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Quick Start Guide to Using SQDR Plus with the iSeries Access ODBC Driver

Last Update: 30 November 2016
Product: StarQuest Data Replicator Plus for iSeries
Version: 3.69
Article ID: SQV00PL002

Abstract

Note that this guide refers to the legacy version SQDR Plus v3.x; see Quick Start Guide to Using SQDR Plus v4 for the current version of SQDR Plus.

This Quick Start Guide describes how to install and configure all of the software you need to perform incremental replication operations using SQDR and SQDR Plus for iSeries. This document specifically describes how to:

  • install and configure the SQDR Plus for iSeries software
  • configure the IBM iSeries Access ODBC driver for use with SQDR
  • install and configure the SQDR software
  • define a subscription that performs incremental replication operations using SQDR

This document is intended for first-time users of SQDR and SQDR Plus for iSeries. Users who are upgrading an existing installation should refer to the SQDR Release Notes or SQDR Plus Release Notes and the SQDR Plus for iSeries User's Guide for upgrade instructions.

The estimated time to complete all tasks is approximately 2 hours.

SQDR Plus for iSeries Quick Start Guide Outline

The same individual or a combination of individuals must be capable of performing in the following three roles in order to successfully complete the evaluation.

  • iSeries Administrator is someone with an OS/400 user ID with Security Officer (SECOFR) authority.
  • SQL Server Administrator is someone with system administrator ("sa") authority or is a member of the sysadmin fixed server role on the SQL Server database, or has Windows administrative authority to install a version of SQL Server.
  • Client-Platform Administrator is someone with administrative authority to install SQDR on a Windows computer. This person must also have a set of DB2 user credentials that provide adequate authority to work with the libraries and tables you want to replicate.

General considerations

  1. The Windows platform that will run SQDR must have:
    • TCP-IP access to the database host.
    • The IBM iSeries Access for Windows software installed.
    • .NET Framework 2.0 or later (3.5sp1 or later recommended)
    • A version of Microsoft SQL Server installed. This is because SQDR uses a SQL Server database to store replication subscription information. If you do not already have a SQL Server installation, you can obtain the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE 2000) or the SQL Server 2005/2008/2012 Express Edition free of charge from Microsoft to use as a control database for the Data Replicator. The StarQuest Technical Document Installing SQL Server for a Control Database provides details for using MSDE 2000 or 2005/2008/2012 Express with SQDR.
  2. The client computer from which you will run the SQDR Plus installer must have:
    • TCP-IP connectivity to the target iSeries computer. 
    • A Java Virtual Machine (JVM) or Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed and specified in the system PATH. You can obtain the Java Runtime Environment free of charge from Oracle at http://www.java.com/en/download/. From a command prompt, run the java -version command to verify that Java is installed and can be located, as shown in the following example.

    C:\>java -version

    java version "1.6.0_03"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment(build 1.6.0_03-b05)
    Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.6.0_03-b05, mixed mode)

    • A 5250 emulation application or the ability to use "telnet" to verify some values during setup.

SQL Server considerations

  1. The collation of the SQL Server database to where data will be replicated should be case-sensitive. Verify the collation for the database by viewing the database properties in the SQL Server Enterprise Manager (SQL Server 2000) or the SQL Server Management Studio (SQL Server 2005/2008). A case-sensitive collation will have the characters “CS” appended to the Collation Designator. For example, the collation SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CS_AS is a case-sensitive collation for U.S. English systems. Refer to the SQL Server Books Online for more information on collation values.
  2. Depending on the type of authentication that is configured for the SQL Server, you must have a SQL Server user ID (if using SQL Server and Windows authentication) or a Windows user ID (if using Windows-only authentication) that is a member of the System Administrators (sysadmin) server role.

Summary of tasks

Perform the tasks in the order described, noting that some provide information used in subsequent steps. The detailed instructions for each task follow this summary.

