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Can you believe that August is almost over? The end of August is the beginning of a new season for us here at Thoughts from IM Support. And that season is none other than IOD SEASON! Information on Demand is now officially only 75 days away. As we have done for the past several IOD conferences, we'll be running a blog series on key IOD sessions, activities, etc. to help get you ready.
So, without further ado, let's get this blog series going!
We know that when you attend IOD you want to make the most out of every moment -- there really is too much going on to see and do everything. So you have to pick and choose the events and activities that will make the conference the most valuable to you and your business.
The Session Preview Tool is now available on the IOD webpage. Using the preview tool, you can read about the elective sessions, hands-on labs, usability sandbox sessions, expert exchanges, and the birds of a feather lunches that you can take part in at IOD 2013.
Note that you can't create your official agenda until you are registered for the conference. You can save your agenda and import it once you register.
"Sure I have Big Data! I don't know what's in it, but I know it's big and I know it's spread around a bunch of different repositories." A common problem with Big Data is it is so big, you don't know where to start. To help you explore what you have and what to do with it, IBM InfoSphere Data Explorer comes with many different connectors to find your data wherever it exists inside the enterprise. This hands on lab will teach you the basics of integrating IBM InfoSphere Data Explorer into your existing infrastructure so you can explore your data quickly and securely. We will explore data sourced from file systems, IBM DB2, Microsoft SharePoint, and IBM Lotus Domino. This lab will give you what you need to start exploring your Big Data.
One of the most valued assets that IBM Information Management Support has... is YOU!
You provide valuable feedback to our technical support process through your insights when talking with us, providing feedback to our documentation, engaging with us here, on Facebook, or on Twitter, or anytime and any way you interact with IBM. For that, thank you!
Now, we're "test piloting" a new way for you to engage, called "discuss on developerWorks".
We've targeted a select set of technical support documents, and linked them with one of our developerWorks Forums. Here's an example:
The article "DB2 Perl Database Interface for LUW" has this banner:
The IBM InfoSphere DataStage and QualityStage Operations Console is a web application that allows the DataStage engine components of an InfoSphere Information Server installation to be monitored in real time. This provides a complete view of all DataStage job runs on that system, both present time and historic. It also includes the monitoring of key operating system metrics such as CPU usage, free memory and disk space.
We have gathered few published documents concerning this topic below for you :
Read the developerWorks article "Get started with the IBM InfoSphere DataStage and QualityStage Operations Console Database, Part 1: An introduction" (developerWorks, May 2012) to get a deep dive into the schema of the IBM InfoSphere DataStage and QualityStage Operations Database, and the tables and columns that make up its key relationships.
The developerWorks article "Configuring and using IBM InfoSphere DataStage and QualityStage Operations Console in a multiple-node or grid environment" (developerWorks, August 2012) describes how system information can be selected and displayed in the Operations Console UI.
The developerWorks article "Configuration and tuning guidelines for IBM InfoSphere DataStage Operations Console" (developerWorks, July 2012) provides configuration and tuning guidance on how to minimize the performance effect of the Operations Console on the system.
Watch the "InfoSphere DataStage Operations Console" demo of the Operations Console.
There is recently very nice published technote that clearly guides how to automate exports and imports of Information Server DataStage assets via the command line
One of the fastest ways to work with Information Server assets is by using the Information Server Manager GUI client or the command line tool, istool. The istool framework is the recommended method for managing assets in Information Server. IStool is located on all client and engine tier installations. The istool framework will work with assets to create an .isx file. This .isx file can be imported using the Information Manager GUI or the istool command line. The .isx format is not interchangeable with the .dsx format present in the DataStage Designer client.
There are a few other ways of utilizing the command line to work with assets:
The dsexport/dsimport commands are Windows applications and require user interaction via message boxes. These tools are located on the Client tier only.
The dscmdexport/dscmdimport commands are Windows command line applications and can be run unattended. Both sets of commands are run from the InfoSphere DataStage client directory (by default c:\IBM\InformationServer\Clients\Classic). These tools are located on the Client tier only.
