Category: Newbie

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DB2 Basics: What is an Instance?

I was reviewing my many hundreds of slides that I use when training DBAs, and realized that some of my “Basics” slides might lead to good blog topics. My single most popular blog post ever is “How to Catalog a Database”, which is part of my “Basics” series of slides. While directed at Newbies, I bet any of my more...

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DB2’s Got Talent – 2013!

This year, I’ll be competing in DB2’s Got Talent again. In 2012, I was voted off the island somewhere between 7th and 10th place. I was really crushed, and hesitated to join the competition again this year until a friend put it in perspective for me. He said: If your son was a freshman in high school and missed the...

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Technical Conference – It’s a skill builder, not a trip to Vegas.

What is the first thing you think of when someone says “technical conference”? Those who have attended a few technical conferences think of hours of session material, hands on labs, networking events, and coveted swag from the vendor Expo. Those who have not attended a conference may not know what to expect. Managers, who may have been out of the...

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Getting the Most out of DB2 Support

This post is inspired by an email from a reader. Let me first say that every software support team everywhere is complained about by someone. I’ve dealt with Oracle support, so I appreciate DB2 support all the more. For those of us who work with DB2 every day and have for 5 or 10 years or more, we really do...

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Installing DB2 Using a Response File

Some friends on Twitter were commenting that db2_install is not just deprecated in DB2 10, but is fully discontinued and not available. Melanie Stopfer mentioned this on her webcast on June 22. I do dozens of installs a year, and most of them are using a response file. The same response file, actually, since a standard starting point makes sense at...

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Why DB2 Certification is Cool

You may have noticed that I’m down to one new post a week at this point. I have two big excuses. The first is that I had a big go-live last week that required the movement of user data from one WebSphere Commerce database to another on a more recent version of Commerce, a more recent version of DB2(8.2 to...

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How to Download DB2 FixPacks via FTP

Just a simple post here, but you used to be able to fairly easily find the link for FTPing Fix Packs. Since I work from home, downloading and then uploading code is rather slow. If I can manage to go directly to the target server, I can save literally hours. With the introduction of “Fix Central”, DB2 Fix Packs are...