z/VSE V6.1 is delivered with CICS Transaction Server for z/VSE V2.1. This new version of CICS TS replaces CICS Transaction Server for VSE/ESA V1.1.1. CICS TS for VSE/ESA can no longer be used with z/VSE V6.1 or later. CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 is the only CICS version that can be used with z/VSE V6.1. CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1 requires z/VSE V6.1.
CICS Transaction Server for z/VSE 2.1 delivers:
Note: CICS Distributed Data Management (CICS/DDM) is not supported with CICS TS for z/VSE V2.1.
CICS Transaction Server 1.1 is part of VSE since VSE/ESA V2.4. The CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) was updated in VSE/ESA V2.5 to CICS TS for VSE/ESA 1.1.1 with the CICS Web Support and 3270 Bridge.
CICS Transaction Server for VSE delivers the following benefits to customers:
The migration path to CICS TS is via the former CICS/VSE V2.3. To assist in a smooth migration CICS/VSE V2.3 is provided as part of the CICS TS product package (see note below). I.e. CICS TS for VSE/ESA is delivered as a cost effective product package comprising the following major components under one price and with one set of terms and conditions:
- End of support for CICS/VSE V2.3 was on October 31, 2012. See CICS/VSE V2.3 end of support announcement.
- z/VSE V5.1 and V4.3 no longer offer CICS/VSE V2.3 as part of the z/VSE V5.1 or V4.3 base and thus fulfills the statement of direction in the z/VSE V4.2 (US announcement letter 207-228, dated October 9, 2007). For more details, please see this support document.
- Because the coexistence environment was removed with z/VSE V4.3, it is recommended to migrate from CICS/VSE V2.3 to CICS TS for VSE/ESA 1.1.1 on VSE releases prior to z/VSE V4.3.
- CICS/VSE V2.3 does not run on z/VSE V5.1.
The new face of CICS Transaction Server.
The CICS Explorer is the new systems management framework for CICS TS. It provides read-only capabilities to display CICS resources. The CICS Explorer consists of a CICS Explorer client and a CICS TS server extension. The CICS Explorer client can be downloaded from the CICS Explorer web page, and the CICS TS server extension is delivered as CICS TS PTF. When used with CICS TS for VSE/ESA, it requires z/VSE V5.1, or later.
The CICS Explorer user guide provides some more information on the CICS Explorer installation and use.
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