  1. Request to download SQDR Plus for iSeries.
  2. Receive the e-mail with a Registration Key and download links for SQDR and SQDR Plus.
  3. iSeries Administrator: Apply necessary PTFs to OS/400 for iSeries Access ODBC Driver support.
  4. iSeries Administrator: Download SQDR Plus using the download link from step 2, complete the pre-installation tasks, and install the software.
  5. iSeries-Platform Administrator: Verify SQDR Plus installation and test support functions using CAMAINT.
  6. Client-Platform Administrator: Create ODBC DBMS data sources to connect to the source and destination databases.
  7. SQL Server Administrator: Start the SQL Server service and configure ODBC DSN for the control database.
  8. Client-Platform Administrator:
    1. Download SQDR using the download link from step 2 and install the software.
    2. Run the SQDR configuration, connecting to the local SQL Server using the DSN created in step 7.
    3. License the StarQuest software using the Registration Key from step 2.
    4. Configure an SQDR incremental replication group and replication subscription.
    5. Review the subscription status.

Step 1: Request SQDR Plus for iSeries Software

Estimated Time: 5 minutes

All software packages are distributed as compressed files that you download from the StarQuest Ventures Web site. From a web browser enter the address http://www.starquest.com/ and click on Download for Trial under the Products menu. Request to download SQDR Plus for iSeries.

Step 2: Receive the Download Confirmation E-mail from StarQuest

Estimated Time: 5 minutes

After submitting a request to download SQDR Plus for iSeries, you will receive an e-mail containing a Registration Key and download links for the SQDR Plus and SQDR software. The registration key will be used in step 8c to obtain temporary license keys valid for 15 days and the download links will be used in steps 4-8 below.

Step 3: (iSeries Administrator task) Apply Necessary PTFs to OS/400 for iSeries Access ODBC Driver Support

Estimated Time: 30 to 60 minutes

To use the iSeries Access ODBC driver with SQDR Plus, the following Program Temporary Fixes (PTFs) must be applied to the OS/400.

  • PTF SI18523 for APAR SE20473 (V5R3)
  • PTF SI18882 for APAR SE18947 (V5R3)

If these PTFs have not yet been applied, download them from the IBM Web site (www.ibm.com) and follow the instructions in the cover letter to activate the code changes in the PTFs. Before restarting the database (DDM) server, install any other required PTFs, as described in step 4.

Step 4: (iSeries Administrator task) Download and Install SQDR Plus

Estimated Time: 35 minutes

Before you begin, complete the following pre-installation tasks to ensure that the iSeries meets the minimum requirements. You cannot successfully complete the installation until these requirements are fulfilled.

Pre-installation Tasks

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

  1. Start a 5250 session, using either emulation software or the telnet command, and sign on to the iSeries with a SECOFR user profile.
  2. Ensure that the installed version of Operating System/400 (OS/400) is release v5r3 or later.
    Run the OS/400 command GO LICPGM at the command line. Select option 10, "Display installed licensed programs" and press F11. The Installed Release column displays the version of the Operating System/400 software.
  3. Confirm that Qshell is installed.
    Run the command GO LICPGM and select option 10, "Display installed licensed programs," and look for Licensed Program 5722SS1 (or 5761SS1 for V6R1) with an Installed Status of *COMPATIBLE and a Description of “Qshell, Program Option 30.”
  4. Confirm that the Java Developer Kit is installed.
    Run the command GO LICPGM. Select option 10, "Display installed licensed programs," and look for Licensed Program 5722JV1 with an Installed Status of *COMPATIBLE and a Description of “Java Developer Kit 1.4, Program Option 6.”
  5. Verify that the SYSIBM library is complete.
    Run the command CALL QSYS/QSQIBMCHK to invoke the SYSIBM object verification tool. If any objects are missing, run the command CALL QSYS/QSQSYSIBM to create any objects missing from the SYSIBM library. Contact IBM Customer Support if assistance is needed or if you need to obtain the QSQIBMCHK and QSQSYSIBM programs.
  6. Verify that the following cumulative PTF, DB2 Group PTF, and Java Group PTF packages, and the appropriate individual PTFs have been installed on the OS/400 system. The OS/400 system should have the following fixes or their superseding fixes applied.

