Product readme for WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition, Version 7.0.3

Product readme


Abstract

This document contains the WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition readme for product version 7.0.3

Content

IBM WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition, Version 7.0.3 readme file

November 2010

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CONTENTS
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- Readme file update history
- Description
- Announcement
- Compatibility
- System requirements
- Installing WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition 7.0.3
- New function and updates in Version 7.0.3
- Limitations and known problems
- List of fixes included in Version 7.0.3
- Useful links
- Trademarks

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README FILE UPDATE HISTORY:

September 21 2010 - readme file shipped to translation
November 4 2010 - final set of changes added prior to 7.0.3 availability
November 19 2010 - readme file published online
January 28 2011 - some links updated
May 4 2011 - link to Passport Advantage download instructions added

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DESCRIPTION
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This readme file for IBM WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition Version
7.0.3 details updates, fixes, limitations, and known problems.

For the very latest version of this readme file always refer to:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?&uid=swg27006097



ANNOUNCEMENT
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The announcement letter for WebSphere MQ File Transfer Version 7.0.3 in US
English is available on the web at:
http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&appname=iSource&supplier=877&letternum=ENUSZP10-0400


See the announcement letter for the following types of information:
- Detailed product description, including description of new function
- Product-positioning statement
- Ordering details
- Hardware and software requirements



COMPATIBILITY
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You can install Version 7.0.3 over a previous version of WebSphere MQ File
Transfer Edition. If you have an Early Design Program driver on your system,
you must uninstall it before installing Version 7.0.3.

Before installing Version 7.0.3, back up any previous versions of WebSphere
MQ File Transfer Edition that are installed on your system, by copying the
installation directory for the previous version to a new directory.

If you have already installed a version of WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
earlier than 7.0.3, you can choose to reuse your existing product
configuration so you will not be asked to enter any configuration information
during the 7.0.3 installation. Alternatively, you can select a different
installation directory from the one you used to install the existing version
of WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition to allow both versions of the product
to coexist on the same machine.



SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
-----------------------------
The prerequisites and corequisites for WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition for
all platforms are listed at the following website:
http://www.ibm.com/software/integration/wmq/filetransfer/requirements/index.html



INSTALLING WEBSPHERE MQ FILE TRANSFER EDITION VERSION 7.0.3
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You can find the installers (either install.bin, install.exe, or install) in
the following directories:

AIX:
AIX_ppc/Disk1/InstData/VM

HP-UX on Itanium:
HPUX_IA64/Disk1/InstData/VM

HP-UX on PA-RISC:
HPUX_PARISC/Disk1/InstData/VM

Linux on System x:
Linux_x86/Disk1/InstData/VM

Linux on System p:
Linux64_SystemP/Disk1/InstData/VM

Linux on System z:
Linux_Systemz/Disk1/InstData/VM

Solaris on SPARC:
Solaris_SPARC/Disk1/InstData/VM

Solaris on System x:
Solaris_x86/Disk1/InstData/VM

Windows:
Windows_x86/Disk1/InstData/VM

IBM i:
IBMi/Disk1/InstData/VM


Installing on IBM i platforms
-----------------------------
The user that performs the install or the uninstall must have a user profile
of *SECOFR class.

To run the installer on an IBM i platform, use the following commands:
1. From an IBM i command line, start PASE using the following command:
CALL QP2TERM

2. When you are in PASE, change directory using the command:
cd /IBMi/Disk1/InstData/VM

3. Start the installer using the following command: ./install -i console

This command starts the installer in interactive console mode. (The
graphical installer is not supported on IBM i systems.)

4. Press F3 to exit PASE after the install operation is complete because you
will run subsequent setup and configuration commands from the IBM i command
line or from Qshell.


WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition components
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As with earlier versions of WebSphere MQ File Transfer
Edition, there are three possible Version 7.0.3 components that you can
install: Server, Client, or Remote Tools and Documentation. The following
topics describe how to install each component onto distributed platforms.

