Snippet 2 – Basic MQ Queue Rate monitoring

My previous post was about one small project I got involved with over the last week. This is another one prompted by working with an MQ user, this time to do with metrics. Essentially they had an urgent need to do some basic MQ queue rate monitoring: how many messages were put/got in an interval. More sophisticated observability, whether using a product like Instana, or tools such as these, would be a later exercise. I described what MQ can generate, and what some of the provided sample programs do, but decided it was more interesting to demonstrate it with real running code.

I also think of this as the coding version of the “Yes, And …” rule for Improv. Start with one piece and see where it leads. I ended up with 3 pieces – collect data, format data, display data. Each piece had some utility on its own, but I then thought “Yes, and then what can I do to demonstrate the next phase most effectively.”

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This post was last updated on November 15th, 2022 at 12:41 pm

Snippet 1 – Building an MQRFH2

Over the last week I’ve been working on some questions sent to me, and several have resulted in writing some test programs and scripts. This post shows the results of one of those exercises, building an MQRFH2 structure from scratch.

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This post was last updated on October 6th, 2022 at 08:59 am

Recording queue manager object access

In this post I’ll talk about a new exit (Installable Service) that can be used with an MQ 9.3 installation for recording queue manager object access requests. It can provide a level of reporting who is using what and when. I’ll show what it does, how it does it, and what the limitations are.

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Durable subscriptions to minimise object handle use

Collection of the metrics that the queue manager publishes requires that each monitored queue has at least one associated subscription. This post describes an interesting option where collection programs use durable subscriptions to minimise object handle use when running MQ monitoring. It reduces the requirements for configuring the MAXHANDS attribute on the queue manager. It’s also a nice demonstration of how subscriptions could be used in any application.

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This post was last updated on June 30th, 2022 at 07:23 am

Supporting MQ Jakarta JMS in Spring Boot

One of the features of the newly-released MQ 9.3 is support for JMS 3, also known as Jakarta Messaging. There will be more information elsewhere about what that means for standalone JMS programs. There continues to be a JMS 2 package, of course, for ongoing compatibility. But JMS 3 introduces incompatibilities that mean that we need updated versions of other components to match if you want to move up to newer standards. This post will talk about supporting MQ Jakarta JMS in Spring Boot.

I’ll also discuss the issues I had when developing the new version – the annoying incompatible tooling upgrades I had to work through.

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This post was last updated on June 30th, 2022 at 07:53 am

MQ application compatibility across a quarter century

I was working on something recently where I had to upgrade various components in the tooling. And I was getting more and more annoyed that the upgrades broke my existing programs and scripts. None of that was MQ’s fault and I’ll write more about the project once it’s available alongside the newly-announced MQ 9.3. [That article is now published here.] But it got me thinking about the efforts we’ve made to keep MQ application compatibility across its lifetime. I wanted to show how we’ve achieved that across a quarter century (and more). And how that has preserved the work that developers have put into their MQ programs. In particular, I want to see if old compiled programs can still work with a current queue manager.

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This post was last updated on June 24th, 2022 at 04:51 pm

MQ Message Routing in JSON

MQ V6 introduced a tool to help with administration and problem diagnosis in an MQ network. The dspmqrte program shows the route that a message might take, reporting on the transmission queues and channels. It is considered MQ’s equivalent to the TCP/IP traceroute. This post discusses a new variation, dspmqrtj, available on GitHub, that shows MQ message routing in JSON format.

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This post was last updated on March 8th, 2022 at 10:15 am

A obsolete MQ channel option saved the day

After recovering from a site-wide power failure and restart, something then went wrong with my AIX system so that I could no longer log into it. It seemed that the ssh service had died. And none of the other standard Unix services like telnet were enabled for security reasons. I’ll show how I was able to recover, and how an obsolete MQ channel option saved the day.

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This post was last updated on February 24th, 2022 at 11:10 am

How to remove MQ authorities for deleted ids

A userid or group deleted from the operating system still shows up in a queue manager’s authority lists. Ideally you would have removed those authorisations before deleting the id, but if you have not, then MQ will not usually let you delete the authorisations later. This post explains the procedure that I use to remove MQ authorities for deleted ids or to cold-start the authorisations when testing. I’ll also describe a second procedure that you might prefer.

There are both use-at-own-risk methods, but I’ve given an outline a few times in posts and replies elsewhere. After a bit of encouragement, I finally decided it might be better to give fuller details so you can make a proper evaluation of whether to use the technique.

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This post was last updated on June 28th, 2022 at 04:25 pm