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What's new in IBM Data Server Manager 2.1.x

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This document describes the new features and enhancements in IBM Data Server Manager 2.1.x.


Deprecation Announcement of Key / Value script and Data Migration type of jobs after Data Server Manager 2.1.5

Data Server Manager supports running and scheduling different types of jobs. Those two types of jobs, Key / Value script and Data Migration, are no longer supported after Data Server Manager 2.1.5.  Key / Value pairs will also no longer be kept and tracked in the repository. The Data Migration job is used to move data from one storage group to another. You can use an Executable / Shell or Db2 SQL script job to issue the ALTER TABLESPACE statement to do this. See more from Db2 Knowledge Center about how to set up data migration with multi-temperature storage groups.

List of fixed APARs in IBM Data Server Manager

What's new in Data Server Manager

Security enhancement

  • Jackson data binding upgraded from 2.0.0 to
  • Added support for SSH provided by Windows system as the Db2 SSH is deprecated.

Configuration management

Upgrading to Data Server Manager creates a backup folder named 'dsm_bak_before_v2155'.


  • Added a column for the 'timestamp' to collect data on these pages: Monitor / Database / Managed.
  • Assign a connection to monitor profiles for Db2LUW 11.5 connections.

Object management

Added 'connectionTimeout' in the JDBC property when making a new JDBC connection.

Other fixes

  • QWT user repository can now view data with OBJECT FILTERS, when Workload is completed.
  • Purge issues on repository tables from HEALTHMETRICS schema.

Accelerator management

  • Replication latency display numbers for the value
  • Transfer and Remove New Certificates
  • Option to order the Organization Key in Alter Key
  • Option to not display unsupported table columns in Add table
  • Acceleration page displays the datasharing members information
  • Option to Start and Stop each datasharing member's acceleration


Job Profiles:
Unlocked RTS tab in Job Profiles for all subsystems of Db2 12. User is now able to manage RTS profiles inherited from subsystems migrated from Db2 11.
Execution History widget:
Implemented the ability to sort and order a list of executed Db2 Admin Task Scheduler tasks.
Utility Profiles:
  • Added DSM help for all utilities supported by HAA Web UI
  • Added option “None" to “Table sample” field in Runstats utility
  • Added field “Use RT Stats in addition to MVS Catalog” to Reallocation utility options page
  • Added new field “Page dsnum” to Recover Utility Options page
  • Added new field “Group partitions with NPI” to Reorg Tablespace utility options page
  • Added field “Retention period” to Check Data utility options page
  • Added three allocation fields to Reorg Tablespace utility / Dataset Options Page (Primary Allocation, Secondary Allocation, Allocation Units)
  • Added the template selector for Local Primary, Local Backup, Recovery Site Primary, Recovery Site Backup to Reorg Tablespace utility / Image copy options set
  • Added the template selector for Local Primary, Local Backup, Recovery Site Primary, Recovery Site Backup to Copy to Copy utility / Image copy options set
  • Added template selectors to Reorg Tablespace utility for SYSREC, SYSPUNCH, discard DSN options
  • Added template selectors to Image Copy utility for Flash Copy options
  • Added template selectors to Copy to Copy utility for Flash Copy options
Object Profiles:
Added “Process AUX” selector to select whether the related LOB and / or XML table spaces are processed.

What's new in Data Server Manager

Security enhancement

  •  Fixed vulnerability issues in ICU ( International Components for Unicode component)
  •  DSM SNMP v3 traps support SHA256/AES128


  • Fix for Db2 V12 EXPLAIN syntax issues.
  • Support migration JCL for package AOC5OQA
  • Fixes for one-time password connection page
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Configuration management

  • PTF GA Date is now available under Configuration > Track Changes page instead of Apply Date.
  • Usability enhancement: UI is more clear, user friendly and Error Messages is more relevant.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes
Accelerator management
  • Incremental Update displays Db2 Groups Info
  • When applying an update, users can monitor the progress during the software update
  • For v7 accelerators, users can configure additional ports
  • Essentials only install - A new option in the "apply" step that only upgrades the "necessary" essential components.
  • Accelerator table page lists remote location for federated tables
  • Accelerator tables are nested by schema
  • Accelerator table name remain static during horizontal scrolling
  • For v7 accelerators, Storage Saver functionality enabled
  • Support of built-in RTS history data tables in Db2 12. User is now able to extract RTS history data for subsystems of 12 and plot them in charts (this was only available for subsystems of 11 before).
User must enable the temporal relationship between the history table and their associated catalog tables before the history table can be used to record historical information. For more information, see
  • RTS profiles are now deprecated in Db2 12. RTS profiles are still available for Db2 11 or earlier.
  • Support of “DSNACCOX-like” exceptions is going to be added.
  • Support of Db2 subsystem time while scheduling something via WebUI instead of local time of DSM host.
  • Added the support for new REBUILD INDEX utility.
  • Added Flash Copy templates dialog to REBUILD INDEX, RECOVER, REORG TS, REORG IX panels.
  • Displaying groups of composite actions within "Maint Window Action Disposition" page has been enabled.
  • For Dashboard -> Current Utilities -> Maximized dashlet, the number of rows above the table is shown now, just like it was for other tables over the interface.
  • A bundle of code analyzer issues have been removed.
  • The Help was updated with “Outdated profiles creation procedures”.
  • The Help was updated with RTS feature information for Db2 12.
  • Fixed customer issue with incorrect displaying Past Maintenance Windows records (DYX-513).

What's new in Data Server Manager

Supporting Db2® 11.5


  • SQL Statement text can now be edited when single query is 'Retune'.  Same SQL Statement text editing function can also be applied when individual statement is selected for single query tuning.
  • Workload Analytics Acceleration Advisor is now supported in 1-time password environment.
  • Test Candidate Index function is now supported in 1-time password environment.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Configuration management

  • SSID in parameter field will now be ignored in comparison report.  This enhancement will remove false positive differences in the report.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes
  • Implemented ability to display solid groups of actions instead of each composite action separately on all pages related to Actions functionality.
  • Implemented ability to operate with solid groups of actions instead of operating with each composite action separately (similar to the ISPF interface)
  • Implemented the support of any date/time trigger for Schedule dialog based on Cron format and fully compatible with scheduling format in ISPF.
  • Implemented a customer’s request of support for 5 and more past maintenance windows, either by offering time filter and number filter.
  • Added missed associated trigger value for each symptom on “Symptoms” page.
  • Fixed a bug whereby “Priority override” column was missing on Action details page on Action dashlet of Subsystem dashboard.
  • Fixed a bug whereby “Error status” value could not be edited to “Open” on Action details page on Action dashlet of Subsystem dashboard.
  • Updated the help for Web UI screens wherever a task can be scheduled to indicate that time must be mainframe time.

