I still remember this meeting when I had been a DBA for less than a year at IBM. It was IBM, so I was the lone primary DBA for this internal client. With 3 whole months of experience and a shiny college degree.… Read the restContinue reading »
Critical to recovering a database, but largely invisible, it is a good idea to understand the recovery history file, what it contains, and how to access it.
What is the Recovery History File?
The recovery history file is one of the many files associated with a database, but it is one of the most important.… Read the restContinue reading »
IBM released fix pack 3, mod pack 3 for Db2 11.1 earlier this year, and there was a high-severity problem in the initial version of that fix pack. IBM fixed the problem and re-released the fix pack within about a day, but the bug was reported far and wide, while I’m not sure the resolution of the bug was, so I thought I’d cover it quickly.… Read the restContinue reading »
What is an index in an RDBMS(Relational DataBase Management System), and what are the benefits and drawbacks of using an index? Why don’t we index everything? How is a clustered index different? Indexes are powerful tools in relational databases. They can speed up performance of queries exponentially, but they can also slow down inserts, updates, and deletes.… Read the restContinue reading »
Database servers these days sometimes have a profusion of IP Addresses. IP V4, V6, management networks, and Virtual IP addresses all add to the ways applications connect in to a database server. I ran into an issue recently where I really needed to know what IP address was being used by an application, and thought I would share what I learned.… Read the restContinue reading »
To list the database authorities held by an ID or group – authorities, not privileges. This information is not available in sysibmadm.privileges. The format of syscat.dbauth has columns with ‘Y’ or ‘N’ in them, and reading that quickly to answer the question “What permissions does this ID have?” can be a bit frustrating.… Read the restContinue reading »
Some of my clients, instead of engaging me for day-to-day support, engage me for expert assistance only when it all really hits the fan. This issue occurred for one of those clients, who had other support performing the HADR failovers while the Linux kernel was upgraded.… Read the restContinue reading »