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Improved reliability and contention relief for online migration to Db2 12

By John Lyle, Chris Leung, and Jennie Chang. With the End of Support (EOS) for Db2 11 for z/OS approaching on March 31st, 2021, migrating to Db2 12 will soon be an essential step to take if you haven't done so already. New instrumentation is now available in Db2 11 and Db2 12 to identify...


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Db2 Client Success update: new encryption requirements for uploading data to IBM Support

By Shu Li Kragness and Paul McWilliams. We've written previously about how secure protocols are now required for exchanging data with IBM Support, and more changes are coming soon. The following changes to the anonymous FTP server and the FTPS (FTP over TLS) server encryption settings...


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Db2 11 for z/OS End of Service date change

With 6 months remaining until Db2 11 for z/OS end of service (EOS), while most clients are working with Db2 12, completion of production migrations is slower than originally anticipated. As a result, we have announced an extension of the EOS for Db2 11 for z/OS from September 30, 2020 to March...

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More granular statistics trace data in Db2 12

By Sharon Roeder and Paul McWilliams. In Db2 12 after you apply APAR PH18658 , you can now collect more granular data for certain key Db2 statistics traces. Before now, these traces were always collected at a fixed one-minute interval. With today's faster processors, monitoring at a more...


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Concurrency and locking controls roundup for Db2 for z/OS

By Haakon Roberts and Paul McWilliams IBM Distinguished Engineer Haakon Roberts recently hosted a series refresher education sessions on the subject of locking in Db2 for z/OS, for the Db2 development team at IBM Silicon Valley Lab and around the world . Part of his in...

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Virtual Db2 for z/OS Master Classes now offered for 2020

By Dorothy Lin and Paul McWilliams. Db2 for z/OS development is now offering two Db2 for z/OS Master Class sessions for 2020—previously scheduled at IBM Hursely and IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory—as virtual courses. Update: Due to the impact of the global pandemic and resulting travel...

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Delete remote services and related packages with FREE SERVICE commands

By Thomas Eng and Paul McWilliams. In Db2 12 after you apply the PTF for APAR PH21058 , you can now remotely free a service that was previously copied to a remote production environment, without the logging in to the remote system. We recently introduced a BIND SERVICE COPY capability ...

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Monitor Db2 for z/OS systems from IBM Db2 Data Management Console V3.1.1

By Sowmya Kameswaran and Paul McWilliams. IBM Db2 Data Management Console is the next step in the evolution of IBM Data Server Manager. It builds on the best of Data Server Manager and opens up the platform to exciting new possibilities. It is a new way to interact with the Db2 family. ...

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Running Scala and local Spark on a Db2 for z/OS Java UDF

The Scala language is widely used in Spark and machine learning. Even though Spark is designed for massive parallel processing across large number of nodes, it also allows us to run it in local mode within a JVM. The Scala programs are compiled into Java bytecode, so we should be able to run...

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Db2 for z/OS Director's Corner: Fast Start to 2020!

2020 has already been a busy year for us in Db2 development, and we hope it's been productive for you too! We have a lot of news to share, so I thought I'd give you a peek at what's happening, as we set course to focus on our 2020 priorities: Attracting new applications; ensuring the quality...

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