Sun Java System Message Queue 4.3 Release Notes

New Features in Message Queue 4.3

Sun Java System Message Queue is a full-featured message service that provides reliable, asynchronous messaging in conformance with the Java Messaging Specification (JMS) 1.1. In addition, Message Queue provides features that go beyond the JMS specification to meet the needs of large-scale enterprise deployments.

Message Queue 4.3 is a minor release that includes a number of feature enhancements and bug fixes. This section describes the new features included in this release:

Universal Message Service (UMS)

Message Queue 4.3 introduces a new universal messaging service (UMS) and messaging API that provides access to Message Queue from any http-enabled device. As a result, almost any application can communicate with any other application and benefit from the reliability and guaranteed delivery of JMS messaging. In addition, the UMS provides enhanced scalability for JMS messaging, allowing the number of messaging clients to reach internet-scale proportions.


The basic UMS architecture is shown in the following figure:

Figure 1–1 UMS Architecture

Illustration showing that the UMS as a gateway between
Non-JMS clients and a JMS provider.

The UMS, which runs in a web server, is language neutral and platform independent. The UMS serves as a gateway between any non-JMS client application and a JMS provider. It receives messages sent using the UMS API, transforms them into JMS messages, and produces them to destinations in the JMS provider by way of the provider's native protocol. Similarly, it retrieves messages from destinations in the JMS provider, transforms them into text or SOAP messages, and sends the messages to non-JMS clients as requested by the clients through the UMS API.

The simple, language-independent, protocol-based UMS API supports both Web-based and non-Web-based applications, and can be used with both scripting and programming languages. The API is offered in two styles: a simple messaging API that uses a Representational State Transfer (REST)-style protocol, and an XML messaging API that embeds the protocol in a SOAP message header. In both cases, however, the API requires only a single http request to send or receive a message.

The simplicity and flexibility of the UMS API means that AJAX, .NET, Python, C, Java, and many other applications can send text message and/or SOAP (with attachment) messages to JMS destinations or receive messages from JMS destinations. For example, Python applications can communicate with .NET applications, iPhone can communicate with Java applications, and so forth.

For Message Queue 4.3, the UMS supports only Message Queue as a JMS provider.

Additional Features

The UMS serves as more than the simple gateway described above. It supports stateful as well as stateless client sessions. If requested by the client, the UMS will maintain session state for the client application across multiple service requests. The UMS can use container-managed authentication, or be configured to authenticate clients with the Message Queue broker, or both. The UMS also supports transactions, enabling client applications to commit or roll back multiple service requests as a single atomic unit.

Because the UMS can support a large number of clients on a single connection to the Message Queue broker, it eases the load on the broker's connection services, allowing for maximum scalability. In addition, UMS capacity can be increased by horizontal scaling, allowing for internet-scale messaging loads.

On the client side, because of the simplicity of the protocol-based UMS API, no client libraries are required. As a result, the API can be extended in the future to implement additional JMS features without any need to upgrade client applications.

Using the UMS

To use the UMS, you deploy the UMS into a web container that supports Servlet 2.4 or later specifications, start the Message Queue broker, create the appropriate destinations, and write a messaging application that uses the UMS API to send or receive messages.

The UMS imqums.war file, contained in the Message Queue 4.3 distribution, is installed in the following location, depending on platform:

You can rename the .war file as appropriate.

Table 1–5 Location of imqums.war file


Location of imqums.war









After you have deployed the imqums.war into a web container at localhost:port, you can find UMS documentation at:


Otherwise you can find UMS documentation as follows:

Supported Web Containers

UMS is currently supported on the following web containers:

AIX Platform Support

Message Queue 4.3 provides AIX platform packages and an Installer for installing them).

The Message Queue AIX implementation supports the following software:

For installation instructions, see Chapter 4, AIX Installation, in Sun Java System Message Queue 4.3 Installation Guide.

On the AIX platform, Message Queue files are installed under a single Message Queue home directory, IMQ_HOME. IMQ_HOME denotes the directory mqInstallHome/mq, where mqInstallHome is the installation home directory you specify when installing the product (by default, home-directory/MessageQueue).

The resulting Message Queue directory structure is the same as that for the Windows platform (see the Windows section of Appendix A, Platform-Specific Locations of Message Queue Data, in Sun Java System Message Queue 4.3 Administration Guide.)

Message Queue support for the AIX platform includes support for the Message Queue C-API. For instructions on building and compiling C applications on the AIX platform, see XREF.

New Zip-Based Installer

Message Queue 4.3 introduces a new installer for Zip-based distributions, as opposed to native package distributions. The installer is used to install the new Message Queue .zip distributions for the AIX platform.

The new installer extracts Message Queue .zip files to any directory for which you have write access (you do not need root privileges) and it also enables you to register your Message Queue installation with Sun Connection.

To minimize the size of download bundles, the Java Runtime is no longer be included in the zip-based distribution (most sites will already have it). As a result, the installer command requires that a JDK or JRE be specified, either by using the JAVA_HOME environment variable or by using the -j option on the command line, as follows:

$ installer -j JDK/JRE-path

where JDK/JRE-path is the path of the specified JDK or JRE.

Extended Platform Support

The following updated platform support will be certified for Message Queue 4.3:

Additional Enhancements

The following additional enhancements are included in Message Queue 4.3:

New Directory Structure on Windows Platform

The installed directory structure for Message Queue on the Windows platform has been modified from previous versions to match that of the AIX platform. This directory structure will be adopted as well by the Solaris and Linux platforms in the future, to facilitate multiple installations on single computer and automatic update of Message Queue through Sun Connection, a Sun-hosted service that helps you track, organize, and maintain Sun hardware and software (see Installer Support for Sun Connection Registration).

New Broker Properties

The following new properties are available for configuring a broker:

Table 1–6 Broker Routing and Delivery Properties



Default Value 





The maximum number of messages that a producer can process in a single transaction. It is recommended that the value be less than 5000 to prevent the exhausting of resources. 




The maximum number of messages that a consumer can process in a single transaction. It is recommended that the value be less than 1000 to prevent the exhausting of resources. 




The maximum number of connections that can be opened to the database. 

JMX Administration API Enhancements

A new attribute and composite data keys have been added to the JMX API as follows:

For more information see Chapter 3, Message Queue MBean Reference, in Sun Java System Message Queue 4.3 Developer’s Guide for JMX Clients.

Listing Durable Subscriptions for Wildcard Subscribers

The command for listing durable subscriptions:

list dur [-d topicName]

has been enhanced to make specification of the topic name optional. If the topic is not specified, the command lists all durable subscriptions for all topics (including those with wildcard naming conventions)