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Db2 End of Support Dates

I get a lot of questions from customers regarding Db2 EOS dates so I thought I would post an update to the link, see below:


DB2 11.1 IBM Db2 ebook

If you haven’t been using DB2 11.1 and are just getting started or need a refresher on all the goodies included in it, download the ebook by longtime Db2 Lab guru George Baklarz at:

Revised Naming for Db2 family products

Getting used to the new Db2 naming can be quite confusing as there are many different locations on the web where it is discussed and blogged about. Use the IBM announcement to sift through the fog. It can be found here:

Understanding Db2 Mod-packs and Fixpacks

Mod-packs have been introduced in Db2 11. To understand the terminology and to differentiate between the two and know what the heck is going on, learn all about them at this link :

Which DB2 edition is right for you?

With the rebranding of DB2 recently, you may want to become familiar with the new edition names and capabilities. Note DB2 Express is no longer an offering. See the details of the new editions here:

DB2 is now Db2…..Read about it here….

DB2 is now Db2….find out about the rebranding here….Db2


Some Quick Tips for DB2 for z/OS DBAs

Before I became an expert on DB2 LUW I was a DB2 for z/OS Database Administrator and DB2 systems programmer. I see lots of questions lately from current DB2 for z/OS DBAs picking up responsibility for a DB2 LUW installation and they ask where they should start, that because it is on LUW they must do something different. Well it is really quite simple,  all the things that are important on the mainframe DB2 are as important on DB2 LUW. Things like reorgs, backups, monitoring, SQL tuning, support of application developers, etc are the same, just how you do it on DB2 LUW might be different. So it is easy to learn how to do a reorg, how to determine if a reorg is required, what type of backup to use, and how to monitor SQL, just the interfaces are different but all the things that must be done on z/OS must be done on LUW. After you learn the way to do these things on LUW then and only then start to learn about the LUW Operating Systems and the various scripting languages you might need. Lots of folks get a mental block about UNIX or Linux and can’t see the forest because of the trees…..So, in closing, learn how to do all the DB2 important things on DB2 LUW then worry about learning UNIX or Linux.