Ever notice that the DB2 Info Center goes down sometimes? The DB2 Info Center is a critical reference for DBAs, and if you cannot get to it, sometimes you can’t do your job fully. When I worked for IBM Global Services, I could get discounted rates on the Books themselves, so kept a bookshelf-wide copy of them for such times. But they’re old now, and I can’t get them cheaply any more. Plus, who uses paper references any more, anyway?
The solution? Download a local copy of the Info Center to your laptop or workstation. The method I’m showing here will only let you use the Info Center copy on that local computer. There is a network version you can install, but I haven’t tried that.
First, go to the website( http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27015148 ) and click on “downloadable version”
Next, log in with your IBM ID and password. If you don’t have an IBM ID, it is free to register.
Select the right option for your Operating System, and click ‘Continue’.
Answer the questions appropriately for your role, agree to the license agreement, and click ‘I confirm’.
Select the workstation version (assuming you’re installing on your local computer for your use), and click ‘Download now’.
You may be asked to update your version of Java. You will probably be asked to authorize the running of Download Director. Select ‘Run’.
Select the location for your download.
Wait while the download completes.
After the file is completely downloaded, extract it and navigate to db2_v97_nt32_workstation_infocenter\db2ic_w and execute ic-wrkstn_start.bat:
Once you’ve done that, you should see a command window pop up, and your browser should open up with a view of the info center as you’re used to it.
One thing to note – I tried this on Windows 8, and wasn’t able to get it to work. I don’t know if that’s because it is Windows 8 or some other reason like the fact that I have no DB2 client installed on that laptop. Let me know if anyone finds a way to get it working on Windows 8, and I’ll update this post.