere Application Server (WAS) and CICS Transaction Gateway?
CICS Transaction Gateway Family Support Pages
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Primary support resources for CICS Transaction Gateway
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Rational Integration Tester - Continuous Integration Testing for your applications
Rational Integration Tester (RIT) can help you move to a model of Continuous Integration Testing for your applications. Continuous Integration Testing is introduced in this video.
IBM CICS Performance Series: A CPU Study of Ways into CICS
The CICS Performance Series is a collection of IBM Redpaper publications focused on the performance of customer information control systems (CICS) and written by members of the IBM Hursley CICS development community. The topics are chosen based on feedback from CICS customers, with the goal of expanding readers’ understanding of the rich features offered by the CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) product portfolio. This latest publication focuses on CPU costs and documents the results of tests performed to assess some widely used methods of getting data in and out of CICS.
RFE has replaced the existing FITS process
Welcome Request For Enhancement (RFE) Community users! Here you have an opportunity to collaborate directly with the IBM product development teams and other product users. You can now raise and track requirements using the IBM RFE system for CICS Transaction Gateway. This has replaced the older FITS process.
IBM Education Assistant modules for the CICS Transaction Gateway
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.
Newest video for IBM Support Assistant
"Using File Action in IBM Support Assistant 5.0 Team Server" video is now available on the IBM Electronic Support channel on YouTube.
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