5 Administration and Customization of Oracle Application Server for DRDA

This chapter covers various administration and customization issues.

This chapter contains these topics:

Migration Steps from DB2 to Oracle through Oracle Application Server for DRDA

While migration of existing DB2 applications is data- and target-specific, the general methodology has the following six steps:

  1. Installing and configuring Oracle Application Server for DRDA software

  2. Installing Oracle Application Server for DRDA objects in the Oracle Database

  3. Administering DRDA Package authority

  4. Migrating DB2 data

  5. Re-targeting the application

  6. Tuning SQL Translation and Data types

Installing and Configuring Oracle Application Server for DRDA Software

Before installing Oracle Application Server for DRDA software, an organization must consider several operational and resource issues. Flexibility and performance of machine and network resources is paramount when determining whether an optimal installation is as a standalone Oracle home, an Oracle home within an existing Oracle Database, or on a machine that is entirely separate from the Oracle Database. Additionally, the nature of all possible DB2 clients that must use the installation is a determining factor; in this context, DB2 is considered a client.

See Chapter 3, "Installation, Configuration, and Administration of Oracle Application Server for DRDA".

Installing Oracle Application Server for DRDA Objects in the Oracle Database

Before installing Oracle Application Server for DRDA objects in the Oracle Database, one or more users must be designated as DRDA Administrators, and have the Administrator role. See "Administrator Role".

Similarly, designate users who will be accessing the Oracle Database through Oracle Application Server for DRDA or DB2 applications, and grant to them roles and privileges of DRDA User. See "User Role".Some aspects of setting the DRDA User's authority and configuration may need to be delayed until further in the migration process. This mostly concerns specific DRDA packages used by the application, and any specific SQL translations or datatype tuning. If the application's packages are identified before migration, these may be applied as part of the package authorization workflow.

Administering DRDA Package Authority

In order to successfully access Oracle Database from DRDA or DB2 applications through Oracle Application Server for DRDA, package authorization must be in place; see "Using the SQL Translator Interface Package". At a minimum, the following information must be collected about the application and its users:

  • package collection ID, such as NULLID

  • package name, such as DSNPBD3

  • package version name, if applicable, such as 01 or NULL

  • name of the Oracle user who must access the database, such as DRDAUSR

A SQL Translation Profile Name must also be designated for the application represented by the package. See "Packages".

Migrating DB2 Data

In DB2, objects may be created under an arbitrary schema, whereas schema names are not arbitrary in Oracle Database. Therefore, careful use of schemas must be considered when migrating data from DB2 to Oracle. In Oracle, all schema objects, such as tables, views, synonyms, and so on, must be allocated in a schema of an actual user. This obviously effects how these objects are named, created, and accessed.

Consider the following example: USER1 creates tables "USER1"."TABLE1" and "USER2"."TABLE2". In DB2, TABLE1 and TABLE2 are owned by USER1, because USER1 is their creator. In Oracle, the table "USER2"."TABLE2" is owned by user USER2. Additionally, USER1 could not have created TABLE2 unless USER1 has CREATE ANY TABLE privelege. Instead, USER2 must create TABLE2, and then grant USER1 access to it.

Data migrated from DB2 to Oracle must be defined also in terms of Oracle data types. While Oracle uses ANSI-defined data type names, they do not necessarily have the same range limits or semantics as the DB2 implementation. To accurately model existing DB2 application data types, review Chapter 8, "Data Dictionary for Oracle Application Server for DRDA".

After creating the schema and objects with appropriate data types, the data may be imported into Oracle.

Retargeting the Application

Note that the following examples illustrate how to migrate DB2 z/OS applications. You would need to follow similar steps when migrating DB2/LUW or DB2/400 applications. Refer to IBM documentation for details of each product's equivalent steps.

There are two general categories of applications: native applications and remote applications.

Re-targeting Native Applications

Typical DB2 applications are called native because they interact with a local DB2 system directly, through an internal IPC mechanism. These applications use embedded SQL programming, and utilize the DB2 SQL PreProcessor. Pre-processing the source generates an execution plan that is stored in a Database Resource Module (DBRM). Users must upload, or bind the execution plan to the local DB2 instance before the program runs.

The execution plan contains all the static SQL embedded in the application source, as well as additional attributes such as location, also called the Current Server. By default, Current Server is blank; this indicates that the server is on the local DB2 instance. It is possible, however, to re-target the execution plan to run all operations on another server by setting a new value for the Current Server attribute.

The following steps should be performed by an IBM DB administrator.

To re-target a native application using an execution plan:

  1. Create location entries in the DB2 Communications Database.

    DB2 has a internal communications system for connecting to remote DB2 instances. To address a remote instance, insert records into the SYSIBM.IPNAMES table, the SYSIBM.LOCATIONS table and, optionally, into the SYSIBM.USERNAMES table.

