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Hello folks,

When IBM released the IBM MQ 8 Client, there was no way to use it with BizTalk because the client was compiled in C++ 2012 and BizTalk 2013/2013 R2 still uses an older C++ Runtime. Officially this is not supported by Microsoft, but it works. Microsoft actually supports only IBM MQ Client 7.1 and 7.5 together with BizTalk Host Integration Server 2013 (MQSC). After some discussions with IBM and after some month, IBM decided to ship with its package also the C++ dlls compiled in 2005 Runtime.

IBM Article : https://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/#!/SSFKSJ_8.0.0/com.ibm.mq.dev.doc/q030490_.htm

The C++ 2005 Runtime dlls are available in IBM MQ Client 8.0.0.2 : http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24037500

Best Regards,

Steve

BizTalk Summit 2015

Hello BizTalk & Integration Fans,

If you are really excited about the Microsoft Integration Stack and of course Microsoft BizTalk Server, you should absolutely attend the BizTalk Summit 2015 !

Registration : http://www.biztalk360.com/Events/BizTalk-Summit-2015-London/

Guess what ?

What would you say if HIS (Host Integration Server) would include a MQ Client so that you don’t need to install the IBM MQ Client ?

The dream becomes true with HIS vNext (announced at the INTEGRATE 2014) ! :-)

Hello,

You may have issues with the IBM MQ Client 7.5 and 8.0 together with BizTalk 2013 / 2013 R2 with Transactional Support set to true. You are getting an MQRC 2072 and you can see a lot of errors / warnings in the Event Log. This is actually a code defect in the 7.5.0.3 / 7.5.0.4 and 8.0.0.2 client. IBM is actually working on fixing this issues. I will post the fixes as soon as they are official and stable !

Best Regards,

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Just comment this post with your ideas and I will forward them to the Microsoft Product Team !

Did you know that Host Integration Server 2013 supports IBM DB2 v11 ?

Yes, this is true! You only have to install Host Integration Server 2013 Cumulative Update 2 ! :-)

Recently I found a great new feature in DB2 V10 in order to increase the performance and to decrease the CPU Utilization. The feature is called High-Performance DBAT.

In order to activate this feature, you have first to take a look at the MAXDBAT and CONDBAT values which can cause issues if they are set too low. Next you have to do a Rebind Package with the bind option RELEASE(DEALLOCATE).

Please take a look at the following IBM RedBook (first chapter) : ftp://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/2012_ITSO_Total_Solution_Event_System_z_Brussels/track_10_DB2_on_zOS_Update/DB02_Distributed_Access_DB2_for_zOS.pdf

Please also take a look at the Robert’s DB2 blog : http://robertsdb2blog.blogspot.com/2013/12/db2-for-zos-want-to-use-high.html

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2015

Write me your wishes for HIS vNext and I will address them to Santa Claus :-)

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This cumulative update package for Microsoft Host Integration Server 2013 contains hotfixes for issues that were fixed after the release of Host Integration Server 2013.

We recommend that you test the hotfixes before you deploy them in a production environment. Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included in the previous Host Integration Server 2013 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix.

Important This cumulative update package includes all the component packages. However, the cumulative update package updates only those features that are currently installed on the system.

Download Link : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2929767

Many Thanks to the Product and Support TEAM ! You’ve done a great job

As you have already noted, Microsoft BizTalk 2013 R2 (Host Integration Server 2013 MQSC) does not support working with IBM MQ Client 8.0. It is not even worth trying because BizTalk is using C++ 2008/2010 and IBM MQ Client 8.0 is using C++ 2012. The Process starting application must always be in the highest or equal Runtime that the client/child assemblies.

The only workaround is to use the IBM MQ Client 7.5 to connect to IBM MQ Server 8.0 (which is supported by IBM) : http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21312967

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