What's new in Data Server Manager


  • A new tuning feature enables collection of statistics feedback data that is identified by Db2 as missing or conflicting statistics in the SYSIBM.SYSSTATFEEDBACK catalog table. The collected statistics feedback data improves the chances of selection of an efficient access path for an SQL statement.
  • Enhancement to display statement count in the Capture Result table and Viewing Workload Statement List table.
  • Enhancement to allow users to modify text content in the Retune dialog used in Single Query Tune job.

Accelerator management

Complete support for IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator management (5 and 7).

What's new in Data Server Manager



  • DSM now supports tuning of statement in reference to the Declared Global Temporary Table for Db2 for z/OS.
  • The Statistics advisor now allows Db2 for z/OS users to customize the utility ID for SYSPROC.DSNUTILU stored procedure to execute the RUNSTATS recommendations.
  • The enhanced Index Advisor now provides valuable recommendations on Index on Expression (IoE).
  • The enhancement to capture Static statements from Package and plan source now captures the EXPLAIN table metrics with statement by default.
  • The EXPLAIN options used in Single Query Tune now includes the Default Schema of the captured statement as the CURRENT PATH.

Configuration management

  • Users can now view Recorded Clients.
  • The enhanced Compare Db2 Configurations function now enables users the ability to view all the client connections which was previously limited to 25 connections.
  • The enhancement to storage allocation of the IBMIOCM_SPACE_8K and IBMIOCM_TSPACE_8K tablespaces within the database now optimizes data storage management to improve the overall performance.
  • The Compare Db2 Configurations function now exports the .csv file by excluding the extraneous data that increased the file size unnecessarily.
  • Provided full support for Multi-factor Authentication in the Automation Tool / Autonomics Director for z/OS web interface.
  • Provided the ability for users to change the status of failed autonomic actions and restart them without having to rerun the build task (thereby avoiding the side-effect of including new, unwanted objects that meet the exception conditions).
  • Added execution timestamps to each item on the Execution History detail page so that users can correlate them with what appears in the Execution History dashlet view. 
  • Added the ability to either assign actions to another maintenance window or leave them orphaned, when deleting an existing maintenance window with one or more open actions.
  • Simplified the display to only show a single occurrence of a job profile when the “View related jobs” button is clicked for a profile that appears in multiple groups within a single job profile.
  • Provided users the ability to edit actions on “Execution history details / Autonomic Actions” page just like they can on the Subsystem Dashboard’s “Actions” page. 
  • Corrected an issue where the “Scheduled” column never got updated when creating or editing a “Maintenance Period” within a maintenance window that is autonomically scheduled.
  • Made multiple fixes and usability improvements to the Autonomics pages, which include improved error reporting, improved usability, and general bug fixes.
  • Made corrections to and expanded upon the help content to keep the pages current. 
  • Changed all occurrences of "DB2" to "Db2" to conform to IBM’s recent branding change of Db2.

What's new in Data Server Manager 2.1.5

The latest release of IBM Data Server Manager contains many new features to manage, monitor and tune Db2 family databases.

DSM continues to integrate deeply with the security infrastructure and practices of your Enterprise, now supporting even more user specific scenarios and standards. Tuning now includes advances in index tuning, workload capture, and Query Monitor Integration. In addition, DSM now supports scripted connection and user management, and enterprise users of DSM can now manage Analytics Accelerators that are paired with Db2 for z/OS subsystems.

Enterprise Monitoring and Management


  • For Real Time Package Cache monitoring, users can now choose to normalize captured SQL statements. Literals are replaced with a question mark (?). This consolidates common statements together and provides an additional level of data security by masking potentially sensitive data.
  • Users can now get the status of remote tables when monitoring a federated database, in both real-time and history mode. Status information can include the number of rows that have been modified, inserted, updated, or read, for both in-flight or package cache statements. The detail information for remote tables can be displayed on the following views:
    • Statements > In-flight executions in real-time mode
    • Statements > Individual executions in history mode
    • Statements > Package cache in both real-time and history mode
    • Statements > Stored procedures in real-time mode
    • Applications > Connections in both real-time and history mode
  • Users can now change the monitoring profile used to monitor Db2 Warehouse on Cloud and Db2 on Cloud databases to suit their unique requirements.

Object management

  • In addition to the New, Modified, and Deleted columns displayed on the DSM Tracking changes page, a new Base column now displays the number of objects recorded for the first time by DSM, as well as those that have not changed, during the specified time frame. This new column enables users to set a baseline for changes made to any database objects during a time frame.
  • When administering schemas, users can now generate DDL statements for all the objects in a single schema.

SQL editor

Users can now run one set of SQL statements against multiple databases simultaneously, using a new Run menu option.


Users can now administer connections or user information by using the following new batch processing commands:

Note: Users can only tag connections from within the DSM console.

  • Administer connection profiles with tags, using the upddbprofile command.
  • Update the password for multiple connection profiles with specific tags and the same user ID, using the upddbcredential command.
  • Create multiple user IDs, using the usermgt command.
  • Export user privileges for a group of connection profiles that share the same tags, or all users and their mapping privileges, to a .csv file, using the privilegemgmt command.


See Securing IBM Data Server Manager for more information on how to secure your DSM environment.

  • DSM has withdrawn support for the TLS 1.0 and TLS  1.1 cipher suites, as they utilize the SHA-1 signature algorithm, which has been found to be prone to collision attacks. Users can, however, continue to use TLS 1.2 to connect to their DSM server from a web browser.
  • Users can now choose whether or not to save the operation credentials into the DSM repository database. If the value of in the file is changed to false, then the Save credentials to repository check box is removed from the console. See Disabling the saving of operation credentials for more information.
  • If DSM is using repository based authentication, and a Db2 for z/OS database is used as the repository database, user IDs must be explicitly added into DSM and granted with privileges before they can be used for logging into DSM.


Query Advisor and Access Path Advisor now available as tuning options

  • Generate query revision recommendations: launches either the Query Advisor or Workload Query Advisor to find structures in a query that are likely to cause the optimizer to choose a sub-optimal access path. The advisors use a combination of rules and best practices to calculate their recommendations, which you can use to rewrite the query to resolve problems.
  • Generate access path recommendations: launches the Access Path Advisor to examine the access plan selected by the optimizer and to identify common access path issues. The warnings that this advisor provides can help you to understand where to look for trouble in an access plan graph or in the Access Plan Explorer.

Enhancement for queries and workload capture

  • A global option is now available for setting the SQLID and default Schema
  • Users can now enable IFCID 316, 317, 318 traces, for collecting performance metrics from the dynamic statement cache
  • Filtering by table or index object is now supported for Packages data sources, when the underlying package is bound with EXPLAIN information
  • Access plan comparison is now supported for Packages data sources.
  • The tuning wizard is now capable of generating JCL scripts or commands from the SQL Editor, for collecting EXPLAIN plans for Packages that did not bind with EXPLAIN YES.

