Installing a Local Copy of the IBM DB2 10.5 Documentation
I have written about this before for version 9.7. The IBM DB2 Knowledge Center can be a bit unreliable – sometimes the search doesn’t return the obvious results. Sometimes it’s down entirely at the worst time. And for consultants, sometimes we work on networks that will not allow us to get out to the IBM Knowledge Center.
To mitigate, this, you can install a local copy. What is downloaded is an Information Center, but the search is so much more reliable than the IBM DB2 Knowledge center, that I find myself using a local copy even when the IBM DB2 Knowledge Center is working.
The IBM DB2 Knowledge Center includes information on installing a local copy of the documentation.
You can dowload the software here: https://www-01.ibm.com/marketing/iwm/iwm/web/reg/download.do?source=swg-dm-db2info&S_PKG=dm&lang=en_US&cp=UTF-8
You’ll have to login with your IBM ID. If you don’t have an IBM ID, they’re free to create and critical to have. Once you answer all the questions it asks you, you’ll want to click on the right download based on your operating system. I show it for windows here, because that’s the workstation I currently have it on:
After it is downloaded, you need to extract the files from the zip and navigate to the extraction location and simply click on the ic-wrkstn-start.bat executable. You can even create a link to it on your desktop or in another convenient location.
The one thing to be aware of with a local copy is that you do not automatically get updates to the documentation as you do if you’re working from an online IBM Knowledge center. You have to remember to manually update your local copy. You can do that by clicking on this icon: