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Admin-Scout News & Developers Blog

  • Admin-Scout 3.3 - Informix Enterprise Replication

    Admin-Scout 3.3
    Informix Enterprise Replication Module

    Informix ERInformix Enterprise Replication is a powerful way to replicate data assets across distributed installations and keep them consistent.

    With version 3.3, Admin-Scout helps Informix administrators to set up, configure and monitor Informix Enterprise Replications.

    This article provides an overview of Informix Enterprise Replication with our Admin-Scout for Informix.

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  • Admin-Scout 3.3 - Development and Release Steps

    Admin-Scout 3.3
    Development and Release Steps

    All changes up to Release 3.3
    of November 2022

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  • Admin-Scout 3.2 - Create individual users / test roles with the SQL Editor

    Admin-Scout 3.2
    Create individual users / Test roles with the SQL-Editor

    Informix compareCustomized use of the Admin-Scout thanks to the new role concept

    Whereas Admin-Scout previously only knew the default users "cursoradmin" and "openadmin", the new version 3.2 allows the creation of individual users. In combination with a dedicated assignment of rights on menu level, different roles can now be built up specifically.

    Checking role and rights concepts with the SQL-Editor

    Administrators have to deal with roles and access rights of database users. To make it possible to check the rights of a user, the new version allows to test accesses of the SQL-Editor under a different user name

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  • Admin-Scout 3.2 - New ONCONFIG Module

    Admin-Scout 3.2
    ONCONFIG Explorer

    Informix compareWith the ONCONFIG Explorer, Admin-Scout 3.2 offers a completely new module for managing ONCONFIG variables.

    The goal of our development was to clearly summarize the ONCONFIG variables in one place and to present all information related to selected variables.

    The ONCONFIG Explorer displays all ONCONFIG variables alphabetically sorted in a tree structure. A search field can be used to narrow down the number of hits.

    For all documented variables a help button supports the quick display of the reference entry from the manual.

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  • Admin-Scout 3.2 - New Storage Module

    Admin-Scout 3.2
    New Storage Module

    Informix compareThe entire storage administration clearly arranged in one module!

    Admin-Scout 3.2 offers a complete overhaul and restructuring of storage management. The new module combines storage administration and reporting in one menu item. Administrators are now able to see all storage objects immediately through a hierarchically sorted object tree. A simple click provides all relevant details, sensibly organized via individual tabs.

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  • Admin-Scout 3.2 - New module to compare DB objects

    Admin-Scout 3.2
    compare DB-objects

    Informix compareAdmin Scout 3.2 offers a long-awaited feature: easy comparison of the databases' structures in different instances.

    The new module compares the typical database objects such as tables, views, external tables, sequences functions and access rights, including the respective associated indexes, constraints and triggers.

    This premium feature increases productivity while matching and adapting database structures and objects.

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  • Admin-Scout 3.1 - Highlights for developers and administrators

    Admin-Scout 3.1 - Highlights for Developers and Admins

    Version 3.1 continues the journey to new functions for developers and administrators.
    Security UpdateDevelopment
    • Editing in multiple windows, parallel working with multi-tabs in the SQL-Editor.
    • SQL history accessible at any time.
    • Evaluation of dependencies and constraints for table objects.
    • Informix error numbers, direct access to IDs and descriptions.
    • Database Explorer, auto generation of archecker scripts for table restore.
    • Locked tables, which sessions keep locks and which are waiting.
    • SSH shell to the server, now simply open via "shell in a box".
    • Day- and Month-Reports, individual customization according to your personal requirements.
    • Performance checks, extended output with disk I/O per chunk.
    • Schema changes, logging with the new DDL-History2 Report.

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  • Admin-Scout 3.0 - Functional right from the start!

    Admin-Scout 3.0 - Functional right from the start!

    Admin-Scout 3.0 offers a completely revised design and up to 60% faster evaluations.
    Security UpdateRevised user interface

    The entire user interface of the Admin-Scout is designed more uniformly and with better performance. The access to configuration and server administration is clearly structured. Optimized table structures and scaling of the display, lead to a considerably faster page layout.

    New SQL Toolbox

    The version 3.0 impresses above all with the new SQL Toolbox with many powerful functions in the Database Explorer and SQL Editor. As a result the Admin-Scout offers more interesting functionalities for development and tuning of Informix databases.

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  • Admin-Scout 2.3 - New Scheduler Module

    Admin-Scout 2.3 - New Scheduler Module

    schweissen 600x400cWe asked the question, which areas of an Informix database system have to be administered manually and where is it possible to set up an automated administration? The goal is to achieve increasing automation and independent optimization of the system through an interaction of sensors and tasks.

    Informix provides an SQL API and corresponding commands as a basis for setting up tasks. If you are an Informix administrator and are rarely concerned with setting up and managing tasks and sensors, you will find that this can quickly become a complex challenge. Therefore, in the new version of our Admin-Scout, we have intensively addressed the topic of a task scheduler and developed a new Admin-Scout module for the administration of tasks and sensors.

