Designing, Implementing, and Managing IBM MQ V9 Clusters (WM253G)

Designing, Implementing, and Managing IBM MQ V9 Clusters (WM253G)


Duration: 2 days

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.


  • 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

Course Outline

1. Course introduction

2. IBM MQ baseline

  • Exercise: Configuring and reviewing base IBM MQ resources 

3. Understanding and implementing an IBM MQ cluster

  • Exercise: Implementing and verifying a cluster, cluster queues, and a cluster gateway

4. Cluster administration tasks and commands

  • Exercise: Working with cluster administration tasks

5. IBM MQ security and clusters

  • Exercise: Working with IBM MQ security

6. Influencing workload balancing behavior

  • Exercise: Working with workload balancing options

7. Publish/subscribe and clusters

  • Exercise: Configuring a publish/subscribe cluster

8. Cluster design considerations

  • Exercise: Configuring an overlapping cluster

9. Course summary

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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