IBM Integration Bus – BAR File Management

TechDoc.  IBM Integration Bus.  BAR File Management.
February 2015. 23 pages.
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This TechDoc describes the creation, deployment, and management of Broker Archive (BAR) files.  The complete life-cycle of a BAR file is described and, in the absence of Source Code Management (SCM) software, a deployment and management process is proposed.  All of the commands necessary to manage BAR files are covered in detail.  These commands are:

  • mqsicreatebar    (Create a BAR file)
  • mqsiapplybaroverride    (Modify the properties of a BAR file)
  • mqsideploy    (Deploy are BAR file to an Integration Server)
  • mqsireadbar    (Display the properties of a BAR file)

This document should provide all of the information necessary to understand, build, deploy and manage Broker Archive (BAR) files.  In addition, enough command detail is provided to allow an IIB administrator to be able to automate this process through scripting.


Author: Glen Brumbaugh

Services (Cloud & SOA) Architect. MQ & Integration Bus Subject Matter Expert. Over 40 years of software development (over 5 million lines of code), design, architecture, and project leadership experience in the financial, insurance, retail, government and other industry sectors. Over two decades of Cloud, Middleware, ESB, and SOA consulting experience and was part of the team that supported the initial release of MQSeries in the U.S. Initially trained by the Hursley Laboratory developers and went on to teach MQSeries classes (beginning with v 1.0) and lead numerous MQ, Message Broker, and related software deployments. Worked with IIB since version 1.0 (NEON) and supported the entire range of IBM middleware products (DataPower, MQSeries Workflow, WebSphere Process Server, Business Process Manager, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Service Registry & Repository, API Connect). Developed extensive MQ software in C, COBOL, and Java and has programming experience in every MQ API. Developed hundreds of Message Broker (now Integration Bus) Message Flows using SOA design principles. Both MQ and IIB installation, configuration, administration, monitoring, security, and performance experience on virtually all platforms (Windows, UNIX, IBM i, and z/OS). Presented both nationally and internationally at IBM Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, and User Groups on a variety of MQ, Message Broker, & SOA topics. Extensively documented WMQ Standard Operating Procedures & Best Practices and a principal author/editor of the well known "TechDoc" series of IBM middleware reference documents. Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. College Professor (Computer Science). Army veteran. Jump qualified. Off-shore sailor. Master SCUBA Diver rating. Eagle Scout and Sierra Club member. Proud father of two daughters (St. John's College and UCLA).

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