    The new Admin-Scout 2.3 Scheduler module offers a centralized administration of all tasks and sensors

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  • Admin-Scout 2.3 - Overview new features in version 2.3

    Admin-Scout 2.3 - Overview new features in version 2.3

    Informix secure SSL connectionAlready in the last versions many improvements were introduced for the security of the Admin Scout. It was very important for us that during a login no more passwords are transferred between Admin-Scout and the browser.

    Version 2.3 continues our efforts to provide increased security against data spying between Informix Server and client or our Admin-Scout.

    Overview of the new features:
    • https port is now active - generating of a self-signed certificate.
    • Setting up an encrypted SSL connection on the database port.
    • Easier selection of instances - access to instances of different groups.
    • Autologon-Feature – automatic connection to a standard instance.
    • New Scheduler module - all Scheduler modules are now available in one place.
    • New module Cluster Configuration.
    • New module DBSpace Layout History.
    • Backup/Restore now with SQL Editor Files.
    • Additional reporting on the InformixHQ Monitoring Database.

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  • Admin-Scout 2.2 - Ready for Informix 14.10

    Admin-Scout 2.2 - Ready for Informix 14.10

    release 22 00 1080x360Important features for cluster configuration and better analysis of instances in a group
    • Informix Control Center (ICC) - Dashboard, new tabs and additional tooltips.
    • Better overview of Informix instances of a group.
    • Detailed overview of Informix cluster configurations.
    • Visualization without Adobe Flash (separate article).
    • New SQL editor with syntax highlight (separate article).
    • InformixHQ - Memory Requirements.

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  • Admin-Scout 2.2 - Now 100% Adobe Flash free!

    Admin-Scout 2.2 - Now 100% Adobe Flash free!

    • The CURSOR Service Distribution will release the new Admin-Scout Version 2.2 in March 2019.
    • The Admin-Scout 2.2 is the first release that is delivered without any Adobe Flash modules.
    Gießen, 22 February 2019

    For years, Adobe Flash was the first choice to visualize animations and sophisticated graphics in a browser. Due to recurring security issues, the use of Adobe Flash Player has long been discouraged. The IBM Informix OpenAdmin Tool also uses the Adobe Flash Player in some areas for the graphical representation of complex contexts.

    Security warnings and the end of support for the Adobe Flash Player, already announced for 2020, prompted us early on to switch the graphical interface of the Admin-Scouts to the Dojo Toolkit and HTML5. We have step by step converted all relevant modules. This involved the redesign of all charts and the elaborate redesign of important modules such as the SQL-Trace or the Storage-Module.

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  • Admin-Scout 1.4.4 - Dashboard Overview

    Admin-Scout 1.4.4 - the new dashboard, an overview

    Admin-Scout / the Dashboard OverviewThe Admins-Scout Dashboard is an extremely powerful and informative tool that gives you an overview of the state of your Informix servers
    • The Admin-Scout Dashboard is the central overview for important parameters and states.
      All Informix servers in a group are listed and the status of a server is displayed with icons.
    • The details of an instance are very useful for troubleshooting or for identifying optimization potentials. For example, it is very easy to find tables where indexes are missing or the index structure is not ideal.
    • In contrast to the OAT, the Admin-Scout offers the possibility to switch between the tabs - without waiting times and without having to start the reporting from the beginning.
    This article describes the Admin-Scout Dashboard and its individual sections.

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  • Admin-Scout 1.4.4 - DBSpaces and Storage Report

    Admin-Scout 1.4.4 - DBSpaces and Storage Report

    Admin-Scout DBSpaces and Storage ReportAn Admin-Scout feature for fast analysis of DBSpaces
    • DBSpaces - key data and workload at a glance
    • shows access, page I/O, read and write times
    • view details down to single a database
    • drill-down information down to chunk level
    • DBSpace history data for storage planning
    • The Admin-Scout Storage Report provides a basic overview of all DBSpaces.

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About Admin-Scout development

CURSOR Informix Support employees have more than twenty years of experience in supporting and administering Informix databases. We have been developing the Admin-Scout since mid-2015 and the first customer installations took place in 2016.

This was preceded by a set of tools (scripts) that we developed and used to support Informix installations in 24x7 support. In order to bundle our tools under a uniform interface, they were integrated into the Informix OpenAdmin Tool as "CURSOR Plug-Ins". The Informix OAT was a well-known platform through which we could make the CURSOR plug-ins available to Informix administrators in general.

In the meantime the Admin Scout has developed into a stand-alone appliance where nothing reminds of the Informix OAT.

A reworked user interface, significantly new functions - such as the Admin-Scout Dashboard - and new concepts for alerting and data security have been added. There is hardly an area that has not been revised by CURSOR Informix Support. This is especially visible in the replacement of Adobe Flash in the OAT interface or the introduction of an SQL editor with syntax highlighting.

With the release 2.2, from March 2019, the Admin-Scout will only be provided on the basis of the Dojo Framework with HTML5 and without Adobe-Flash.

In the Admin-Scout developer blog we present some new features as articles. A good overview of the enhancements can be found in the article Development and Release Steps, in which we also give a preview of the features of the next version

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