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Run-Time Clients

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What's the difference between "Run-Time Client" which I received with
DB2 Developer's edition (used in Workgroup Server Edition for Windows)
and "Redistributible DB2 Run-Time Client Lite" available on IBM's web
site?

The problem concerns developers working for me, each of whom insist
that "IBM says" that one is better than the other.

Nov 12 '05 #1
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"Stanley Sinclair" <st*************@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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What's the difference between "Run-Time Client" which I received with
DB2 Developer's edition (used in Workgroup Server Edition for Windows)
and "Redistributible DB2 Run-Time Client Lite" available on IBM's web
site?

The problem concerns developers working for me, each of whom insist
that "IBM says" that one is better than the other.

First, all clients are free and can be downloaded from the IBM website. This
includes the:

Run-Time Client Lite
Run-Time Client
Administration Client
Application Development Client

Each of the above has more features than the one above it, but if the
features are not needed, then it is hard to say that one is better than
another.

In addition the Run-Time Client Lite can be distributed via a script or
similar automated distribution method, but the other 3 clients must be
installed manually on each machine.
Nov 12 '05 #2

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Mark A wrote:
"Stanley Sinclair" <st*************@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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What's the difference between "Run-Time Client" which I received with
DB2 Developer's edition (used in Workgroup Server Edition for Windows)
and "Redistributible DB2 Run-Time Client Lite" available on IBM's web
site?

The problem concerns developers working for me, each of whom insist
that "IBM says" that one is better than the other.
First, all clients are free and can be downloaded from the IBM website.


Not quite correct. DB2 Connect Personal Edition is a client and is not
free.
This includes the:

Run-Time Client Lite
(Windows only)
Run-Time Client
Administration Client
Application Development Client

Each of the above has more features than the one above it, but if the
features are not needed, then it is hard to say that one is better than
another.

In addition the Run-Time Client Lite can be distributed via a script or
similar automated distribution method, but the other 3 clients must be
installed manually on each machine.


The Run-Time Client Lite is a really, really small version of the
Run-Time Client product. To get this small, it does not support
migration from previous versions, and I'm not sure if future versions
will support migrating from a Lite product either. It also has fewer
optional items (mostly by not offering them, not by automatically
installing them).

However, all DB2 clients on all platforms support unattended, automatic
installation via response file.
Nov 12 '05 #3

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"Darin McBride" <dm******@naboo.to.org.no.spam.for.me> wrote in message
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Not quite correct. DB2 Connect Personal Edition is a client and is not
free.
DB2 Connect is a separate product, not a DB2 client. In fact, the software
itself is embedded in the DB2 clients (except lite) and you only need a
license for DB2 Connect if you want to access a ISeries or z/OS version of
DB2 from the clients (except lite).

DB2 Connect has nothing to do with the OP question.

However, all DB2 clients on all platforms support unattended, automatic
installation via response file.


Using a response file is not the same as code that does not need to go
through a Windows installation. If it were, then there would be no need for
the lite client and it would never have been released.
Nov 12 '05 #4

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Mark A wrote:
"Darin McBride" <dm******@naboo.to.org.no.spam.for.me> wrote in message
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Not quite correct. DB2 Connect Personal Edition is a client and is not
free.
DB2 Connect is a separate product, not a DB2 client. In fact, the software


DB2 Connect Personal Edition is a client. It is a DB2 Connect client,
but it's still a client. As in, it provides no server functionality:
it cannot receive connections, it can only connect to remote systems.
Its sole purpose is to act as a client to servers. And it's not free.
itself is embedded in the DB2 clients (except lite) and you only need a
license for DB2 Connect if you want to access a ISeries or z/OS version of
DB2 from the clients (except lite).
? I'm not sure what you're trying to say here.
DB2 Connect has nothing to do with the OP question.


You're right - but I wasn't answering the OP, I was correcting the
statement you had saying that "all clients are free". I didn't want
iSeries or z/OS users to be confused since the LUW client that connects
to those machines are not free.
However, all DB2 clients on all platforms support unattended, automatic
installation via response file.


Using a response file is not the same as code that does not need to go
through a Windows installation. If it were, then there would be no need
for the lite client and it would never have been released.


I'm really not sure what you're trying to say here. Because even the
Runtime Client Lite needs to go through a Windows installation. The
difference is that the Lite product is set up to be Windows Installer
("MSI") friendly (embedable in your own MSI-based install program),
whereas the rest of the DB2 products prefer response-file install,
where you merely copy the product with your own product, and run "setup
/r <rspfile>" - it's almost as easy, in my opinion (actually easier, if
you don't yet know MSI).

The Runtime Client Lite product provides MSI merge modules to allow you
to merge the DB2 Runtime Client Lite product into your own MSI-based
install. That's the purpose of this product. It still needs to be
installed, otherwise you wouldn't get all the Windows-Installer
benefits (add/remove programs, repair, fixpaks - aka service packs).
Nov 12 '05 #5

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"Darin McBride" <dm******@naboo.to.org.no.spam.for.me> wrote in message
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You're right - but I wasn't answering the OP, I was correcting the
statement you had saying that "all clients are free".


