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All about Db2 iFixes (interim fixes)

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All about Db2 iFixes (interim fixes)

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An interim fix (iFix) is the next level of maintenance updates for Db2 in the 11.1 stream - a tested and certified update, generally available to you between Mod or Fix Packs.  Unlike a Mod Pack or Fix Pack, an iFix contains only a small and focused set of fixes for the most important and critical APARs on top of the previous Mod / Fix Pack.  Interim Fix updates contain significantly fewer changes than a typical Mod or Fix Pack.

  • iFixes have the same level of permanency and support as any fix pack.
  • iFixes are a part of the cumulative stream of update vehicles for Db2 11.1.
  • All content in an iFix will be included in the next Mod or Fix Pack in the 11.1 stream.

 

Element  Example   Description
V - Version Number 11.1.2.3
  • Indicates a separate IBM licensed program that usually has significant new code or capability
  • Contains major feature changes
  • Starts a new 5 year maintenance clock
  • Downloads found on Passport Advantage
R - Release Number 11.1.2.3
  • Minor but significant feature change release
  • Starts a new 5 year maintenance clock
  • Downloads found on Passport Advantage
M - Modification Number 11.1.2.3
  • Product refresh also referred to as a Mod Pack
  • Can include new functionality
  • Does not start a new maintenance clock
  • Downloads found on Fix Central
F - Fix Number 11.1.2.3
  • Cumulative update of all available fixes and APARs
  • Does not start a new maintenance clock
  • Downloads found on Fix Central
iFix - Interim Fix 11.1.2.3 iFix001
  • Tested and verified set of small number of key fixes and APARs, available to all
  • Subsequent iFixes are cumulative
  • Downloads found on Fix Central
  • Supported for the maintenance life of the Version.Release

 

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