Enhancement with Db2 Query Monitor (QM) integration (for QWTz users)

  • Users of QM can now call IBM Db2 Query Workload Tuner for z/OS (QWTz) tuning functions for tuning both single static and dynamic SQL statements, as well as workloads. In addition, when using the DSM integration, QM users now have the option of specifying the SQLID for the EXPLAIN table, in the event that it is not the same as the connection user name.
  • The enhanced Selectivity Override function (designed to helps users improve query access plans for dynamic queries with parameter markers) now supports tuning of static statements on Db2 for z/OS Version 11NFM or above. With this function, QWTz sends a selectivity override hint to the optimizer, to help improve the access plan with run-time host variable values information. This can greatly improve static SQL with skewed host variable predicates.
    See Overriding predicate selectivities at the statement level in the Db2 for z/OS Knowledge Center to learn more.
  • The QWTz operation credential now supports tuning services.
  • The following QM APARs are prerequisite, in order to get all the latest functions: PI89058 and PI89061.

Enhancement for Index Advisor (for QWTz users)

QWTz has improved the usability of its Index Advisor tool, by providing users with more information from which to evaluate index recommendations:

  • The advisor now displays existing index information
  • The advisor now supports access plan comparison, and the ability to review a revised access plan for Test Candidate Index analysis
  • The advisor now supports index impact analysis for Test Candidate Index recommendations. Test Candidate Index analysis allows you to test your own custom hypotheses for index recommendations, on single queries or workloads. By integrating index impact analysis support on Test Candidate Index recommendations, you can test the impact of the Test Candidate Index analysis at the packages/plan level, Dynamic Statement Cache level, or against a custom defined workload.

Db2 for z/OS Administration support

Accelerator management
Users of DSM can now manage IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS (Accelerator) installations that are paired with a given IBM Db2 for z/OS subsystem:

  • Users can view the status of all their Accelerators from a single dashboard.
  • Users can drill-down to any Accelerator to view detailed diagnostics, monitoring information, and trace configurations, and perform the following table and query management tasks:
    • Add / Load Tables from IBM Db2 for z/OS to the Accelerator
    • Remove table references from the Accelerator
    • Alter distribution / organizing keys
    • Synchronize table data between IBM Db2 for z/OS and the Accelerator
    • Archive/Restore partitions between IBM Db2 for z/OS and the Accelerator
    • List and cancel long running tasks.
  • Users can monitor accelerated queries from the query dashboard for an Accelerator. Supported query monitoring functions include:
    • View the SQL
    • Re-run a query
    • Post explain graph view
    • List and / or cancel executing queries

Note: All above mentioned features are supported for IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, 5.1. A subset of this functionality (diagnostics and monitoring information, Add and Load Tables, Remove Tables, list and cancel tasks, view SQL for accelerated queries) is supported for IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, 7.1 in IBM Data Server Manager 2.1.5.

Enhanced IBM Db2 Automation Tool / IBM Db2 Autonomics Director for the DSM console

The following enhancements are now available:

  • Basic support for manual building of automation tool job profiles.
  • New DB2 Administration Task Scheduler view, from which users can see and delete tasks.
  • Support for the SORTDEVT and SORTNUM to RUNSTATS utilities.
  • Improved performance from making past performance window data for a specific maintenance window available for review.
  • Additional column values now appear in the Utility History screen, indicating whether the utility job was submitted autonomically or manually.
  • Multiple fixes and usability improvements to the Subsystem Autonomics and Subsystem Dashboard pages, including:
    • Improved error reporting
    • Updated help content
    • Better profile filtering
    • Improved usability

What's new in Data Server Manager 2.1.4

Enterprise Monitoring and Management

IBM Data Server Manager lets you see the status of all your IBM Db2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows and dashDB data servers from a single pane of glass. Now you can easily identify data servers that need your attention, tag and group them according to your business requirements, and create custom views to get you back to exactly what you need to see in seconds. Managing hundreds of data servers is easier than ever before.


Making sure that your database is fully protected is an important part of every DBA's job. With the new release of IBM Data Server Manager 2.1.4 we have built up the LDAP security features introduced in the last release and now support Kerberos authentication and allow DSM to support multi-factor authentication. See Securing IBM Data Server Manager.


With Db2 IBM Data Server Manager lets you access data from remote IBM and non-IBM databases with a few clicks. Remote tables look and act like local tables with the help of Data Server Manager. Optimization of statements that include remote data is easy with visual explain and extensive monitoring in Data Server Manager. Data Server Manager 2.1.4 adds support for many new remote data sources.


New tuning features introduced in this release include many usability enhancements to make the tuning of individual and workload queries much simpler. New filters have been enabled to make capturing data for tuning much quicker and easier. An enhanced Compare Access Plan feature allows you to show differences between the original and new access plans after what-if index analysis. There is also an improved Index Advisor tool in this release.

Enterprise Monitoring and Management

  • Detect problems faster from the new card view

    IBM Data Server Manager has improved the card view, utilized by the Home page, to provide users with a better way to analyze the metrics of their monitored databases. Users can easily get the health status for all databases by analyzing alerts and performance metrics for each monitored connection, all from one dashboard.

    User can easily:

    • Read the current value, normal range, maximum and minimum value range, possible maximum and minimum value, and trend for each displayed metric. Also, the Data Sever CPU KPI metric is added into home page.
    • Group databases by Name (the default view) Host: port – instance , Data server type and version, high availability status, and Cluster (for monitored databases in clustered configurations, such as Db2 pureScale).
    • View all available databases, only those with critical alerts, or only those that match custom filtering rules that you define. Filter the database view by adding or removing specific metrics.
    • Set the refresh period for displayed database states, alerts and metrics. Available values range from 5 to 300 seconds, with a default period of 60 seconds. User can also manually pause or refresh immediately.
    • Customize the visible metrics to show only those metrics that are important to users.
    • Find the databases to which you are connected by entering a name, data server type, host or port number in the search tool.
  • Filter displayed databases with tagging and favorites

    Users can now filter the display of databases on the Home page views in a variety of ways:

    • Allow users to group databases connections by tag
    • Provide a flexible way to monitor multiple connections that have the same tag
    • Allow users to associate different connections easily
    • Provide more context for connections in alert notifications
  • Favorites:
    • User can add the most important database connections to a favorites list for easy management and tracking
    • A summarized overview of connections is now available in the favorites list

Create and switch between different Home page views

The Create views feature allows users to customize, save, and switch between different snapshots of the Home page. User can easily:

The summary view provides users with a convenient and intuitive way to get the health status for all databases.

Summary views include:

Define or alter a workload with collection activity data

When creating a workload, users can now select the collection activity data option from the Overview page, to resolve performance issues.

Improved usability of Overview dashboard controls

Users can now focus on time frames where the most database activity has occurred, using the enhanced time-slider control. Users can click the arrow controls at the extremes of the time slider to change the displayed time span, giving users the ability to move easily between different historical views.

Statement History Enhancement for MPP

Users can see individual statements for each member.

DDL generation enhancements

Support Generate DDL for bufferpool, tablespaces and storage groups.

