System Requirements for WebSphere MQ V7.0/7.0.1 on AIX

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This document contains the system requirements for WebSphere MQ V7.0 on AIX .

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  • AIX platform with 64-bit hardware, 32-bit and 64-bit WebSphere MQ APIs are supported and the OS can have either a 32-bit or 64-bit kernel.
  • The 'MQ Explorer' will not run on this platform.
  • Defect support is available for virtualization environments where they relate to releases of this platform already supported by WebSphere MQ. Unless stated elsewhere in the system requirements, WebSphere MQ has not been specifically tested in virtualization environments. WebSphere MQ Support is therefore unable to assist in issues related to configuration and setup, or issues that are directly related to the virtualization environment itself. Please also refer to WebSphere MQ's support position on Virtualization, low-level hardware, file systems on networks and high availability.
Hardware requirements 64-bit IBM System p systems only, capable of running the required level of a compatible operating system with enough storage to meet the combined requirements of the programming prerequisites, WebSphere MQ, the access methods and the application programs.
  • Any hardware capable of running other trademarked AIX systems from IBM or other vendors that have passed a set of certification tests for compliance with the AIX application binary and programming interfaces.
  • POWER7 systems are supported with WebSphere MQ 7.0 or later when the guidance in IBM Developer Kits support for IBM Power7™ systems is adhered to. The recommended Fix Pack level is WebSphere MQ V7.0.1.2 or later.
Operating Systems
  • AIX 5.3 Technology Level 04 or later and the appropriate firmware [see section notes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8]
  • AIX 6.1 [see section note 6 and 8]
  • AIX 7.1 Technology Level 00 or later Fix Pack. [see section note 5, 7 and 8]

Notes:
  1. For AIX 5.3 Technology Level 05, SP2 or later is required.
  2. For AIX 5.3 Technology Level 07, SP1 or later is required.
  3. For SSL/TLS support on AIX 5.3 Technology Level 04 or 06 and later, patch xlC.aix50.rte.6.0.0.3 or later is required (9.0.0.1 or later if using version 9 runtime) (for 32-bit / 64-bit GSKit Binaries).
  4. For SSL/TLS on AIX 5.3 Technology Level 05, patch bos.rte.libc:5.3.0.53 or later is required (for 32-bit / 64-bit GSKit binaries).
  5. WebSphere MQ V7.0.1.3 or later is required.
  6. AIX HIPER APAR IZ84729 or IZ85204 must be Installed to run on AIX 6.1 Technology Level 06
  7. AIX HIPER APAR IZ84576 must be Installed to run on AIX 7.1 Technology Level 00
  8. WebSphere MQ Conversion of Unicode data on AIX.
For C/C++ applications
  1. IBM C for AIX V6.0
  • IBM VisualAge C++ Professional for AIX V6.0
  • IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX v7.0
  • IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX v8.0
  • IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX v9.0 [see section note 1]
  • IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX v10.1 [see section note 2]
  • IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX v11.1 [see section note 3]
  • IBM XL C/C++ for AIX 12.x and future fix packs
  • IBM XL C for AIX 12.1 and future fix packs


Notes:
  1. The minimum level of IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX v9.0 is 9.0.0.3.
  2. WebSphere MQ V7.0.0.2 or later is required.
  3. WebSphere MQ V7.0.1.3 or later is required.
For COBOL applications
  • IBM COBOL for AIX, V2.0 (32-bit applications only)
  • IBM COBOL for AIX, V3.1 (32-bit and 64-bit applications) [see section note 1]
  • IBM COBOL for AIX, V4.1 (32-bit and 64-bit applications) [see section note 1]
  • IBM COBOL for AIX, V4.1.1 (32-bit and 64-bit applications) [see section note 1]
  • Micro Focus Server Express V4.0 and V5.0
  • Micro Focus Server Express V5.1 [see section note 1]

Notes:
  1. WebSphere MQ V7.0.1 or later is required.
For Java™ applications using the WebSphere MQ classes for Java or JMS 32-bit:
  • IBM 32-bit SDK for AIX, V1.4.2 [see section note 4]
  • IBM 32-bit SDK for AIX, V5 [see section note 1 and 4]
  • IBM 32-bit SDK for AIX, V6 [see section note 1 and 4]
  • IBM Runtime Environment, Java Technology Edition 7.0 and future Fix Packs. [see section note 2, 3, and 4]
64-bit:
  • IBM 64-bit SDK for AIX, V1.4.2 [see section note 4]
  • IBM 64-bit SDK for AIX, V5 [see section note 1 and 4]
  • IBM 64-bit SDK for AIX, V6 [see section note 1 and 4]
  • IBM Runtime Environment, Java Technology Edition 7.0 and future Fix Packs. [see section note 2, 3, and 4]

