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General Availability Announcement for CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release

  • 1.  General Availability Announcement for CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release

    Posted 08-19-2019 01:58 PM
    Edited by Susan Brude 2 days ago

    Hi all,

    I am super excited to make this announcement.  
    Below is the text from the official announcement that should be mailed out this week! 

    We are delivering CA Gen 8.6 Complete via PTFs that get you to the Complete release level.  If you are upgrading from Gen 8.5, to upgrade to Gen 8.6 Complete you will need to install Gen 8.6 from the original installers and apply the PTFs.  If you are already on Gen 8.6, no matter what PTFs you have applied, the rollup PTFs will get you up to the complete release.

    The eight CA Gen 8.6 Complete PTFs for the Distributed platforms have been published and are available on our CA Gen 8.6 Solutions & Patches web page (
    https://techdocs.broadcom.com/us/product-content/recommended-reading/technical-document-index/ca-gen-8_6-solutions---patches.html)

    The PTFs for z/OS are available from the same link above.  Follow the link for the z/OS - CA Gen Maintenance Grid, from there select the Since GA, for the CA Gen r8.6.

    For those customers who use our Japanese or Nonstop versions, we are still working on finishing up the PTFs for those versions.  Stay tuned.

    As always, I encourage you to review the Release Notes (https://docops.ca.com/ca-gen/8-6/en/release-notes/ca-gen-8-6-ga-complete) and the readme files.



    Official Announcement:

    On behalf of CA Technologies, a Broadcom Company, we appreciate your business and the opportunity to provide you with high-quality, innovative software and services. As part of our ongoing commitment to customer success, we regularly release updated versions of our products. Today, we are pleased to announce that CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release is now available. 


    Some new features of CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release are:

    • Marquee Features on z/OS
      • Dynamic Gen Runtime uses CICS TS 5.4, IMS V15, and MQ V9.1
      • z/OS DB2 Universal Call Attach (DSNULI) Support for CICS and Batch
      • Support 8 character userids
      • Certifications – MQ V9.1, IMS V15, Db2 12, CICS TS 5.4

     

    • Marquee Features on Distributed Platforms
      • TLS Support – Secure communication to CICS through Client Manager, GUI, C Proxy, Java Proxy
      • Secure C Functions – Generation changes related to C (from Toolset and CSE)
      • .NET 4.0 Framework Support – Generated .NET applications from Toolset and CSE
      • Chrome and Edge Browser Support – Java (Internet and WebView) and .NET web applications
      • Call External Statement enhancements – Option for custom Error handling and basic authentication using user exit
      • Java 11 Support for generated applications – Existing and newly generated code can be built and executed
      • Secure (https) SOAP Web service consumption from Call External for C, Java and C# runtimes
      • Replaced Oracle JRE with Adopt OpenJDK (not for generated applications)
      • Certifications – Visual Studio 2017, JBoss EAP 7.2, MQ 9.1, WAS 9, Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2016, Oracle 18c (runtime), DB2 v11


    You can download your copy of CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release from the CA Support Online Solution Downloads https://casupport.broadcom.com/. If you have any questions or require assistance contact CA Customer Care online at http://www.ca.com/us/customer-care.aspx where you can submit an online request. You can also call CA Customer Care at +1-800-225-5224 in North America or see http://www.ca.com/phone for the local number in your country. 


    The CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release product documentation details all product features and how to install and use the product. To see all content, go to docops.ca.com/gen and log in with your CA Support credentials.


    If you are using CA Gen on z/OS, we recommend that you use CA Chorus™ Software Manager (CA CSM) (formerly known as CA Mainframe Software Manager™ (CA MSM)) to download and install CA Gen. CA CSM is designed to automate product acquisition, installation, deployment, configuration and maintenance and remove SMP/E complexities. CA CSM helps save time and resources when compared with the manual steps used to perform these tasks.   


    Should you need any assistance in understanding these new features, or implementing this latest release, our CA Services experts can help. For more information on CA Services and how you can leverage our expertise, please visit www.ca.com/services. To connect, learn and share with other customers, join and participate in our CA Gen CA Community at https://communities.ca.com/.


    To review CA Support lifecycle policies, please review the CA Support Policy and Terms located at https://casupport.broadcom.com/


    Thank you again for your business.

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    Su Brude
    Product Manager -- CA Gen
    Broadcom
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  • 2.  RE: General Availability Announcement for CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release

    Posted 08-20-2019 08:37 AM
    Good morning.
    You mentioned the " eight CA Gen 8.6 Complete PTFs for the Distributed platforms ".
    Are there similar rollup PTFs for z/OS?
    Unfortunately, our mainframe provider does not use CSM, so we use SMP/E jobs to apply the maintenance.
    Thank you.


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    Doug Seaver
    Systems Development Services Specialist
    WisDOT
    Madison, WI, USA
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  • 3.  RE: General Availability Announcement for CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release

    Posted 08-20-2019 10:22 AM
    Hi Doug,

    The message above is unclear.  Yes there is a similar delivery for z/OS.  You can find the PTFs under the CA Gen Maintenance Grid from https://techdocs.broadcom.com/us/product-content/recommended-reading/technical-document-index/ca-gen-8_6-solutions---patches.html

    From there, follow the Since GA link for CA Gen r8.6
    Let me know if you have any other questions.  I will update the original message to clarify.
    Thanks
    -Su

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    Su Brude
    Product Manager -- CA Gen
    Broadcom
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  • 4.  RE: General Availability Announcement for CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release

    Posted 08-20-2019 03:08 PM
    Doug, 
    Update to Su's response.
    For z/OS the PTFs are not rollup, instead they are applied using SMP/E, thus you need to Receive and Apply all PTFs to resolve any pre-reqs, etc. 
    If you already have Gen 8.6 installed you can either download the individual PTFs or you can use CARS. These PTFs are in CARS1907, which become available August 5th, 2019. 

    Regards, 
    Teresa


  • 5.  RE: General Availability Announcement for CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release

    Posted 08-20-2019 03:38 PM

    I have not downloaded z/OS PTFs for a little while. Hopefully this is still an option (see next)

    There used to be an option to download all related maintenance when selecting a PTF for download. This would package all pre-req and co-req PTFs into a zip file that could be downloaded.

    SMP/E will only receive and install PTFs that are new to the SMP/E CSI.

     






  • 6.  RE: General Availability Announcement for CA Gen 8.6 Complete Release

    Posted 08-21-2019 03:20 AM
    Hi  Doug,

    if you need any info for the ZIP file, please see
    https://docops.ca.com/mainframe-common-maintenance/en/maintain-your-products/download-and-receive-maintenance/download-options
    If not familiar with CARS, you will find the info on:
    https://techdocs.broadcom.com/us/product-content/recommended-reading/product-related-technical-information/ca-recommended-service-ca-rs-for-zos.html


    HTH,regards
    Thomas