Well I was responding to the OP, and the clients they were asking about are
free.
Nov 12 '05 #6

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Gentlemen, thank you very much for your replies. May I submit a
followup?

Speaking only about Run-Time regular vs Lite, where can I find what
are, in fact the differences. Eg, regarding authentication, security,
addressing, speed, wireless use, etc.

Also, on the same subject, please consider the following senarios:
1 An office with 12 work stations and one IBM small (I think x-series)
server with 6 HDDs in RAID 5-0 configuration. Firewalled, good switch,
router. I need the information to know which, regular or Lite, would
be better aside from installation issues.
2 Exactly same hardware and app as above, but a user needs to get to
the database via internet.

Thanks again

Nov 12 '05 #7

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"Stanley Sinclair" <st*************@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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Gentlemen, thank you very much for your replies. May I submit a
followup?

Speaking only about Run-Time regular vs Lite, where can I find what
are, in fact the differences. Eg, regarding authentication, security,
addressing, speed, wireless use, etc.

Also, on the same subject, please consider the following senarios:
1 An office with 12 work stations and one IBM small (I think x-series)
server with 6 HDDs in RAID 5-0 configuration. Firewalled, good switch,
router. I need the information to know which, regular or Lite, would
be better aside from installation issues.
2 Exactly same hardware and app as above, but a user needs to get to
the database via internet.

Thanks again

Unless you are giving them a script to install the client, or doing it
automatically through some push, then I would give them the regular client
and ask them to install it using a normal windows install process. The real
issue is how to distribute the file with the connection information for
remote databases.
Nov 12 '05 #8

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I'm sorry, I missed expressing the main point:

"...given that I am not interested in any installation technique..."

Speaking only about Run-Time regular vs Lite, where can I find what
are, in fact the differences. Eg, regarding authentication, security,
addressing, speed, wireless use, etc.
<<Please consider the following senarios:
1 An office with 12 work stations and one IBM small (I think x-series)
server with 6 HDDs in RAID 5-0 configuration. Firewalled, good switch,
router. I need the information to know which, regular or Lite, would
be better aside from installation issues.

2 Exactly same hardware and app but the client is connecting via the
internet.

SS.

Nov 12 '05 #9

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"Stanley Sinclair" <st*************@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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I'm sorry, I missed expressing the main point:

"...given that I am not interested in any installation technique..."

Speaking only about Run-Time regular vs Lite, where can I find what
are, in fact the differences. Eg, regarding authentication, security,
addressing, speed, wireless use, etc.

I don't think there are any difference in authentication, security,and
speed. I don't know what you mean by wireless use. The lite client may take
less memory, but I doubt that it is significant.

The main reason for the lite client was to make it easier to distribute to
clients.
Nov 12 '05 #10

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Mark A wrote:
"Stanley Sinclair" <st*************@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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I'm sorry, I missed expressing the main point:

"...given that I am not interested in any installation technique..."

Speaking only about Run-Time regular vs Lite, where can I find what
are, in fact the differences. Eg, regarding authentication, security,
addressing, speed, wireless use, etc.

I don't think there are any difference in authentication, security,and
speed. I don't know what you mean by wireless use. The lite client may
take less memory, but I doubt that it is significant.

The main reason for the lite client was to make it easier to distribute to
clients.


Just to pipe in here - I agree. To the best of my knowledge, this is
precisely the case. It is basically the same code compiled exactly the
same way at the same time - in other words, just packaged differently.

(Just in case Stanley isn't sure if I'm about to disagree again, I want
to make it explicit that I do, in fact, agree, just to reduce possible
confusion.)
Nov 12 '05 #11

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Thank you all

Nov 12 '05 #12

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Mark,

<<The real issue is how to distribute the file with the connection
information for remote databases.>>

Exactly what I realy am asking. Is there a difference between Lite and
regular regarding connectin information for remote databases?

Nov 12 '05 #13

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Mark,

By "wireless use," I mean wireless workstations on an internal network
(intranet) using wireless connection nodes.

Nov 12 '05 #14

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"Stanley Sinclair" <st*************@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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Mark,

By "wireless use," I mean wireless workstations on an internal network
(intranet) using wireless connection nodes.

If your client is using a wireless LAN, then DB2 doesn't really care. There
is no software that I know about that cares about how the TCP/IP connection
is made to the server.
Nov 12 '05 #15

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"Stanley Sinclair" <st*************@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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Mark,

<<The real issue is how to distribute the file with the connection
information for remote databases.>>

Exactly what I realy am asking. Is there a difference between Lite and
regular regarding connectin information for remote databases?

I don't believe there is any difference. You can manually issue the commands
to catalog a node and remote database, or use a profile file that is
distributed to the clients.

The db2cfexp command is used to create the profile files, or you can use the
Configuration Assistant GUI that comes with the Administrative Client to
create the profile.

Once the information in a client profile has been determined, it can be used
to configure clients by using either the import function of the
Configuration Assistant on the client (n/a for run-time clients), or by
importing profiles using the db2cfimp command. Clients can import all or a
subset of the configuration information in an existing profile.
Nov 12 '05 #16

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