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IBM CICS Explorer

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IBM® Customer Information Control System (CICS®) Explorer is the new face of CICS Integration point for CICS tooling with rich CICS views, data, and methods.

Are you looking for new ways to accelerate the transfer of knowledge, skills, and best practices to the next generation of technical staff and experts? Do you need to maintain productivity and protect service-levels? CICS Explorer™ and System z® lead the way to platform simplification.

IBM CICS Explorer has a common, intuitive, Eclipse-based environment for architects, developers, administrators, system programmers, and operators. The task-oriented views provide integrated access to a broad range of data and control capabilities, and it also has powerful, context-sensitive resource editors. Integration point for CICS TS, CICS Tools, CICS TG, PD Tools, and Rational® Tools are extensible by independent software vendors (ISV), system integrators (SI), and customers who use our Software Development Kit.

In this IBM Redbooks® publication, we focus on the new CICS Explorer. The first part of the book is an overview of the CICS Explorer along with all of the CICS Tools’ plug-ins. In the second part of the book, we focus on several scenarios in which you can use the CICS Explorer with the CICS Tools plug-ins to resolve various problems.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
  2. Notices
    1. Trademarks
  3. Preface
    1. The team who wrote this book
    2. Now you can become a published author, too!
    3. Comments welcome
    4. Stay connected to IBM Redbooks
  4. Summary of changes
    1. December 2010, Second Edition
  5. Part 1 CICS Explorer Introductions
    1. Chapter 1. CICS Explorer introduction
      1. 1.1 Overview
      2. 1.2 Base Explorer capabilities
      3. 1.3 Plug-ins and RCP
        1. 1.3.1 Eclipse concepts
    2. Chapter 2. Getting started with CICS Explorer
      1. 2.1 Using CICS Explorer with CICS TS 4.1
      2. 2.2 CICS Explorer connection to CICS
        1. 2.2.1 Connecting CICS Explorer to a CICS region
        2. 2.2.2 Connecting CICS Explorer to CICSPlex SM
      3. 2.3 Setting up single-server access
      4. 2.4 Setting up CICSPlex SM for CICS Explorer
        1. 2.4.1 Basics of setting up CICSPlex SM for CICS Explorer
        2. 2.4.2 Changing a System into a CMAS
        3. 2.4.3 Changing a system into a WUI server
        4. 2.4.4 Creating a CICSplex to manage your systems
        5. 2.4.5 Modifying your existing CICS system JCL
        6. 2.4.6 Conclusion
      5. 2.5 Updating an existing CICSPlex SM setup for CICS Explorer
    3. Chapter 3. Implementing IBM CICS Explorer
      1. 3.1 Installing CICS Explorer
        1. 3.1.1 Installing CICS Explorer locally
        2. 3.1.2 Installing CICS Explorer remotely
      2. 3.2 CICS Explorer security
        1. 3.2.1 Link Security
        2. 3.2.2 Credential authorization
        3. 3.2.3 Security for a stand-alone CICS Region (SMSS) connection
        4. 3.2.4 Security for a CICSPlex SM connection
        5. 3.2.5 Using SSL
        6. 3.2.6 Using HTTP Basic Authentication
        7. 3.2.7 CICSPlex Security Scenario
      3. 3.3 Updating the CICS Explorer
        1. 3.3.1 Updating from the Internet
        2. 3.3.2 Updating from an archive file
        3. 3.3.3 Updating automatically
      4. 3.4 Enterprise deployment
        1. 3.4.1 Providing local mirrors
        2. 3.4.2 Pre-installation customization
      5. 3.5 Using plug-ins
    4. Chapter 4. CICS Explorer base familiarization
      1. 4.1 Perspectives
      2. 4.2 Connections and credentials
        1. 4.2.1 Connection Manager
        2. 4.2.2 Connections and Credentials Preference pages
        3. 4.2.3 CICS Explorer connectivity
      3. 4.3 Views
        1. 4.3.1 The CICSplex Explorer view
        2. 4.3.2 The CICSplex Repositories view
        3. 4.3.3 CICS Object Table views
      4. 4.4 The Resources view
        1. 4.4.1 Properties view
        2. 4.4.2 Status bar and Error Log
      5. 4.5 Editors
      6. 4.6 Creating new definitions
    5. Chapter 5. CICS Explorer navigation walkthrough
      1. 5.1 Navigation topics covered
      2. 5.2 Manipulating views
        1. 5.2.1 Adding a view
        2. 5.2.2 Zooming in and out of a view
        3. 5.2.3 Refreshing a view
        4. 5.2.4 Resizing a view
        5. 5.2.5 Repositioning a view
      3. 5.3 Manipulating columns
        1. 5.3.1 Customizing columns
        2. 5.3.2 Repositioning columns
        3. 5.3.3 Resizing columns