Review and customize DSM migration DDLs at z/OS repository

The configure JCL can be downloaded from the product setup page. This makes it easier to review all DDL statements. The DDL for table spaces, buffer pools can be customized to follow company's IT standards.

  • Save the current databases group type, sort key and type, filter rules, and selected metrics to a new view. The user can then quickly go back to the view at any time.
  • Switch between different views easily. The default view is All Connections.
  • Delete a view.
  • Disconnected—displays metrics related to the overall status of the user's disconnected databases. Users can choose to filter the list of disconnected databases by toggling options for unavailable connections, invalid credentials, and / or invalid connections.
  • Not monitored—displays metrics for those databases not being monitored. Users can choose to filter the list of not monitored databases by toggling the following filters:
    • Monitoring off—show / hide those databases that have monitoring deactivated in their monitoring profile.
    • Monitoring is disabled—show / hide those databases that have data collection disabled in their associated connection profile.
    • Blackout active—show / hide those databases that have monitoring temporarily disabled due to a scheduled blackout.
    • Monitoring profile deactivated—show / hide database connections whose monitoring profile has been deactivated.
    • Unsupported server version—show / hide connections to databases whose server type or version does not support monitoring through DSM.
  • With alerts—displays alert messages, by alert group type or Alert severity, for databases whose states have exceeded thresholds that you have set for alerts. Related metrics are also displayed, and users can choose which metrics to display from a drop-down menu.
  • Enhanced Log full alert
    Log full alert is an critical alert type directly related to availability because log full condition can block all transactions of database.  When this alert generated,  it's important for DBAs to pinpoint the problematic application which maybe the root cause of this problem.  And now the enhancement of this alert can help to do this by displaying the handle and name of the application that holds the oldest active transaction. What's more, not only can DBAs see the application handle and name in log full alert details but also free-up log space by applying a 'Force Application' or 'Cancel Activities' operation against the problematic application.

    Alert group
    DSM now provides two groupings for alerts, Availability and Performance. Users can choose to organize alerts by either of these groups, or create their own custom alert groups.  With this feature,  users can have a more meaningful and valuable summary view of the alerts  in Home page. 

    Enhanced alert notifications
    Users can now send different alerts to specified receivers by Email, SNMP or both as they like in a more flexible way. User defined alerts notification is also supported. Besides, users can select alerts for notification easily with tree view and the search function. Through the connection's monitoring profile, users can define multiple notification rules for controlling where specific alerts are sent.

    Availability alert
    DSM now can also detects the  backup pending state of the monitored database and then generate an alert to get DBAs notified and taking actions accordingly.

    Alert service
    DSM provides users with several restful APIs for retrieving alerts information. Users can integrate DSM alerts information into their own system, or consume it in other application.


  • Customize encryption mechanism

    DSM now provides a customized encryption option, allowing DSM administrators to better protect their DSM user's passwords.

    Current DSM user passwords are encrypted by the same key across all DSM installations. DSM can now generate a new key per installation. With the encryption key now being installation-specific, the key from one DSM installation cannot be used to decrypt information from another DSM installation. A new utility allows a DSM administration to convert to this installation specific key for better protection of their encrypted content.

    Separate connection profile credential for Admin / Tuning / Monitoring

    DSM administrators can now create connection profiles that control a user's access to specific DSM functions. To facilitate this change, the Add Database Connection window has been augmented to include two new credential options:

    • Enable operation— provides the credential for the current DSM user to perform operational access to DSM (perform administration functions, tune databases and run queries against the connected database). The user can choose to save this credential to the repository database, or let it be cleared after the user logs out of DSM. For convenience, users can also update this credential through the User icon, next to the database selector, without having to go through the Connection dialog box. This operational credential will only apply to the current user and will never be shared with other users sharing the same connection profile.
    • Enable data collection—provides users of the connection profile with data collection privileges for the connected database, allowing them to monitor databases on the connected server and create alerts.
    When creating the connection profile, DSM administrators can choose one or both options by clicking the appropriate check boxes at the bottom of the Database Connection tab page.

    DSM Authentication using a repository database to handle Kerberos Authentication

    Users can now delegate DSM user authentication duties to a repository database. In this mode, any repository database user that has been assigned the DSM role can log in to DSM. For example, this allows DSM users to be authenticated through Kerberos.

    2FA authentication in JDBC connection - Db2 for z/OS database

    DSM now provides one-time password authentication (one kind of two-factor authentication) when performing administration or tuning tasks on Db2 for z/OS databases. With one-time password authentication enabled, the underlying connection will be shared, eliminating the need to create a new connection during the operation life-cycle.

    IBM LDAP Tivoli Directory Server support

    DSM now supports the use of IBM TDS for LDAP authentication.


  • Several new data sources are added as federated data sources when connecting with latest Db2 The complete list is shown below:
    • Apache Hive - new
    • Cloudera Impala - new
    • IBM BigInsights
    • IBM Db2 for Linux, Unix and Windows and IBM dashDB
    • IBM Db2 for z/OS
    • IBM PureData System for Analytics (Netezza) - new
    • Microsoft SQL Server - new
    • Oracle (using ODBC client) - new
    • Oracle (using NET8 client)
    • Teradata
    • JDBC (generic data sources)


  • Improved display of tuning results

    The Tuning Jobs page now includes the following enhancements for better usability:

    • A more common method for column and row filtering
    • Display tuning results by clicking a link within the JOB NAME column
    • Check box controls for selecting entire rows
    • A quick search tool for locating jobs by job name and connection name
    • Close, Close others and Close all by right-click on the tabs

    Enhanced data capture for the DSM Tuning Wizard

    Users can now manage filters they have created for capturing data for tuning, using the DSM Tuning Wizard. By clicking the Manage Filters link, users can edit, copy, or delete existing filters, or create new ones. This option is available for the following data sources:

    • Db2 dynamic statement cache
    • Db2 packages and plans
    • User-defined repository

    Compare access plans quickly and easily when optimizing tuning jobs

    When optimizing an index for tuning, users may try to create multiple indexes virtually to compare the optimized access plan against the original one.

    DSM now provides users with a Compare Access Plan button that, when selected from the what-if analysis result page, generates a single query access plan comparison report, identifying to the user the differences between their original query access plan and the new access plan created with virtual indexes.

    Improved index advisor

    DSM has improved the usability of its Index Advisor tool, by providing users with more information from which to evaluate index recommendations:

    • Users can now check statements directly affected by index recommendations, as well as corresponding statement information, such as the package name and collection name.
    • Users can check the table information related to the index recommendations to quickly identify which tables and index recommendations need the most consideration.
    • Users can now review how existing indexes are currently used, and compare them with new index recommendations.