There is also an utility called DSXimportService which is located on any tier that has the ASBNode installed (by default /IBM/InformationServer/ASBNode/bin)
This tool will let you import an existing dsx via command line on the server
The packages for IBM DB2 JCC driver can be bound using the db2binder tool by specifying a different collectionID of the packages bound with REOPT.
Here is more information on the tool: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/db2luw/v9r7/topic/com.ibm.db2.luw.apdv.java.doc/src/tpc/imjcc_r0023708.html
Specifies the collection ID for IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC and SQLJ or user packages. The default is NULLID. DB2Binder translates this value to uppercase.
You can create multiple instances of the IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC and SQLJ packages on a single data server by running com.ibm.db2.jcc.DB2Binder multiple times, and specifying a different value for -collection each time. At run time, you select a copy of the IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC and SQLJ by setting the currentPackageSet property to a value that matches a -collection value.
Specifies the collection ID to search for JDBC and SQLJ packages.The data type of this property is String. The default is NULLID. If currentPackageSet is set, its value overrides the value of
Multiple instances of the IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC and SQLJ can be installed at a database server by running the DB2Binder utility multiple times. The DB2binder utility includes a -collection option that
lets the installer specify the collection ID for each IBM Data Server driver for JDBC and SQLJ instance. To choose an instance of the IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC and SQLJ for a connection, you specify a
currentPackageSet value that matches the collection ID for one of the IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC and SQLJ instances.
Looking for documentation on DB2 Version 10.5 for Linux, Unix and Windows that has been recently released (GAed on June 14, 2013), here is a Knowledge Collection for DB2 V10.5 that might help you get started.
We hope you are planning to join us again at IOD 2013! The location is the same (the amazing Mandalay Bay in Vegas) but the date has changed. This year, IOD will be held November 3-7 instead of the last week of October.
Your Support teams representing Information Management, Enterprise Content Management, and Business Analytics software, along with our counterparts from the Accelerated Value Program and Lab Services, are coming together to offer you a bigger and better experience this year! More details on what we have in store for you will come in future blogs as we get closer to the event... but for now I'll just say we are really looking forward to making this the best IOD yet.
If you are planning to attend and can register before July 10, 2013, you will save $600 on registration! And, if you are an IOD alumni, you may save even more.
This simulator will help you to better tune DB2 HADR and the network settings with out impacting current performance on the system. Its recommended you run the simulator at the system most active times.
In addition you can use the db2flushsize.pl (perl script) against the largest log files you have to find the largest flush size. Once you have the number you will need to * 4096, then use the number to increase the DB2_HADR_SOSNDBUF and DB2_HADR_SORCVBUF accordingly.
For example lets say if the largest flush size is 55 pages then DB2_HADR_SOSNDBUF and DB2_HADR_SORCVBUF needs to be 55 * 4096 bytes or bigger.
run "db2flushsize <logFile1> <logFile2> ... <logFileN>|tee db2flushsize.out"
You can also use the number for the -flushSize option in simhadr.
If you need the simulator on other platforms, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have done that you need to run it on both the primary and standby. An example of this would be:
On the PRIMARY do:
simhadr -role p -syncmodeHADR_SYNCMODE -t 30 -flushSize <value from db2flusgsize> -lhostHADR_LOCAL_HOST -lportHADR_LOCAL_SVC -rhost HADR_REMOTE_HOST -rportHADR_REMOTE_SVC -sockSndBufDB2_HADR_SOSNDBUF -sockRcvBufDB2_HADR_SORCVBUF
On the STANDBY:
simhadr -role s -lhostHADR_LOCAL_HOST-lportHADR_LOCAL_SVC -rhost HADR_REMOTE_HOST -rportHADR_REMOTE_SVC
The above commands are just examples you may need to add more or less flags, in addition you will need to fill in the values according to the db2 db cfg settings you have for each machine. For more information on the command options for simhadr see the following link:
Have you ever tried watching on of our IBM Support videos on YouTube? We have a wide variety of videos available on the IBM Electronic Support Channel on topics ranging from signing in to the Support Portal to leaving us document feedback and everything in between!