        4. 5.3.4 Equalizing column widths
        5. 5.3.5 Resetting columns
      4. 5.4 Manipulating filters
        1. 5.4.1 Using filters
        2. 5.4.2 Customizing filters
      5. 5.5 Manipulating perspectives
        1. 5.5.1 Creating a perspective
        2. 5.5.2 Opening a perspective
        3. 5.5.3 Resetting a perspective
        4. 5.5.4 Deleting a perspective
      6. 5.6 Performing operations functions
        1. 5.6.1 Performing a program Newcopy
        2. 5.6.2 Altering CICS region MAXTASKS
      7. 5.7 Performing administration functions
        1. 5.7.1 Viewing CSD resources
        2. 5.7.2 Creating CSD resources
        3. 5.7.3 Installing CSD resources
        4. 5.7.4 Creating BAS resources
        5. 5.7.5 Viewing the BAS resources
        6. 5.7.6 Installing BAS resources
      8. 5.8 Summary
    6. Chapter 6. CICS Explorer IA plug-in familiarization
      1. 6.1 CICS IA introduction
      2. 6.2 What CICS IA can do for you
        1. 6.2.1 CICS IA highlights
        2. 6.2.2 The questions that CICS IA can answer
      3. 6.3 Description of CICS IA
      4. 6.4 CICS IA plug-in overview
      5. 6.5 Toolbar searches and queries
        1. 6.5.1 Toolbar searches
        2. 6.5.2 Queries
      6. 6.6 Programs and Transactions windows
        1. 6.6.1 Searching programs and transactions
      7. 6.7 Regions window
      8. 6.8 Properties window
      9. 6.9 Supplied queries with CICS IA plug-in
      10. 6.10 Creating your own queries in the CICS IA plug-in
        1. 6.10.1 Adding filters to the query
        2. 6.10.2 Modifying an existing query
        3. 6.10.3 Saving your queries in folders
        4. 6.10.4 Creating a query folder
      11. 6.11 Analyzing query and search results
      12. 6.12 Comparing query and search results
    7. Chapter 7. CICS Explorer CM plug-in familiarization
      1. 7.1 CICS CM plug-in overview
        1. 7.1.1 Setting up the CICS CM plug-in
      2. 7.2 CM perspective overview
      3. 7.3 Configurations view
      4. 7.4 Lists view
      5. 7.5 Groups view
      6. 7.6 Definitional views
      7. 7.7 Creating, editing, and deleting a resource definition
        1. 7.7.1 Creating resources
        2. 7.7.2 Editing a resource
        3. 7.7.3 Deleting a resource
        4. 7.7.4 Installing a resource
      8. 7.8 Adding and removing from groups
      9. 7.9 History
        1. 7.9.1 CICS CM journal
        2. 7.9.2 History View
      10. 7.10 Searches and the search view
        1. 7.10.1 Specific searches
        2. 7.10.2 Using the search dialog
        3. 7.10.3 Search results view
      11. 7.11 Cleaning up
    8. Chapter 8. CICS Explorer PA plug-in familiarization
      1. 8.1 Overview of CICS PA
        1. 8.1.1 Runtime product
        2. 8.1.2 The plug-in
      2. 8.2 The PA Explorer environment
      3. 8.3 PA views and editors in detail
        1. 8.3.1 The Project Explorer
        2. 8.3.2 The Sheet View
        3. 8.3.3 Pie chart view
        4. 8.3.4 Bar charts
        5. 8.3.5 Timeline charts
        6. 8.3.6 Properties View
        7. 8.3.7 Integrating with other plug-ins
      4. 8.4 CSV data extraction process
        1. 8.4.1 Server process
        2. 8.4.2 Plug-in process
      5. 8.5 Database extraction process
        1. 8.5.1 Server process
        2. 8.5.2 Plug-in process
    9. Chapter 9. CICS Explorer TG plug-in familiarization
      1. 9.1 CICS Transaction Gateway introduction
        1. 9.1.1 CICS TG products
        2. 9.1.2 CICS Transaction Gateway components
        3. 9.1.3 The Gateway daemon
      2. 9.2 CICS TG plug-in overview
        1. 9.2.1 CICS TG Explorer view
        2. 9.2.2 Gateway daemon view
        3. 9.2.3 CICS connections view
        4. 9.2.4 Console view
      3. 9.3 Configuration
        1. 9.3.1 Configuring the CICS TG for the plug-in
        2. 9.3.2 Configuring the CICS TG plug-in
    10. Chapter 10. CICS Explorer Tivoli OMEGAMON XE plug-in familiarization
      1. 10.1 Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS Introduction
        1. 10.1.1 Tivoli Enterprise Monitoring Server (TEMS)
        2. 10.1.2 Tivoli Enterprise Portal Server (TEPS)
      2. 10.2 CICS Explorer Tivoli OMEGAMON XE plug-in
        1. 10.2.1 Installation requirements
        2. 10.2.2 Installing the plug-in
      3. 10.3 Using the plug-in
        1. 10.3.1 IBM Tivoli Monitoring Navigation Tree display
        2. 10.3.2 IBM Tivoli Monitoring Data display
        3. 10.3.3 IBM Tivoli Monitoring Situations display
    11. Chapter 11. CICS Deployment Assistant
      1. 11.1 Introduction to CICS Deployment Assistant
      2. 11.2 The prerequisites for CICS DA
