What’s New in This Release

The following is an overview of the new features and enhancements in this release of Host Integration Server 2010.

Network Integration

  • HPR/IP Progressive Mode Adaptive Rate-Based Flow Control

    You can improve performance when using High Performance Routing over Internet Protocol (HPR/IP) in virtualized environments such as Hyper-V, by using the Progressive Mode Adaptive Rate-Based (ARB) flow control algorithm and Delayed Path Switch Entry options on the Internet Protocol-Data Link Control (IP-DLC) Link Service.

  • Session Integrator Authentication and Data Encryption using SSL and TLS

    You can improve security by encrypting authentication credentials and data by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) V3.0 or Transport Layer Security (TLS) V1.0 when you connect to IBM mainframe systems using Session Integrator TN3270 transport across a TCP/IP network connection.

  • IPv6 Transport for SNA Clients and Servers

    Network Administrators can use Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6) for communication between SNA client applications and SNA gateway servers, allwoing for IPv6-only, mixed mode or IPv4-only environments.

Data Integration

  • BizTalk Adapter for DB2 Multiple Table Update

    You can improve efficiency when you update multiple DB2 tables in a single XML document by using updategrams to execute INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, and CALL statements against DB2 databases.

  • BizTalk Pipeline Component for Host Data Conversion

    By using BizTalk Pipeline Component for Host Data Conversion, you can easily add message conversion to existing BizTalk Adapters that do not offer built-in message conversion, such as WebSphere MQ and File Transfer Protocol (FTP). This feature is based on HIS Transaction Integrator technologies and offers an intuitive Designer plug-in for Visual Studio with COBOL, RPG, and XSD import/export. The runtime engine converts numeric, datetime, and string data types for a range of platforms and locales.

  • Host Files Authentication and Data Encryption using SSL and TLS

    You can encrypt authentication credentials and data by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) V3.0 or Transport Layer Security (TLS) V1.0 when you connect to host file data sources across a TCP/IP network connection.

  • DB2 Authentication and Data Encryption using SSL and TLS

    You can improve efficiency by deploying applications that use DB2 Distributed Unit of Work (DUW) transactions within client-side connection pooling.

  • DB2 Large Object Data Types (BLOB and CLOB) (SELECT only)

    You can convert from DB2 BLOB and CLOB data types with SELECT and CALL statements executed from ADO.NET, OLE DB, and BizTalk applications.

  • DB2 Static SQL Package Bind Options

    When using DB2 static SQL, you can improve manageability and security by specifying additional package bind options.

  • Host Files Offline Writer

    ADO.NET Provider for Host Files and BizTalk Adapter for Host Files enable you to write binary files offline, without requiring a connection to the remote host file server. The offline writers enable better communication with solutions based on industry-standard File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

  • Improved DB2 Error Documentation

    Improved error documentation helps with troubleshooting and debugging DB2 errors.

  • Visual Studio Server Explorer for Host Files on X64

    You can use Server Explorer to define and find connections that host file data sources on an x64 platform.

  • DB2 Multi Row Input (DB2/400 only)

    ADO.NET Data Provider for DB2 supports the DbDataAdapter.Update method and OLE DB Provider for DB2 supports the OLE DB IRowsetFastLoad interface to enable consumers such as SQL Server Integration Services to execute multiple INSERT statements in a single unit of work. This uses TCP/IP network packets more efficiently, which increases the overall performance when you connect to DB2 for i5/OS V5R4 and V6R1.

  • Visual Studio 2010 (Designer, Server Explorer, Query Builder, DataSet Designer, Entity Designer)

    You can use Server Explorer in Visual Studio 2010 to define and find connections to DB2 database host file data sources. You can also create applications by using the Query Builder, DataSet Designer, and Entity Designer (DB2 only) within ADO.NET-aware project types.

  • DB2 Distributed Unit of Work when using Connection Pooling

    You can improve efficiency by deploying applications that use DB2 Distributed Unit of Work (DUW) transactions within client-side connection pooling.

  • DB2 Hebrew Bi-Directional Layout Conversion

    You can improve efficiency when you connect to DB2 databases configured for IBM EBCDIC Hebrew code page 424 by configuring the automatic Hebrew bi-directional layout conversion.

  • Data Source Wizard all properties dialog box

    You can use this dialog box in the Data Source Wizard to specify all connection properties.

  • DB2 BIGINT data type

    You can convert to and from DB2 BIGINT data types when using ADO.NET, OLE DB, and BizTalk Server.

  • DB2 Connection and Command Timeout

    When using the OLE DB Provider for DB2, you can automatically terminate a prolonged query that may affect performance by specifying either a connection or command timeout.

  • DB2 for z/OS V9

    DB2 data providers can connect to DB2 for z/OS V9 databases from ADO.NET, OLE DB, and BizTalk Server.

  • DB2 for i5/OS V6R1

    DB2 data providers can connect to DB2 for i5/OS V6R1 databases from ADO.NET, OLE DB, and BizTalk Server.

  • DB2 for LUW V9.7

    DB2 data providers can connect to DB2 for Windows, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, and Linux V9.7 databases from ADO.NET, OLE DB, and BizTalk Server.

