Quick Start for HVR on DB2

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This appendix shows how to set up an HVR channel (called hvr_demo01) to replicate between DB2 databases. In real life HVR would usually replicate between databases on different machines. But for simplicity, in this example HVR will replicate between three DB2 databases on the hub machine. The steps start by creating new databases and tables for HVR to replicate between.

Before following this quickstart, please make sure the requirements have been met; see Requirements for DB2.


Create Test Databases and Tables

Create three test databases, each containing two empty tables named dm01_product and dm01_order. If replication is configured between existing databases and tables then this step should be skipped.

$ db2 create database testdb1
$ db2 create database testdb2
$ db2 create database testdb3

Create the test tables.

$ cd $HVR_HOME/demo/hvr_demo01/base/db2
$ db2 connect testdb1
$ db2 '–td;;' <hvr_demo01.cre
$ db2 '–td;;' <hvr_demo01.mod
$ db2 connect reset
$ db2 connect testdb2
$ db2 '–td;;' <hvr_demo01.cre
$ db2 '–td;;' <hvr_demo01.mod
$ db2 connect reset
$ db2 connect testdb3
$ db2 '–td;;' <hvr_demo01.cre
$ db2 '–td;;' <hvr_demo01.mod
$ db2 connect reset
$ db2 update db cfg for testdb1 using logretain on
$ db2 backup db testdb1

Install HVR

First read section Introduction which explains the HVR's terminology and architecture. In particular this explains the importance of a hub database.
Then install the HVR software on the hub machine by following the installation steps in section Installing HVR on Windows or Installing HVR on Unix or Linux. If the hub machine is a Unix machine then HVR can either be installed on a Windows PC (so the HVR GUI can run on the PC and connect to the Unix hub machine) or the HVR GUI can be run on the Unix hub machine and connect back to an X server running on a PC.

Create the Hub Database

Create the hub database, in which the HVR GUI will store the channel definition.

$ db2 create database hvrhub

Connect to Hub Database

Start the HVR GUI on a PC by clicking on the HVR GUI icon (this is created by the HVR Installer for Windows) or by running hvrgui on Linux.
First, Register the hub database: right–click on hub machines ▶ Register hub.

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Enter connection details and click Connect. For a new hub database a dialog will prompt Do you wish to create the catalogs?; answer Yes.

Create DB2 Locations

Next create three locations (one for each test database) using right–click on Location Configuration ▶ New Location.

SC-Hvr-Location Db2.png

In this example there is no need to check Connect to HVR on remote machine because testdb1 is on the same machine as the hub.
Ignore the Group Membership tab for now.
Make locations for testdb2 and testdb3 too.
Now define a channel using Channel Definitions ▶ New Channel.

Create Location Groups

The channel needs two location groups. Under the new channel: right–click on Location Groups ▶ New Group. Enter a group name (for instance CENTRAL).
SC-Hvr-LocationGroup demo01 CENTRAL generic.png

Add location db1 as a member of this group by checking the box for db1.

Then create a second location group, called DECENTRAL that has members db2 and db3.

The new channel also needs a list of tables to replicate. This can be done as follows; right–click on Tables ▶ Table Explore.

  • Choose the first of the three locations ▶ Connect.
  • In the Table Explore window, click on both tables and click Add.
  • In new dialog HVR Table Name click OK.
  • Close the Table Explore window.
  • Perform table select again on one of the other locations and confirm that all tables to be replicated have value Same in column Match.

Define Actions

The new channel needs two actions to indicate the direction of replication.

  • Right–click on group CENTRAL ▶ New Action ▶ Capture.
  • Right–click on Group DECENTRAL ▶ New Action ▶ Integrate. Check /OnErrorSaveFailed, this affects how replication errors are handled.

SC-Hvr-Gui Channel demo01.png

Note that the Actions pane only displays actions related to the objects selected in the left–hand pane. So click on channel hvr_demo01 to see both actions.

Enable Replication with HVR Initialize

Now that the channel definition is complete, create the runtime replication system.

Right–click on channel hvr_demo01 ▶ HVR Initialize. Choose Create or Replace Objects and click HVR Initialize.

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From the moment that HVR Initialize is done, all changes to database testdb1 will be captured by HVR when its capture job looks inside the logging.

HVR initialize also creates three replication jobs, which can be seen under the Scheduler node in the GUI.

Start Scheduling of Replication Jobs

Start the Scheduler on the hub machine by clicking in the HVR GUI on the Scheduler node of the hub database.
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Next, instruct the HVR Scheduler to trigger the replication jobs.
The replication jobs inside the Scheduler each execute a script under $HVR_CONFIG/job/hvrhub/hvr_demo01 that has the same name as the job. So job hvr_demo01–cap–db1 detects changes on database testdb1 and stores these as transactions files on the hub machine.
The other two jobs (hvr_demo01–integ–db2 and hvr_demo01–integ–db3) pick up these transaction files and perform inserts, updates and deletes on the two target databases.

Test Replication

To test replication, make a change in testdb1:

SQL> insert into dm01_product values (1, 19.99, 'DVD');
SQL> commit;

In the HVR log file you can see the output of the jobs by clicking on View Log. This log file can be found in $HVR_CONFIG/log/hubdb/hvr_demo01–cap–db1.

SC-Hvr-Gui demo01 viewlog.png

The job output looks like this:

hvr_demo01–cap–db1: Scanned 1 transaction containing 1 row (1 ins) for 1 table.
hvr_demo01–cap–db1: Routed 215 bytes (compression=40.6%) from 'db1' into 2 locations.
hvr_demo01–cap–db1: Capture cycle 3.
hvr_demo01–integ–db2: Integrate cycle 2 for 1 transaction file (215 bytes).
hvr_demo01–integ–db2: Integrated 1 change from 'dm01_product' (1 ins).
hvr_demo01–integ–db2: Integrate used 1 transaction and took 0.004 seconds.
hvr_demo01–integ–db3: Integrate cycle 2 for 1 transaction file (215 bytes).
hvr_demo01–integ–db3: Integrated 1 change from 'dm01_product' (1 ins).
hvr_demo01–integ–db3: Integrate used 1 transaction and took 0.013 seconds.
hvr_demo01–integ–db3: Waiting...

This indicates that the jobs replicated the original change to testdb2 and testdb3. A query on testdb2 confirms this:

SQL> select * from dm01_product;
prod_id prod_price prod_descrip
1 19.99 DVD

HVR Compare and Refresh

HVR Compare checks whether two locations have identical rows, and HVR Refresh copies the content of one location to the second location. In the HVR GUI, right–click on a channel HVR Compare (or HVR Refresh). Choose two locations by clicking on the Select buttons.

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The outcome of the comparison is displayed below;
SC-Hvr-CompareResult demo01 identical.png