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Distributed Installation

Distributed installation is an installation method that is used to roll out multiple identical copies of DB2 UDB on different servers. If you are planning to install DB2 UDB products across your network, a network-based distributed installation can be significantly faster and more easily replicated than installing from the CD-ROM natively.

Before starting an installation of DB2 UDB products, you need to prepare an ASCII file called a response file, which that can be customized with the setup and configuration data that will automate an installation. This setup and configuration data would normally have to be entered during an install; however, with a response file, the installation can proceed without any intervention—the setup and configuration information is entered automatically.

A response file specifies configuration and setup parameters such as the destination directory and the products and components to install. It can also be used to set up DB2 definitions such as:

  • Global DB2 registry variables

  • Local DB2 registry variables

  • Database manager configuration settings

You can use a response file to install an identical configuration across every workstation on your network or to install multiple configurations of a DB2 UDB product. For example, you can customize a response file that will install a DB2 Administration Client. You can then distribute this file to every workstation where you want this product to be installed.

There are two ways to prepare a response file:

  • Modify a provided sample response file

  • Use the response file generator

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