For those who haven’t seen it highlighted somewhere else already, I thought it was worth pointing out that is now available for distributed platforms.

Typically, Fix Packs are scheduled regression-tested cumulative packages of fixes. (A more detailed overview of what Fix Packs and Refresh Packs can be found in the WMQ Maintenance Strategy).

A full list of the fixes included in this Fix Pack can be found in the Fix List.

Unusually, some new function has also been included in this update. Details are contained in the README, but to summarise:

  • Support for J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA)
    A JCA resource adapter for WebSphere MQ, allowing JMS applications and message driven beans running in an application server, to access the
    resources of a WebSphere MQ queue manager.
  • Windows 64-bit support
    Support for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition. Note that from this point on, WebSphere MQ installs will include a bin64 directory on all Windows operating systems.
  • .NET applications on 64-bit Windows
    32-bit versions of the .NET framework versions 1.1 and 2.0 are both supported for use with Windows 64-bit operating systems.
  • DES SSL Cipherspec Suppression in SSLFIPS mode
    An updated version of GSKit which rejects DES-based SSL Cipherspecs when the queue manager or client is in SSLFIPS mode.

It’s worth noting that this is currently the last version 6 maintenance pack announced for this year to include new function. For the most up-to-date copy of the maintenance pack schedule, see the WebSphere MQ Planned Maintenance Release Dates page.

Update: I should be clear that I am talking about maintenance for distributed platforms in this post. For full details, please click through to the links included above.