Notes:
  1. Java 5 and above require at least AIX 5.3.0.30.
  2. Java 7 and above require at least AIX 6.1
  3. WebSphere MQ V7.0.1.6 or later is required.
  4. FIPS 140-2 compliance is only supported on IBM JREs.
SOAP Support
  • IBM 32-bit Java SDK for AIX, V1.4.2
  • IBM 32-bit Java SDK for AIX, V5
  • IBM 32-bit Java SDK for AIX, V6
  • IBM Runtime Environment, Java Technology Edition 7.0 and future Fix Packs.
  • Transport for SOAP support on 32-bit only (Apache Axis 1.4) - commonly known as Axis 1 (supplied with WebSphere MQ)
Transactions Managers Using the WebSphere MQ classes for JMS, WebSphere MQ can only act in the role of a Resource Manager. A 3rd party Transaction Coordinator must be used, for example WebSphere Application Server.

Using the WebSphere MQ classes for Java, WebSphere MQ can act as a Transaction Coordinator. However it is not possible to participate in a JTA style transaction.

The WebSphere MQ V7 Queue Manager can participate as a Resource Manager with the following Transaction Coordinators:
  • IBM TXSeries V6.1 and V6.2 [see section notes 1 and 2]
  • IBM TXSeries V7.1 [see section notes 1 and 2]
  • BEA Tuxedo V9.1
  • Oracle Tuxedo 11gR1 [see section note 3]
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the WebSphere Application Server client container, V6.0.2 (see this document for more information)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the WebSphere Application Server client container, V6.1 (see this document for more information)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the WebSphere Application Server client container, V7.0 (see this document for more information
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the WebSphere Application Server client container, V8.0 (see this document for more information

Notes:
  1. This requires either AIX 5.3 TL6 SP4 plus APAR IZ10231 or AIX 6.1.
    Please note: APAR IZ10231 is available in AIX 5.3-TechnologyLevel6-ServicePack5 (AIX 5.3 TL6-SP5, TL7, 610).
  2. The resiliency feature of TXSeries V6.1/V6.2/V7.1 is not supported. For more details, please refer to
    XA Resiliency feature of TXSeries V6.1/V6.2/V7.1 doesn't work with WMQ as RM.
  3. WebSphere MQ V7.0.1.1 or later is required.
Application Servers Where a WebSphere MQ client application is running in one of the listed transaction manager environments, it is recommended that you contact the transaction manager vendor in the first instance for support.

WebSphere MQ V7 Java Messaging is supported for use within the following application servers [see section note 3]:
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the WebSphere Application Server client container, V6.0.2 (see this document for more information)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the WebSphere Application Server client container, V6.1 (see this document for more information)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the WebSphere Application Server client container, V7.0 (see this document for more information)
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server V7.0 and V8.0 include the WebSphere MQ V7 Java Messaging feature. Information on the levels of the WebSphere MQ V7 Java Messaging feature that are shipped with these versions of the application server can be found here
  • BEA WebLogic Server 9.2 (JMS only)
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 (JMS only) [see section note 2 and 4]
  • Other application server environments may be supported [see section note 1]
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12cR1 (12.1.1) [see section note 5]

Notes:
  1. For more detailed information about using WebSphere MQ with application servers see the WebSphere MQ resource adapter statement of support document.
  2. WebSphere MQ V7.0.1.1 or later is required.
  3. The use of the WebSphere MQ classes for JMS in enterprise JavaBeans, Servlets and message-driven beans is fully supported. The WebSphere MQ base classes for Java are supported with restrictions - for more details see Using WebSphere MQ Java Interfaces in J2EE/JEE Environments.
  4. Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 equals all versions 10.3.1 up to and including 10.3.6
  5. WebSphere MQ V7.0.1.8 or later is required.
Resource Managers (when MQ is the Transaction Manager) Using the WebSphere MQ classes for JMS, WebSphere MQ can only act in the role of a Resource Manager. A 3rd party Transaction Coordinator must be used, for example WebSphere Application Server.

Using the WebSphere MQ classes for Java, WebSphere MQ can act as a Transaction Coordinator. However it is not possible to participate in a JTA style transaction.

Notes:
  1. Only 64-bit DB2 instances can be used with 64-bit WebSphere MQ.
  2. Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) are NOT supported by the WebSphere MQ Java Classes.
  3. WebSphere MQ V7.0.1 or later is required.
  4. For JDBC XA support, APAR IZ62746 is required.
  5. WebSphere MQ V7.0.1.1 or later is required.
Connectivity
  • IBM Communications Server for AIX V6.3 (SNA)
  • IBM Communications Server for AIX V6.4 (SNA)
  • TCP/IP (IPv4 and IPv6 provided by the operating system)
SSL/TLS GSKit:
  • IBM Global Security Kit V7D (32-bit)
  • IBM Global Security Kit V7D (64-bit)