OS Version

CUM PTF

DB2 Group

Java Group

Individual PTFs

V5R3

C6101530 (March 2006)

SF99503-9 (March 2006)

SF99269-10 (March 2006)

5722SS1-SI18139

5722SS1-SI18523

5722SS1-SI18882

V5R4

C6115540 (April 2006)

SF99504-3 (March 2006)

SF99291-2 (March 2006)

5722SS1-SI36059

5722SS1-SI36406

V6R1

C0047610 (Feb 2010)

   

5761SS1-SI39331 †

V7R1

C0229710 (Aug 2010)    

 

†  Install this PTF 5 if you are working with LOB data.

To verify that an individual PTF has been installed, use the DSPPTF command, entering the License Program (Product) number and the PTF number to select, as in the following example.

DSPPTF LICPGM(5722SS1) SELECT(SI18139)

View the General Information for the PTF and verify that the PTF status is either Superseded, Temporarily applied, or Permanently applied.

To review the DB2 Group or Java Group PTF packages that are installed, run the WRKPTFGRP command and browse the list of installed PTF Groups and CUM PTF level.

  1. This Quick Start Guide assumes that the default configuration values are used during the installation as they are generally appropriate in most environments. Make a note of the optional email notification values for your environment if you want to specify these values during installation. You can leave these fields blank during the installation and configure the email notification feature at a later time. Refer to the SQDR Plus for iSeries User's Guide for more information about these parameters.

Configuration Parameter

Sample Value

Your Value

SMTP Server:

mail.mydomain.com

 

From:

[email protected]

 

To:

[email protected]

 

Notification Level:

SEVERE

 

Download and Install the SQDR Plus Software

Estimated Time: 20 minutes

The SQDR Plus installer requires a GUI environment, so it is typically run on a remote system, such as on a computer that is running Windows, MaxOS X, or UNIX with X Windows. The computer from which you run the installer must have TCP-IP connectivity to the target iSeries computer. The instructions and illustrations that follow reflect using a Windows computer.

  1. Download SQDR Plus for iSeries to a temporary directory using the download link from step 2.
  2. Run setup.exe from the SQDR Plus installer image. In the Signon to the Server dialog, enter the system name, a powerful (SECOFR) user ID, and password for accessing the iSeries computer and click OK.
  3. Accept all of the default values in the installer dialogs, except for those values gathered in step f of the pre-installation tasks above if you want to configure the email notification feature.

Note that the Capture Agent Maintenance utility allows you to specify which tables in the database are available for replication. During the installation, only enable the checkbox for the Restrict Subscriptions to Published Tables option if the security policy for your AS/400 requires this. This option can be changed at any time after the software is installed.

Step 5: (iSeries Administrator task) Verify SQDR Plus Installation using CAMAINT

Estimated Time: 5 minutes

Use the SQDR Plus Capture Agent Maintenance Utility (CAMAINT) to verify that the Capture Agent is running and to test the support functions.

  1. From an OS/400 command line, add the SQDR library to the library list using the ADDLIBLE SQDR command.
  2. Start the Capture Agent Maintenance Utility by running the command CAMAINT.
  3. In the Capture Agent Management Main Menu, choose Option 3, “Display current status” and verify that the Capture Agent component has a status of Running. Note: it may take a few minutes to display the status of the Capture Agent, depending upon the availability of resources on the iSeries.
  4. Press Enter to return to the main menu.
  5. In order to verify that the iSeries can send SQDR Plus support logs to StarQuest Customer Support, select Option 9, "Support" to enter the Support menu.
  6. Select Option 1, "Send SQDRPlus Support Logs", which will collect and ftp support files directly to StarQuest. If the iSeries is not able to reach external ftp sites, use Option 5 to create and store the support files on an alternative computer. Send these files to StarQuest Customer Support if requested to do so.
  7. Press Enter twice to return to the main menu and enter 50 to exit.

Step 6: (Client-Platform Administrator task) Create ODBC DBMS Data Sources

Estimated Time: 5 minutes

An ODBC data source name (DSN) defines the information that a driver needs to access a specific instance of data in a DBMS. You must define an ODBC System DSN for each host DBMS that you want to replicate to and from.