Db2 for z/OS Administration support

Enhanced IBM Db2 Automation Tool / IBM Db2 Autonomics Director for the DSM console

  • Significant performance improvements when rendering large result sets, resolving search filters, and scrolling through tables. Infinite scrolling ensures that data fetching is fast and supports mobile access.
  • The autonomic type for a given job is now displayed on the Utility History page, identifying whether it was run autonomically or passively.
  • The action execution history within a given maintenance window is now displayed, grouped by maintenance period.
  • Row counts for a given page are now available, along with the number of rows returned from an applied filter, and the total number of unfiltered rows.
  • Support of the RTS Snapshot history feature within the Db2 Automation Tool object profiles, eliminating the need for LISTDEF object profiles.
  • Multiple fixes and usability improvements to the Maintenance Windows, Utility History, and other Autonomic Dashboard pages, which include improved help content, better filtering, improved usability, and bug fixes.

What's new in Data Server Manager 2.1.3

User experience

  • Get things done faster
    • IBM Data Server Manager 2.1.3 continues to improve the user experience with its Download and Go design and intuitive graphic user interface (GUI).

    Task oriented welcome page for high efficiency
    • Step-by-step quick tours of common DSM tasks help to get users up and running with the console in a matter of minutes.
    • Functional areas covered by quick tours include:
      • Set up and configuration
      • Monitoring databases
      • Administering and configuring databases
      • Executing and optimizing SQL statements
    • Quick links to take users to key console pages where they can perform common tasks
    • Accessible online help on each page, to provide answers when users need them

    Card view metrics
    • The new Card view provides users with a better way to analyze the metrics of their monitored databases. User can easily get the health status for all databases in one dashboard.
      Displayed properties include database name, alerts and performance metrics.

      User can easily:
      • Check each monitored database in card view.
      • Find the average value and the deviation for the current value by graphic markers.
      • Group databases by name (the default view) host: port – instance, data server type and version, high availability status, and cluster (for monitored databases in clustered configurations, such as DB2 pureScale).
      • Filter displayed databases using tools launched from the command bar. Users can filter by database properties, critical alert types, or by adding and removing specific metrics from view.
      • Set the refreshing period for displayed database states, alerts and metrics. Available values range from 5 to 300 seconds, with a default period of 60 seconds. User can also manually pause or refresh immediately.
      • A Useful links menu on the command bar allows users to jump instantly to key console pages, such as Blackout Events, Monitoring Profiles, or Manage Connections.
    Redesigned monitoring dashboards
    • IBM Data Server Manager has completely redesigned its database monitoring user interface. Dashboards and other labelling have been redone to improve clarity, options have been moved to more intuitive locations, and more complex workflows have been simplified.
      Some specific improvements include:
      • The addition of Notifications and Manage Clients dashboards for Db2 for z/OS to the Monitor > Database page
      • The removal of the Alerts option from the Monitor menu on the navigation bar, replaced by the Notifications dashboard
      • The renaming of the Workload dashboard to Throughput dashboard, to more closely associate workloads with the Db2 workload manger
      • The removal of the Database Time breakdown dashboard, to reduce duplication with the Overview dashboard
      • The moving of the Units of Work dashboard to the Applications drop-down menu
      • Support to customize threshold for table space state and index space state, when connected to Db2 for z/OS databases

Administration support

  • Admin privilege enhancement
    • DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (LUW) users can now manage privileges directly through the object explorer view of the following object types:
      • Database
      • Tables
      • Views
      • Indexes
      • MQTs
      • Schemas
      • Table spaces
      • Sequences
      • Procedures
      • Functions
      • Servers
      • Remote Tables
      Customers can also choose Administer --> Privileges to manage user, role, and group privileges.

      See Privileges Required for the ID used by Data Server Manager in the DSM 2.1.x Knowledge Center for more information on privilege assignment for both Db2 for LUW and Db2 for z/OS database environments.

    Remote Cloud storage for database backup and restore
    • DSM 2.1.3 allows users of Db2 11.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (LUW) databases to manage backup and restore operations to a remote cloud-based storage service. Db2 11.1 databases support backup and restore to remote storage on IBM® SoftLayer® Object Storage or Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), providing users with an agile, on-demand, and economic storage option for their backup and restore operations. DSM 2.1.3 adds UI support to help users manage this functionality easily from the console.  

      See Accessing and using remote cloud storage services with DSM in the DSM 2.1.x Knowledge Center for more information on using DSM to configure your database for remote cloud storage.
    LDAP authentication
    • LDAP Authentication in DSM now extends to support Microsoft Active Directory. Administrators can also configure DSM to use multiple LDAP entries. DSM supports both anonymous and simple authentication configuration on the LDAP server. See Authentication through an LDAP service in the DSM 2.1.x Knowledge Center for more information on configuring LDAP authentication with DSM.
    Customized session time out
    • DSM server now supports customized session time out, allowing administrators to set the idle time that occurs before a DSM session time out requires users to log in again.

      See Managing session time out in the DSM 2.1.x Knowledge Center for more information on how to modify the default session time out value.

    Define workloads
    • Users can now use the Administer > Workloads page to define workloads by different connection attributes and to review existing workload definitions. They can then jump to the Monitor > Databases > Overview page to analyze the performance of their monitored database, all workloads, or individual workloads.

    Query and script building
    • Users can now re-use a single database connection to run different statements and scripts in multiple transactions, using the SQL Editor.
      Users can manage scripts with simple in-cell clicking. 

    Enhanced IBM Db2 Automation Tool for z/OS console
    • The latest release of the Db2 Automation Tool for z/OS 4.3, is now available as part of the Db2 Utilities Solution Pack for z/OS 4.1. The Automation Tool has been updated with the following features:
      • Improved support for Db2 12 with new or modified fields included in the RECOVER and MODIFY RECOVERY utilities.
      • New profile management support for Db2 subsystems that are members of a data sharing group.
      • Improved layout and simplified user experience for creating and managing profiles, as well as better search and filtering capabilities.
      • Updated Action Registry and Symptom Registry screens (formerly called Action Priorities and Symptom Severities) to reflect changes and enhancements to the various autonomics options.
      Note: DSM 2.1.3 requires that installations of the Db2 Utilities Solution Pack for z/OS be of version 4.1 or newer. Older versions of this package are not supported.

      Refer to the product's Program Directory document for detailed installation instructions. 


