The Chicago Infomrix User Group meeting looks to be a good one. Here is the invite email form Rob Beal...
Hello Informix Users!
Well, we finally have an agenda for the fall meeting!!
I hope you have saved the date, eg. Thursday, September 10th, to come to our meeting. As we discussed at the last meeting, this quarters theme will be around Application Development. We have an exciting agenda planned. We are pleased to announce that the esteemed Jonathan Leffler will be coming to Schaumburg to speak on Informix 4GL. We also have a local guru, Mr. Jamie Gebhard, who will be speaking on the new Informix Virtual Appliance and explore what that means to the Informix community.
So, down to the details...
As I said, the next meeting will be on Thursday, September 10th at the IBM Schaumburg offices (please note: NOT DOWNTOWN!!).
Here is the agenda:
8:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast (provided by IBM)
9:00 - 10:15 The Informix Virtual Appliance, or "Where do I get all the Free Stuff!". Presented by Jamie Gebhard, IDS developer
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Informix 4GL Roadmap presented by Jonathan Leffler, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Informix
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch (provided by IBM)
1:00 - 2:15 SQL Tuning w/IDS 11.5, Tips & Tricks. Presented by Jeff Filippi
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:45 Application Development for Informix using GeneXus. Presented by Roy Hart, GeneXus
3:45 - 5:00 Networking
If you saw Jeff's SQL Tuning presentation a couple of years ago, please plan to see this one. He has re-done it for all the new features available in 11.5, and its really good!
For those of you who may not have been to the IBM offices in Schaumburg, we are located at 10 N. Martingale Road, Woodfield Preserve. The building is about a mile south of the Woodfield Mall area. We will be in the South White Pines room on the second floor.
We really hope you can make it to this meeting as it should be a good one. If you can make it, please contact me, Rob Beal, at email@example.com. Let me know if you have any questions as well.
We hope to see you there! and as always, thanks for your continued support of Informix!
This got me thinking about what my hottest feature in IDS 11.5 is. I'd probably pick something obscure like XSLT transform support or oninit -w on Windows. I think this is referring to redirected-writes, which is indeed a not bad 11.5 feature..
Informix Chat with the Lab - Wednesday, Sept 16, 8:30 AM Pacific, 10:30 AM Central, 11:30 AM Eastern, 4:30 PM London, 5:30 PM Paris
Update Anywhere Clusters: IDS 11.5 Hottest Feature!
This month's Informix Chat with the Lab will on the 11.50 Hottest Feature, Update Anywhere Clusters. .
The active-active HDR cluster is one of the most exciting features in Informix IDS 11.5. This session will explore the
capabilities of an HDR Active-Active cluster. We'll first examine how to set up the cluster. Next we'll look at how to
connect and use the databases. Of course when discussing High Availability we'll have to look at breaking things and
see what happens in the take-over scenarios.
Don't worry, no cheetahs were harmed in the preparation of this presentation.
Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab will introduce the call and Martin Lurie, Technical Specialist will be our technical speaker.
Participant access information:
Conference number: 8697440
To register for this event:
1. Go to the URL listed above and choose Web RSVP under Join Events.
2. Enter the conference number and passcode.
3. Provide your information for the event leader and then click submit.
Trafficmaster is a set of intelligent driving services which include enhanced route-finding solutions such as SmartNav, which uses satellite navigation data combined with live traffic information to find the smartest routes and avoid traffic jams.
Managing the data for these services is IDS 11 running on SUSE Linux, and the Informix TimeSeries DataBlade. This recent press release describes the solution in action: Trafficmaster and IBM Develop Solution for Smarter Driving.
Howard, one of our user experience maestro's, has asked me to publicise a request for participation in some upcoming usability sessions. Your feedback makes a difference..
Software Focus Session for MAC OSX
We are looking for individuals to help provide usability feedback on upcoming products. The study will take place on-site (in San Jose, California) and conducted as a group session.
Sessions will be August 26th and August 27th and should last no more than 120 minutes. All participants will be compensated for their time.
Looking for the following types of users:
User type 1: A DBA with experience administering any database on the Mac OSX
User type 2: An application developer with experience developing Mac OSX application using Cocoa and Obective-C
User type 3: An ISV providing software or services on the OSX platform for small to large companies.
