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================================= MACHINE SPECIFIC NOTES FOR IBM Informix Database Server 11.70.TC5 PRODUCT RELEASE ON Windows DATE: 09 May 2012 ================================= OS Information : Built on Windows Server 2003, Certified on Windows XP (except Home Edition), Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista (except Home Edition) and Window 7 (except Home Edition). System Requirements =================== 1. This product is built on Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 using the following compiler from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (Version 9.0.21022.8): Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 91605-270-7412597-60125 2. Operating system patches information for the IBM Informix Database Server The following patches are required if you intend to configure Informix Database Server instances with larger than the default shared memory size, such as increasing the number of buffers and locks from their default size during installation. Windows 2003 Service Pack 2 948656 Fix for "A program that allocates a large block of contiguous memory may not start or may intermittently fail in Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2." Windows XP Service Pack 2 894472 Fix for "Third-party programs that require lots of memory do not run in Windows XP Service Pack 2." For information about Microsoft service packs and patches, see the Microsoft Support web site at http://support.microsoft.com. 3. Enable Connections on Windows Vista To enable connections between database servers on the Vista operating system, you must enable network discovery and NetBIOS over TCP/IP. To enable connections: 1) From the Control Panel, double-click Network and Sharing. 2) In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center, click Network discovery and then Turn on network discovery. 3) In the Network section, click View Status next to the Local Area Connection. 4) In the Local Area Connection Status dialog box, click Properties. 5) In the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box, choose the appropriate Internet Protocol Version and click Properties. 6) In the Internet Protocol Version Properties dialog box, click Advanced. 7) On the WINS page of the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP and then click OK. 8) Continue clicking OK or Close until all dialog boxes are closed. 4. IBM Informix Database Server uses the libraries and utilities provided by the IBM Global Security Kit (GSKit) for data encryption and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) communication. The GSKit is bundled with the server and will be installed on your machine as part of the server installation process. Here are more details on the GSKit: a. The GSKit is also bundled with other IBM products and might already be present on your machine. If the GSKit was previously installed, but is older than version 18.104.22.168, Informix server will upgrade the GSKit on your machine to version 22.214.171.124. If GSKit is not installed, Informix server will install GSKit in \Program Files\ibm\gsk8 directory on your machine. b. The GSKit installation directory must have 25 MB of free disk space. 5. Using BladeManager 4.20 If the GUI BladeManager wblademgr.exe is used, Microsoft .NET Framework v2 or higher is required to be installed on the system. Check the following web site for the latest Windows system requirements for IBM Informix Database Server: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=630&uid=swg27013343 System Configuration ==================== 1. Location of Shared Memory The ONCONFIG variable SHMBASE is recommended to be set to the following: SHMBASE 0xc000000L 2. Support maximum shared memory The database server can access shared-memory larger than two gigabytes on Windows. However, you must enable this feature with an entry in the Windows boot file. To add the entry, edit the boot.ini file (located in the top level, or root directory). You can either add a new boot option or use the currently existing boot option. To enable support for more than two gigabytes, add the following text to the end of the boot line: /3GB 3. Administrator permission for running server utilities On Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7, you must run many server utility commands with administrator permission: for example, the 'oninit -iy' command to initialize the server. To run Informix utility commands as an administrator, from the Start menu, choose the Informix server name and then choose "Run as administrator". A command prompt with administrator permissions opens. Feature Notes (alphabetized by feature) ============= 1. Informix Interface for TSM The Informix Interface DLL for TSM is installed as %INFORMIXDIR%\bin\libtxbsa.dll This interface is built with TSM API version 5.1.6. To use Tivoli Storage Manager with Informix databases, refer to IBM Informix Backup and Restore Guide. 