  • Better user experiences when capturing queries and workloads
    • DSM now provides a tuning wizard to facilitate the workflow of SQL and workload capturing. This new tool clearly defines the steps of capturing: Users can also jump to each step quickly by clicking an icon at the top of the wizard. 
      1. Select a data source
      2. Define the scope
      3. Choose options
  • Capture SQL statements from multiple files
    • DSM users can now capture SQL statements from multiple files when running the tuning wizard against a Db2 on z/OS or Db2 for LUW database. By choosing Optimize > Start Tuning and selecting the Files tab from the tuning wizard, users can browse to local or network files to for tuning. Options are also available for setting a statement terminator, an encoding format (for example, UTF8) and a default schema.
  • Enhanced comparison of workload access plans for displaying all non-matching statements
    • DSM can now display all non-matching statements in the workload access plan comparison report. With this enhancement, users can easily identify statements that are not comparable between two workload tuning jobs. Users can use this information to determine if changes were applied to SQL statements during application development.
  • Capture dynamic statements from a data sharing group
    • When tuning queries sourced from a Db2 on z/OS database, users can now capture dynamic statements from the members of a data sharing group. Using the new tuning wizard, users can enable the Capture from data sharing option and select data sharing members from a list.
      This feature will run the EXPLAIN CACHE ALL command against all the selected members and consolidate all statements in each member's dynamic statement cache as the captured result
  • Export to JCL
    • Db2 for z/OS customers can now save tuning recommendations locally as Job Control Language (JCL) files. These files can then be run from a Db2 for z/OS command line console as needed. An Export to JCL button now appears on the Tuning Results page for any of the following job types:
      • Indexes Advisor
      • Workload Indexes Advisor 
      • Test candidate index
      • Workload Test candidate index
      • Statistics Advisor 
      • Workload Statistics Advisor
      • Selectivity Override Analysis

Monitoring and alerts

  • Toggle between local and database time zones
    • Users can now view monitoring data in either their local time zone or the database time zone
      • Supports dynamic switching between the local time zone or database time zone
      • Remembers a user's last choices
      • Applies to all GUI elements, such as the time slider, monitoring grids and monitoring charts. 
    More historical charts added or updated
    • IBM Data Server Manager has added several historical charts, and updated others, to enhance historical monitoring. By analyzing the differences and commonalities between these charts at different points in time, users can better identify performance trends and the source of issues when they arise.

      The following charts have been added or updated:

      • Throughput Connections Summary
      • Throughput Member Summary
      • Throughput WLM Workload Summary
      • Throughput WLM Service Class Summary
      • Instance Memory
      • Database Memory
      • Buffer Pool
      • Table Space
      • Logging
      • Package Cache
  • SNMP V3 alert notifications now supported
    • Users can configure DSM to receive SNMPv3 trap notifications from a pre-configured SNMP server, providing secure user authentication and encryption support. By accessing the Product Setup page, users can enter the host name, port, and user name associated with their SNMP server, then enable DSM to receive trap notifications, through their monitoring profile.
  • Specific enhancements to DPF, HADR, and PURESCALE console pages 
    • Console pages have been redesigned for DPF, HADR, and PURESCALE monitoring, with additional charts and more useful metrics, to enhance usability and functionality.
      • A new chart has been added to show key metrics, such as CPU ,IO , and SORT, with AVG, MIN, and MAX values added to enhance these values.
      • New bar charts have been added to show the trend of data for DPF members, and users can view the data skew that is based on it.

What's new in Data Server Manager 2.1.2

User experience

IBM Data Server Manager 2.1.2 offers improved navigation.

  • New grid view for Home page

    In contrast to the tile view that users of IBM Data Server Manager are used to navigating, the new grid view displays each monitored database as a row in a table. Displayed properties include the database name, current status, alerts, and performance metrics.

    Features of the new grid view include:

    • Changing the order of listed databases by clicking a column heading.
    • Filtering displayed records using tools launched from the command bar. Users can filter by database properties, by critical alert types, or by adding and removing specific metrics from view.
    • Grouping database records by Name (the default view) Host:Port – Instance, Data Server Type and version, and Cluster (for monitored databases in clustered configurations, such as Db2 pureScale).
    • Setting the refreshing period for the displayed database status, alerts and metrics. Available values range from 5 to 300 seconds, with a default period of 60 seconds. User can also manually pause or refresh immediately.
    • A new Useful links menu on the command bar that allows users to instantly jump to the Blackout Events page, the Monitoring Profiles page, or the Manage Connections page.
    More intuitive Overview page for Database Monitoring
    The Data Server section of the Overview page is now more intuitive, providing users with an easy-to use, yet comprehensive, database monitoring experience:
    • The Database time breakdown chart now combines five metrics (I/O, Lock waits, SQL processing, Other processing and Other waits) into one line graph, allowing users to see how the peaks and valleys of each metric correspond to those of the others at points in time. As users hover their mouse pointer over the graph, a pop-up box provides a percentage value of each metric at that moment in time. A zoom control at the bottom of the chart allows users to focus on a smaller time frame.
    • Charts for other key metrics now display their values with improved graphics. By hovering their mouse over points along each line segment, users are presented with a timestamped description of the normal range for the selected metric.
    • Key metrics can now be toggled on or off from the new Metrics Filter control, located on the command bar. Users can show/hide charts for key metrics by simply selecting or clearing associated check boxes from the drop-down list.
    • Two new key metrics are now available:
      • Transaction rate: the number of transactions completed per second
      • Average activity time: the average database response time for all activities, including SQL execution, I/O, and lock waits

Administration support

LDAP Authentication

IBM Data Server Manager can now be configured to use LDAP authentication. Credentials validation and DSM user privilege assignment can be delegated to an Open LDAP or Apache Directory server. DSM Administrators can configure DSM to use LDAP for user management in the following ways:

  • Manage DSM user credentials and DSM user privileges: In this mode, both user credentials and user privileges (Administrator or User) are managed from the LDAP side. Any new user creation or privilege assignment must be done from the LDAP side as well. DSM Administrators can choose an LDAP group to represent DSM Administrators, where membership grants administrator access to DSM.
  • Manage DSM user credentials only: In this mode, only user credentials are managed in LDAP. The DSM Administrator privilege is still managed by DSM.
Connections to Db2 pureScale clusters
  • IBM Data Server Manager now supports the monitoring of Db2 pureScale configurations. Users can now add connections to other pureScale members and CF nodes automatically, when adding a connection to a member node in a pureScale cluster.
Connections to Db2 pureScale with HADR clusters
  • IBM Data Server Manager now supports the monitoring of Db2 pureScale with HADR configurations. Users can now add connections to other pureScale members and CF nodes as well as all HADR standby members and CF nodes automatically, when adding a connection to a member node in a pureScale with HADR cluster.
Fluid Query support for Federated databases
  • IBM Data Server Manager now supports Db2 Fluid Queries, a technology that allows users to connect to remote tables that look and act like local tables. Once a connection to a remote table is created, users can use the Generate DML command to create SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE statements that include all of the table's properties. The newly generated statement is presented in the SQL editor, allowing users to edit the statement as needed before executing it.
    Users can edit the properties of their remote table connections, or remove them, as needed.
Console support for the dashDB family of products
  • Data Server Manager can now act as the administration and monitoring console for a number of dashDB products. By establishing a connection to a dashDB Local, dashDB for Transactions, or dashDB for Analytics database, Data Server Manager automatically reconfigures its feature set to compliment the selected database type.
Autonomic management of Db2 for z/OS subsystems
  • IBM Data Server Manager now supports the following activities for the management of DB2 for z/OS subsystems:
    • View and manage the overall health of DB2 for z/OS systems across the enterprise.
    • Navigate and drill down from the enterprise or system level to individual objects. You can view, understand, and access identified DB2 for z/OS symptoms and recommended actions.
    • View resource dashboards that consolidate information from various sources and tools with data sharing groups and individual table space and index space partitions.
    • Discover resources with the highest severity symptoms and actions, and navigate directly to those resources.
    • Reduce the learning curve and get new system programmers and database administrators up and running faster.
You can define a connection between Data Server Manager and DB2 for z/OS so that Data Server Manager can obtain, or discover, information about your DB2 for z/OS resources. After the discovery is complete, you can navigate to information about your DB2 for z/OS resources in Data Server Manager by searching or browsing. You can view properties for the following types of DB2 for z/OS resources:
  • Subsystems
  • Data sharing groups
  • Databases
  • Table spaces
  • Table space partitions
  • Indexes spaces
  • Index space partitions
You can also view graphical charts of real-time statistics for the following types of DB2 for z/OS resources:
  • Table spaces. If a table space is partitioned, charts are available only for the table space partitions.
  • Index spaces. If an index space is partitioned, charts are available only for the index space partitions.
To enable the complete autonomic capabilities, acquire the DB2 Utilities Solution Pack for z/OS version 4 and install and configure the following components: Autonomics Director for DB2 for z/OS; DB2 Automation Tool for z/OS; Utilities Enhancement Tool for z/OS.

