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Master all aspects of IBM DB2 database administration and prepare to take and pass IBM's Certification Exams 611 and 311: Certified Database Administrator.

 

Editor's note: This article is an excerpt from the new book DB2 10.1/10.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration (Exams 611 and 311): Certification Study Guide.

 

During normal operation, the DB2 database manager's behavior is controlled, in part, by a collection of values that defines the DB2 operating environment. Some of these values are operating system environment variables, and others are special DB2-specific system-level values known as environment or registry variables. Registry variables provide a way to centrally control the database environment. Four different registry profiles are available, and each controls the database environment at a different level. The registry profiles are as follows:

 

  • The DB2 global-level profile registry—All machine-wide environment variable settings reside in this registry; one global-level profile registry exists on each DB2 workstation. To set an environment variable for all instances, use this profile registry.
  • The DB2 instance-level profile registry—The environment variable settings for a particular instance are kept in this registry; this is where you set the majority of the DB2 environment variables. The values defined in this profile registry override any corresponding settings in the global-level profile registry.
  • The DB2 instance node-level profile registry—This profile registry level contains variable settings that are specific to a partition (node) in a multi-partitioned database environment. The values defined in this profile registry override any corresponding settings in the global-level and instance-level profile registries.
  • The DB2 user-level profile registry—This profile registry level contains variable settings that are specific to each user and takes higher precedence over other registry settings.

 

Table 2.3 shows the order in which DB2 resolves the registry settings and the environment variables when configuring the system.

 

Table 2.3: DB2 Registry location and precedence

Profile Registry

Precedence

Location on Windows platform

Location on Linux and UNIX platform

Authorization required on Windows platform

Authorization required on Linux and UNIX platform

Environment

1

Not applicable

For Bourne or korn

Not applicable

-rwxr-xr-x on

variables

 

 

shell: instance_

 

db2profile or

 

 

 

home/sqllib/

 

db2cshrc files,

 

 

 

db2profile

 

and part of the

 

 

 

For C shell:

 

SYSADM group

 

 

 

instance_home/

 

 

 

 

 

sqllib/db2cshrc

 

 

User level

2

Lightweight

Not applicable

Member of DB2

Not applicable

 

 

Directory Access

 

administrators

 

 

 

Protocol (LDAP)

 

group

 

 

 

directory

 

(DB2ADMNS)

 

Instance

3

\HKEY_LOCAL_

$INSTHOME/

Member of DB2

drwxrwxr-x on the

node level

 

MACHINE\

sqllib/nodes

administrators

nodes directory

 

 

SOFTWARE\IBM\

File Name:

group

and -rw-rw-r—

 

 

DB2\PROFILES\

<nodenumber>.

(DB2ADMNS)

on the env file,

 

 

instance_name\

env

 

and part of the

 

 

NODES\

 

 

SYSADM group

 

 

node_number

 

 

 

Instance

4

\HKEY_LOCAL_

$INSTHOME/

Member of DB2

-rw-rw-r—on the

level

 

MACHINE\

sqllib/profile.env

administrators

file profile.env,

 

 

SOFTWARE\IBM\

 

group

and part of the

 

 

DB2\PROFILES\

 

(DB2ADMNS)

SYSADM group

 

 

instance_name

 

 

 

Global level

5

\HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\IBM\ DB2\GLOBAL_ PROFILE

For root installations: /var/ db2/global.reg For nonroot installations: home_directory/ sqllib/global.reg

Member of DB2 administrators group (DB2ADMNS)

For root installation, root authority is required; for nonroot

installation, the user who installed the product can modify the global setting

 

You can use the db2greg command to view and alter the global registry settings, which then modifies the file /var/db2/global.reg in root installations and $HOME/sqllib/global.reg in nonroot installations.

 

The command output in a root installation looks like this:

 

db2greg -dump

V,DB2GPRF,DB2SYSTEM,gb01qa,/opt/ibm/db2/V10.1,

S,TSA,3.2.2.5,/opt/IBM/tsamp,-,-,0,0,-,1389969042,0 S,DB2,10.1.0.3,/opt/ibm/db2/V10.1,,,3,0,,1389969093,0

I,DB2,10.1.0.3,db2inst1,/home/db2inst1/sqllib,,1,0,/opt/ibm/db2/V10.1,, V,DB2GPRF,DB2INSTDEF,db2inst1,/opt/ibm/db2/V10.1,

 

The global registry consists of three record types:

 

  • Service (S)—This records product-level information, such as version and install path.
  • Instance (I)—This records instance-level information, such as instance name, instance path, DB2 version, and the start-at-boot flag.
  • Variables (V)—This records variables and the value settings.

