It amazes me some times how innovative DBAs can be. Truly out of the box solutions and that I want to have on my DO list. Also amazed with unpleasant surprise on what silly things some DBAs Do or fail to do and I want to have on my Don’ts list. As you run into any of the Do's or Don’ts please share them with us. Here is one. Always take a back up then periodically verify that the backup is valid (DO). Don' wait until you have to restore to validate your backup (Don’ts).
Informix Pocket Guide on Android - My leap into the New Millineum In the 1990's, I was ahead of the curve. People looked at my Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) with either awe or ridicule. I generally had to explain what it was and why I loved it so much. When they started hooking phones into the thing, I was in heaven. But times change, and my personal preference for PDA / Smartphone became something of a relic. That all changed over the holidays! Now, I'm in the "new generation". I must admint that I find it rather freeing. ... [More]
As you have likely noticed, our IM Support team has been hard at work publishing technical tips since the IBM Centennial Celebration on June 16 2011. We're going to bring you 100 tips before June 16, 2012 as our little way of saying "Happy 100th, IBM!"
In this post, you can find links to all of our technical tips broken down by product/interest area. We hope that you find these tips useful and will keep watching for more in 2012!
#7: DB2 License key #8: DB2 on LUW Problem Determination Guides #10: Common DB2 Security Issues... [More]
Do you have an IBM ID? If your answer is no, you will want to register for one today because you will now need to log-in to Fix Central using your IBM ID to download fixes. It only takes a few minutes to register for an IBM ID by clicking here . Not only will registering give you access to fixes on Fix Central, your IBM Registration ID is your single point of access to IBM web
applications that use IBM Registration. The benefits of having an IBM Registration ID will
increase over time as more and more IBM applications migrate to IBM... [More]
To stay current with the latest technical information for IBM Informix, here is a summary of the most popular technical docs for Informix. Happy reading!
Informix Servers 11 Oct 2011: Download Informix Products 07 Sep 2011: Informix Server System Requirements 26 Aug 2011: Publications for the IBM Informix family of products 28 Mar 2011: Recommended Fixes for Informix Server Products 11 Oct 2011: Knowledge Collection: Informix Upgrade and Migration 16 Apr 2011: Setting and unsetting environment variables 24 Oct 2011: Publications for the IBM... [More]
STAR ME UP! Over the weekend, a pilot "Star Rating" program was deployed for several IBM products across the portfolio, including technical support documents for Informix Servers and DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows. In the future, you will be able to see these ratings in the IBM Support Portal. This rating system is in addition to our current feedback mechanism, so please continue to let us know if our support documents help you achieve your goal and how we can improve them. Star me up! I'll take you places that you've never, never... [More]
Our team is ready to go and eager to meet with you at Information on Demand 2011! We can hardly believe another IOD is around the corner! Below you will find a list of our leaders attending IOD and where you can find them:
Rosanne DeVries, VP, Worldwide Client Support, Information Management
What Rosanne is looking forward to most at IOD: Meeting and talking directly with our Support and AVP clients is the most valuable part of IOD for me. It is truly a learning experience for me to better understand both our clients' challenges and... [More]
Informix introduced the PSM (Primary Storage Manager); a new backup storage manager in version 12.10 that replaced the previous ISM (Informix Storage Manager). The PSM manages storage devices used for backup and restore requests that are issued by Onbar. This storage manager supports both serial and parallel processing for backup and restore requests. PSM is easier to set up and use, even in embedded environments. You just need to perform four simple steps to configure PSM and take an Onbar backup: Decide where you will create the PSM catalog.... [More]
Have you checked out the Informix "Chat with the Labs" series? This is an informative and interactive way to learn more about Informix products and features. This is an awesome resource, and if you haven't participated, you should. The next session is discussing Informix Genero, a new product in partnership with Four Js. Informix Genero offers an exciting set of functionality for the modernization of Informix 4GL applications. Informix Chat with the Labs are recorded and available soon after they occur. The entire archive is... [More]
100 Tech Tips: #70: Informix Support at IIUG The International Informix User Group (IIUG) is holding their annual conference in San Diego, CA from April 22 - 25. As always, our Informix Support team will be there and is looking forward to meeting with those of you who will be attending. Here is a quick snapshot of where Informix Support will be at the event and how you can find us: The Support both will be located on the main level of the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley hotel in the conference area At the Support booth, we will be... [More]
Informix RFE ( R equest F or E nhancement) Process Learn how the RFE process works in the IBM RFE Community. In the RFE Community, you can collaborate with IBM development teams and other product users through your ability to search, view, comment on, submit, and track product requests for enhancement (RFEs ) Submit from the IM RFE site – simply complete the RFE form and click Submit when ready Many fields will be auto-filled as a convenience for you Note that fields with the ‘key’ field e.g. Company Name and Business... [More]
Watch a short video to guide you through a few easy steps in setting up Informix Storage Manager on Unix servers. Backing up your Informix Database Server with onbar requires a storage manager. Informix database server product ships with ISM. For step by step instructions on setting up ISM follow the link in the following document for access to the webcast http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27024316&myns=swgimgmt&mynp=OCSSHPYE&mync=E
How to restore critical administrative files with onbar utility? It is already known to us that onbar backs up some critical administrative files during storage space backup. These critical files are as follows: The onconfig file UNIX: The sqlhosts file The ON-Bar emergency boot file: ixbar.servernum The server boot file: oncfg_servername.servernum There may be a situation when you need to restore one of these files, for example: replace disks, restore to a second computer system (imported restore) etc. However, previously there was no easy way... [More]
As we wind down 2013, we thought it would be fun to see our most popular posts of the year: New to IBM InfoSphere DataStage Server ? First step... Download product! Help shape future enhancements to IBM Support Portal, Fix Central, My notifications, Service Request, and more IBM Netezza product names and models numbers IBM Universal JDBC Driver behavior when calling ResultSetMetaData.getColumnName and getColumnLabel against a DB2 LUW server discuss on developerWorks! Here is a list of the most popular posts since launching this blog... [More]
What are the Best Practices for Running Informix Instances in VMWare vSphere Virtual Environments The document provided in the following link: What is VMware Virtualization? Evolution of VMWare Virtualization Why Informix on VMWare Informix Scalability Tests Informix Scalability Test Results Best Practices for running Informix on VMWare General Considerations BIOS Considerations CPU Considerations Memory Considerations Network Considerations Storage Considerations NOTE: If you have issues trying to display this within IE but cut... [More]