Autonomics Director for DB2 for z/OS enables the following capabilities:
  • Creating LISTDEF-based object profiles.
  • Creating real-time statistics (RTS) snapshot job profiles to run RTS snapshots for LISTDEF object profiles.
  • Adding schedules, if DB2 for z/OS administrative task scheduler is set up and running.
  • RTS history data is captured by the snapshot job profiles and viewable on the RTS history charts on the Subsystem Dashboard.
  • Create maintenance windows and specify time intervals.
Db2 Automation Tool for z/OS enables the following capabilities:
  • Fully manage (view, create, edit, delete) object, utility, exception, and job profiles with a new, expanded web-based interface, without having to use the ISPF interface.
  • Monitor symptoms and actions from the Subsystems Dashboard page with a new widget that populates when a job profile associated with a given maintenance window is built.
  • Set priorities for symptoms, to ensure those with higher priorities are processed before others.
  • Set the priority of related actions, objects, and symptoms, to ensure the most important or critical conditions are resolved first.
The Utilities Enhancement Tool for z/OS captures the history of the utilities ran for all the resources and presents in the Utility History widget on the Subsystem Dashboard.

Query and script building

  • Enhanced SQL editor
    The SQL editor now offers users several enhancements over previous versions:
    • Select multiple saved SQL statements, or templates, from your catalog for insertion into an open query, or to replace the contents of the SQL editor window. Check boxes in the Saved Scripts window now allow users to make multiple selections for insert and replace operations.
    • Display multiple result sets from one query in the results window at one time.
    • Save a script to an existing script to update the content.

Monitoring and alerts

  • Utilities history
    • Collect historical data for the following utilities:
      • BACKUP
      • LOAD
      • REORG
      • RESTORE
      • RUNSTATS
      • UTILALL
    pureScale with HADR
    • IBM Data Server Manager now provides monitoring and alert services for pureScale with HADR configurations of IBM Db2 10.1 (and above) for Linux, Unix and Windows:
      • Easily identify and review connections to databases on pureScale with HADR nodes to confirm the status of your high availability service.
      • Monitor databases within both Primary pureScale cluster and Standby pureScale cluster nodes in a pureScale HADR cluster.
      • Automatically add connections to all Primary and Standby nodes (and their associated CFs) when adding a connection to a Primary member node in a pureScale HADR cluster.
      • Display tiles by cluster on the Home page, using the primary member tile sorting, shown items, and Sort by controls.
      • Drill down to the Monitor > Database > Overview > PureScale-HADR page to view the health status of nodes in your PureScale HADR cluster.
      • See alerts of issues occurring in your PureScale/HADR cluster, as they happen, on the Monitor > Database > Overview page.
      • Display tiles by cluster on the Home page, using the member tile sorting, shown items, and Sort by controls.
      • Automatically add connections to all pureScale member nodes (and associated CFs) when adding a connection to one member node in a pureScale cluster.

    Federated Db2 databases

    • IBM Data Server Manager support for Db2 Federated databases has been further enhanced to include monitoring through the Database Monitoring page.

      Federation rows indicates the number of rows retrieved by the Federated server from a remote server

      Federation waits indicates the number of lock waits taken by an execute statement to get a result from a remote server

      In-flight/Individual Executions

      • Two new metrics charts are now available through the new Metrics filter drop-down list box, located on the command bar of the redesigned Monitor > Database > Overview page:
      • Several new metrics have been added to the list of available columns on the Monitor > Database > Statements pages:
        • Federation rows deleted
        • Federation rows inserted
        • Federation rows updated
        • Federation rows read
        • Federation wait time
        • Federation total numbers of wait 
      • Package Cache
        • Average Federation rows deleted
        • Average Federation rows inserted
        • Average Federation rows updated
        • Average Federation rows read
        • Average Federation wait time
        • Average Federation total numbers of wait
      • Three new metrics have been added to the Top Consumers matrix on the Monitor > Database > Applications page:
        • Federation rows read
        • Federation wait time
        • Federation waits

What's new in Data Server Manager 2.1.1

Query and script building

  • Enhanced SQL editor
    IBM Data Server Manager has made creating SQL statements faster and easier. Users can now select from a list of predefined SQL statements, which they can use as templates for creating their own queries. These templates are selected from the new Favorites menu, launched from the SQL Editor command bar. Available statements include:
      • SELECT
      • INSERT
      • DELETE
      • UPDATE
      Users can also choose from a SQL stored procedure template and a User defined function template.

      When a user saves a query it is automatically included in a list of saved scripts (see Saved Scripts below) that can be launched by expanding the hidden frame at the bottom of the edit window. From here, users can insert scripts, rename them, or choose scripts to add to the Favorites menu. Users can also change the grouping of their Favorites menu options by assigning scripts to different categories in the Saved Scripts pane.

      Users can also view a history log of script executions that includes details of the success or failure of a script execution. Logs can be saved as text files.

