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The answer to that question is right here!

 

Shortly before my book DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Guide went into a second printing (which was in May 2009), IBM invited me to help develop the DB2 9.7 for Linux UNIX, and Windows Database Administration (DBA) certification exam (Exam 541). Knowing that a new version of the DBA exam was about to be created, I contacted my editor and asked if we should update my DB2 9 DBA book to cover the upcoming exam. At that time, it was decided that such a revision would be too costly and time-consuming and that, instead, the next revision would take place after the DB2 10 exams were developed.

 

That same year, IBM invited me to, once again, teach my DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Certification Crammer course at their Information On Demand (IOD) conference. And since attendees would be able to take the 541 exam, at no charge, while they were at the conference, IBM asked if I could update my training material and teach to the 541 exam. My answer was "yes," and I spent the next four to six weeks completely reworking my training material to cover the 541 exam. Of course, I used the same technique to develop the material for that course that I use to develop all my certification exam training material and study guides: I carefully review the questions found on every version of the certification exam and I make sure that I cover the topics a test candidate will encounter when they attempt to take a certification exam.

 

Starting around April of 2010, I began receiving emails from various individuals who wanted to know when I was going to have a study guide available for the DB2 9.7 DBA exam. My response always went something like this: "My publisher has decided not to do a book for the DB2 9.7 DBA exam. However, I will be teaching a class that will help you prepare for the 541 exam at the IDUG/IOD conference this May/October." This response almost always led to a request for a copy of my training material. But, since that material is copyrighted (and is in fact, registered with the U.S. Copyright Office), I don't distribute it freely. So unfortunately, I was unable to honor their request. 

 

Last year, after teaching my class at the 2010 IOD conference (where I was once again bombarded with questions about when a book for the 541 exam would be available), I approached my editor and made the suggestion that we make my training material for the 541 exam available, in the form of a supplement to the DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Guide. She agreed, and the result is this book.

 

If you've bought this book (or if you are thinking about buying this book), chances are you've already decided that you want to acquire the DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administrator Certification that's available from IBM. As an individual who has helped develop 17 IBM DB2 certification exams, let me assure you that the exams you must pass in order to become a certified DB2 professional are not easy. IBM prides itself on designing comprehensive certification exams that are relevant to the work environment to which an individual holding a particular certification will be exposed. As a result, all of IBM's certification exams are designed with the following items in mind:

  • What are the critical tasks that must be performed by an individual who holds a particular professional certification?
  • What skills must an individual possess in order to perform each critical task identified?
  • How frequently will an individual perform each critical task identified?

You will find that in order to pass a DB2 certification exam, you must possess a solid understanding of DB2; for some of the more advanced certifications (such as the 541 exam), you must understand many of the DB2 nuances as well.

 

Now for the good news. You are holding in your hands the only material that has been developed specifically to help you prepare for the DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration exam (Exam 541). When IBM began work on the 541 exam, I was invited once again to participate in the exam development process. In addition to helping define the exam objectives, I authored several exam questions and I provided feedback on many more before the final exams went into production. Consquently, I have seen every exam question you are likely to encounter, and I know every concept on which you will be tested when you take the 541 exam. Using this knowledge, along with copies of the actual exam questions, I developed these study notes, which cover every concept you must know in order to pass the DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration exam (Exam 541). In short, if you see it in this book, count on seeing it on the exam; if you don't see it in this book, it won't be on the exam.

 

Where Are the Practice Questions?

For those of you who have purchased my DB2 certification study guides in the past, I would like to say "thank you." A tremendous amount of effort goes into the creation of those books, and it is rewarding to know that they are helping people become DB2-certified. In addition to thanking you, I also want to apologize up front for the lack of sample questions and answers that you have grown to expect in my study guides. Since the pages that follow contain the slides I use to teach my DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows DBA Certification Crammer course, there are no sample questions. And since I was busy trying to finish my 23rd book, From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Article or Book and Get It Published, quite frankly, I did not have the time to create practice questions for this book.

 

With that said, I can promise you that you will find everything in the pages that follow that you must know in order to pass the 541 exam. If you become familiar with the material presented in this book, you should do well on the test.

 

Conventions Used

Many examples of DB2 administrative commands and SQL statements can be found throughout this book. The following conventions are used whenever a DB2 command or SQL statement is presented:

 

[ ]        Parameters or items shown inside of brackets are required and must be provided.

< >      Parameters or items shown inside of angle brackets are optional and do not have to be provided.

|          Vertical bars are used to indicate that one (and only one) item in the list of items presented can be specified

,…      A comma followed by three periods (ellipsis) indicates that multiple instances of the preceding parameter or item can be included in the DB2 command or SQL statement

 

The following example illustrates each of these conventions:

 

Example

UPDATE [DATABASE | DB]

[CONFIGURATION | CONFIG | CFG]

FOR [DatabaseAlias]

USING [[KeyWord] [Value] ,...]

<IMMEDIATE | DEFERRED>

 

In this example, DATABASE or DB is required, as is CONFIGURATION, CONFIG, or CFG, a DatabaseAlias value, and a Keyword-Value pair, as indicated by the brackets ([ ]). In the case of DATABASE or DB, only one option can be specified, as indicated by the vertical bar (|). The same is true for CONFIGURATION, CONFIG, or CFG. More than one KeyWord-Value pairs can be provided, as indicated by the comma-ellipsis (, . . . ) characters that follow the Value parameter. IMMEDIATE and DEFERRED are optional, as indicated by the angle brackets (< >), and either one or the other can be specified, but not both, as indicated by the vertical bar (|).

 

SQL is not a case-sensitive language, but for clarity, the examples provided are shown in mixed case; command syntax is presented in uppercase while user-supplied elements such as table names and column names are presented in lowercase. However, the examples shown can be entered in any case.

 

Note: Although basic syntax is presented for most of the DB2 commands and SQL statements covered in this book, the actual syntax supported may be much more complex. To view the complete syntax for a specific command or to obtain more information about a particular command, refer to the IBM DB2, Version 9.7 Command Reference product documentation. To view the complete syntax for a specific SQL statement or to obtain more information about a particular statement, refer to the IBM DB2, Version 9 SQL Reference, Volume 2 product documentation.

 

Sample Slides

The following are an example of some of the slides found in this book. These slides illustrate how to create range-partitioned tables:

 

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Roger Sanders

Roger E. Sanders is a DB2 for LUW Offering Manager at IBM. He has been working with DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (DB2 for LUW) since it was first introduced on the IBM PC (as part of OS/2 1.3 Extended Edition) and is the author of 24 books on relational database technology (23 on DB2 for LUW; one on ODBC).

 

For 10 years, Roger authored the Distributed DBA column in IBM Data Magazine (formerly DB2 Magazine), and for three years, he served as president of the Triangle DB2 User’s Group (TriDUG), a regional DB2 user’s group that meets in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Roger has also written articles for publications such as Certification Magazine and IDUG Solutions Journal (the official magazine of the International DB2 User’s Group), authored DB2-related tutorials and articles for IBM’s developerWorks website, presented at a variety of International DB2 User’s Group (IDUG) conferences and regional DB2 User’s Group (RUG) meetings, taught numerous classes on DB2 Fundamentals and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration, and participated in the development of 23 DB2 certification exams.

 

From 2008 to 2015, Roger was recognized as an IBM Champion for his contributions to the IBM Data Management community; in 2012, he was recognized as an IBM developerWorks Master Author, Level 2 for his contributions to the IBM developerWorks community. He lives in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.


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    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

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    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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    - Seamless product integration
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    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:

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    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
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    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:
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    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
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    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.