        1. 11.2.1 CICS Explorer
        2. 11.2.2 z/OS host component
        3. 11.2.3 CICS Transaction Server
      3. 11.3 Installing the CICS DA components
        1. 11.3.1 Installing the CICS DA plug-in into CICS Explorer
        2. 11.3.2 Establishing a connection to a host
        3. 11.3.3 Connection types
      4. 11.4 Creating a new CICS DA project
        1. 11.4.1 Discovering and creating the system model
      5. 11.5 Discovering your CICS assets
        1. 11.5.1 Discovering CICS regions
        2. 11.5.2 Checking the CICS topology
        3. 11.5.3 Investigating CICS initialization options
        4. 11.5.4 Viewing CICS-related spool files
        5. 11.5.5 Working with CICS-related data sets and JCL
        6. 11.5.6 Starting and stopping CICS regions
        7. 11.5.7 Cloning an existing CICS region
        8. 11.5.8 Adding a CICS to an existing CICSPlex
    12. Chapter 12. WebSphere MQ plug-in
      1. 12.1 WebSphere MQ plug-in for CICS Explorer
      2. 12.2 The WebSphere MQ Explorer
      3. 12.3 CICS Explorer WebSphere MQ plug-in
        1. 12.3.1 Downloading SupportPac CS1Q
        2. 12.3.2 Downloading SupportPac MS0T
      4. 12.4 Integrating MQ Explorer with CICS Explorer
        1. 12.4.1 Importing CSQ1 into CICS Explorer
        2. 12.4.2 Copying WebSphere MQ Explorer files into CICS Explorer
        3. 12.4.3 Restarting CICS Explorer
      5. 12.5 Managing WebSphere MQ resources in CICS Explorer
        1. 12.5.1 Starting CICS Explorer and switching to WebSphere MQ Explorer perspective
        2. 12.5.2 Defining and connecting a Queue Manager
        3. 12.5.3 Hints and tips
      6. 12.6 Migration issues and versioning
        1. 12.6.1 Multiple CICS Explorer versions coexisting
        2. 12.6.2 WebSphere MQ plug-in with new CICS Explorer version installed
        3. 12.6.3 Locating and changing the workspace
    13. Chapter 13. CICS Explorer troubleshooting
      1. 13.1 Common Explorer connection problems
        1. 13.1.1 Connection not available, CPSMAPI
        2. 13.1.2 Connection must be well-formed
        3. 13.1.3 Connection missing <HR> tag
        4. 13.1.4 Connection error forbidden
      2. 13.2 Workspace and logs
        1. 13.2.1 Capturing trace data
        2. 13.2.2 Tracing options
        3. 13.2.3 The Error Log View
        4. 13.2.4 Viewing the error log in an external application
      3. 13.3 Preparing error data for IBM service
        1. 13.3.1 Collecting error data when the CICS Explorer is not usable
        2. 13.3.2 Searching for IBM MustGather information
      4. 13.4 Plug-in specific issues
        1. 13.4.1 Performance Analyzer
        2. 13.4.2 CSV file size and CICS Explorer runtime memory
  6. Part 2 Scenarios
    1. Chapter 14. CICS Explorer - MQ application migration
      1. 14.1 Identifying MQ Applications
      2. 14.2 Obtaining more information about the MAIL transaction
      3. 14.3 Locating the MQ Application in CICS CM
      4. 14.4 Looking at performance data for the MAIL transaction
        1. 14.4.1 Performance data for MAIL on CICS TS V3.1
        2. 14.4.2 Performance data for MAIL on CICS TS V4.1
      5. 14.5 Can we make the MAIL transaction threadsafe
      6. 14.6 Using CICS PA to analyze the (threadsafe) MAIL application
    2. Chapter 15. CICS Explorer clean up scenario
      1. 15.1 Orphaned resources
      2. 15.2 Duplicate resources
    3. Chapter 16. CICS Explorer performance scenario
      1. 16.1 Resolving system performance problems
      2. 16.2 Drilling down into transaction detail
    4. Chapter 17. CICSPlex SM enablement using the CICS Explorer
      1. 17.1 Overview of transaction affinities
        1. 17.1.1 Inter-transaction affinity
        2. 17.1.2 Transaction-system affinity
        3. 17.1.3 Affinity relations
        4. 17.1.4 Affinity lifetimes
      2. 17.2 Running CICS Interdependency Analyzer for affinities
      3. 17.3 Loading the DB2 database with the collected affinity data
      4. 17.4 Using the CICS IA plug-in to identify affinities
      5. 17.5 Workload management considerations
      6. 17.6 Creating the definitions for workload management
      7. 17.7 Migrating the definitions using CICS Configuration Manager
    5. Chapter 18. CICS Explorer resource manipulation scenarios
      1. 18.1 Resource locking scenarios
        1. 18.1.1 VSAM record locking
      2. 18.2 Resource state manipulation
      3. 18.3 Discarding resources
  7. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks
    2. Other publications
    3. Online resources
    4. How to get Redbooks
    5. Help from IBM
  8. Back cover