Finding the most current DB2 documentation and answers to other documentation questions

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Where can I find the most current information for DB2® for z/OS®? How do I order hardcopy books? How do I get licensed information? How do I send feedback? And more...

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

2. How can I tell which information has been updated?

3. Where can I download PDFs of the documentation?

4. How do I order CDs and printed copies of the documentation?

5. How do I get licensed information?

6. How do I get hardcopy information?

7. How do I send feedback on the product information?

8. How do I get information in languages other than English?

9. What other information resources are available?

10. How can I effectively search DB2 information on the Web?


1. Where can I find the most current information for DB2 for z/OS?
You can find the most current information in the information center:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/dzichelp/v2r2/index.jsp

If you want to be notified when the information is updated, you can subscribe to information center updates:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/dzichelp/v2r2/topic/com.ibm.dzic.doc/subscribe_info.html

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2. How can I tell which information has been updated?

Technical changes that have been made since the general availability date are indicated by vertical bars and by the hash (#) symbol in the left-hand margin.

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3. Where can I download PDFs of the documentation?

For Version 11:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27039165#manuals
For Version 10:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27019288#manuals
For Version 9:
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27011656#manuals

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4. How do I order CDs and printed copies of the DB2 for z/OS documentation?

You can no longer order CDs or printed copies (hardcopy information) of the DB2 for z/OS product manuals. For information about how to print your own copies, see 7. How do I get hardcopy information?
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5. How do I get licensed information?

Licensed materials are items that are provided by IBM under terms of the IBM Customer Agreement, IBM International Program License Agreement, or any equivalent agreement, and are not publicly available on the Web. They are available only to users who hold a license for the product. The Diagnosis Guide and Reference is licensed information for DB2 for z/OS.

Requirement: You must have a DB2 license and a customer number to obtain licensed information. (Your customer number is a 7-digit number that IBM gives you the first time that you perform any transaction with IBM, such as buying a piece of software.)

A copy of the Diagnosis Guide and Reference in PDF format is stored 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.

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6. How do I get hardcopy information?

IBM no longer prints the books and makes them available to users 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.

The DB2 for z/OS writing team updates the information and provides it in the information center ( http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/dzichelp/v2r2/index.jsp) and also in PDF format. (Note: The one exception is the Diagnosis Guide and Reference, which is not published in the information center. For information about getting this book, see 5. How do I get licensed information?)

If you want a printed book, you can print the most current version of the PDF. To download the PDF for local printing, you have several options:


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7. How do I send feedback on the product information?

Use the reader comment form at http://www.ibm.com/software/data/rcf or send your comments to db2zinfo@us.ibm.com.

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8. How do I get information in languages other than English?

The following resources are translated:

  • DB2 for z/OS documentation: Most information 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.

    Set the language option in your browser to your preferred language and go to the information center ( http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/dzichelp/v2r2/index.jsp). If your selected language is available for the page that you are viewing, the page is displayed in that language. Otherwise, the page is displayed in English.

  • Support Web site: You can dynamically translate any page on the DB2 for z/OS Support Web site (http://www.ibm.com/software/data/db2/zos/support.html) by selecting a language in the Translate my page drop-down box and clicking Translate.


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9. What other information resources are available?

For a list of available information resources, see: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27039818

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10. How can I effectively search DB2 information on the Web?

To search for APARs and other Q&As on the Support Web site (http://www.ibm.com/software/data/db2/zos/support.html), use the standard terms that our Support team uses: Keywords for searching APAR text.

To search the information center, follow the instructions in the topic Searching in the information center.

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More support for:

DB2 for z/OS

Software version:

9.1, 10.0, 11.0

Operating system(s):

z/OS

Reference #:

1191780

Modified date:

2014-03-06

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