You cannot install Remote Tools and Documentation natively on an IBM i
platform or on z/OS. However, you can install and use Remote Tools and
Documentation on other supported platforms, such as Windows, to monitor
file transfers involving agents that are running remotely on IBM i platforms
or z/OS. For example, you can use the WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
plug-in for WebSphere MQ Explorer on Windows to start a transfer of save
files between agents running on IBM i systems.

Server:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/topic/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/installing_wizard.htm

Client:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/topic/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/installing_client.htm

Remote Tools and Documentation:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/topic/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/installing_tools.htm



NEW FUNCTION AND UPDATES IN VERSION 7.0.3
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Web Gateway API
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The WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition Web Gateway allows you to transfer
files to existing WMQFTE agents using an HTTP client. It also allows you to
transfer files from WMQFTE V7.0.3 agents to HTTP clients using file spaces,
and check the status of any transfer that has been logged to a database using
the database logger. This allows you to transfer files from environments that
are not supported by WMQFTE agents, and to distribute files from your WMQFTE
environment to web users.

The Web Gateway is included with the WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
Server installation.

For more information about the Web Gateway, see
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/web_gateway.htm


Transferring files to and from WebSphere MQ queues
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WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition now supports the transfer of files to and
from WebSphere MQ queues. Files can be transferred to one or more messages on
a WebSphere MQ queue. One or more messages on a WebSphere MQ queue can be
transferred to a file. You can use WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition to
monitor a WebSphere MQ queue and trigger transfers of messages to files.

For more information about transferring files to and from WebSphere MQ queues, see http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/file_to_message.htm


Consumability enhancements
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You can now view the status of WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition agents in
a panel in WebSphere MQ Explorer.

You can now start WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition agents and database
loggers as Windows services.

For more information about starting an agent or a database logger as a Windows
service, see
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/windows_service.htm


Java(TM) Platform, Enterprise Edition (JEE) database logger
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You can now run the WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition database logger
application within a JEE application server environment. This allows you to
manage the database logger with the rest of your enterprise applications.

For more information about the JEE database logger, see
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/database_logger.htm



LIMITATIONS AND KNOWN PROBLEMS
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Supported databases for the JEE database logger
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The JEE database logger is only supported for use with a DB2 database.


Deploying the Web Gateway application and JEE database logger
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The Web Gateway application cannot be deployed to a WebSphere Application
Server cluster. You can only deploy the Web Gateway application to a
single application server instance. This limitation also applies when you
are deploying the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (JEE) database logger.


Using Google Chrome with the Web Gateway sample
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If you use Google Chrome to view the Web Gateway sample, when you click on a
transfer ID and a new window opens, you must right-click and select "View Page
Source" to view the response XML.

For more details about how to install and run the sample, see the following
topic in the Information Center:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/web_sample.htm


Running an agent or database logger as a Windows service
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If you use the Windows Services tool to stop the service, Windows might
produce an error that starts "Windows could not stop the IBM WMQFTE agent
service". Despite this error, the agent has stopped successfully. This is a
known limitation with the Java runtime environment that is used by WebSphere
MQ File Transfer Edition.


Using the stand-alone database logger with an Oracle database
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If you use the stand-alone database logger provided with Version 7.0.3
with an Oracle database, be aware that some of the database fields might
not be populated. This has been observed to happen to the START_ID,
COMPLETE_ID, and SCHED_ID fields in the TRANSFER table.


Running agents on z/OS
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If you run an agent from Version 7.0.3 on z/OS you might see FFDC information
printed to the output0.log file, or to the console if you run the agent in
foreground mode. FFDC information that contains the ProbeID "JM65900" does
not affect the agent's capabilities and can be ignored.


Uninstalling Version 7.0.3
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When you uninstall Version 7.0.3, the jre directory that is located in the
WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition installation directory might not be
deleted. You can delete this directory and any files that it contains.


