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IBM InfoSphere Information Server, Version 8.7 Fix Pack 2, includes updates to the following product modules and components: Business Glossary, DataStage, FastTrack, Information Analyzer, Information Services Director, Metadata Workbench, QualityStage, Connectivity, Information Server Framework, Balance Optimizer, Metadata Asset Manager, Metadata Integration Bridges, Metadata Common Services, Operational Metadata, XML Pack, and the DataDirect ODBC drivers.
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IBM InfoSphere Information Server, Version 9.1 fix list can be accessed at the link
That shows the summary of fixes included in the IBM InfoSphere Information Server, Version 9.1 release
There are also InfoSphere Information Server Version 9.1 fixes that require post-installation steps at the link
That shows certain APAR fixes require post-installation steps to use the fixes
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During the process of Problem Determination with IBM Support Team, you will probably listen to the terms APAR and FixPack. As follows, an explanation for them:
What is an APAR?
An Authorized Program Analysis Report (APAR) documents and tracks software defects reported by you, the IBM customer. Support Team creates an APAR when it determines that a problem that a customer is experiencing is a suspected defect.
After an APAR is a created, a corresponding Software Problem Report (SPR) is created. Any SPR with a related APAR is a customer reported defect, while any SPR without an APAR is an internally reported defect that either the customer has not experienced or reported yet.
APARs contain information about a single defect that one or more customers have experienced. The APARs listed in a Fix List are reported customer defects that have been corrected in a release or that are planned for a future maintenance release.
If you have been given an APAR number to track a reported defect, you can find information about the defect through the Product Fix List.
APARs have unique identifiers. For example, "IY53671" and "JR19727". Each APAR is specific to a particular version of a product (for example, DB2 version 8 or DB2 version 7).
The APAR process
The first step in the APAR process is that a Level-2 representative from the support organization enters an APAR containing a description of your problem into the RETAIN® system. If you have a means of getting round the problem, details of this are entered as well. Your name is also entered, so that your support organization knows who to contact if the service team need to ask anything further about the APAR documentation.
At this stage, you are given an APAR number. This number is always associated with the APAR and its resolution and, if a code change is required, is associated with the fix as well.
The service team may ask for additional backup documentation, normally via the Level-2 representative. The specific documentation required will vary from problem to problem, and depends on what information has already been supplied during the PMR stage.
During the investigation, you can ask your support organization at any time about how your APAR is progressing, particularly if it is a problem of high severity.
What are the FixPaks?
A FixPak contains updates and fixes for problems (Authorized Program Analysis Reports, or "APARs"). These APARs address problems found during testing at IBM(R), as well as fixes for problems reported by customers.
FixPaks are cumulative. This means that the latest FixPak for any given version of the product contains all of the updates from previous FixPaks for the same version of the product. It is recommended that you keep your environment running at the latest FixPak level to ensure problem-free operation.
Viewing APAR content
Every FixPak is accompanied by a document, an APAR list, which lists the APARs contained in the FixPak. The full description of the APAR can be found on the IBM Products Support website for all available platforms.
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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 Registration.
Fix Central is your central resource for fixes and updates for your system's software, hardware, and operating system. Click here to visit Fix Central.
Below you will find information on this new enhancement, and how it works with DB2 fix pack downloads:
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We know that when you need access to a fix, you want a smart and simple way to download and install it. And even more importantly, you want to find and download the fix as quickly as possible.
We are pleased to share that the IBM Fix Central Support Site has been significantly improved. Many of these improvements stemmed from suggestions made by YOU. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, and please continue to share your thoughts and suggestions on this upgraded version of Fix Central.
Today's tip is to spend some time exploring Fix Central. If you have used it before, you will find new functions that provide tighter product integration between the Support Portal and Electronic Fix Distribution (EFD); Fix Central user interface usability improvements requested by clients; support for SDMC and System z firmware; improved performance; product entitlement reminders in Fix Central, as well as numerous other consumability enhancements. If you haven't used Fix Central before, take the time to learn about this valuable and time-saving tool.
If you are new to IBM Support or aren't familiar with Fix Central, here is a brief description:
To read a full description of the improvements to Fix Central, please check out this blog on the excellent IBM Electronic Support Community Blog.
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Get Your Fix
"Fixes" provide changes to your software that address known problems or add new functionality. Last post, we talked about the various kinds of "Fix" documents: APARs, Fix Pack, Fix Lists, and Recommended Fixes. In most cases, these documents will lead you to where you can "get your fix". One of those outlets is Fix Central: http
In Fix Central, you can search, select, order, and download fixes to your system with a choice of delivery options:
Anyone can access unrestricted fixes. However, some fixes are protected through entitlement and export control. In this case, you need to have a valid Passport Advantage (PPA). However, even with a valid PPA contract, there can be delays when you need maintenance if you don't have a valid online ID. Be sure that you are registered properly by going to this web page: http
Check out Fix Central and get acquainted!
Next up: Collecting data (thank goodness, no more "fix"!)
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First off - time flies when you're having blog! I turned around to do a weekly update, and it's been a month. Ouch! Let's try and get together more often!
So, what to talk about? Let's pick up where we left off - the documentation that IBM Information Management support is putting together for you!
Let's start with the documents that get the most traffic - "fix" documents. There are a number of kinds of documents related to "fixes", so let's try and sort some of them out:
APARs are "Authorized Program Analysis Reports", but basically you can call them problems, defects, bugs, issues, sometimes features requests, etc. In general, they document something that should be fixed or changed for a specific product, most often for a specific version. Each APAR documents a single issue. When you are having a problem and go looking around for a solution, you might find your problem or error documented in an APAR document, such as: http
When you are looking at an APAR that is already fixed (like the one above), you'll see a link to the document that describes the Fix or the Fix Pack where the APAR is fixed. (Checking Thesaurus now for another word for "fix" before I go nuts here.... How about "where the APAR is corrected"? (Ah, better.) Following the link in the APAR above, you get to this Fix Pack document: http The Fix List document for the Fix Pack described above is here: http Some products also offer Recommended Fixes, which can be individual APAR fixes or Fix Packs that support feels it would be beneficial for you to have. So... you have a problem: Or, you want to keep up with updates to your product: We're busy busy busy making sure that you have the documentation to find the information you are looking for - we hope that our Fix information works for you! Coming up: Fix Central (and more work for my thesaurus!)
The Fix List document for the Fix Pack described above is here: http
Some products also offer Recommended Fixes, which can be individual APAR fixes or Fix Packs that support feels it would be beneficial for you to have.
So... you have a problem:
Or, you want to keep up with updates to your product: We're busy busy busy making sure that you have the documentation to find the information you are looking for - we hope that our Fix information works for you! Coming up: Fix Central (and more work for my thesaurus!)
We're busy busy busy making sure that you have the documentation to find the information you are looking for - we hope that our Fix information works for you!
Coming up: Fix Central (and more work for my thesaurus!)