 

You can edit the global registry setting by using the db2greg command; editing in root installation needs a root privilege.

 

A wide variety of registry variables are available, and they vary depending on the operating system being used. Chapter 22 of the Database Administration Concepts and Configuration Reference manual contains a complete listing.

 

So how do you determine which registry variables have been set and what they have been set to? Or more important, how do you assign values to one or more registry variables? One way is by executing the db2set system command. The syntax for this command is:

 

db2set [variable=[value]]

[-g|-i instance [member-number]]

[-all]

[-null]

[-r [instance] [member-number]]

[-im|-immediate]

[-info]

[-n DAS Node [-u user [-p password]]]

[-l|-lr]

[-v]

[-ul|-ur]

[-?|-h]

 

 

where:

 

Variable--Identifies the registry variable whose value is to be displayed, set, or removed

Value--Identifies the value to assign to the specified registry variable; if no value is provided but a registry variable is specified, the specified registry variable is deleted

Instance--Identifies the instance profile with which to associate the specified registry variable

Member-number--Identifies the node number of the instance in cases regarding the use of a DPF database

DAS Node--Identifies the name of the node where the DAS instance resides (this is deprecated in DB2 9.7 and is no longer required to be created)

User--Identifies the authentication ID to use to attach to the DAS instance

Passwords--Identifies the password (for the authentication ID) to use to attach to the DB2 Administration Server instance

 

Table 2.4 describes all other options with this command.

 

Table 2.4: The db2set command options (continued)

Option

Meaning

-g

Indicates that a global profile variable is to be displayed, set, or removed

-gl

Indicates that a global profile variable stored in LDAP is to be displayed, set, or removed; this

 

option is effective only if the registry variable DB2_ENABLE_LDAP has been set to YES

-i

Indicates that an instance profile variable is to be displayed, set, or removed

-all

Indicates that all occurrences of the registry variable, as defined in the following, are to be

displayed:

  • The environment (denoted by [-e])
  • The node-level registry (denoted by [-n])

z The instance-level registry (denoted by [-i])

z The global-level registry (denoted by [-g])

-null

Indicates that the value of the variable at the specified registry level is to be set to NULL

-r

Indicates that the profile registry for the given instance is to be reset

-n

Indicates that a remote DAS instance node name is specified

-u

Indicates that an authentication ID that will attach to the DAS instance is specified

-p

Indicates that a password for the specified authentication ID is provided

-l

Indicates that all instance profiles will be listed

-lr

Indicates that all registry variables supported will be listed

-v

Indicates that the db2set command is to be executed in verbose mode

-ul

Accesses the user profile variables (this parameter is supported only on Windows operating

 

systems)

-ur

Refreshes the user profile variables (this parameter is supported only on Windows operating

 

systems)

-h | -?

Displays help information; when this option is specified, all other options are ignored, and only the

 

help information is displayed

 

 

It is important to note that if you execute the db2set command without options, a list containing every registry variable that has been set for the current (default) instance, along with its value, will be returned.

 

Thus, if you want to determine which registry variables have been set for each profile, execute the db2set command:

 

db2set -all

 

And the resulting output might look something like this:

 

[i] DB2FCMCOMM=TCPIP4

[i] DB2_SKIPINSERTED=ON

[i] DB2_OBJECT_TABLE_ENTRIES=10000

[i] DB2_USE_ALTERNATE_PAGE_CLEANING=ON

[i] DB2_LOAD_COPY_NO_OVERRIDE=nonrecoverable

[i] DB2_INLIST_TO_NLJN=YES

[i] DB2_REDUCED_OPTIMIZATION=ON

[i] DB2_EVALUNCOMMITTED=ON

[i] DB2_EXTENDED_OPTIMIZATION=Y

[i] DB2_ANTIJOIN=Y

[i] DB2TCPCONNMGRS=16

[i] DB2_SKIPDELETED=ON

[i] DB2DBDFT=SAMPLE

[i] DB2COMM=TCPIP

[i] DB2_PARALLEL_IO=*:5

[i] DB2AUTOSTART=YES

[g] DB2SYSTEM=prodbcuapp001

 

Alternatively, to see the current value of the DB2COMM registry variable for all DB2 instances, execute a db2set command that looks something like this: 

db2set -l DB2COMM

 

And finally, if you want to assign a value to the DB2COMM registry variable for all DB2 instances on a server, you can do so by executing a db2set command that looks something like this:

 

db2set -g DB2COMM=[Protocol, ...]