Today, we wanted to make you aware of a few NEW videos:
External Stored procedures and UDFs (collectively referred to as routines) that utilize the database are susceptible to the same performance issues as any other application. Unlike other database applications, external routines are run in DB2 processes that are managed by an infrastructure. This infrastructure can be configured through the Database Manager Configuration or the dbm cfg.
In this blog post I will explain some of the dbm cfg parameters that are related to external routine performance, including KEEPFENCED, FENCED_POOL and NUM_IINTFENCED.
The primary setting that effects external routine performance is the KEEPFENCED parameter. When this parameter is set to YES. DB2 will keep the process used to execute a routine once the routine completes. DB2 places this process in a pool, which eliminates the overhead of starting a process the next time a routine is invoked. The dbm cfg also includes parameters that can be used to tune this pool.
The FENCED_POOL parameter controls the number of routine processes and threads that are kept in the pool. By default this is the same as the dbm cfg parameter MAX_COORDAGENTS. DB2 distinguishes between single process and threaded routines. If this parameter were set to 50 then a maximum of 50 process and 50 threads including their processes would be pooled for a total of 100 routine executions. The 51st threaded or process based routine would run successfully but the process or thread that ran it would be destroyed after it executed.
The NUM_INITFENCED parameter controls whether or not a non-thread process to run routines is created when DB2 starts.
How these parameters effect performance
It is generally recommended to run production systems with KEEPFENCED set to YES. This will reduce the time taken to invoke routines by eliminating the overhead of creating a new process. Also the create process operation is serial, so it is possible that if there is a sudden request for multiple processes the invocation of some routines may be delayed waiting for the opportunity to create a process.
By default if the KEEPFENCED parameter is set to YES, all routine processes and threads are pooled. Although most of the routine resources are freed when the process is pooled, it is using some resources. By pooling all the process and threads the size of the pool will be the high-water mark. This means that there will be enough processes and threads pooled to run the highest number of consecutively invoked routines since DB2 was restarted. Routine execution depends on workload, so if there was sudden and unusual need for routine processes and threads, there will be processes and threads in the pool that may be unnecessarily consuming system resources. In these situations you may wish to set the FENCED_POOL parameter to a number that reflects the common workload . The common workload can be determined by using the db2pd -fmp command. This command provides a snapshot of the currently running routine processes and threads including information on whether they are active or pooled. If the FENCED_POOL is set to too low a number then additional overhead will be to create the routine process which may result in a routine waiting to execute.
Your system may have a number of process based routines that always run, in these cases you may wish to set the dbm cfg parameter NUM_INITFENCED to the number of processes needed to consecutively run the expected routines. Although the processes will be pooled once started, there will be some additional overhead in starting them the first time a routine is called. By setting this parameter the processes will be started with the database and be ready to service the routines.
IBM Software Group InfoCenter is organized in the same way, so the information below applies to MDM versions, as well as other IBM software such as Websphere and DB2 products.
MDM v10.0 to the latest MDM v11.0 combined three different MDM products: MDM Server, MDM Collaboration Edition and MDS. Since the three individual MDM products combined into one product family, the InfoCenter documentation is combined as well.
Sometimes when you need to search on MDMCS documentation from the combined InfoCenter, and you want to avoid the similar topic from the other two products (MDMS, or MDS) to return as search results, it helps to create a search scope.
The search scope can be set from the InfoCenter main page.
Click on the link "Scope". It's default setting is "All topics".
Select "Show only the following topics:" radio button.
Click the "New" button.
A list of topics is displayed, and you may check the topics relevant to MDM Collabroation Server (MDMCS), then click OK to save your selection.
Select the new scope you created, so only the related topic is displayed on the left nav.