Installing Version 7.0.3 on AIX
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If you apply Version 7.0.3 to an existing installation of the Server,
Client, or Remote Tools and Documentation on AIX, you might see a
number of file lock errors reported in the install.log file.

To work around these errors, complete the following steps:
1. Stop all agents that you have created in previous versions of WebSphere
MQ File Transfer Edition using the fteStopAgent command.
2. After the agents have stopped, run the AIX command "slibclean".
You will need root administrator privileges to run "slibclean"
3. Rerun the installer.


Running a console installation on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 from a
DOS shell
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If you run a console installation from a DOS shell on Windows XP or Windows
Server 2003, be aware that the install.exe command immediately returns to the
command prompt and does not wait for the installation to complete.


Installing Version 7.0.3 silently
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If you want to install Version 7.0.3 silently, perform a console installation
of Version 7.0.3 first to create a response file as described in
the following topic:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/topic/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/response_file_console.htm
Then use the newly-created V7.0.3 response file to install silently.

You cannot use a response file that you previously created from an earlier
release to install V7.0.3 silently.


Installing Remote Tools and Documentation driver silently
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The Remote Tools and Documentation silent install now appends a '/tools'
subdirectory at the end of the install file path. There is no need to
specify this in a silent install properties file. It is possible that if
you generate a response file using the Remote Tools and Documentation
console install, there might be a '/tools' subdirectory at the end. If this
subdirectory exists, you should remove it from the response file.


Viewing the Information Center in your language
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If you encounter problems viewing the documentation that is provided with
the Remote Tools and Documentation installation in your language, try
using the IC_start.sh (for Linux) or IC_start.bat (for Windows) file rather
than help_start.sh or help_start.bat. Carry out the following steps:

1. Navigate to the ibm_help directory.
2. Run the file IC_start.bat for Windows, and IC_start.sh for Linux.
3. Open the browser in which you want to run the information center. Enter
the following URL.
http://<servername>:<port>/help
<servername> represents the name of the host or IP address of the system
where the information center is installed.
<port> represents the port that the information center uses. The default
<port> is 9999.
4. Press Enter.
5. To stop the information center, run the file IC_end.bat for Windows, and
IC_end.sh for non-Windows operating systems.


Interoperation with Early Design Program drivers
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There is no interoperation support for agents running any level of Early
Design Program code. If you have previously installed an Early Design Program
driver for WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition, you must uninstall the driver
before installing V7.0.3. You must also remove any configuration associated
with the driver.

For information about how to uninstall and remove an Early Design Program driver,
see the following topic in the WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition Information
Center:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/topic/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/eap_uninstall.htm


Upgrading the WebSphere MQ Explorer plug-in from V7.0.0 to a newer version
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If you have previously installed the WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
plug-in for WebSphere MQ Explorer 7.0.0, you might experience errors when
upgrading to a more recent version of the plug-in. The errors occur when
WebSphere MQ Explorer starts and they refer to com.ibm.wmqfte.bootstrap
being missing.

To fix this error, run one of the following commands:
strmqcfg -i

or

strmqcfg -c

The command with the -i parameter does not start WebSphere MQ Explorer,
but this command parameter does resolve the problem for the next start of
WebSphere MQ Explorer.

The command with the -c parameter resolves the problem and also starts
WebSphere MQ Explorer. You should only need to run strmqcfg with the -i or
-c option once to permanently resolve this issue.

These errors do not appear if you have not previously installed the plug-in
for WebSphere MQ Explorer that was provided with WebSphere MQ File Transfer
Edition Version 7.0.0 on the system: it is an issue with upgrading only.


Installing into an existing empty configuration directory
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The installer does not write configuration information directly into an
existing directory. This affects you if you do not accept the default
installation location and instead manually create a directory before
installation.