Create ODBC DSN for the DB2 source database

StarQuest recommends using the IBM iSeries Access for Windows (IBM i Access) V5R3 or later. If necessary, acquire and install the iSeries Access for Windows software and all available service packs from IBM.

After the iSeries Access software is installed, you must configure one or more system data sources that define how to connect to the host. For SQDR to use the data source and perform incremental replication operations, a few of the performance, isolation level, and character translation options must be modified, as described in the steps below.

  1. Launch the ODBC Administrator from the Windows Control Panel. For most versions of Windows the ODBC Administrator is typically found in the menu path Settings—>Control Panel—>Administrative Tools—>Data Sources (ODBC).
  2. Click the System DSN tab of the ODBC Data Source Administrator window. Click Add and in the next dialog select iSeries Access ODBC Driver or Client Access ODBC Driver for the driver and click Finish.
  3. On the General pane of the data source configuration, specify the data source name and system (the network name of the iSeries computer).
  4. On the Server pane, set the SQL Default Library to SQDR.
  5. On the Server pane, click the Advanced button. In the Advanced Server Options dialog that appears, set the Commit Mode to Read Committed (*CS).
  6. On the Performance pane, select (checkmark) the Enable Pre-fetch of Data for Queries option. Deselect (no checkmark) the Enable Data Compression option.
  7. On the Translation pane, click the Advanced button and enable (checkmark) the Allow Unsupported Character option.
  8. Configure the other data source properties as appropriate for your network, save the DSN, and exit the ODBC Data Source Administrator.

Create ODBC DSN for the destination database

The following steps describe how to create a SQL Server ODBC data source that connects to the SQL Server destination database. If your destination database is not SQL Server, refer to the documentation for the ODBC driver specific for your database for instructions on creating ODBC DSNs.

  1. Launch the ODBC Administrator from the Windows Control Panel. For most versions of Windows this is located in the menu path Control Panel—>Administrative Tools—>Data Sources (ODBC). If using a Windows 64-bit operating system, create a 32-bit DSN using the 32-bit ODBC Data Source Administrator (odbcad32.exe) found in the \WINDOWS\SysWOW64 directory.
  2. Click the System DSN tab of the ODBC Data Source Administrator window.
  3. To create a new data source for the SQL Server database, click Add. In the next dialog, select SQL Server for the driver and click Finish. (If you are using SQL Server 2005/2008, be sure to select the SQL Server driver instead of the SQL Server Native Client driver.) 
  4. Specify a name and select which SQL Server you want the data source to connect to, and click Next to proceed.
  5. Continue through the remainder of the wizard and click Test Data Source to ensure the DSN can connect to the specified SQL Server. If you do not see TESTS COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY, modify the data source configuration until it can successfully connect to the server.

Additional References

IBM Web site: http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/iseries/access/

Step 7: (SQL Server Administrator task) Start the SQL Server Service and Configure ODBC DSN

Estimated Time: 10 minutes

The client computer on which you will install SQDR must have a supported version of Microsoft SQL Server installed. If you do not already have a SQL Server installation, you can obtain the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE 2000) or the SQL Server 2005/2008 Express Edition free of charge from Microsoft to use as a control database for the Data Replicator. Review the SQL Server considerations above for more information.

SQL Server 2008 users should verify that they have already installed the SQL Distributed Management Objects (SQL-DMO), which are included in the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Backward Compatibility Components available at the Microsoft Download Center.

Start SQL Server Service

The SQL Server service must be running for the Data Replicator Service to access its control database. If you intend to configure replication subscriptions to run according to a schedule, also start the SQL Server Agent service. Start the SQL Server and SQL Server Agent services from Windows Services, typically found under Control Panel—> Administrative Tools—> Services.

Create a SQL Server ODBC DSN for the Control Database

Define the ODBC DSN for the SQL Server database that the Data Replicator Service will use as a control database. If the destination database is also SQL Server, create a new DSN instead of using the one created in step 6.