      Improvements have also been made to the grouping of tools on the SQL Editor command bar. Changes include:

      • the Run menu: In addition to the Run all, Run selected and Run from cursor commands, we have added a Run and export option, allowing users to export the results of one or more queries in either CSV or Microsoft Excel (xlsx) format. This new menu also includes the Schedule, Explain, and Tune options from previous versions of DSM.
      • the Script menu: Combines the following tools into one drop-down menu:
        • the Syntax assistant
        • Open from client
        • Save and Save to client
      • It also includes an option that launches the new Saved Scripts pane, allowing users to review their saved scripts and insert selected scripts into the Editor window. Additional options include:
        • Save
        • Rename
        • Share Unshare: toggle the availability of a script to other users
        • Delete
        Users can also view the results of scripts they have run by clicking the Result tab, adjacent to the Saved Scripts tab.
      • the Edit menu: Includes the Format and Find / Replace commands from previous versions, along with Undo and Redo options.
      A number of these SQL Editor commands can now be executed using the following hot key combinations:
      SQL Command
      Run all
      CTRL + R
      Control + R
      Run selected
      CTRL + E
      Control + S
      Run from cursor
      CTRL + G
      Control + G
      CTRL + ALT + F
      Control + Option + F
      Find / Replace
      CTRL + F
      Command + F

  • Generate SELECT and INSERT statements directly from database object pages
    • Users can now generate SELECT and INSERT statements for one or more selected Db2 (LUW) database objects, directly from within the Administer window. The supported object types are:
      • tables
      • views
      • aliases
      • MQTs (materialized query tables)
      • Nicknames (for federated DB2 configurations)
      By selecting one or more database objects from their matrix and clicking the Generate DML button, users are presented with the SQL Editor in a new tab page, containing a draft of the SQL Statement type they selected. Each generated statement includes entries for each of the selected object types, along with all of their properties.

      Now, instead of jumping back and forth between the object page and the SQL Editor, users can simply edit out any unwanted properties from their generated SQL statement and run the query.

Monitoring and alerts

  • Enhanced filtering for historical executions
    IBM Data Server Manager has enhanced your ability to analyze historical query executions, by adding the following options to your list of available columns:
    • Activity type: values include:
      • LOAD
      • READ_DML
      • WRITE_DML
      • DDL
      • CALL
      • OTHER
    • Workload name
    • Wait time
    • Executable ID
    • Prepare time
    • WLM_queue_time
  • Add these columns to the Individual Executions matrix on the Monitor > Database > Statements page to sort and filter your results, based on these values.

    Use the Group by control to sort your results by the new WLM Workload and Activity Type properties.

    Sort or search by the full text of your SQL statements, not just a truncated segment.

  • HADR
    IBM Data Server Manager now provides monitoring and alert services for standard configurations of IBM Db2 10.1 (and above) for Linux, Unix and Windows.
  • Easily identify and review connections to databases on HADR nodes to confirm the status of your high availability service.
  • Monitor databases within both Primary and Standby nodes in a HADR cluster.
  • Automatically add all connections to Standby nodes when adding a connection to a Primary node in an HADR cluster.
  • Filter the display of tiles on the IBM Data Server Manager Home page by HADR status, using the primary tile sorting, shown items, and Sort by controls.
  • Drill down to the Monitor > Database > HADR State page to view the health status of nodes in your HADR cluster.

What's new in Data Server Manager 2.1

User experience

IBM Data Server Manager 2.1 offers improved navigation:
  • The navigation bar has been redesigned with fly-out menu options, providing more usable screen area.
  • A database selector control has been added at the top of the DSM window, providing faster navigation between databases.
  • Users can now easily jump from a database tile on the Home page to a specific Monitor page, by accessing the option from the drop-down menu control on the title bar of each tile. 


Easier migration from Base to Enterprise editions
  • DSM has eliminated the need for users to download and install a License Activation Kit (LAK) to enable the DSM enterprise capabilities.
  • By connecting to a Db2 Advanced edition database, or a Db2 edition where the Performance Management Offering has been installed, users will now automatically have access to these features.
  • Two new fields have been added to the Database Connections table:
    • Db2 Edition: clicking the hyperlinked value allows users to manually update their license
    • Capabilities: clicking the hyperlinked value displays the Enterprise license agreement
  • NOTE: If the database you are connecting to is or lower, you will need to install the Performance Management Offering (PMO), along with the appropriate LAK on the database machine to enable the DSM Enterprise functionality. See Db2 Performance Management Offering for more information about the PMO, and Downloading IBM Data Server Manager for more information about downloading the LAK that's appropriate for your system.

Monitoring and alerts

Query history for in-flight executions
  • IBM Data Server Manager 2.1 can now be configured to provide users with historical execution data for each in-flight query within a workload, utilizing a performance enhanced version of Db2 activity event monitoring.
  • Users can view statements that have run in the past by choosing Monitor > Statements, selecting a time frame, and viewing the results in the Individual Executions pane. See Enabling query history for individual executions in DSM 2.1 for more information on configuring this feature.
  • Users can now identify queries that were active during a specific time frame, using the history mode control at the top of the window. Clicking the default state mode (Real Time) opens a drop-down list of past time frames from which to choose. Once selected, the time frame is highlighted on the time slider control, and can be dragged to filter your results.

  • Users can use the history mode to identify the most expensive queries running on their database system, or to identify delays (for example, compile time, wait time) in execution for a selected query.

Export to CSV

  • Users can export the results of any Monitor > Database action, by clicking the Export as CSV tool, from the command bar of any results table.
  • Users can now view all the members and cluster caching facilities (CFs) when monitoring a pureScale cluster.
  • Users can now start and stop individual pureScale members and CFs from the Administer > Instance page.
  • Monitoring profiles now provide dedicated support for pureScale environments. Users can now configure pureScale-specific alerts for the following events: 
    • a CF member fails
    • a database server fails or enters an unexpected state
    • a member fails or enters an unexpected state and recommendations are needed to fix the problem 

Administration support

Support for Db2 Federated database environments

When working within Db2 LUW Federated database environments, you can now modify options of Server, Wrapper, User Mapping, and Nickname objects individually.

Db2 Sequences

You can now create, alter, or drop database sequences.

Results filtering

You can now filter the display of catalog tables by toggling the Show/Hide System Objects feature.


Db2 for LUW and z/OS
  • Access to the DSM Query Tuning tool has been improved. Users now select Optimize > Start Tuning to create a new tuning job, and Optimize > Tuning Jobs to view existing tuning jobs.
  • Query names displayed in the Query Tuning window have been truncated, to improve readability
  • Users can now select a single statement from a workload statement and tune the statement, or view the statement's access plan graph.

Db2 for z/OS

  • Data Server Manager 2.1 improves the support process for DB2 for z/OS environments by allowing users to capture both their query environment information and workload environment information, which can be sent to IBM support for analysis.
  • Users can now capture a statement from a DB2 for z/OS catalog package or package cache and create a workload tuning job from the statement.
  • Users can now view the access plan graph of a statement from a statement cache, using the new View Runtime Access Plan Graph feature.
  • Users can now view the access plan graph of a statement from a catalog package, using the new View Bindtime Access Plan Graph feature.
Change history
Date of revision Description
27 August 2020 Added updates for Data Server Manager
27 April 2018 Revised Deprecation Announcement for the two deprecated job types after Data Server Manager 2.1.5.
12 December 2018 Added Deprecation Announcement section with an announcement for two deprecated job types after Data Server Manager 2.1.5.

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Modified date:
27 November 2020