Design Tools

  • Visual Studio 2010 support for Host Integration Server 2010 Projects

    You can create Host Integration Server 2010 projects by using Visual Studio 2010.

  • Designer COBOL Import Improvements for MsHostFiles, BAHF, TI, BAHA, MQ

    You can use the improved designers, which offer more intuitive COBOL import for use with simple and complex structures. The designers enable you to more easily create metadata definitions for use with HIS technologies.

  • Visual Studio Project Types for MsHostFiles, BAHF, TI, BAHA, MQ

    The Visual Studio designers have been improved to offer more intuitive COBOL import for use with simple and complex structures. This enables you to more easily create metadata definitions for use with HIS technologies.

Application Integration

  • BizTalk Adapter for Host Applications Dynamic Remote Environments

    BizTalk Adapter for Host Applications offers you more flexibility in deployment and runtime by offering Dynamic Remote Environments. You can specify remote environment definitions within the send port, rather than relying on static remote environments that are pre-defined by using the TI Manager MMC snap-in.

  • Transaction Integrator for i5/OS Authentication and Data Encryption using SSL and TLS

    You can improve security by encrypting authentication credentials and data by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) V3.0 or Transport Layer Security (TLS) V1.0 when you connect to IBM midrange i5/OS systems using Transaction Integrator across a TCP/IP network connection.

  • Transaction Integrator for IMS Authentication and Data Encryption using SSL and TSL

    You can improve security by encrypting authentication credentials and data by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) V3.0 or Transport Layer Security (TLS) V1.0 when you connect to IBM mainframe System z servers using Transaction Integrator across a TCP/IP network connection.

  • Transaction Integrator and BAHA support for CICS HTTP using Link and User Data

    You can connect Transaction Integrator and BizTalk Adapter for Host Applications to IBM CICS by using an HTTP transport that supports compatible CICS LINK and User Data programming models.

  • Transaction Integrator Connectivity to CICS over HTTP

    You can improve network efficiency by connecting Transaction Integrator and BizTalk Adapter for Host Applications to IBM CICS by using an HTTP transport that supports optional persistent connections.

  • Transaction Integrator and BAHA managed SNA runtime with 2PC Transactions

    You can improve performance when using .NET Framework client programs with Transaction Integrator and BizTalk Adapter for Host Applications across SNA network connections. This feature includes support for reliable 2PC transactions.

  • Transaction Integrator support for Edited Numerics

    You can convert to and from COBOL edited numeric data types to maintain compatibility with existing programs that use this format structure. This support improves understanding, readability, and printing of numeric data values.

  • Transaction Integrator and BAHA support for CICS/VSE

    You can connect Transaction Integrator and BizTalk Adapter for Host Applications to IBM CICS for VSE by using CICS LINK and User Data programming models over TCP/IP or HTTP transports.

  • Host Simulator

    When connectivity to a live system is not possible, the Host Simulator can emulate workloads for use with Transaction Integrator and BizTalk Adapters for Host Applications.

Message Integration

  • WCF Channel for WebSphere MQ support for .NET Framework 4

    You can connect to IBM WebSphere MQ infrastructure from new applications that you develop by using the .NET Framework 4.

  • WCF Channel for WebSphere MQ Receive Context

    You can control the receipt of messages from IBM WebSphere MQ servers by using the WCF Channel for WebSphere MQ Receive Context.

  • WCF Channel for WebSphere MQ WAS Activation

    You can deploy instances of the WCF Channel for WebSphere MQ by using the Windows Process Activation Service (WAS) and Windows Server AppFabric.

Removed Features

The following features have been removed in the Host Integration Server 2010 release:

  • Microsoft Data Link Control (DLC) network protocol and the DLC 802.2 Link Service

    You should use the Internet Protocol-Data Link Control (IP-DLC) Link Service that is based on the industry-standard High Performance Routing over Internet Protocol (HPR/IP).

  • NetView Run Command (NVRunCmd) Service

    You should use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) over TCP/IP as an alternative to the NVRunCmd feature.

  • Microsoft ODBC Driver for DB2

    You should use the Microsoft ADO.NET Data Provider for DB2, Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2, or Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for DB2.

  • Microsoft Host File Transfer ActiveX Control

    You should use the Microsoft ADO.NET Data Provider for Host Files or Microsoft BizTalk Adapter for Host Files.

  • Microsoft AS/400 Data Queues ActiveX Control

    The HIS team would like feedback from customers who require direct access to AS/400 data queues to prioritize work on a replacement technology. You can provide feedback on the Host Integration Server on Microsoft Connect site listed below.

  • Microsoft Message Queue to MQ Series Bridge (MSMQ Bridge)

    You should use Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 in conjunction with one of the two Microsoft BizTalk Adapters for IBM WebSphere MQ (MQ Series), or the Microsoft WCF Channel for WebSphere MQ.

  • Transaction Integrator support for Component Object Model (COM)

    You should use the Transaction Integrator Designer to convert COM type libraries to .NET assemblies, and then re-deploy the components.

  • Transaction Integrator support for .NET Remoting

    You should use the Transaction Integrator support for direct .NET calls.

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