  1. Launch the ODBC Administrator from the Windows Control Panel. For most versions of Windows this is located in the menu path Control Panel—>Administrative Tools—>Data Sources (ODBC).

NOTE

If using a 64-bit SQL Server, you will need to create a 32-bit ODBC DSN for the SQL Server database using the 32-bit ODBC Data Source Administrator (odbcad32.exe), typically located in \WINDOWS\SysWOW64 directory.

  1. Click the System DSN tab of the ODBC Data Source Administrator window.
  2. To create a new data source for the SQL Server database, click Add. In the next dialog, select SQL Server for the driver and click Finish. (If you are using SQL Server 2005/2008 Express, be sure to select the SQL Server driver instead of the SQL Server Native Client driver.)  If you already have a data source defined for the SQL Server database you want to use for the Data Replicator control tables, select it and click Configure to verify the properties.
  3. Specify a name and select which SQL Server you want the data source to connect to, and click Next to proceed.
  4. Continue through the remainder of the wizard and click Test Data Source to ensure the DSN can connect to the specified SQL Server. If you do not see TESTS COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY, modify the data source configuration until it can successfully connect to the server.

Step 8a: (Client-Platform Administrator) Install the StarQuest Data Replicator Software

Estimated Time: 10 minutes

The StarQuest Data Replicator software is distributed as a compressed file that you download from the StarQuest Ventures Web site.

  1. Log on as an Administrator.
  2. Download SQDR using the download link provided in step 2 and uncompress the file into a temporary directory.
  3. Run the setup.exe program from the SQDR installer image.
  4. Respond to the prompts accordingly to complete the installation.

At the end of the installation, the installer prompts you to start the ODBC Administrator and/or the SQDR Configuration. You do not need to launch the ODBC Administrator, as ODBC DSNs were created in steps 6 and 7. Select the option to launch the Configuration after the installation completes and proceed to the next step.

Step 8b: (Client-Platform Administrator) Configure the StarQuest Data Replicator Service

Estimated Time: 10 minutes

You must configure the Data Replicator service to specify which SQL Server data source to use for the control tables and how the Data Replicator service should log in to the SQL Server.

  1. In the first pane of the Configuration Wizard, select the SQL Server data source that you configured (in step 7) to access SQDR's control database and enter the SQL Server credentials for a user who is a member of the sysadmin server role.
    Click Next to proceed.
NOTE If you receive an error that the data source cannot be found, launch the ODBC Data Source Administrator from Control Panel--> Administrative Tools-->Data Sources (ODBC), double-click the SQL Server System DSN, and review the configuration. At the configuration summary verify that the Test Connection succeeds. Exit the ODBC Administrator and return to the SQDR Configuration Wizard.
  1. Select the default option Create a new control database and click Next.
  2. Leave the default database name of ControlDB or enter an alternative name. Leave the schema name field blank, as it will default to "dbo". Click Next.
  3. Select Automatic as the Service Startup Type and choose the System Account as the Log On As user. If you would like to change the Data Replicator service properties, we recommend doing this in Windows Services once the SQDR configuration has been completed. Choose the correct Service Locale for the local Windows system and click Next.
  4. Review the configuration summary, choose to start the Data Replicator Service and Manager and click Finish to save the Data Replicator configuration.

When the Data Replicator Manager launches for the first time, a License Configuration dialog prompts you to enter your license keys. Keep this dialog open and request the license keys for all the StarQuest products you want to use, as described in the next step.

Step 8c: (Client-Platform Administrator task) License the StarQuest Products

Estimated Time: 5 minutes

StarQuest products require a valid set of licenses for evaluation purposes. You can request license keys for multiple products at once, as described below. If the computer running the StarQuest software has access to the Internet, follow the Online Licensing Instructions below. Otherwise, follow the Alternate Licensing Instructions.

Online Licensing Instructions

  1. If the SQDR License Configuration utility is not already running, open the StarLicense Configuration utility from Start --> Programs --> StarQuest Data Replicator --> License Configuration.
  2. Click on the License Online tab. Select a License Lock Type, enter in the Registration Key provided in the download confirmation email from step 2, and click Get License.

