Broker Services were partially retired with EntireX version 8.0; they are now fully retired. This affects in particular the following components:
Broker Services WebSphere MQ Support
Retired since version 8.0. There was no direct replacement for the Broker Services WebSphere MQ support. However, WebSphere MQ is supported with the EntireX WebSphere MQ RPC Server and the EntireX WebSphere MQ Listener. For scenarios using the Broker Services WebSphere MQ support, both of these might be a more modern and easier-to-use alternative.
Broker Services APPC Adapter
Retired since version 8.0. There was no replacement for the Broker Services APPC Adapter. We recommend using the standard EntireX functionality in the future. Possible migration paths can vary and should be determined based on your projects.
Broker Services Attach Service
There is no replacement for the Broker Services Attach Service. Most of the RPC server implementations support multiple worker models for load balancing purposes. See for example Scenario Worker Models under CICS | Batch. For Natural RPC servers, the Natural RPC Server front-end provides similar functionality.
Support for Location Transparency was dropped in EntireX version 9.5. Location Transparency has now been removed from all major interfaces.
Java sources generated with older versions of the EntireX Wrapper for Enterprise JavaBeans do not compile with this version and newer versions of EntireX. Please re-generate these source files. It is possible to run classes based on older versions of EntireX with this version and newer versions of EntireX, as long as Location Transparency is not used.
Operating System Support
The following platforms are no longer supported: z/OS 1.12, z/VSE 4.3.
Broker stub BKIMBTSO is no longer provided. The functionality is covered by stub BROKER. The default transport method for BKIMBTSO was TCP; default for BROKER is NET. However, this can be changed to TCP if required. See Default Transport Method for BROKER under Administering Broker Stubs.
No new version of IAF is delivered with this release of the webMethods suite.
Location transparency is no longer supported in this version.
Windows Server 2008 (32-bit)
Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) is no longer supported. We suggest you upgrade to the 64-bit or a more recent Windows version. See List of Components per Platform for full list.
Application server JBoss is no longer supported.
Operating System Support
The following operating systems are no longer supported:
Linux 32-bit versions. We therefore recommend you migrate to the corresponding 64-bit OS version.
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003.
HP-UX PA-Risc (64-bit). Applies to EntireX 9.0 only. EntireX will continue to be supported on this platform with version 8.2 until December 2016.
Configuration of RPC servers has been simplified, and the following parameters are now deprecated on some servers:
For Batch RPC Server and IMS RPC Server the complex parameter
runoption is replaced by the new parameter
marshalling, which is set by default to
marshalling is used together with server-side mapping files.
minworker, maxworker, endworker
For Batch RPC Server, parameters
are replaced by new parameter
See examples under RPC Parameters in section What was New in Version 9.
The RPC server option
KSEC under CICS) is deprecated. EntireX
RPC servers now provide logic to detect the security setup of the broker kernel automatically.
Applies to Batch, CICS, IMS, UNIX, Windows, Micro Focus and .NET RPC Servers.
Support for these parameters is currently still provided for compatibility reasons.
The Broker attributes
NET-RETRY-TIME are no longer supported.
DCOM Wrapper Proxy Objects
The generation of DCOM Wrapper proxy objects is no longer supported.
ACI for .NET
The EntireX Broker ACI for .NET is no longer supported.
Entire Net-Work is no longer supported for Broker stubs used on UNIX or Windows.
The following features and platforms are not planned to be supported in future versions.
EntireX Wrapper for Enterprise JavaBeans
The possibility to enable Java-based components to access an EntireX RPC server using Enterprise JavaBeans will be removed with the EntireX Wrapper for Enterprise JavaBeans in the next version.
Adapter Services Wrapper for Natural
The Adapter Services Wrapper for Natural will be removed in a future version. This functionality is already covered by using the IDL Extractor for Natural and the Integration Server Wrapper.
SSL or TLS Support for Broker Stubs under z/OS
Direct SSL or TLS support (using GSK) inside the broker stubs under z/OS will be dropped in the future. We recommend using IBM's Application Transparent Transport Layer Security (AT-TLS) instead. For an overview of broker stubs and transport, see Transport: Broker Stubs and APIs.
Administration using System Management Hub and SNMP Support
Administration with SMH (including the batch interface
argbatch) is planned to be dropped in a future version of EntireX.
The required SMH functionality will be replaced by other means.
SNMP will no longer be supported when SMH is dropped.
The Broker SSL Agent and Broker TCP Agent will be removed in a future version.
ACI for Natural
The LDAs NATDEF12 and NATDEF21 are deprecated and will no longer be delivered in the future.
The LDAs NATDEF12 and NATDEF21, which define API version 2 only, are consolidated into the LDA NATDEF in the Natural library SYSETB. If there were duplicate field names in NATDEF12 and NATDEF21, they are defined as REDEFINES in NATDEF. NATDEF12 and NATDEF21 are deprecated and will not be delivered in future releases. Use NATDEF in your application for Broker control block definition. Also, some of the fields in NATDEF are marked as deprecated. Do no use these in your application either.
IDL Compiler Native Batch Interface
The IDL Compiler native batch interface for the C Wrapper and .NET Wrapper is deprecated and will be dropped in the future. For the C Wrapper, use the Eclipse batch interface instead. See Using the C Wrapper in Command-line Mode.
Customer-written templates for the IDL Compiler are also deprecated, and support for these templates will be dropped in a future version.
The Generic RPC Services Module (see Generic RPC Services Module) COBSRVIB and COBSRVID delivered on mainframe will be removed. Instead, use the modules generated by the EntireX Workbench. The CICS module COBSRVIC in source as well as load format will stay.
Support for all RPC parameters listed as "deprecated" under Features Dropped in Version 9.0 may be dropped in a future version. We recommend you use the alternatives provided.
Microsoft Visual Studio Wizard for EntireX DCOM Wrapper
The Microsoft Visual Studio Wizard for EntireX DCOM Wrapper as a Software AG plug-in will be removed in a future version. This functionality will continue to be provided by the EntireX Workbench.