I like the flow of the chapters, starting with the topic of IBM DB2 10.1 Certification, which explains the different tracks—Database Administrator, Database Application Developer, Database Solution Development—and exactly which exams you need to pass in order to obtain the certificate.
What’s in the DB2 10.1/10.5 for LUW Study Guide?
This book also includes the following chapters with a few highlights of exam objectives:
DB2 Server Management
Demonstrate the ability to create and manage DB2 instances
Demonstrate the ability to view and modify DB2 system registry variables
Demonstrate the ability to use automatic maintenance
Demonstrate the ability to throttle utilities
Demonstrate knowledge of SMS, DMS, and automatic storage table spaces
Demonstrate the ability to create a DB2 database
Demonstrate the ability to work with range partitioned tables and range clustered tables (RCTs)
Demonstrate the ability to work with XML data and construct XML indexes
Business Rules Implementation
Demonstrate the ability to create base tables that contain one or more constraints
Demonstrate the ability to create and use triggers
Demonstrate the ability to use the SET INTEGRITY command
Demonstrate the ability to examine the contents of the system catalog tables
Monitoring DB2 Activity
Demonstrate knowledge of the various monitoring tools available with DB2
Demonstrate the ability to use the monitoring table functions to collect activity data and analyze it
Demonstrate the ability to use the workload management table functions to validate the health and efficiency of your system
Demonstrate the ability to use the Explain facility to capture and analyze both comprehensive Explain information and Explain snapshot data
Demonstrate the ability to understand data movement file formats in DB2
Demonstrate the ability to use the REORKCHK and REORG commands to locate and remove fragmentation in table space containers
Demonstrate the ability to use the Import utility to transfer data from an external file to a database table
Demonstrate the ability to use the Continuous Data Ingest (CDI) utility to perform high-speed data loads into a database table
Demonstrate the ability to understand the various transaction-logging features
Demonstrate the ability to configure a database log mirror
Demonstrate the ability to configure HADR with ROS
Demonstrate the ability to return a damaged or corrupt database to its previous state at any given point in time
Demonstrate the ability to identify the methods to use to restrict access to data stored in a DB2 database
Demonstrate the ability to identify the authorization levels used by DB2
Demonstrate the ability to identity the privileges used by DB2
Demonstrate the ability to implement column or row permissions by using row and column access control (RCAC)
Connectivity and Networking
Demonstrate the ability to understand the communications protocols within DB2
Demonstrate the ability to configure connections between the DB2 database server and clients
Demonstrate the ability to manage connections to System z and System i databases
Demonstrate the ability to identify and resolve any client/server connectivity problems
DB2 10.5 Exam Crash Course
Demonstrate the ability to configure DB2 workload for an analytics system
Demonstrate the ability to use autonomic features in DB2 10.5 BLU Acceleration
Demonstrate the ability to understand pureScale enhancements in DB2 10.5
Demonstrate the ability to convert row-organized tables to columnar-organized tables
DB2 10.1/10.5 Questions Bank
Understand what Database Services Flexible Architecture guidelines are and how they help provide the highest possible level of reliability, availability, scalability, and performance
Comprehensive Exam Preparation
The amount of information can be overwhelming, but the authors do a good job of explaining the concepts and features and give examples of how it all works. You will find each chapter starting with a bullet-point list of topics that will be covered in the chapter. The concepts are explained, and then the authors provide the step-by-step instructions to complete the task. Many of the examples in the book use the standard line commands, and when available in Data Studio, the same step-by-step instructions are given using the rich GUI interface. You will find more than 50 step-by-step DB2 feature implementation procedures throughout the book.
Finally, at the end of each chapter is a summary of what was just discussed followed by a sample exam. I found having the sample exam very helpful to see whether I was retaining the material or needed to go back and review some topics I didn’t quite understand or was just distracted and didn’t pay attention. Working through the practice exam helped to build my confidence in my knowledge of the exam topics; as a result, I feel I’m now better prepared to pass the exam. The sample exams are quite extensive, including more than 400 practice questions, with detailed answers and explanations at the back of the book.
One of my favorite chapters is chapter 10, DB2 10.5 Exam Crash Course, because it covers all the new, cool things delivered with DB2 10.5. If you’ll be working with large volumes of data and need to perform business intelligence analytics, then you will want to take advantage of the new DB2 BLU Acceleration. The other area I’m really interested in learning more about is pureScale, and the authors provide diagrams that help explain the architecture and what it takes to set up pureScale.
This is a practical book for everyday use. If you'll be working with DB2 for LUW Version 10.1 or 10.5, you should have a copy on your desk.
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