New Features

DB2 toolkit version 2.0.1 introduces several major changes that will dramatically improve our customers’ experience and expand functionality.

  • Database level feature
  • BLU feature support

Database Level Feature

DB2 on Delphix was initially designed to work at the Instance- level: an instance being a collection of DB2 databases.  For the DB2 2.0.1 release, Delphix has improved DB2 operations to the database-level. This enhancement will provide users with simplified administration and operations of the DB2 VDBs.

Important Notes

  • Delphix will not be providing an upgrade path between the instance level toolkit (DB2-1.x.x and the DB level toolkit DB2-2.x.x) which may lead to data loss, and impact on business continuity. In order to ensure a smooth migration, please contact your account team.
  • We only support installs of DB2-2.x.x going forward. The DB2-1.x.x toolkit should no longer be installed. All installs of DB2 toolkit should be done using the DB2-2.x.x toolkit which is only compatible with Delphix Engines specified in the Toolkit/Delphix Engine Compatibility Matrix below.

BLU Feature

DB2 BLU is a collection of technologies for analytical database workloads. BLU Acceleration design integrates different technologies including in-memory processing of columnar data, Actionable Compression, CPU Acceleration, and  Data Skipping.

Virtualization of DB2 BLU with Delphix provides users with not only storage savings but with agility, integration and federated DB support.

Certifications: In all Delphix releases, we introduce support for new data source / operating system versions.

Deprecated and Removed Features

Deprecated Features

In this release the following features were deprecated:

  • support for DB2 10.1 
  • support for AIX 6.1 

Removed Features

The following features are no longer supported:

  • Bufferpool memory option  — Users can no longer set the bufferpool memory using Delphix Engine.
  • Mount point location option —  The mount point will be decided by the toolkit and the base location for new mount point will be toolkit directory space. The new mount point will be in the format : <toolkit dir>/DB2/mnts/<USER>/<DB Name>/<USER>.

Toolkit Installation

Toolkits to support DB2 virtualization are not automatically included in the Virtualization Engine deployment, and are installed by Delphix Professional Services or Technical Support. A Support case can be opened requesting installation by following this link.

Migration and Compatibility

Supported DB2 Versions and Operating Systems

Supported DBMS Versions

  • DB2 Enterprise Server Edition 10.5
  • DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition 10.5
  • DB2 Enterprise Server Edition 11.1
  • DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition 11.1
  • DB2 Developer Edition 11.1 (on RHEL 6.7)

DB2 Support Matrix

  1. ESE: Enterprise Server Edition
  2. AESE: Advanced Enterprise Server Edition
  3. As of Delphix Engine 5.1.6 - For the supported DB2 versions, Delphix supports the corresponding DB2 Developer edition where the vendor, IBM, supports it
  4. 64-bit OS support only

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 

Supported DBMS Version

ESE 10.5AESE 10.5ESE 11.1AESE 11.1

Supported OS Version
RHEL 6.0Not SupportedNot SupportedNot SupportedNot Supported
RHEL 6.1Not SupportedNot SupportedNot SupportedNot Supported
RHEL 6.2Not SupportedNot SupportedNot SupportedNot Supported
RHEL 6.3Not SupportedNot SupportedNot SupportedNot Supported
RHEL 6.4SupportedSupportedNot SupportedNot Supported
RHEL 6.5SupportedSupportedNot SupportedNot Supported
RHEL 6.6SupportedSupportedNot SupportedNot Supported
RHEL 6.7Supported Supported SupportedSupported
RHEL 6.8Supported Supported Supported Supported
RHEL 6.9SupportedSupportedSupportedSupported
RHEL 7.0Supported Supported Supported Supported
RHEL 7.1Supported Supported Supported Supported
RHEL 7.2Supported Supported Supported Supported
RHEL 7.3Supported Supported Supported Supported
RHEL 7.4SupportedSupportedSupportedSupported

Advanced Interactive eXecutive (AIX)

Supported DBMS Version

ESE 10.5AESE 10.5ESE 11.1AESE 11.1

 Supported OS Version
AIX 6.1Not SupportedNot SupportedN/AN/A
AIX 7.1SupportedSupportedSupported
AIX 7.2Supported

Toolkit/Delphix Engine Compatibility

Toolkits should be installed on compatible Delphix Engines per the table below:

Delphix EngineDB2_2.0.1DB2_2.1.0DB2_2.2.1DB2_2.3.0

Unsupported DB2 Features

Unsupported DB2 Versions and Features

  • DB2 9.7 and below
  • DB2 Database Partitioning Feature (DPF)
  • DB2 pureScale
  • DMS Raw Devices

Known Issues

The following issues are known to exist in this release:



Log message while detecting any regular database inside instance if we are using name of database as same as regular DB for VDB creation.



Getting error while performing DE operations if we provide extra slash (at end) to toolkit directory while adding environment to DE



Force disable of VDB is leaving a stale file handle after umount of nfs mount point.



VDB creation getting failed when we are providing special characters in VDB name field.




No validation on blank value while adding sourcConfig details.

Workaround : User needs to fill details to sourceConfig values.


Environment discovery stalled for AIX host with GA DB2 toolkit