When the request successfully completes, the license(s) for the software you are registered to use appear in the License Keys list of the Licenses tab. The Registration Key may produce several License Keys, depending on the products you are registered to use. Subsequent attempts to use the same Registration Key will result in the identical License Key(s) being retrieved.

Alternate Licensing Instructions

  1. On the computer where the SQDR software is installed, open the License Configuration utility from Start --> Programs --> SQDR --> License Configuration. Record the Host ID displayed on the License Online tab.
  2. From a computer that has access to the Internet, click on or browse to the following URL:

    http://starcust.starquest.com/Registration/index.html#license

  3. On the StarQuest Online Licensing Form web page, enter in the email address used for the original download request and the Registration Key you received in the download confirmation email.
  4. Enter the Host ID value recorded previously and select the "Node-locked" license option. Click Next.
  5. Review the information provided. If any changes are required, click Previous and modify the values as needed. Otherwise, click the Accept button.
  6. Copy the license key(s) displayed on the web page. You will also receive an e-mail with the license key(s).
  7. On the computer running the StarQuest software, open the License Configuration utility from Start --> Programs --> StarQuest Data Replicator --> License Configuration.
  8. Under the Licenses tab, click the Add button and enter in the license key. Repeat until all of the license keys have been entered.

Step 8d: (Client-Platform Administrator) Start the Data Replicator Manager and Create a Subscription

Estimated Time: 10 minutes

You use the Data Replicator Manager to set up and administer replication operations.

  1. Select Data Replicator Manager from the StarQuest Data Replicator program group if it is not already running.
  2. In the License Configuration dialog, verify that you have the two license keys entered (with PROD IDs "DR" and "A+) and click OK. See step 8c if you have not entered license keys for using the evaluation software.
  3. Stop and restart the SQDR service in order for the license keys to take effect. In the left pane, right-click the Service node for your computer and Stop the service. Right-click again and choose Start.

Define a Source

To define the source data that you want to replicate:

  1. In the main Data Replicator Manager window, right-click the Sources folder and select the Insert Source command.
  2. Select the DSN that connects to the source database that contains the data you want to replicate, and enter a user ID and password that has permission to access that database.

  1. On the Advanced dialog, set the default values for Database and/or Object Schema, as appropriate for your database. These values are necessary for Copy Member operations. Click OK to create the source.

source adv

Define a Destination

Now define the destination that will receive the replicated data.

  1. Right-click the Destinations folder and select the Insert Destination command.
  2. Select the DSN that connects to the database to which you want to replicate the data, and enter a user ID and password that has permission to access that database.

destination

  1. On the Advanced dialog, set the default value for the Database and/or Object Schema, as appropriate for your database. These values will be used by the SQDR subscription wizard to populate configuration fields and during Copy Member operations. Click OK to create the destination.

destination advanced

Create an Incremental Group

In this section you create a group in which to place one or more subscriptions that perform incremental replication operations between the specified source and destination.

  1. Right-click the Groups folder and select Insert Incremental Group. In the Group properties dialog, enter a name for the Group and an optional description in the Comment field. The default values for the remaining options are typically suitable for first-time users. To learn more about a particular option, click the Help button in this dialog to launch the SQDR online help topic for this tab.

sqdr.

  1. On the Advanced tab, select the Source and Destination that will be used for each incremental replication subscription in this group. Ensure that the Receive Change Data Notifications from Capture Agent option is selected (i.e., checked). Leave the Apply options and Subscription Defaults as their default values and click OK to create the group.

Create a Subscription

The Replicator Manager provides a Subscription Wizard to help you define the specific source data and how you want to replicate it.