Refer to the Cryptography Card List for WebSphere MQ v6 and v7 document for further information.
Supported browsers for the WebSphere MQ information center
  • Mozilla 1.7
  • Firefox 1.5, Firefox 2.0
  • Konqueror (UI base mode only - meaning that only the basic functions of the information center will work, i.e. All function that supports base user activities with the content such as displaying a topic, locating a topic via the table of contents, searching for a topic and displaying it, etc are retained in base mode)
Supported application servers for the WebSphere MQ Bridge for HTTP
  • WebSphere Application Server V6.0.2.1 or later
  • WebSphere Application Server V7 or later
  • WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE) V1.1 or later
  • WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE) V2.1 or later
Multi-instance queue manager WebSphere MQ V7.0.1 introduces Multi-instance queue managers. For this you will need a networked storage device (such as a NAS). The storage must be accessed by a network file system protocol which is Posix-compliant and supports lease-based locking. Network File System version 4 (NFS v4) and IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS) both satisfy this requirement. Please note that earlier versions of NFS do NOT satisfy this requirement and must not be used with multi-instance queue managers.

Testing and support statement for WebSphere MQ multi-instance queue managers
  • When using NFS on AIX v5.3, APAR IY92300 is required.
  • When using NFS on AIX, APAR IZ29559 is required, if it is applicable to the version of AIX you are using. Please refer to the Comments section within APAR IZ29559 and, if applicable to your particular version of AIX, apply the relevant APAR.


Change history:
  • 21st April 2008: Added support for IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX v9.0.
  • 25th April 2008: Added the WebSphere MQ Bridge for HTTP section.
  • 3rd June 2008: Added TXSeries V6.1 and V6.2 support.
  • 7th July 2008: In the Application Server section split the IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.0.2 and V6.1 entry into separate listings.
  • 24 September 2008: Corrected Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) V10.50 with Client SDK V2.91 to V11.10 with Client SDK V3.0.
  • 19th December 2008: Added support for IBM WebSphere Application Server V7.0.
  • 19th December 2008: Added the Cryptography Cards section.
  • 6th January 2009: Added the WebSphere MQ Bridge for HTTP section.
  • 19th February 2009: Added Technology Level 05 support to AIX 5.3.
  • 11th March 2009: Added support for WebSphere Application Server V7.
  • 11th March 2009: Added support for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE) V2.1.
  • 2nd June 2009: Added support for IBM TXSeries V7.1.
  • 19th June 2009: Added support for IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX v10.1.
  • 25th August 2009: Added support for WMQ V7.0.1.
  • 20th October 2009: Added support for Micro Focus Server Express V5.1.
  • 18th January 2010: Added support for IBM COBOL for AIX, V3.1 (32-bit and 64-bit applications).
  • 23rd January 2010: Added support for IBM DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows and Oracle 11g Release 1.
  • 16th February 2010: Removed the "JDBC XA not supported" restriction from IBM DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows and Oracle 11g Release 1.
  • 1st April 2010: Added support for Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) V11.5.
  • 1st April 2010: Added support for Oracle 11g Release 2.
  • 30th June 2010: Added support for Oracle Tuxedo 11gR1.
  • 2nd July 2010: Added support for Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1.
  • 20th July 2010: Clarified POWER7 support.
  • 24th September 2010: Added support for AIX 7.1.
  • 17th January 2011: Added support for IBM Communications Server for AIX V6.4 (SNA).
  • 10th May 2011: Added support for IBM XL C/C++ Enterprise Edition for AIX v11.1.
  • 11th July 2011: Added support for IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.0
  • 20th Oct 2011: Added information about 2 HIPER APARS to OS section.
  • 3rd April 2012: Added IBM COBOL for AIX 4.1 and 4.1.1.
  • 14 May 2012: Added link to Unicode conversion technote.
  • 12 Oct 2012: Added Java 7(1.7) Support.
  • 22 Oct 2012: Added comment Technology Level 00 or later fixpack to AIX 7.1 to clarify support.
  • 22 Oct 2012: Added support on AIX for the following Compilers: XL C/C++ for AIX 12.x and future fix packs XL C for AIX 12.1 and future fix packs
  • 13 Nov 2012: Added HIPER APAR to note 6 in operating systems.
  • 6th December 2012: Added Note 4 to Application Servers section.
  • 2nd January 2013: added Oracle WebLogic Server 12cR1 (12.1.1) and Note 5 to Application Server section.
  • 31 January 2013: Added DB2 Advanced Server Edition 10.1
  • 1 February 2013: Added clarification to Oracle Database 11g Standard/Enterprise Editions release 1 and 2.
  • 15 October 2013: Added clarification to SOAP support section.
  • 6 November 2013: Added DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition 10.5
  • 22 July 2014: Added FIPS 140-2 compliance is only supported on IBM JREs comment.

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Software version:

7.0

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Reference #:

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Modified date:

2014-07-22

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