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Quick Beginnings for DB2 Extended Enterprise Edition for UNIX

Step 7. Create the Administration Server

The Administration Server provides services to support client tools that:

Use the dasicrt command to create an Administration Server. You must run this command on the machine where you have DB2 physically installed and have root authority.

The syntax of the dasicrt command is as follows:

   DB2DIR/instance/dasicrt ASName

where DB2DIR = /usr/lpp/db2_05_00 on AIX

= /opt/IBMdb2/V5.0 on Solaris

and where ASName is the name of the Administration Server, which is composed of a string of up to eight alphanumeric characters long. See Appendix F. "Naming Rules" for more information.
Note:If you are running NIS or NIS+, you need to set up the user and group names in such a way that:

  • The primary group of the Administration Server must be in the secondary group of all the instances.

  • The secondary group of the Administration Server must contain the primary group of all the instances
Secondary group lists will be modified automatically only if NIS or NIS+ is running on your system.

Because a user ID can only own one instance, you must have a separate user ID to own each Administration Server that you create.

It is possible to add an instance to any machine. If you use different machines to create instances, then the list of instances that is stored on any machine may not be a complete list. We recommend creating every instance on one machine, so that the list of instances is complete on that machine. We also recommend that this node be the Administration Server node.

You use the name of the Administration Server to set up the directory structure and access permissions.

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Use the db2admin start command to start the Administration Server (refer to "Starting the Administration Server" for more information). When you reboot the system, it is automatically started.

By adding a system that has an Administration Server to the Control Center, you are designating the corresponding database partition server (that resides on the same machine as the Administration Server) as the Control Center's connection point to the entire instance. The system specified becomes the coordinator node for requests that are issued from the Control Center.

You may want to consider distributing the coordinator function among other database partition servers in the instance. To do this:

  1. Create a new Administration Server on the other machines that are in the partitioned database system.

  2. Catalog each Administration Server as a separate system in the Control Center.

  3. Catalog the same instance under each new system, and each time specify the same machine that you used to catalog the Administration Server.

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