User type 4: University professor wanting to teach databases to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Participants will be expected to actively participate in group discussions and provide feedback on specific proposals as well as identify their related needs and requirements. Please respond to smguinan _at_ us.ibm.com.
Here is the flyer for the August 12 Chat with the Lab which covers Cognos and Informix integration. I am wrestling with the new My developerWorks blogging interface and am not sure how much I like it yet, here's my first (and probably only)attempt at reproducing the Chat invite..
Informix Chat with Lab
August 12, 8.30 AM Pacific, 10:30 AM Central, 11.30 AM Estern,
4.30 PM London, 5.30 PM Paris
This month's chat will be on Cognos Express, an exciting new offering featuring deep integration of Cognos & Informix technology.
Cognos and Informix
Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab will introduce the call and Joseph Pusztai, Director of Cognos Mid-Market Products & Portfolio, will be our speaker. Please join to learn about Cognos Express, as well as all available Cognos & Informix solutions that help IBM customers gain better insight on their business performance.
Participant access information:
Conference number: 8308447
Presentation material will be available at www.ibm.com/informix/labchats prior to the event.
The Informix on Campus blog
reports on a new IDS certification entitled IBM Certified Database Associate - Informix Dynamic Server 11.50 Fundamentals
To attain this certification, candidates need to pass a single exam.. Test 000-555: IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11.50 Fundamentals
So what is the difference between the new Fundamentals Exam and the IBM Certified System Administrator - Informix Dynamic Server V11
The System Administrator exam tests more on the specifics of IDS installation, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting, whereas the Fundamentals exam tests a wider DBA knowledge including..
- Working with databases and database objects
- Working with IDS Data using SQL
- Working with IDS Tables, Views, and Indexes
- Data Concurrency
- Tools and Utilities
To see if you are ready to take this test, have a go at the online Sample test
A new version of the Advanced DataTools
Fastest DBA contest is running from June 18 – September 30, 2009.
Here is the description from the Contest website
Advanced DataTools is sponsoring a NEW contest for Informix Users to find and honor the fastest Informix DBAs. This is a new version of our very successful contest at the 2009 IIUG Informix User Conference. The challenge is to take a basic Informix IDS database server configuration and a SQL script that runs a series of inserts and updates and see who can get it to run the fastest!
There will be 12 winners in the following CATEGORIES:
Grand Prize – the Fastest User DBA. To qualify for this prize, the user must be 1) a DBA employed at a company using Informix internally, 2) not a consultant, 3) not an IBM employee. (Grand Prize is either a Free pass to the 2010 IIUG Informix User Conference or an iPod Touch)
Honorary Prizes (Fastest DBA Shirt):
- Fastest Professional Consultant DBA
- Fastest IBM Developer (IBM employee)
- Fastest Senior DBA (over 50)
- Fastest Mid-Aged DBA (30-50)
- Fastest Youngest DBA (under 30)
- Fastest Newest DBA (shortest experience with Informix)
- Fastest Old-timer (longest experience with Informix)
- Fastest International DBA (Non USA resident)
- Fastest Domestic DBA (USA resident)
- Fastest with the fewest changes
The challenge will be to complete the following:
- Download the data and the SQL Code
- Setup an Informix IDS environment
- Identify and add missing indexes
- Tune and optimize the Onconfig file
- Tune the optimize dbspace/table layout
- Tune the optimize SQL script
- Run the benchmark script
- Repeat this process until you are satisfied with your times
- Send the ONCONFIG file, a setup.sh script and the tuned benchmark_run.sql file to us by September 30, 2009 and we will see how it runs on our hardware.
For rules and registration details see the competition website
Talking of iPod Touches, half my colleagues here in Beaverton seem to have got themselves one and are proselytizing its virtues in a rather cult-like fashion. I will stick with my crackberry as addictive gadget of choice for now thank you very much.[Read More
If you're interested in the storage savings and performance gains available with compression, one of the IDS compression feature developers Kevin Cherkauer will be discussing the feature and answering your questions on July 15. Here are the details..Informix Chat with the Lab - Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 AM Pacific, 10:30 AM Central, 11:30 AM Eastern, 4:30 PM London, 5:30 PM Paris
Compression and Storage optimization support in IDS!