For example, if you create a "/var/fte_config" directory on a UNIX system
and then enter this directory as the configuration directory in the installer,
the installer treats this empty directory as an existing complete
configuration. The installer will prompt you to reuse "/var/fte_config", and
will not write any new configuration.

Work around this by manually creating a "/var/fte" directory and then entering
"/var/fte/config" as the configuration directory in the installer. The result
is the directory "config" is created in the existing "/var/fte" directory,
with the correct contents.


Installation locations
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You must ensure that you have write permission for the directory that you want
to install WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition into.

The installer will appear to allow you to install into a location that you do
not have permission to install into. The installer does not warn you that you
do not have write permission on the directory. This means you can go through
the install panels and only get an error message at the end, which asks you to
check the error log. However, the error log probably does not exist because it
cannot be written to your install root because of these permission
restrictions.

You are also recommended to use different locations for the installation
directory and configuration directory.

On the IBM i platform the installation location and the config location are
fixed. The product binaries are installed in the /QIBM/ProdData/WMQFTE/V7
directory and the data directory is /QIBM/UserData/WMQFTE/V7/config.


Installing on Security-Enhanced Linux
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If you are running Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux), install
WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition using the following steps,
which depend on the on Linux distribution you are using:
1. If you are using SuSE Linux, set the SELinux mode to permissive.

If you are using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, enable the following
option for your SELinux policy:
"Allow all unconfined executables to use libraries requiring text
relocation that are not labeled textrel_shlib_t"

2. For both SuSE Linux and Red Hat Linux: install WebSphere MQ File
Transfer Edition.

3. If you are using SuSE Linux, re-enable the SELinux policy.

4 For both SuSE Linux and Red Hat Linux, run the following command:
chcon -R -t texrel_shlib_t WMQFTE_INSTALL_DIR/jre


Installing the Remote Tools and Documentation CD on platforms other than
Windows or Linux
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If you install the Remote Tools and Documentation CD on any platform apart
from Windows or Linux, you cannot use either the WebSphere MQ Explorer plug-in
or the information center. You can only use the remote command line tools, Ant
and database logger parts of the installation, even though you might have
selected to install the WebSphere MQ Explorer plug-in and the information
center.


Missing databaselogger.properties file after a Remote Tools and Documentation
installation
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During an installation of Remote Tools and Documentation, if you choose to
"Use existing" configuration or "Skip configuration", no sample
databaselogger.properties file is created. For information about what
this file needs to contain and how to configure it, see the topic
"Installing the stand-alone database logger" in the Information
Center:
https://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/topic/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/dl_install_standalone.htm

Retaining transfer log message information
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The transfer log information generated by WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition,
is sent to the coordination queue manager where the information is published
to any subscribers. If there are no subscribers, the message will not be
delivered to any parties and will not be retained. To ensure that transfer
log messages are retained, you are strongly recommended to take one of several
actions before submitting the first file transfer to WebSphere MQ File
Transfer Edition. For more information see:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/topic/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/retain_log.htm


Running the fteCreateAgent command on z/OS
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When you use the fteCreateAgent command to create an agent with a bindings or
local queue manager connection, the command needs to know where the WebSphere
MQ Java Native libraries are located. The command is not able to get this
information on z/OS systems because there is no default location and you will
see the following informational message:

BFGMQ1007I: The coordination queue manager cannot be contacted or has refused
a connection attempt. The WebSphere MQ reason code was 2495. The agent's
presence will not be published.

To successfully register the agent on your WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
network when you subsequently run the fteStartAgent command, set the system
environment variable "LIBPATH" to the directory location of your WebSphere MQ
Java Native libraries. For example:

export LIBPATH=$LIBPATH:<WMQ Java Native Library Location>

This variable is not set by default and causes the informational message.

