Release notes for CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS (CICS IA) Version 5.2 plug-in

This document provides important information about the CICS® IA Version 5.2 plug-in that might not be available in the product.


What’s new in this release?

The CICS IA Version 5.2 plug-in provides compatibility with CICS Explorer® Version 5.2.

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

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System requirements and prerequisites

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

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Updating an existing version of CICS IA plug-in

If you already have the CICS IA plug-in installed you can use the CICS Explorer Software Updates function to update the code to the latest level, without having to reinstall the product. Before updating the CICS IA plug-in, you must update the CICS Explorer to the latest level. If you do not, CICS IA plug-in might not work with the old version of CICS Explorer.

Updating instructions are in the task Checking for and installing software updates in the CICS Explorer help documentation. To access the task from the main CICS Explorer menu:

Help > Help Contents > CICS Explorer User Guide > Tasks > Updating and installing software > Checking for and installing software updates

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Downloading and installing the CICS IA 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 IA 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 IA plug-in.
To download the CICS IA plug-in from the download web site:
  1. Click the CICS IA 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 IA plug-in in CICS Explorer:

  1. Start 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 IA plug-in compressed file that you downloaded previously, and click Open.
  6. In the Add Repository dialog, click OK. The IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer Plugin 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 IA 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 IA 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 Interdependency Analyzer Plugin 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 IA 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 IA 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 IA then click OK.

If you are not familiar with the CICS IA plug-in, help documentation is integrated with the product and includes instructions to configure a connection and get started. To display this information for the CICS IA plug-in, click Help > Help Contents > CICS IA plug-in User Guide > Getting started with the CICS IA plug-in.

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Known issues and limitations

The following limitations exist in the CICS IA plug-in:

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