This month's Informix Chat with the Lab will be related to Smarter Planet initiative, helping save energy and cost via Compression & Storage Optimization support in IDS.
This talk will provide an introduction to Informix Dynamic Server's new Compression and Storage Optimization features. We will cover compression basic concepts and affects on the data, compression ratios and compressibility, performance, scaling, and interactions with other features such as HDR and ER. The talk will also include details of the new operations and behaviors introduced by these two closely related features.
Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab will introduce the call and Kevin Cherkauer, Informix Sr Technical Lead will be our technical speaker. Participant access information:
Conference number: 4572107Passcode: 7232225
To register for this event:1. Go to the URL listed above and choose Web RSVP under Join Events.2. Enter the conference number and passcode3. Provide your information for the event leader and then click submit. 4. You will receive a confirmation email from "e-meetings." Please follow instructions to join the call on day of call (Note: for security reasons, a passcode and pin will be required to join call)
IDS virtual appliances now come in a choice of operating systems! UK based IBM partners Bell Micro
have entered into a distribution agreement with Canonical
to produce a free IDS 11.50 Developer Edition virtual appliance running on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex
The appliance is similar in some ways to IBM's SLES 10.2 based Informix virtual appliance
, following the basic format of a pre-installed instance of IDS 11.50.xC4 Developer Edition, associated drivers and tutorials. You will see a few differences, such as tighter intregration with AGS Server Studio and other Bell Micro customizations.
To download the Ubuntu virtual appliance, and for more information visit Bell Micro's website at: http://www.informixcity.com/ubuntu.aspx
I like using Ubuntu and am very happy to see an Ubuntu based IDS appliance available. I find it to be one of the most accessible and easy to use Linux distros out there and get a lot of work done with it running on my old laptop (which IBM keep asking me to return, I'll do that any year now).[Read More
During this morning's Chat with the Lab on Virtualization and Cloud computing with IDS (which I thought went quite well, in that it wasn't the worst webcast I've done, though I always think of some extra things I could have said afterward), I made a vague threat to post a link on this blog to an IDS High Availability demo showing HDR and MACH11 failover across Amazon Availability Zones.
This demo, and two others can be found on the Amazon Web Services blog: http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2009/05/ibm-informix-database-in-the-cloud.html
. The high availability demo is the second one.
The slides for this lab chat (and others) can be downloaded from here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/informix/labchats/#24
This month's Informix Chat with the Lab takes place on Thursday, and I'll be talking about virtualization and cloud computing. Here is the announcement..
Informix Chat with the LabThis month's Informix Chat with the Lab will be on the popular topic of Virtualization and Cloud Computing with IDS.
- Thursday, June 11, 8:30 AM Pacific, 10:30 AM Central, 11:30 AM Eastern, 4:30 PM London, 5:30 PM Paris
Virtualization and Cloud Computing with IDS!
Informix Dynamic Server is widely deployed in virtualized environments and has a profile and feature set that lends itself to virtualization. In this presentation you will learn about IBM's virtualization and cloud computing strategy for Informix, including virtualization platform support, current IBM solutions such as the Informix virtual appliance and Amazon Machine Images available for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and the Informix roadmap for virtualization and cloud computing.
Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab will introduce the call and Guy Bowerman, Informix Embeddability Architect will be our technical speaker.
Participant access information:
Conference number: 4070246
To register for this event:
1. Go to the URL listed above and choose Web RSVP under Join Events.
2. Enter the conference number and passcode.3. Provide your information for the event leader and then click submit.
4. You will receive a confirmation email from "e-meetings." Please follow instructions to join the call on day of call (Note: for security reasons, a passcode and pin will be required to join call)
Presentation material will be available at http://www.ibm.com/informix/labchats prior to the event.
Questions, comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Informix Summer roadshow has begun and here is a repro of the event calender from IIUG
. Note I added a link to pictures from the Zagreb roadshow
(thanks Hrvoje). If you attend or run one of these events and have some photos to share please let me know.
Take advantage of these Informix events coming to cities near you!Informix Roadshow
The Informix Dynamic Server roadshow is traveling around the world, providing a 2-day deep-dive, hands-on opportunity to try out the latest Informix technology. Gain fresh, innovative ideas to optimize your business performance and create competitive advantage.2009 Informix Roadshow Highlights:
- What's new in IDS 11.5?