    See IBM DB2 documentation for a description of the DB2 Communications Database facility.

    The following command inserts a linkname REMHOST, a location entry DRDAAS, and an optional username mapping entry in the DB2 Communications Database. The linkname specifies the hostname or IP address of the computer that is running Oracle Application Server for DRDA. The location specifies an RDB name that uses the linkname and the port number that Oracle Application Server for DRDA is listening on. These correspond to Oracle Application Server for DRDA configuration parameters DATA_PORT and RDB_MAP. Note that the location name must match exactly to the RDB() value specified in the RDB_MAP parameter.

      VALUES ('REMHOST','P','O','remotehost.remotedomain.com');
      VALUES ('DRDAAS','REHMOST','1446');
      VALUES ('O',' ','DRDAAS','DRDAUSER', 'userpwd' );
  2. Remotely bind the application Plan to Oracle Application Server for DRDA.

    After the location entries are inserted, you must remotely bind the application execution plan. The following code binds plan DSNPBD3 through the DSN command processor IKJEFT01. Note that location DRDAAS prefixes the collection Id.

  3. Locally bind the package with current server.

    After the plan is bound remotely, re-bind the local plan using the current server option to re-target execution. The following code binds plan DSNPBD3 through the DSN command processor IKJEFT01.

    Note that the plan must be referred to in the remote plan through the package list, PKLIST, and must specify both the location in the package reference, DRDAAS.NULLID.DSNPBD3, and specify the CURRENTSERVER option that contains the location.

  4. After the plan is bound remotely and re-bound locally, the application runs using plan DSNPBD3, implicitly makes a remote connection through the local DB2 to Oracle Application Server for DRDA, and executes all operations of the plan remotely. The local DB2 remains a pass through coordinator in this configuration.

Re-targeting Remote Applications

Remote applications are typically not directly tied to the Local DB2. Such applications typically are referred to as being network-aware or network-oriented and have a remote server location configuration attribute that is used to specify what and where to connect to.

Such applications utilize Oracle Application Server for DRDA the network protocol. Re-targeting of this type of application is simple to configure.

To re-target a remote application using an execution plan:

  1. Change the configuration options of the Application to use the hostname (or IP address), port number and RDB name of that configured in Oracle Application Server for DRDA. An example of this is through ODBC, in which the DSN entry contains network parameters.

    In this example, the Network and PortNumber parameters correspond to the Linkname and Location entries inserted into the DB2 Communication Database example used earlier. The Database parameter corresponds to the Location name. All of which, again, correspond to the DATA_PORT and RDB_MAP parameters of the configured Oracle Application Server for DRDA.

    Here is an example of an odbc.ini file.

  2. Execute the package resource binding operation for the application.

    Often this is handled implicitly by the application itself, or is documented as a one-time step to setting up the applications access and resource to a remote DB2 instance. Refer to the documentation for the specific application for Binding instructions.

SQL Statement Translation and Datatype Tuning

Some applications may have DB2-specific SQL that is beyond the automatic translation mechanism of SQL translation, or may be expecting a very specific datatype for a particular column in a query. In such cases it may be necessary to manually insert SQL substitution statements, or add item-specific datatype manipulations.

For example, suppose an application has a specific SQL statement that has the following DB2-specific syntax: SELECT LOG2(COL1) FROM TABLE1. To work correctly in Oracle, the SQL needs to be translated into this statement: SELECT LOG10(COL1,2) FROM TABLE1.

Through SQL Translation's Register facility, a direct translation may be registered for this SQL statement, as shown in Example 5-1. Note that this must be done by the user who is executing the SQL statement; remember that the SQL Translation Profile must created as a resource for that user.

Example 5-1 Registering a SQL Substitution Statement

The application's package has been assigned the Profile name DB2ZOS.

connect DRDAUSER/userpwd
execute dbms_sql_translator.register_sql_translation('DB2ZOS',

After the SQL translator is registered, when the application issues the original SQL it is implicitly translated to the new SQL and processes.

In some very specific cases, application clients require the datatypes of select items in a query to be returned in a very specific format.

Let's say that the result of the translated query SELECT LOG10(COL1,2) FROM TABLE1 returns a DECFLOAT34 datatype, but the application is unable to process it, it is possible to implicitly coerce the datatype to another, compatible type.

If the application supports the DOUBLE PRECISION data type, it is possible to use the TYPEMAP facility to add this specific coercion described in Example 5-2.

Example 5-2 Registering an On-demand Datatype Conversion

connect DRDAADM/adminpwd


   'TABLE1:LOG10(COL1,2)', 'NUMBER(0,-127)=DOUBLE')

Refer to "Data Type Equivalence and Remapping" for details.