Overview

This course prepares you to plan, design, configure, and administer IBM MQ clusters.

After a review of IBM MQ, the course explains the similarities and differences between administration of a cluster and administration of a distributed message IBM MQ environment. You learn cluster specific commands and procedures, and explore the role of a cluster in a highly available IBM MQ infrastructure. You learn how to do a detailed verification of a new cluster configuration, review and identify all resulting components, and troubleshoot problems.

You also learn about cluster administration, workload balancing, security, and use of publish/subscribe clusters. You learn how to recognize when a problem is due to connection authentication, channel authentication, or object authorizations. You also learn about design options such as overlapping clusters and use of clusters with z/OS queue sharing groups. Many of the considerations in this course are based on actual engagement experiences.

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Prerequisites

Before taking this course, you should have experience with IBM MQ or complete one of the following courses:

  • IBM MQ V9 System Administration (using Windows for labs) (WM153G)
  • IBM MQ V9 System Administration (using Linux for labs) (WM154G)
  • IBM MQ V8 System Administration for z/OS (WM302G)

You should also have working knowledge of the Windows operating system to run the lab exercises.

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Delegates will learn how to

  • Describe the basic IBM MQ components
  • Identify which IBM MQ objects are used to impact routing in a cluster environment
  • Identify who in your organization can impact the health of a cluster and the need for adequate communication
  • Describe the correct role of a cluster in a highly available IBM MQ infrastructure
  • Describe the differences and similarities between administering clustered and non-clustered IBM MQ environments
  • Describe how to configure, verify, and troubleshoot an IBM MQ cluster
  • Identify the various channels that are present in a cluster environment and how each is created
  • Describe how to use separate transmission queues in a clustered queue manager
  • Explain how to remove a queue manager from a cluster on a permanent or temporary basis
  • Explain IBM MQ connection authentication
  • Explain IBM MQ channel authentication
  • Describe IBM MQ object authorizations
  • Explain how to troubleshoot security challenges in a cluster
  • List ways to influence workload balancing in a cluster
  • Describe the history and basic components of IBM MQ publish/subscribe
  • Explain the considerations and details of implementing publish/subscribe in an IBM MQ clustered environment
  • Describe cluster design architectural considerations
  • Summarize the benefits of design and configuration simplicity in a cluster implementation
  • Explain how to configure overlapping clusters
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Outline

Course introduction
IBM MQ baseline
Exercise: Configuring and reviewing base IBM MQ resources
Before you start
Understanding and implementing an IBM MQ cluster
Exercise: Implementing and verifying a cluster, cluster queues, and a cluster gateway
Cluster administration tasks and commands
Exercise: Working with cluster administration tasks
IBM MQ security and clusters
Exercise: Working with IBM MQ security
Influencing workload balancing behavior
Exercise: Working with workload balancing options
Publish/subscribe and clusters
Exercise: Configuring a publish/subscribe cluster
Cluster design considerations
Exercise: Configuring an overlapping cluster
Course summary

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