- IDS Warehouse
- IDS Storage Compression
Sign up to attend an upcoming Roadshow below. Don't see your city?
Worldwide locations are being planned, including Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Vietnam, Dubai, Cairo, Stockholm, Milan, Paris, Hursley, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Lisbon, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Quito, Santiago.
North America locations under consideration are Toronto, Canada; Bentonville, AK; Boston, MA; New York City, NY; Orlando, FL; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA.
Contact Scott Pickett (email@example.com) to find out more information, or to ask for a roadshow to be scheduled in your city (outside of North America).
Contact Carlton Doe at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information, or to ask for a roadshow to be scheduled in your city (North America only).Local User Group meetings
The latest list of local user group meetings can be found on the IIUG website at http://iiug.org/events/events.php#May2009
Does your local user group need new ideas for your meetings? IBM and the IIUG have teamed up to create Tech Day content that includes a suggested agenda, presentation materials, demos and speakers who can be available for your user group meeting. Topics include the Informix Roadmap, Continuous Availability (MACH 11), Informix Warehouse, Compression, and other topics that can be customized for your group. This can also be used as an opportunity to reach out to universities in your area by adding an Academic Initiative Information Session.
Contact Cindy Lichtenauer (email@example.com) or Pradeep Kutty (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get a Tech Day organized for your local user group.Business Partner Training
The Informix Bootcamps are 3-day in-depth technical workshops for IBM Business Partners that focus on IDS 11.5. Detailed presentations and hands-on labs are included where attendees will gain in-depth knowledge of exciting new features and areas including:
- Continuous Availability
- Informix Warehouse
- Security features including label-based access control (LBAC)
- OpenAdmin Tool
- Administration and performance tuning
- ... and more!
Business Partners with applications that currently run on IDS or who are new to IDS can benefit from this workshop by learning how IDS can add value to your solutions and extend your market opportunities. Business consultants who are currently working with or planning to work with IDS for their customers are also welcome to attend.
The latest schedule of bootcamps can be found at http://www.iiug.org/url/2009_bootcamps.html.Summary of Upcoming Informix Events
|Date ||Events ||Location|
|June 1-2||Informix Roadshow (pictures here)|| Zagreb, Croatia|
|June 8-9|| Informix Roadshow|| Madrid, Spain|
|June 10-11|| Informix Roadshow|| Washington, DC|
|June 11|| Chat with the Labs "Virtualization and Cloud Computing with IDS"|| Online|
|June 16|| Informix Infobahn|| Prague|
|June 16-17|| Informix Roadshow|| Atlanta, GA|
|June 16-17|| Informix Roadshow|| Raleigh, NC|
|June 16-18|| Business Partner Bootcamp|| Seoul Korea|
|June 18-19|| Informix Roadshow|| Brussels|
|June 19|| Informix Tech Day|| Italy|
|June 23-24|| Informix Roadshow|| Dallas, TX|
|June 23-24|| Informix Roadshow|| Paris|
|June 23-25|| Business Partner Bootcamp|| Beijing, China|
|July 7|| Informix event|| Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|July 9|| Informix event|| Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|July 16|| Informix event|| Recife, Brazil|
|July 14-15|| Informix Roadshow|| Chicago, IL|
|July 20-21|| Informix Roadshow|| Costa Mesa, CA|
|Sept 7-8|| Informix Roadshow|| Beijing, China|
|Sept 10-11|| Informix Roadshow|| Shanghai, China|
|Sept 14-15|| Informix Roadshow|| Chengdu, China|
|Sept 22-23|| Informix Roadshow|| Warsaw, Poland|
A series of free IDS 11.50 workshops are planned over the next few weeks, in Washington (June 10,11), Atlanta (June 16,17), Raleigh (June 16,17), Dallas (June 23,24) and Chicago (July 14,15). Here are details of the Atlanta event. I'll post more information or a link to the other events when I find it.
IBM is taking IDS on the road to present the latest IDS 11.50 features! IBM will host a free two-day, hands-on look at the the latest IDS 11.50xC4 features. In Atlanta, the workshop will consist of both lecture and hands-on work.
- Introduction & Administrative
- What's New in IDS 11.50?
