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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

You may get a MQRC Error 2072 using BizTalk 2013 together with HIS 2013.

If you are using the 7.5.0.x client, than you are facing the same issue as me. As far as I can debug the error is caused by the IBM MQ Client itself and not by the MQSC (HIS Adapter) or BizTalk. In my case changing the MQ Client from 7.5.0.3 to 7.0.1.12 fixed the issue.

Please let me know if you are facing a similar issue.

Best Regards,

Steve

Microsoft announced at Tech Ed North America that BizTalk 2013 hit RTM and that it will be available soon !

Feature Description
Platform support BizTalk Server supports the following platform stack:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1.
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2013 or 2010.
  • .NET Framework 4.5 and .NET Framework 4.5.1
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • SQL Server 2014 or SQL Server 2012 SP1
  • SharePoint 2013 SP1
Updates to the SB-Messaging adapter SB Messaging adapter is enhanced to support SAS (Shared Access signature) based authentication, in addition to ACS.  With this new improvement, BizTalk Server can now also interact with the on-prem edition of Service Bus. For more information, see SB-Messaging Adapter.
Updates to the WCF-WebHttp adapter WCF-WebHttp adapter now supports sending and receiving JSON messages. BizTalk Server includes a wizard to generate XSD schema from a JSON instance. BizTalk Server also provides two new pipelines for processing JSON messages. An Encoder and Decoder component is also available for use in custom pipelines. For more information, see WCF-WebHttp Adapter.
Updates to the SFTP adapter SFTP adapter now supports two-factor authentication and provides an option to specify a temporary folder while uploading/downloading large files. You can also select the Encryption cipher value specific to your target server. For more information, see SFTP Adapter.
Updates to HL7 Accelerator HL7 Accelerator now supports the following:

  • Provides capability to include free-text data as part of the message that can be processed by the HL7 pipelines.
  • 64-bit support for hosting Hl7 adapter.

You don’t need to wait until Host Integration Server vNext in order to use BizTalk 2013 R2, because Host Integration Server (HIS) 2013 works and is supported to work with BizTalk Server 2013 R2 !

The MQSC Adapter may generate excessive network traffic when it receives message from IBM WebSphere Application Server message queues. The overhead of the network traffic may be 4 to 10 times the size of the actual message that is being received from the message queue. The excessive network traffic can be observed in network traces that are used to capture data between the instance of Microsoft BizTalk Server that is using the MQSC Adapter and the IBM WebSphere system. The BizTalk Server does not report any errors or warnings when this occurs.

The MQSC Adapter uses multiple MQGET calls when it retrieves messages from an IBM WebSphere message queue. The excessive network traffic occurs because of the multiple MQGET calls that the MQSC Adapter uses when it reads the message.

  • The fix that resolves this issue is included in cumulative update package 1 for Host Integration Server 2013. Download
  • The fix that resolves this problem is included in cumulative update package 9 for Host Integration Server 2010. Download

 

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/2908834

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

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