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Databridge 7.0 Release Notes

Version 7.0 Update 2

January 2022

  • Updated the Administrative Console with log4j 2.17.1 to address CVE-2021-44832. See the Security Bulletin for more information about the vulnerabilities.

  • Databridge 7.0 Update 2 is available for maintained customers from Software Licenses and Downloads (SLD) > Downloads.

Version 7.0 Update 1

December 2021

  • Updated the Administrative Console with log4j 2.17.0 to address CVE-2021-44228, CVE-2021-45046, and CVE 2021-45105. See the Security Bulletin for more information.

  • Databridge 7.0 Update 1 is available for maintained customers from Software Licenses and Downloads (SLD) > Downloads.

What's New in Databridge 7.0

September 2021

Here are the new features and functions introduced in this version.

  • Developed a browser-based Administrative Console that provides a modern interface to monitor and execute commands on Client Manager service data sources, data sets, and data items. For more information, see the Databridge Administrative Console User Guide.

  • Added support for DMSII SSR 62.0

  • Communication between the Databridge Client and the Databridge Server on the MCP can now be encrypted using TLS (Transport Layer Security). For more information on setting up encryption, see Using TLS With Databridge, below.

  • Implemented a second set of commit parameters in the client and a new configuration file parameter named batch_job_period.

    The batch_job_period parameter defines the time slot during which batch jobs typically run. This setting allows the client to automatically switch between the two sets of commit parameters based on the value of the audit timestamp. This enhancement will improve performance during batch periods, particularly when using low values for the commit parameters during daytime hours.

  • Added the ability for the client to override the parameter COMMIT DURING IDLE DATABASE in the Engine control file by using the commit_idle_database parameter, which has been added to the client configuration file.

  • Added a control table named AF_STATS. This was added to optionally store the audit file statistics for the last 9999 audit files.

  • Added the column dflt_options to the DATASETS, DMS_ITEMS, DATATABLES and DATAITEMS Client control tables. For more information about dflt_options see the Databridge Client Administrator's Guide.

Known Issues

  • Support for Oracle 20c and 21c is currently not provided for UNIX and Linux platforms.
  • Starting with SQL Server 2016, enhanced security no longer allows you to add "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" to the sysadmin role. We suggest one of the following options to mitigate this problem:
    • Run the service under the user account that is setup to run the command-line client (dbutility) and use Integrated Windows authentication.
    • Setup the client to use SQL Server authentication to connect to the database, and continue to run the service under the SYSTEM account.

Using TLS With Databridge

To configure data encryption for use with Databridge Clients, follow the steps to configure MCP and the client. A Databridge Server can support only one type of connection. When configured to use TLS, then only TLS connections are supported.

MCP configuration

  1. Using the MCP Cryptographic Services Manager, create a new key in Trusted Keys > Other Keys. Complete the form and create a certificate request to submit to a certificate authority. When the certificate has been obtained, install it into the newly created key.


    The Application and Service entries are concatenated to form a key container id. If the application is DATABRIDGE and the service is SSLKEY, then the key container will be DATABRIDGE_SSLKEY. Note that the trusted key usercode must be that of the Databridge install.

  2. Edit the DATA/SERVER/CONTROL file located in the Databridge usercode and uncomment the KeyContainer parameter and set it equal to the key container created above. Using the example key container in the Note above, the parameter in DATA/SERVER/CONTROL should be:


  3. Restart Databridge Server to use the new KeyContainer.

Client configuration

To configure a Client to use TLS, verify these settings:

  • The enable encryption parameter must be set to True.
  • The server certificate requires either the CAFile or CAPath parameters to be verified. The CAFile is the full path to a file that can be used to verify the server certificate, and the CAPath references a directory where the server certificate can be verified.

For more information, see Encryption in the Databridge Administrative Console User Guide .

License Key Update

For Databridge 6.5 and subsequent releases, a new license key algorithm is required to run Databridge. This new key is based on the components you currently have licensed.

For more information on license keys, contact Micro Focus Customer Care before installing this upgrade.


Before installing CSS 3.0 on a ClearPath Software Series machine please contact Micro Focus Customer Care for assistance. A CSS 3.0 migration changes the system type name which invalidates the license key required to use Databridge.

Security Guidelines

Databridge 7.0 includes the following security guidelines:

For To decrease security risk
Databridge Host Install Databridge Host to the Unisys mainframe under its own privileged usercode. This is preferable to installing under the usercode of the DMSII database. If you install and run Databridge under multiple usercodes, you must install a copy of DBEngine under each of those usercodes.Alternatively, you can establish DBEngine as a system library (SL).
Databridge Enterprise Server File security is automatically enabled when you install Databridge Enterprise. File security protects the configuration and log files by restricting privileges on the PC to users who need to modify the configuration.By default, any user in the Administrators group can modify the configuration files and delete the read-only log files. If you create a user group in Windows called DBEAdmins, only the users in that group will be able to alter the configuration files and delete log files. Likewise, if you create a group called DBEUsers, only the users in that group will be able to view the configuration. For more information, see Implementing File Security in the Databridge Enterprise Server Help.