- IDS Data Warehouse - Lecture Part 1
- IDS Data Warehouse - Lecture Part 2
- IDS Data Warehouse - Lab
|Day 2: |
- Storage Compression
- OAT Features
- Enterprise Replication
- Storage Compression Lab
Lunch and break refreshments will be provided both days. The afternoon schedule on Day 2 may be adjusted based on attendee preference.For more details, see the SEIUG Web site or contact Dick Snoke (dsnoke _at_ us.ibm.com) with specific questions about times or agenda.
Hope to see you there!
website, which had been looking a bit neglected of late, has been revitalized with a new design and updated links.
The site has a SkyBlueCanvas
content management system look though I'm told this may change as site requirements change. I like the new look and find it easy to find information, links, downloads and demo's on the site. The site developer Jeff Williams is welcoming suggestions. Not sure what I'd suggest, maybe integrated documentation and how to's, though the links to developerWorks articles help with that.[Read More
The IDS 11.50.xC4 virtual appliance is now available for download - https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/reg/download.do?source=swg-informixfpd&S_PKG=dl
Initially the self-extracting executable versions are there (which extract to VMWare machine images) expect to see .tgz files there too shortly.
When you look at the download site note that as well as the regular 32 and 64 bit VMWare Workstation versions, for the first time there is a VMWare ESX version. Make sure you pick the right edition to download
. If you're using VMWare Player, Workstation, Server or pFusion download the VMWare Workstation version.
A lot of development work has taken place since the last IDS virtual appliance was posted.. here is a quick summary of new features, listed by the virtual appliance version (the current being 1.9):
* Upgraded IDS products: IDS 11.50.xC4 Spatial DataBlade 8.21.xC3 Data Studio 184.108.40.206 OAT 2.24 * Updated IDS Game: replace old dates with new ones * Renamed SQLHOSTS file sqlhosts.cheetah2 to sqlhosts.demos. * Changed the size of the second disk from 2 GB to 4 GB. * Fixes to ODBC/CLI data server driver (add missing header files, etc.)
* ESX support* Upgraded Data Server Client Drivers from v95fp2 to v95fp4 * Fixed informix service startup file to correctly set the permissions and ownership on /data/IBM/informix/etc/sqlhosts.cheetah2 * Eliminated the "doc" directory from the VM directory Latest docs
* Addressed cut/paste between host and guest OS * Included simple BTS demo
* Changed ONCONFIG files for all demo instances * Updated all clusterDemo PHP examples: change hostname from suse1 to ids1150srvr* Updated the informix startup script: create the demo_on instance only on the first boot; do not re-create it on any subsequent boot * Updated the apache startup script: fix a defect that caused all clusterDemo PHP examples to fail to connect to any instance on the 64-bit IDS VA * Changed ONCONFIG STACKSIZE parameter for all demo instances to 128 * Installed Data Studio 2.1
* Incorporated a change to the stop demo scripts made for 64-bit editions into the 32-bit editions * Adjusted demo instance ONCONFIG files for each IDS edition * Eliminated /etc/ld.so.conf.d/ld.so.informix.conf and explicitly add IDS libraries to /etc/ld.so.conf. * Bundled AGS with the IDS VA. (Installer in /opt/AGS.) * Eliminated YaST screen on initial first-time boot-up
As the IDS virtual appliance matures it is good to see it becoming a standard platform for demo's and a base for educational classes. Now a VMWare ESX hypervisor version is also available it is now easier to put the appliance into a data server environment and start using it.
One of the highlights for me at the IIUG Conference in April was Advanced DataTools' Fastest DBA contest
. Lester Knutsen has advised that the pictures from the event are now available
What people really want to know of course is how the winners did it.. what performance magic did the winning DBA's work to get their queries so optimized? There are plans to record a webcast this week where the winners will share their secrets. The webcast will be available for playback - look for announcements soon.
