Release notes for CICS Configuration Manager for z/OS® (CICS CM) Version 5.2 plug-in


What's new in this release?

The CICS® CM Version 5.2 plug-in adds further enhancements:
  • New deployment analysis rich text editor and the ability to run reports directly from the editor.
  • Ability to view the deployment analysis report in the CM plug-in.
  • Ability to create and edit migration schemes in the new Migration Schemes view
  • New, and existing, CM system options are available in the new Configuration Manager System Options view.
  • Improved the Change Package creation with the ability to add and remove CICS system definitions, CICS system group definitions, to a change package.
  • Recording workload management changes in the CM journal
  • Ability to add resources of any workload definition type to a change package.
  • Ability to add and remove CICS system definitions or CICS system group definitions to a change package.
  • Various cosmetic changes:
    • Improved consistency of CICS CM with the look and feel of CICS Explorer®.
    • Improved the Change Packages menu to maintain consistency with eclipse standards.
    • The default location of the Change Packages and Search Results views has changed.

The What's New topic in the CICS CM plug-in help documentation describes the new and changed items in more detail. To display the topic, click Help > Help Contents > CICS CM Plug-in User Guide > What's new in the CM V5.2 plug-in

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System requirements and prerequisites

The CICS CM Version 5.2 plug-in must be installed in the CICS Explorer Version 5.2 .

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Downloading and installing the CICS CM plug-in

Note: If you installed CICS Explorer by using the IBM Installation Manager, do not use the following procedure. Instead, you can use Installation Manager to install the CICS CM plug-in. The CICS Explorer download page contains the URL for the composite update site. You must add the URL to the Installation Manager Preferences - Repositories page. Click the Install option in the Installation Manager wizard, and follow the prompts to install the CICS CM plug-in.
To download the CICS CM plug-in from the download web site:
  1. Click the CICS CM plug-in download link.
  2. Save the compressed file in a temporary directory. Do NOT extract the file. CICS Explorer extracts the contents automatically.
To install the CICS CM plug-in in CICS Explorer:
  1. Start the CICS Explorer.
  2. From the main menu, click Help > Install New Software.
  3. In the Install window, click Add. The Add Repository archive dialog box is displayed.
  4. In the Add Repository dialog, click Archive.
  5. In the Repository archive window, locate and select the CICS CM plug-in compressed file that you downloaded previously, and click Open.
  6. In the Add Repository dialog, click OK. The IBM CICS Configuration Manager Plug-in is listed in the Install window.
    If the message Duplicate location is displayed, one of the following reasons apply:
    1. If this is your first attempt to install the CICS CM plug-in in CICS Explorer 5.2, you have installed CICS Explorer in a directory that contains residual information from a previous installation. Install CICS Explorer again in an empty directory, then install the CICS CM plug-in again.
    2. You have previously installed, or prepared to install, the plug-in at this location, and CICS Explorer has saved the location details. Cancel the Add Repository dialog. In the Install window, use the Work with field to select the location that contains the plug-in to install, then continue with the next step.
  7. Select IBM CICS Configuration Manager Plug-in in the list and click Next.
  8. Click Next to confirm the installation.
  9. Review the license and click the relevant radio button. Click Finish to complete the installation, or Cancel if you do not accept the license.

    If you accepted the license, the CICS CM plug-in is installed into CICS Explorer. You are prompted to restart CICS Explorer, which ensures that the plug-in starts in a clean environment.

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Getting started

When CICS Explorer restarts, the CICS Explorer perspective is displayed. To open the CICS CM perspective, either click the Open Perspective toolbar icon, or click Window > Open Perspective > Other in the main menu. In the Open Perspective window, select CICS CM then click OK.

If you are not familiar with the CICS CM plug-in, help documentation is integrated with the product and includes a basic tutorial. To display the tutorial for the CICS CM plug-in, click Help > Help Contents > CICS CM Plug-in User Guide > Basic Tutorial.

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Known issues and limitations

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