This tutorial has covered a plethora of topics, from planning, to installing, configuring, starting, and stopping of the software. Although this may seem overwhelming to some, don't fear. Actually, it is surprising how easy it can be after a little bit of practice.
Just remember that planning out your database installation and setup can help save you loads of revision time later on. It is important to design your database model based on the application type expected—to understand how many users are expected and where they are connecting from, as well as data types and data quantity.
Once a decision has been made on what edition of IDS meets your needs, you can install the product and start configuration of an instance. To get an instance up and running, you don't need to understand every configuration parameter available (you actually only need less than a dozen of them). Make sure that your connectivity is set up correctly between the onconfig file, the sqlhosts file, and the client environment. Always remember to think of everybody as a client; even a DBA is a client to the instance. The DBA might do some slightly different work than an SQL user, but the DBA is still a client to the instance.
After initial configuration is complete, the instance can be started
and stopped with the
onmode commands. The
onmode command can also help in dynamic
configuration of the instance.
Now that you have some of the basics needed to start using IDS, the next tutorial in this series will help you to continue your education on Informix Dynamic Server.