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Finding the most current DB2 for z/OS documentation and answers to other documentation questions

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Question

Where can I find the most current information for DB2® for z/OS®? Where can I download PDF format manuals? How do I get licensed information? How do I send feedback? And more...

Answer

If your question is not included in the following list, submit it by email to db2zinfo@us.ibm.com.

Where can I find the most current information for DB2 for z/OS?

You can always find the most up to date information about DB2 for z/OS in IBM Knowledge Center. IBM Knowledge Center is continually updated, as soon as content changes are ready. New PDF manual editions are updated on an infrequent scheduled basis. A PDF manual is current to the date in the edition notice.

How can I tell which information has been updated?

In IBM Knowledge Center, revisions are marked like this sentence, with blue caret or "chevron" graphics.

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Revision marks indicate the following types of changes:

  • Technical revisions that reflect changed DB2 externals that are introduced by a new DB2 release or by maintenance after general availability.
  • Technical clarifications for unchanged DB2 externals in response to customer and internal feedback.
  • Editorial and organizational changes that do not affect the technical meaning of the content are generally not marked.

Where can I download documentation in PDF format?

Download the PDF from the Product Documentation page for your DB2 for z/OS release.

Important: To find the most up to date content, always use IBM Knowledge Center, which is continually updated as soon as changes are ready. PDF manuals are updated only when new editions are published, on a less frequent schedule.

Can I order printed copies or CDs of the DB2 for z/OS documentation?

No. You can no longer order printed copies or CDs (hardcopy information) of the DB2 for z/OS product manuals. However, you can print your own copies. See How do I get hardcopy information?

How do I get licensed information?

DB2 12 for z/OS does not include any licensed information. The licensed content that was included in the DB2 10 for z/OS and DB2 11 for z/OS Diagnosis Guide and Reference publications is now available for DB2 12 in one of two places.

The licensed Diagnosis Guide and Reference publications for DB2 10 for z/OS and DB2 11 for z/OS will be available until the corresponding version of DB2 for z/OS goes out of service. You can find these publications in PDF format in data set prefix.SDSNIVPD(DSNDR). To retrieve and read the Diagnosis Guide and Reference, download DSNDR to your workstation in binary format, and open it in a PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader.

How do I get hardcopy information?

IBM no longer prints books and makes them available in hardcopy format. The main reason for this change is that the printed information becomes out of date very quickly. The DB2 for z/OS writing team updates the product information many times during the life of each release.

Important: To find the most up to date content, always use IBM Knowledge Center, which is continually updated as soon as changes are ready. PDF manuals are updated only when new editions are published, on a less frequent schedule.

Exception: The DB2 10 for z/OS and DB2 11 for z/OS Diagnosis Guide and Reference publications are not published in IBM Knowledge Center. For information about getting this book for DB2 10 or DB2 11, see: How do I get licensed information?.

You can print the most current version of the PDF. To download the PDF for local printing, you have the following options:

How do I send feedback on the DB2 for z/OS product information?

Send your comments to db2zinfo@us.ibm.com.


How do I get information in languages other than English?

The following resources are translated:

  • Most DB2 for z/OS documentation is available in Japanese and some information is available in Korean, Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese, and German. After the English information is updated, the translated version is updated shortly thereafter. In IBM Knowledge Center, select the desired language from the list in the upper right corner. The content is displayed in the selected language if available. Content that is not available in the selected language is displayed in English.
  • For translated PDF format manuals are available in IBM Publication Center. The Translated Product Documentation page contains direct links.
  • You can dynamically translate any page on the IBM Support Portal by selecting a language in the Translate this page drop-down box and clicking the >.
  • For other IBM websites, See the directory world-wide IBM contacts.

What other information resources are available?

For a list of available information resources, see the information roadmaps in IBM Knowledge Center.

How can I effectively search DB2 information on the Web?

To search for APARs and other Q&As on the IBM Support Portal, use the standard terms that our Support team uses.

Search in IBM Knowledge Center.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Information Management DB2 for z/OS Value Unit Edition z/OS

Document information

More support for: DB2 for z/OS

Software version: 10.0, 11.0, 12.0

Operating system(s): z/OS

Reference #: 1191780

Modified date: 18 January 2017