Configuring remote IBM Db2 database storage

You can deploy i2 Analyze with Db2 database storage that is remote from the i2 Analyze server. When i2 Analyze is configured to deploy with a remote instance of Db2, the database is created and updated remotely without the i2 Analyze deployment toolkit present on the server that hosts the Db2 instance.

To deploy an i2 Analyze server that uses remote Db2 database storage, you must install Db2 on your database server, and Db2 or IBM Data Server Client on the application server. Both instances of Db2 must be installed according to the specifications defined in the i2 Analyze software prerequisites. For more information about installing the prerequisites, see Software prerequisites.

To deploy with remote storage, the i2 Analyze configuration must contain certain information about your Db2 instances. After you update the configuration, the specified databases can be created and updated by the deployment toolkit on the remote server.
  1. Edit the configuration\environment\topology.xml file to specify your remote Db2 databases:
    1. Update the host-name and port-number attribute values of the <database> element to match the values of your remote Db2 instance.
    2. Add the node-name and os-type attributes to the <database> element of the database to be hosted remotely.
      For example:
      <database database-type="InfoStore" dialect="db2" instance-name="DB2" 
          database-name="ISTORE" xa="false" id="infostore" 
          host-name="hostname" port-number="50000" 
          node-name="node1" os-type="WIN" />
      The value for node-name is the name of the node to create in the Db2 node directory. The value of the node-name attribute must start with a letter, and have fewer than nine characters. For more information about naming in Db2, see Naming conventions.

      The value for os-type is the operating system of the remote Db2 server. The value of the os-type attribute must be one of the following values: AIX, UNIX, or WIN.

    Note: The value of the instance-name attribute must match the instance name of the remote Db2 instance.

    You can use the db2level command to get the name of your remote instance. For more information, see db2level - Show Db2 service level command.

  2. Edit the configuration\environment\opal-server\ file, to specify the details of your remote and local instance of Db2.
    1. Ensure that the value of the db.installation.dir property is set for the local instance of Db2 or Data Server Client on the Liberty server.

      If you are using a non-root installation, set the value for this property to the sqllib directory in the installation user's home directory. For example, /home/db2admin/sqllib.

    2. Set the value of the db.database.location.dir property for the remote instance of Db2 on the database server.
  3. Ensure that the users that are specified for your databases in the configuration\environment\ file are valid for your remote instance of Db2 on the database server.
  4. Catalog the remote node:
    setup -t catalogRemoteDB2Nodes
    You can complete the steps that are performed by the catalogRemoteDB2Nodes task manually. For example, if you are deploying a system that uses Transport Layer Security (TLS).

    To catalog the remote nodes manually, you can run the CATALOG TCPIP NODE instead of using the setup -t catalogRemoteDB2Nodes command. For more information about the command, see CATALOG TCPIP/TCPIP4/TCPIP6 NODE command.

    The following table shows how the CATALOG command parameters map to the values in the topology.xml file:
    CATALOG TCPIP NODE command parameters <database> element attributes
    TCPIP NODE nodename node-name
    REMOTE hostname host-name
    SERVER port number port-number
    REMOTE_INSTANCE instance-name instance-name

When i2 Analyze is deployed, the Information Store database is created or updated on the remote database management system. A remote node is created with the name that is specified for the node-name attribute, and the database is cataloged against that node.

To check that the remote nodes and databases are cataloged, you can use the listDB2NodeDirectory and listDB2SystemDatabaseDirectory tasks after you deploy i2 Analyze:
  • The listDB2NodeDirectory task lists the contents of the Db2 node directory.
  • The listDB2SystemDatabaseDirectory task lists the contents of the local Db2 system database directory.