A software update is available that enables Virtual Routing Node (VRN) links to be configured as non-limited resource links in Microsoft Host Integration Server 2009 and Microsoft Host Integration Server 2006 SP1

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Article ID: 977899 - View products that this article applies to.
Bug #: 465806 (VSTS) Bug #: 3660 (EBizSE)
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INTRODUCTION

This article describes a software update that enables Virtual Routing Node (VRN) links to be configured as non-limited resource links in Microsoft Host Integration Server 2009 and Microsoft Host Integration Server 2006 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

MORE INFORMATION

A VRN is a virtual node that exists in an advanced peer-to-peer networking (APPN) topology database. APPN nodes that operate in a VRN can create dynamic connections to other APPN nodes in the same VRN. VRNs provide the following benefits in an advanced program-to-program communication (APPC) network:
  • If direct connectivity between APPN nodes is required, VRNs reduce the number of APPN link definitions that must be manually defined.
  • VRNs remove potential bottlenecks that are caused when session traffic is routed through intermediate network nodes (NNs) and when direct APPN links between APPN nodes do not exist.
  • Fewer topology database updates (TDUs) are sent across the APPC network when VRNs are used. The number of TDUs is more when you manually define direct APPC link definitions between APPN nodes.
Limited resource links such as High Performance Routing (HPR) are automatically deactivated when no traffic flows over the link for a specified time-out period. Historically, the APPN architecture specified that all dynamic links, such as VRN links, would be set up as limited resource links. Over time, most implementations of APPN enabled dynamic links to be configured as either limited or as non-limited resources.

By default, the IP-DLC link service treats all dynamic incoming links as non-limited links, except for VRN links.

Software Update Information

A supported feature that changes the product's default behavior is now available from Microsoft. However, this feature is only intended to change the behavior that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that specifically require it. This feature may receive additional testing. Therefore, if your system is not severely affected by the lack of this feature, we recommend that you wait for the next Host Integration Server 2009 or Microsoft Host Integration Server 2006 service pack that contains this feature.

To obtain this feature immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
32-bit versions of Host Integration Server 2009
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirement
Snaipdlc.dll8.0.3749.21,003,34404-Dec-200920:03x86SP1
Trcipdlc.dll8.0.3749.23,023,69604-Dec-200920:03x86SP1
64-bit versions of Host Integration Server 2009
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirementService branch
Snaipdlc.dll8.0.3749.21,397,07204-Dec-200920:05x64SP1Not Applicable
Trcipdlc.dll8.0.3749.23,782,99204-Dec-200920:05x64SP1Not Applicable
Snaipdlc.dll8.0.3749.21,003,34404-Dec-200920:03x86NoneSYSWOW
Trcipdlc.dll8.0.3749.23,023,69604-Dec-200920:03x86NoneSYSWOW

32-bit versions of Host Integration Server 2006 SP1
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirement
Snaipdlc.dll7.0.4205.0990,54411-May-201018:39x86SP2
Trcipdlc.dll7.0.4205.02,961,74412-May-200921:50x86SP2

64-bit versions of Host Integration Server 2006 SP1
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatformSP requirement
Snaipdlc.dll7.0.4205.01,462,09611-May-201018:39x64SP2
Trcipdlc.dll7.0.4205.03,954,51212-May-200921:51x64SP2


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Because of file dependencies, the most recent software update that contains these files may also contain additional files.

After you apply this update, the IP-DLC link service can be configured to treat VRN links as non-limited links. In this manner, the links stay active even when there is no traffic flowing over the link.

How to configure VRN links as non-limited resource links

To configure VRN links as non-limited resource links, follow the steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate the following subkey in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SNAIPx\Parameters\ExtraParameters
    Note Replace x with the number that matches the IP-DLC link service that you want to change. For example, assume that you have one IP-DLC link service installed on your Host Integration Server 2009 or Host Integration Server 2006 SP1 system. In this case, you should replace x with 1.
  3. Right-click ExtraParameters, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  4. TypeVRNnotLimitedResource , and then press ENTER.
  5. Double-click VRNnotLimitedResource, and enter 1 as the Value data.
  6. Exit Registry Editor.
  7. Restart the IP-DLC link service so that the change takes effect. The easiest way to do this is to restart the SNA Server service or the SnaBase service. When you restart these services, users who are connected to the Host Integration Server are disconnected.
In addition, the other end of the VRN link must also be configured so that the VRN link is treated as a non-limited resource link. If the other end of the VRN link is an IBM mainframe, you should configure LIMRES=NO in Virtual Telecommunications Access Method (VTAM) to enable the link to be treated as a non-limited resource link. If either end of the VRN link treats the link as a limited resource link, the link will be deactivated as soon as the specified aliveness timer expires.

For more information about limited resources, about advanced peer-to-peer networking (APPN), about high performance routing (HPR), and about rapid transport protocol (RTP) connections in APPN/HPR networks, see "Inside APPN and HPR - The Essential Guide to New SNA" at the following IBM Web site:
http://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedbookAbstracts/sg243669.html
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STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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Article ID: 977899 - Last Review: September 14, 2010 - Revision: 6.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Host Integration Server 2009
  • Microsoft Host Integration Server 2006 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Host Integration Server 2006 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Host Integration Server 2006
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