By setting the javaLibraryPath in the agent.properties file for the agent, the
presence of the agent will be registered anyway at the first use of the
fteStartAgent command.


z/OS coordination queue managers and SYSTEM.QPUBSUB.QUEUE.NAMELIST
namelist changes
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If you are using a z/OS queue manager as a coordination queue manager and you
make any changes to the SYSTEM.QPUBSUB.QUEUE.NAMELIST namelist, you must
restart the coordination queue manager's channel initiator (CHINIT) to pick up
the namelist changes.


Sandboxing IBM i save files
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Standard sandboxing does not work for IBM i save file transfers. Do not
set the sandboxRoot property if you plan to transfer save files,
otherwise the agent might crash. However, you can use the new user
authority checking to sandbox agent actions without problems.


JVM file encoding and EBCDIC data on IBM i Systems
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Users must use ASCII file encoding to create or configure WebSphere
MQ File Transfer Edition agents on IBM i systems. ASCII is the default file
encoding for the JSE 5.0 32-bit JVM that WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
requires. Users who have created a SystemDefault.properties file in their
/home/<user> directory with a file.encoding record that specifies an EBCDIC
encoding must change the file.encoding record to specify an ASCII encoding
and then start a new QShell session for creating or configuring agents on IBM
i systems.

Special considerations are needed when transferring files containing EBCDIC
data. In these cases users who start the agent must set their JVM file
encoding to an EBCDIC encoding so that data conversion during text mode
transfers work correctly. For more information, see "Transferring files to
or from IBM i systems" at:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/topic/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/ibmi_transfers.htm


Pending transfers in WebSphere MQ Explorer
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When viewing Pending Transfers in the WebSphere MQ Explorer, the information
in the Name column is unique only for the source agent handling the pending
transfer. Because the Explorer can show pending transfers from multiple
agents, the Name can appear to be duplicated. The unique reference for a
pending transfers consists of the Source column and Name column.


Documentation for WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
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You can find the most current WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
Information Center at:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/index.jsp

The information center that you can install from the
WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition Remote Tools and Documentation DVD
is supported on Windows and Linux on x86 platforms only.

If you have installed the version of the information center supplied on the
WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition Remote Tools and Documentation DVD, you
must download the most current information by clicking the Update button on
the information center toolbar. The instructions for updating the information
center are described in the topic "Using the WebSphere MQ File Transfer
Edition documentation". Or you can view the instructions online at:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/topic/com.ibm.wmqfte.doc/infocenter.htm



LIST OF FIXES INCLUDED IN WEBSPHERE MQ FILE TRANSFER EDITION V7.0.3
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You can find the list of fixes included in Version 7.0.3, which were first
included in Fix Pack 7.0.2.1, at:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?&uid=swg27015313



USEFUL LINKS
-----------------
In addition to this readme.txt file, you can find more information on the
WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition website at:
http://www.ibm.com/software/integration/wmq/filetransfer/

For instructions on downloading IBM WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition
Version 7.0.3 eAssembly images from the Passport Advantage Xtreme
Leverage website, see:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24028433

The SupportPac Web page is at:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?&uid=swg27007205

For current information on known problems and available fixes, see the Support
page of the WebSphere MQ website at:
http://www.ibm.com/software/integration/wmq/support/

Web documentation updates
The latest version of the WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition Information
Center for V7.0.3 is available online at:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqfte/v7r0/index.jsp



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TRADEMARKS

The following terms are trademarks of International Business Machines
Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both:
AIX DB2 IBM Passport Advantage SupportPac System p System x
System z WebSphere z/OS

Windows is a trademark of Microsoft(R) Corporation in the United States, other
countries, or both.

Java and all Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates.

UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and
other countries.

Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries,
or both.

Itanium is a registered trademark of Intel(R) Corporation or its subsidiaries
in the United States and other countries.

Other company, product, or service names may be trademarks or service marks of
others.

Original publication date

2010/11/17

Product Alias/Synonym

WMQ MQ FTE

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Software version:

7.0.3

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Linux on Power, Linux zSeries, Solaris, Windows, i5/OS, z/OS

Reference #:

7020362

Modified date:

2011-01-31

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