 

where:

 

Protocol Identifies one or more communications protocols to start when the DB2 database manager for the instance is started; any combination of the following values is valid: NPIPE, TCPIP, and SSL

 

Thus, to set the DB2COMM instance-level registry variable such that the DB2 database manager will start the TCP/IP communication manager each time any instance is started, execute a db2set command that looks like this:

 

/home/db2inst1/sqllib/adm/db2set -g DB2COMM=TCPIP

 

 You can unset the value assigned to any registry variable by providing just the variable name and the equal sign as input to the db2set command. Thus, if you want to disable the DB2COMM instance-level registry variable for an instance named db2inst1, you can do so by executing a db2set command that looks like this:

 

db2set -i DB2INST1 DB2COMM=

 

A Word About Aggregate Registry Variables

An aggregate registry variable is a group of several registry variables as a configuration that is identified by one registry variable name. Each registry variable that is part of the group has a predefined setting. The purpose of an aggregate registry variable is to ease registry configuration for broad operational objectives.

 

In DB2 10.1, the only valid aggregated registry variable is DB2_WORKLOAD, and the valid values for this variable are:

 

Value                        Description

                           1C                           1C application-specific workload setting

CM                          Content Manager–specific workload setting

COGNOS_CS        Cognos® Content Server–specific workload setting FILENET_CM         FileNet® Content Manager–specific workload setting INFOR_ERP_LN    Infor ERP Baan–specific workload setting

                           MAXIMO                 Maximo®-specific workload setting

                           MDM                       Master Data Management–specific workload setting

                          SAP                        SAP application–specific workload setting

                          TPM                        Tivoli® Provisioning Manager–specific workload setting

                          WAS                        WebSphere® Application Server–specific workload setting

                          WC                          WebSphere Commerce–specific workload setting

                          WP                          WebSphere Portal–specific workload setting

 

You can use an aggregate registry variable to explicitly define any registry variable that is implicitly configured, which in a way overrides the aggregated registry variable implicit value.

 

If you attempt to modify an explicitly set registry variable by using an aggregate registry variable, a warning is issued and the explicitly set value is kept. This warning tells you that the explicit value is maintained and will override the implicit value. For example, setting DB2_ REDUCED_OPTIMIZATION to YES and then setting the DB2_WORKLOAD to SAP will generate a warning message something like the following:

 

 

db2set DB2_REDUCED_OPTIMIZATION=YES

db2set DB2_WORKLOAD=SAP

DBI1319W The variable "DB2_REDUCED_OPTIMIZATION" has been explicitly set and

will not be affected by the configuration of the aggregate variable "DB2_

WORKLOAD".

 

If the aggregate registry variable is used first, and then you specify an explicit registry variable, no warning is given. To identify the override settings, use the db2set –all command and check for [O] displayed next to its value, as follows:

 

[i] DB2_INLIST_TO_NLJN=YES [O]

[i] DB2_REDUCED_OPTIMIZATION=YES [O]

[i] DB2COMM=TCPIP [O]

 

And wherever the DB2_WORKLOAD setting value is active, you will see [DB2_WORKLOAD] appear next to its value something like this:

 

[i] DB2_ROWCOMPMODE_DEFAULT=STATIC [DB2_WORKLOAD]

[i] DB2_INDEX_PCTFREE_DEFAULT=0 [DB2_WORKLOAD]

[i] DB2_SKIP_VIEWRECREATE_SAP=TRUE [DB2_WORKLOAD]

Mohankumar Saraswatipura

Mohankumar (Mohan) Saraswatipura works as a database solutions architect at Kronsys, Inc., focusing on IBM DB2, Linux, UNIX, and Windows solutions. Prior to his current position, he worked as a database solutions architect at Reckitt Benckiser Group, plc (UK), focusing on IBM Smart Analytics System 5600, Siebel, SQL Server, and SAP HANA solutions. 

Mohan is an IBM Champion (2010–2015) and a DB2’s Got Talent 2013 winner. He has written dozens of technical papers for IBM developerWorks and IBM Data magazine. He is an IBM-Certified DB2 Advanced Database Administrator, DB2 Application Developer, and DB2 Problem Determination Master. Mohan holds a Master’s of Technology (M Tech) degree in computer science and an Executive MBA (IT).


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  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

     

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.