2. Informix Storage Manager (ISM 2.2) The product is installed with Informix Server at location of %ISMDIR%. The XBSA shared library name is %ISMDIR%\bin\libbsa.dll. To use Informix Storage Manager with Informix databases, refer to IBM Informix Backup and Restore Guide. 3. IPv6 Support IBM Informix Server supports Internet Protocol Version 6 (128 Bit Internet Addresses) as well as IPv4 (32 Bit Addresses). In order for the machine name specified in the SQLHOSTS registry to resolve to the correct IP address, the name services files on the Operating System should be correctly configured. For compatibility with older IBM Informix client and server products, assign the same hostname with both an IPv4 address and an IPv6 address. If the listener needs to be bound to an IPv4 address and the name services resolve the name in the order of the IPv6 address followed by IPv4 address, then an explicit IPv4 address needs to be put in nodename field of server registry. 4. J/Foundation (Java in the Server) J/Foundation supports the JRE 6.0 release from IBM Corporation. The JRE 6.0 is available under %INFORMIXDIR%\extend\krakatoa\jre and should be used with J/Foundation. To use this JRE, set the value of the ONCONFIG variable JVPJAVAHOME as follows: JVPJAVAHOME <jvphome>/jre where <jvphome> is %INFORMIXDIR%\extend\krakatoa For IBM Informix Database Server ONCONFIG settings for J/Foundation, refer to "onconfig.std" in %INFORMIXDIR%\etc. Java Attach API ------------------ There is a known defect (IZ73533) in the IBM Java SE Runtime Environment SR7 where if the Attach API is enabled, it causes high CPU utilization. In order to avoid this behavior, the Attach API has been disabled by setting the following server ONCONFIG parameter: JVPARGS -Dcom.ibm.tools.attach.enable=no 5. LDAP Authentication This feature is set up and configured like the Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) that is used on UNIX and Linux. Use the LDAP Authentication Support module when you want to use an LDAP server to authenticate your system users. The authentication module is a dynamic link library that resides in the %INFORMIXDIR%\dbssodir\lib\security directory. The parameters of the module are listed in the %INFORMIXDIR%\dbssodir\pam.conf file. The source code for a fully functional LDAP Authentication Module and samples of the required configuration files are included in the %INFORMIXDIR%\demo\authentication directory. You can modify the code for your specific LDAP Authentication Support module. 6. Network Protocols The following protocol(s)/interface(s) are supported on this platform: SOCKETS using TCP/IP IPC using named pipe To use SOCKETS with TCP/IP: a. NETTYPE in the ONCONFIG file and the value data of PROTOCOL in the SQLHOSTS registry entry must contain "onsoctcp" b. To enable an IBM Data Server Client to connect to Informix Database Server, NETTYPE in the ONCONFIG file and the value data of PROTOCOL in the SQLHOSTS registry entry must contain "drsoctcp" If a CLI or JCC client wants to connect to informix server via DRDA while supporting SQLI connections you could add a DBSERVERALIASES entry to ONCONFIG which corresponds to the SQLHOSTS registry entry. To use IPC (interprocess communication) with named pipe: a. NETTYPE in the ONCONFIG file and the value data of PROTOCOL in the SQLHOSTS registry entry must contain "onipcnmp". 7. OnLine Backup and Restore (ON-Bar) Some of the functions invoked by ON-Bar are in a dynamic link library supplied by third party storage management vendors. For ON-Bar to access these functions, you must specify the library name and location in the BAR_BSALIB_PATH ONCONFIG parameter. For example, if you are using ISM: Set BAR_BSALIB_PATH to %ISMDIR%\bin\libbsa.dll For example, if you are using TSM: Set BAR_BSALIB_PATH to %INFORMIXDIR%\lib\libtxbsa.dll 8. Secure Sockets Layer IBM Informix Database Server uses the libraries and utilities provided by the IBM Global Security Kit (GSKit) for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) communication. 9. Simple Password Communications Support Module The name of the IBM Informix dynamic link library for Simple Password CSM on Windows is libixspw.dll. This dynamic link library is installed in %INFORMIXDIR%\bin. Features not supported ====================== 1. Shared Disk Secondary Servers 2. Mapped users Known Defects ============= Refer to section I in %INFORMIXDIR%\release\en_us\04e4\ids_win_fixed_and_known_defects_11.70.txt Defects Fixed in current Release ================================ Refer to section II in %INFORMIXDIR%\release\en_us\04e4\ids_win_fixed_and_known_defects_11.70.txt Defects Fixed in Previous Releases ================================== Refer to rest of sections in %INFORMIXDIR%\release\en_us\04e4\ids_win_fixed_and_known_defects_11.70.txt for the information regarding defects fixed in previous releases. (C) Copyright IBM Corp. 2002, 2012