Release notes for CICS TG plug-in version 2.0.1


What’s new in this release?

CICS® TG plug-in version 2.0.1 is a refresh for compatibility with CICS Explorer® version 5.1.1

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System requirements and prerequisites

The CICS TG plug-in must be installed in the CICS Explorer Version 5.1.1 or later.

The plug-in supports the following minimum levels of CICS Transaction Gateway:
  • CICS Transaction Gateway V7.1 for z/OS® with APAR PK57718, or a later version.
  • CICS Transaction Gateway V7.1.0.0 for Multiplatforms, or a later version.
  • Optional: CH50 SupportPac installed in CICS (CICS TG Ping Utility).

You must define a statistics API protocol handler in the CICS Transaction Gateway before a Gateway daemon can be viewed using the CICS Explorer.

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Installing the CICS TG 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 TG 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 TG plug-in.
To install the CICS TG plug-in perform the following steps:
  1. Download the CICS TG plug-in. Do not unpack the file.
  2. On the CICS Explorer menu bar click Help > Install new Software.
  3. Click Add to add a new repository, then click Archive.
  4. Locate and select the tools plug-in previously downloaded and click Open. Click OK.

    When you click OK the plug-in name is displayed.

  5. Select the plug-in and click Next.
  6. Continue as prompted. You will see a dialog during installation warning you that you are installing software that contains unsigned content. Click OK in this dialog to continue with the installation.
If you see the message "Duplicate location" during step 4, that can mean one of two things:
  1. If this is the first time you have attempted to install this plug-in in CICS Explorer 5.1.1, the message suggests that you did not install CICS Explorer in an empty directory, and some residual information remains from a previous installation. If this is the case, you should re-install CICS Explorer in a clean directory.
  2. You have previously installed, or prepared to install, the plug-in at this location, and CICS Explorer has saved the location details. If this is the case, cancel the Add Repository dialog. In the Available Software view, click the Work with twistie and select the location containing the plug-in you want to install, then continue with the next step.

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Getting started

When the CICS Explorer restarts the CICS SM perspective is displayed. To open the CICS TG plug-in perspective, click Open Perspective > Other > CICS TG.

If you are not familiar with CICS Transaction Gateway you can read the Getting Started information in the help documentation. Click Help > Help Contents > CICS TG Plug-in Users Guide > Basic Tutorial to display the basic tutorial for theCICS TG plug-in.

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Known issues and limitations

The following limitations exist in CICS TG version 2.0.1:

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