Version Information

The Databridge components and utilities are listed below with their corresponding version number for the 7.0 release. All host programs have been compiled with MCP Level 57.1 software.

Databridge Host Base Release
Databridge FileXtract Base Release
UserData Reader
COMS Reader
Text Reader
BICSS Reader
TTrail Reader
LINCLog Reader
BankFile Reader
DiskFile Reader
PrintFile Reader
Enterprise Server Base Release
Client Base Release

File Structure

The directory structure has slightly changed in this release as the console is now a separate install that is located in the Console\Windows directory on the release DVD image. The console install includes a private JRE.

Subsequent Hot Fixes, Updates and Service Packs will use the same directory structure as the release DVD.


Hot Fixes, Updates and Service Packs still contain a patch in the Windows directory, which updates the Client and Enterprise Server. The console is patched by running the setup.exe from from the Console\Windows directory, which reinstalls the console software (including the private JRE).

System Requirements

Databridge 7.0 includes support for the following hardware and software requirements:

System Support Updates

  • Databridge will remove support for operating systems and target databases when their respective software company ends mainstream and extended support.
Databridge Host Unisys mainframe system with an MCP level SSR 54.1 through 62.0

DMSII or DMSII XL software (including the DMALGOL compiler)

DMSII database DESCRIPTION, CONTROL, DMSUPPORT library, and audit files
Databridge Enterprise Server ClearPath PC with Logical disks or MCP disks (VSS disks in MCP format)


Windows PC that meets the minimum requirements of its operating system, which is one of the following:
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016 (CORE mode must be disabled for installation and configuration)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (CORE mode must be disabled for installation and configuration)
  • Windows Server 2012
Direct Disk replication (recommended) requires read-only access to MCP disks on a storage area network (SAN)

TCP/IP transport

To view the product Help, a supported Internet browser (such as, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Google Chrome) is required. In addition, JavaScript must be enabled in the browser settings to navigate and search Help.
Databridge Administrative Console It is recommended that you install the Administrative Console to a different machine than the Client. Installing the Administrative Console on the same machine as the client can lead to performance issues as well as monitoring failures as connection issues on the Client machine will also affect the Administrative Console's ability to monitor activity.

The Administrative Console install includes a private JRE that is used to run the Administrative Console server.
Databridge Client NOTE: Disk space requirements for replicated DMSII data are not included here. For best results, use a RAID disk array and store the client files on a separate disk from the database storage.

NOTE: Memory requirements do not include the database requirements when running the Client in the server that houses the relational database (consult your database documentation for these). The numbers are for a stand-alone client machine that connects to a remote database server.

If you run the Administrative Console on the same machine as the Client, it will need an additional 1-2 GB of memory depending on how many data sources you have and how long you let it run. All log information is saved in memory.
Client - Windows Unisys ES7000


Pentium PC processor 3 GHz or higher (multiple CPU configuration recommended)

2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)

100 GB of disk space in addition to disk space for the relational database built from DMSII data)

TCP/IP transport

One of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016 (CORE mode must be disabled for installation and console cannot be run locally)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (CORE mode must be disabled for installation and console cannot be run locally)
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
One of the following databases:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Oracle 12c, 18c, 19c, 20c and 21c
Client - UNIX and Linux One of the following systems:
  • Sun Microsystems SPARCstation running Solaris 11 or later.
  • Hewlett Packard Itanium with HP-UX 11i v3 (B11.31) or later.
  • IBM pSeries running AIX 7.1 or later.
  • Intel X-86 with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Release 6 or later.
  • Intel X-86 with Red Hat SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 or later.
  • Intel X-86 with UBUNTU Linux 14.4 or later.

2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)

100 GB of free disk space for installation (in addition to disk space for the relational database built from DMSII data)

TCP/IP transport

One of the following databases:
  • Oracle 12c, 18c, or 19c (AIX, Linux and Solaris only)

    NOTE: Supported Oracle clients only exist as 64-bit programs.

Installation Instructions

Read the Installation Guide for information on system and installation requirements, upgrade instructions, and other helpful tips.


The new Administrative Console must be installed following the installation of the Databridge software. See the Databridge Installation Guide section on Installing the Databridge Administrative Console for instructions on installing the Administrative Console on Windows and UNIX machines.

We recommend that you install the Administrative Console in a separate server from the client machine(s) for the following two reasons.

  • The Administrative Console can use significant resources that may impact the client's performance.
  • If the Administrative Console is installed with a Client machine, the Administrative Console would not be able to monitor activity when the client machine is down. By having the Administrative Console on a different machine you can monitor Client Manager(s) and receive alerts for to address warnings and connectivity errors.

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