Building a Sandbox VM for DB2

There are plenty of things that I want to try in a sandbox VM before I let them anywhere near even a development environment. Even if I didn’t use it constantly for blogging, I would still need it for trying things to see how they work before advising clients. These instructions should never be used to build a development, test, qa, or any other environment. More robustness is required for any other kind of environment.

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Problem with DB2 Federation to an Informix Source when Applying a Fixpack

I can’t say that I work with federation on a daily basis. I have, however, set up federation for an Oracle data source from top to bottom, and support at least one system on a daily basis that uses federation to access Oracle, Informix, and DB2 for AS/400. This database also happens to be a BLU database, and as such, we want to stay really current on the fix pack. Currently with BLU being so new, there can be some drastic differences with just a fix pack.

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HADR Tools: the HADR Simulator

I have not made extensive use of the HADR Tools that IBM offers in the past. Most of my HADR setups to date have either been same-data-center using NEARSYNC or have used ASYNC to copy data between data centers. I haven’t had much cause to tweak my network settings or change my SYNCMODE settings based on hardware/networking.

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