  1. Right-click the Subscriptions folder beneath the source that you added and select the Insert Subscription command. The Add Subscription Wizard appears.
  2. In the Select the Source pane, select Incremental as the Replication Type and enter a schema or object name if you want to filter the source objects list. Click the Refresh button to display the available source objects in the right pane and select the source object you want to replicate. Click Next to proceed.

sqdr

  1. In the Select a Destination pane, select the DSN that connects to the destination you added to the Replicator Manager. Review the Destination Options and Replication Options, and click Next to proceed.
  2. In the Select Group pane select the incremental replication group that you created earlier. Click Next to continue.

sqdr

  1. The Define Criteria pane allows you to specify a SQL WHERE clause in order to horizontally partition the data to be replicated. Enter a valid WHERE clause and click the Verify Criteria button, or leave the field blank. Click Next to continue.
  2. The Define Destination Columns pane allows you to review and change the data type mappings for the source and destination objects. Modify the destination columns if desired and click Next.

sqdr

  1. Click Next in the Create Table Statement pane. The CREATE TABLE statement will not appear until the subscription has been saved.
  2. On the Define Processing pane, enter optional host commands to be executed before and/or after the data is replicated. Click Next to continue.
  3. On the Indexes/Constraints pane, click Refresh to display any indexes or constraints defined for the source. Select any that you want to replicate to the destination and click Next.
  4. Enter a name for the subscription and click Finish.

The subscription is added beneath the Subscriptions folder of the defined source and to the corresponding group.

Step 8e: Review the Subscription Status

Estimated Time: less than 5 minutes

After you define an incremental replication subscription the Data Replicator runs a baseline snapshot replication that forms the base against which incremental changes are tracked. After the baseline snapshot replication succeeds, the source table is actively monitored by SQDR Plus for changes. This step shows you how to monitor the status of a subscription and a group of incremental subscriptions.

  1. Review the status of the subscription by highlighting the subscription in the left pane of the Replicator Manager.

sqdr

  1. Double-click the replication event, indicated by the sqdr icon, to view the statistics of the baseline snapshot. If the data did not replicate successfully, review the error(s) and correct the subscription properties as necessary.

  sqdr

  1. Locate the member subscription under Groups, and double-click on the Replication Event to view the status of the subscription.

   sqdr

After the baseline snapshot operation completes successfully the incremental subscription is automatically enabled and actively monitoring for changes at the source.

Continuing Your Software Evaluation

This Quick Start Guide is intended to help you install the StarQuest software and perform a data replication operation as quickly as possible. Please continue to explore the capabilities of SQDR Plus by adding additional subscriptions, scheduling replication operations, and performing SQL operations on data before and/or after it is replicated. The product documentation provides detailed information about performing these and many other tasks. Refer to the following documentation as you become familiar with using the SQDR software in your environment.

  • The SQDR Plus for iSeries User's Guide Acrobat PDF manual is available as a PDF file in the SQDR Plus installation image. It provides more detail about configuring and managing the SQDR Plus Capture Agent.
  • The Data Replicator Manager provides an online help system that provides more information about defining and running replication operations. Press F1 or click a Help button from the Data Replicator Manager to display the online help system.
  • The SQDR Plus Documentation Addendum and the SQDR Documentation Addendum contain information on new features and supplement the SQDR Plus User's Guide and SQDR online help.

Please especially be aware of the following operational requirements and suggestions, which are covered more thoroughly in the product documentation, as you proceed with your evaluation:

  • SQDR Plus uses TCP for inter process communications and requires TCP services to shut down properly. Shut down the SQDR subsystem before you end TCP services or shut down the OS/400 system. If there is a delay of 30 minutes or more between IPL of the OS/400 and restart of the SQDR subsystem, you also may want to lengthen the time interval for sending notifications that the SQDR journal receivers are unavailable to avoid flooding the operator's QSYSOPR message queue.
  • The Capture Agent spawns jobs in other subsystems, such as QSQSRVR in the QSYSWRK subsystem, QRWTSRVR in the QUSRWRK subsystem, QZDASOINIT in the QUSRWRK subsystem, and QZRCSRVS which can run in different subsystems. Do not manually stop any of these jobs.
  • You may want to modify the system startup routine to automatically start the SQDR subsystem when an IPL of the iSeries server is performed.

If you encounter any problems while using the evaluation software, please open a problem report with StarQuest Customer Support at http://support.starquest.com or call +1 415.669.9619 for assistance.


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