Announcing DISCOVER.DB2

When I was in my early thirties, I was diagnosed with a learning disability. This really put my learning style into perspective. Teaching myself via a book was incredibly hard, and still is in some ways. Where I thrived was with hands on labs and engaging speakers.

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Comparing Two Db2 Systems

Sometimes configuration needs to be kept in sync between two or more Db2 systems. There are a variety of reasons – sometimes this is for keeping two HADR servers in sync, and other times it may be for keeping a dev, QA, or Staging system in sync with production. In any case, having an idea of what needs to be in sync and what doesn’t can be complicated. The focus here is at the system level. This post does not dig into comparison of logical objects in the database such as tables and indexes.

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Using Vendor Backup Solutions with DB2 for LUW

There are an astonishing number of vendor solutions available with specific interfaces for DB2. Working with a variety of clients, I see and help to evaluate and implement a variety of backup solutions. I thought I’d share some of the things I look for and work on as part of an implementation. Sometimes the DBA has input on a solution chosen, and other times, A solution is dictated and a DBA must simply implement it.

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Issues with STMM

I thought I’d share some issues with STMM that I’ve seen on Linux lately. I’ve mostly been a fan of STMM, and I still am for small environments that are largely transaction processing and have only one instance on a server.

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Giving Automatic Maintenance a Fair Try

I’m a control freak. I think that control freaks tend to make good DBAs as long as they don’t take it too far. My position for years has been that I would rather control my runstats, reorgs, and backups directly than trust DB2’s automatic facilities. But I also try to keep an open mind. That means that every so often I have to give the new stuff a chance. This blog entry is about me giving automatic maintenance a try. I am NOT recommending it yet, but here’s how I approached it and what I saw.

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STMM Analysis Tool

I mostly like and use DB2’s Self Tuning Memory Memory Manager (STMM) for my OLTP databases where I have only one DB2 Instance/Database on a database server. I do have some areas that I do not let it set for me. I’ve recently learned about an analysis tool – Adam Storm did a presentation that mentioned it at IDUG 2014 in Phoenix.

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Informational Constraints – Benefits and Drawbacks

One of the most frustrating things a DBA can experience is troubleshooting due to bad data. The client is upset because rows are missing or incorrect data is returned.  The client facing web front end could be displaying gobilty-gook because the data retrieved makes no sense. Resources and energy are burned because of an issue is easily solved with the proper use of constraints.

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