IBM Informix

Version 11.70

Quick Start Guide

This guide helps you get started with installation of IBM Informix and related products.

Product overview

IBM® Informix® 11.70 is an extensible, object-relational database server that can run on UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows operating systems. Information Management applications can be developed by using Informix with industry-leading application development languages and environments. Language support includes, but is not limited to, SQL, C, C++, .NET, Java™, and PHP.

The following diagram provides an overview of the base architecture of Informix and related products.

Diagram shows Informix as core of the database system, with the following options: BladeManager, 2 DataBlade products, SPL, and 2 UDRs. Client, development, and administration tools, and DataBlade modules, are outside of Informix core.

All Informix product packages include the following:

An Informix package includes some or all of the following associated products, depending on which programs are applicable to your operating system:

Step 1: Access your software

To download software, follow the directions located at

Step 2: Access the documentation

Get the latest installation and product information in the Informix Information Center at

For system requirements, go to

Step 3: Read the updated product information

Read the release, documentation, and machine notes, which are on your product media and in the Information Center at For information about the known and fixed defects, go to

Most other products included have readme files in the top directory of the product disk. Read that important information before you begin installation.

Step 4: Review the Informix upgrade options

To upgrade an earlier version of Informix to Version 11.70, see the Migrating and upgrading section at

Step 5: Install Informix

You can install Informix products with or without root privileges, depending on how you intend to use the product.

To start the installation application on your computer:

If you choose not to create and configure an instance during installation, you must configure the database server and initialize disk space after installation is complete.

Step 6: Operate the database server

In a typical install, the database server is up and running after you install it. Monitor the server with the onstat command or with the IBM OpenAdmin Tool (OAT) for Informix. You can stop, start, and quiesce the server as necessary.

UNIX, Linux, or Mac OS X: Run the onmode command to stop the server and the oninit command to start the server. Include command options to customize how the server starts or stops.

Windows: The IBM Informix service automatically stops the server when you shut down your computer and starts the server when Windows starts. You can edit the service properties.

Step 7: More information

For product support, go to the IBM Support Portal at

If you have comments or feedback about this guide, you can send an email to

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