The CLP or Command Line Processor is the primary and lowest level interface available for DB2 LUW. It is capable of running SQL statements and DB2 commands, changing the DB2 Configuration and running DB2 scripts. The clp “db2” command can even be added to OS scripts to execute DB2 commands. The CLP also has various options that can be used to change its behavior, a few of these are:
-c option. This option changes the autocommit behavior. By default autocommit is on and the CLP issues a commit after every query run. By issuing db2 -c the autocommit behavior can be toggled on and off, as there are some situations where it may not be desirable to commit every query.
-l option . Using the -l <filename> option will cause the CLP to log the commands issued to a history file.
-m option. Adding the -m option will cause the CLP to print the number of rows effect by an INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE or MERGE statement.
The standard CLP “DB2” prompt can also be customized to display authorization Ids, instance and database names by using the db2 registry variable DB2_CLPPROMPT.
The following URL documents the options available for the CLP.
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These best practices papers present advice on ways you can leverage InfoSphere Information Server to satisfy key business requirements for your information integration solutions. These articles are authored by leading experts in IBM's InfoSphere development and services teams. Each best practice paper is designed to provide practical guidance for common InfoSphere implementation scenarios. By applying these recommendations, you may improve the value of your InfoSphere solution and align yourself with IBM's technical direction for InfoSphere.
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SQL0428N error is easy to resolve provided you have actual SQL statement causing the error. Here is more information about actual error message link
The SQL statement is only allowed as the first statement in a unit of work.
Issue a COMMIT or ROLLBACK prior to processing the SQL statement. If there are any WITH HOLD cursors, these will need to be closed. If the statement is SET INTEGRITY, remove the COMMIT THRESHOLD clause.
Adding a COMMIT or ROLLBACK prior to SQL statement generally resolves the issue. But what if SQL statement is unknown? Yes, it can happen! In support world we come across customers running huge stored procedures where statements are residing in packages, this is one of the example scenario where it can happen.
In order to resolve this issue, we collected db2 trace. From db2trace, I was able to figure out, SQL0428N was coming for section 55 of package SPLFOINQ.
19249 data DB2 UDB DRDA Communication Manager sqljcReceive fnc (18.104.22.168.0.1178)
pid 2404 tid 2132 cpid -136507343 node 0 sec 197247 nsec 826913476 probe 1178
EXCSQLSTT RQSDSS (ASCII) (EBCDIC)
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F 0123456789ABCDEF 0123456789ABCDEF
0000 0069D00100010063 200B00052111F000 .i.....c ...!... ..}...........0.
0010 442113D6D4D5C940 4040404040404040 D!.....@@@@@@@@@ ...OMNI
0020 4040404040C4D3F2 C4C2404040404040 @@@@@.....@@@@@@ DL2DB
0030 40404040404040E2 D7D3C6D6C9D5D840 @@@@@@@........@ SPLFOINQ
0040 4040404040404040 401963051F05C424 @@@@@@@@@.c....$ .....D.
0050 1C0037000C210700 0000000000000100 ..7..!.......... ................
0060 052116F000052146 00 .!....!F. ...0.....
DDM Format: d0 RECV(AS) RQSDSS - Request Data Stream Structure
LL: 105 CORR: 0001 CHAINED: n CONT ON ERR: n SAME CORR FOR NEXT DSS: n
Now the next task was to determine what statement resides at section 55 of package SPLFOINQ. DB2 has catalog view syscat.statements, more information here. It lists all the statements according to section numbers and package names. Querying syscat.statements as below:
db2 SELECT text FROM syscat.statements WHERE pkgname= 'SPLFOINQ' and sectno = 55
I found out the SQL statement causing trouble was "Truncate Immediate"
According our information center, refer this, Truncate Immediate can not be the first statement in transaction, that's why we were getting SQL0428N. Adding COMMIT or ROLLBACK before 'TRUNCATE IMMEDIATE' in code will resolve the issue.
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