The next iteration of the Fastest DBA contest looks interesting too. Expect it to be available online for all-comers to try their hand at extreme optimization.[Read More
Here are the provisional agendas for the upcoming Beaverton
and San Jose
Informix tech fairs. Agendas are subject to whimsical and subliminal change.Beaverton, OR - Wednesday May 20
San Jose, CA - May 28
|9:00 - 9:15||Intro|
|9:15 - 9:30||IIUG President (Stuart Litel)|
|9:30 - 10:30||Informix Data Warehouse|
|10:30 - 10:45||Break|
|10:45 - 12:00||Storage Optimization & Performance|
|12:00 - 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 - 2:00||Demo - OAT|
· Replicate a table/database in 3 clicks
· Online Data Compression
· Real-time & Historical SQLTrace
· Query By Example
· Graphical dbaccess
|2:00 - 3:00||New Cheetah Features|
|3:00 - 3:15||Break|
|3:15 - 4:15||Virtualization & Cloud Computing|
|4:15 - 4:30||Closing|
The time after 2pm is currently set aside for more demo's and in depth chats with developers, advanced support and product management - bring your problems.
|10.00am-10.30am||IDS Marketing Details (promotions, support, upgrade path)|
|11.30am-12.30pm||Virtualization & Cloud Computing|
|12.30pm-1.00pm||Lunch & Demos|
|2.00pm-||MEET THE EXPERTS|
There's an Informix Tech Day taking place in Treviso in Italy on June 19th. Here is the preliminary announcement..SMC TREVISO
, together with STRHOLD
, IBM Italia
and IIUG (Informix International Users Group)
, is happy to announce the very first meeting in Italy entirely dedicated to IBM-Informix database.
The goals of this meeting are the following:
- Put together different groups that are using Informix as an implementation platform to blend winning applications to face the market
- Go in depth to cases through sessions held by an international panel of experts that will illustrate the path on which the product will evolve
- Discover new frontiers by listening to other people's experience over successful cases
For details go to http://smcgroup.pjoon.com/informixtechday
A new blog dedicated to Informix in schools, colleges and universities began this week. Created and maintained by Pamela Siebert, the Informix on Campus
blog includes some useful links, including the Informix on Campus wiki
and the Facebook page
aims to provide a easily accessible getting start site for members of the educational community to start learning about, using, and developing training material based on Informix technology. With a free Developer Edition, a self-contained virtual appliance (available as a VM image or as an Amazon Machine Image), and a wide range of free training material available, IDS is well-placed to be a useful part of academic curriculums teaching Data Processing related topics, both at a theoretical level and in practical applications that demonstrate key topics such as high availability, security, transaction processing, application development etc.Getting Started with Informix Application Development Flash Book
One item the Informix on Campus blog links to is Jacques Roy
's draft flash book: Informix Dynamic Server Application Development:Getting Started
. Currently running at 86 pages, topics covered include Informix extensibility (user defined types and blades), Installing and setting up IDS, install and set up of client environments. Programming topicsinclude Java and the Informix JDBC/IBM Data Server drivers with related development tools, PHP (PDO_INFORMIX, PDO_IBM, Zend Core). Ruby and Ruby on Rails, and .NET development.
Take a look at the draft and provide feedback. My feedback.. firstly I love seeing all this application development information for IDS in one place, well described and easy to follow. I'll definitely be using it as a reference when I need a .NET or Ruby on Rails example.I'd like to see more about the IDS virtual appliance in a later draft since the VA is a completeapplication development environemt in a box, providing a way of skipping theinstall and set-up steps of developing with IDS and enabling people to get started developingright away.[Read More
A new version of the IDS Lightweight Installer
- 0.2.7 - has been uploaded to the IIUG Software Repository
The Lightweight Installer is a free utility designed to support embedding IDS on Windows platforms. It is a deployment tool to redeploy pre-configured IDS instances to multiple sites, making various customizations along the way. The standard deployment model is to set up a template IDS instance on one machine and copy the INFORMIXDIR to the deployment machines. The lightweight installer then performs any required set-up on the deployment machines to make the instance ready to run. Deployment using this method typically takes a few seconds. You can deploy an INFORMIXDIR snapshot yourself by copying it to the deployment machine(s) any way you choose, or use 7-zip to compress/uncompress.
New enhancements in 0.2.7 include:
- Uninstallation support via a files list
You could customize the list of IDS files to make it into a generalized uninstaller for your application if required
- Support for a custom root dbspace location
- Named pipe communication protocol support
- DRDA protocol support via DBSERVERALIASES
- Various bug fixes
For more information on using the lightweight installer and the new feature refer to the README
, and download the utility here: http://www.iiug.org/software/index_all.html#lwt_install
Thanks to co-developer Tosin Ajayi, and to Bill Belisle for documentation support.