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System Administrators - Websphere MQ Boot camp

Duration: 5 days

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide you with a solid technical knowledge to begin managing a distributed WebSphere MQ environment. This class contains hands-on exercises for a variety of common setup and trouble-shooting problems.

You will cover …

  • WebSphere MQ Overview

  • Introduction to asynchronous messaging models

  • Distributed queuing architecture with MQSeries

  • Persistent versus non-persistent messaging

  • MQSeries Installation and setup – MVS and Distributed

  • Defining MQ objects – ISPF, Command Line, and Windows MQ Explorer

  • Operation & Administration

  • Naming Conventions for MQ objects

  • Recovery & Restart

  • Monitoring & Performance

  • Intersystem Communication

  • Problem Determination and Resolution

  • MQSeries Channel setup

  • Triggering applications and channels

  • Syncpoint and Unit of Work

  • MQ Clustering and High Availability

  • Transactional messaging and database coordination

  • Tracking messages using MQ report options

  • MQ Client configuration (Client connection channels)

  • Exits (Security, Channel,

  • MVS security and MQ

  • Distributed systems security – securing channels and MQ objects

  • Error Handling and Recovery – Dead Letter Queue management

Intended Audience:

This is an MQSeries Integrated Administration combination course designed for MQSeries System Administrators working in a distributed and/or mainframe environment (primarily MVS OS/390, z/OS, UNIX, Windows (NT and 2000), AS400, and Tandem).


You must be familiar with operating system commands, and a basic understanding of MQSeries. Knowledge of databases or network management is also desirable.

Course Content:

I. Middleware Introduction

  • Role of middleware in today’s IT world

  • Types of middleware and characteristics

II. IBM’s MQSeries Architecture

  • Components of MQSeries

  • Distributed MQSeries intercommunication

  • WebSphere MQ and e-Business integration.

III. IBM MQSeries Concepts

  • Message structure

  • Queue managers

  • Queues (Local, Remote, Model, Alias)

  • Channels

  • Processes

  • System default objects

IV. Installing MQSeries

  • Log Files placement

  • Install path location

  • NT/UNIX install issues

  • Security considerations

  • MVS Parmlib and subsystem setup

  • Datasets and Pagesets

  • Coupling Facility issues

  • MVS address space

  • CICS/IMS adapter setup

  • Exercise 1 (Install MQSeries)

V. System Administration

  • Installation

  • Customization

  • Procedures

  • Interfaces

  • Security (RACF, OAM)

  • Backup and Recovery

  • Object Maintenance

  • Naming Standards

  • Performance and Monitoring

  • Maintenance (SMF and other logs)

  • Problem Determination

  • Distributed MQ system processes

  • Exercise 2 (Create Queue Manager)

  • Exercise 3 (Create MQ objects and server-to-server channels – troubleshoot failures.

VI. Programming Issues

  • Triggering applications

  • Coordination with databases

  • Distributed Security

  • Grouping and segmentation

  • Using report options

  • Using the Dead Letter Queue Monitor.

  • Using the MQI API

  • Object oriented APIs

  • Remote management using the MQSeries Explorer MMC snap-in.

  • Exercise 4 (Triggering a program, and a channel agent).

  • Exercise 5 (Tracking messages when things go wrong)

VII. Clustering and High Availability

  • MQSeries clustering concepts

  • Components

  • Creating a cluster

  • Adding a queue manager to the cluster

  • Full repository versus partial repository

  • Managing cluster load balancing

  • Queue Sharing Groups

VIII. Extras

  • MQ Integrator

  • MQ Workflow

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