The Data Provider connects Microsoft SQL Server 2012 data consumers to remote IBM DB2 database servers running on a variety of operating systems, including IBM mainframe z/OS and IBM midrange i5/OS. The Data Provider offers cross-platform interoperability capabilities, such as code page conversion and data conversion. The Data Provider offers security and protection features for authentication and data encryption.
Data Provider Tools
The Data Provider includes tools for use by the IT professional and enterprise developer.
Data Access Tool with Data Source Wizard
The Data Access Tool is a graphical utility for defining, updating, cataloging and using connectivity definitions, in the form of OLE DB Data Link files. From within the Data Access Tool (DAT), you can launch the Data Source Wizard (DSW), which guides you through defining and testing UDL files. The DAT and DSW allow you to test, create DB2 static SQL packages (that contain required CREATE CURSOR statements), change DB2 passwords, and sample query the system catalog table SYSIBM.SYSTABLES.
Separately, the OLE DB Data Links graphical utility offers a simpler method of defining and testing UDL files. Most Data Consumers will launch the Data Links tool from within their configuration and deployment tools. The Connection dialog of the Data Links tool includes a Browse button for locating previously-defined UDL files, providing a method to re-use UDL files defined using the DAT and DSW.
The Data Provider includes a Trace Utility for initiating DB2 network library (client) traces. Also, IT professionals can use Windows Network Monitor to trace DRDA over TCP/IP flows.
SQL Server Tools
SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is the primary development environment for creating business solutions using Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services. SSDT provides templates, designers, and wizards that are specific to each consumer. For more information, see SQL Server Data Tools (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241509).
SQL Server Management Studio
SQL Server Management Studio is an integrated environment for accessing, configuring, managing, administering, and developing all components of SQL Server. You can use the graphical tools and script editors in SQL Server Management Studio to work with DB2 data and SQL Server data. In addition, SQL Server Management Studio works with all components of SQL Server such as Reporting Services and Integration Services. For more information, see Introducing SQL Server Management Studio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241507).
SQL Server Data Consumers
SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) provides the Integration Services project in which you create packages, their data sources, and data source views. For more information, see Integration Services and Studio Environments (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241506).
You can also use the Namespaces in the provided here (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241512) to programmatically create and manage packages. For more information about how to create Integration Services solutions, see the Integration Services Developer InfoCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=180761). For the documentation on SQL Server Integration Services, see SQL Server Integration Services (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241513).
Distributed Queries in SQL Server 2012 provide distributed concurrent access to multiple data sources. The Distributed Query Processor (DQP) allows you to create heterogeneous queries that join tables in SQL Server with tables in DB2, Host File systems, Oracle, or any other data source accessible by an OLE DB provider. You can use DQP to create SQL Server views over DB2 tables so that developers can write directly to SQL Server and integrate both Windows-based and host-based data in their applications.
For more information about SQL Server distributed queries, see Distributed Queries (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241510).
You can use the SSDT to develop Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) cubes and data mining models in SQL Server Analysis Services. This project type includes templates for cubes, dimensions, mining structures, data sources, data source views, and roles, and provides the tools for working with these objects.
For the Analysis Services documentation, see SQL Server Analysis Services - Multidimensional Data (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241511) and SQL Server Analysis Services - Data Mining (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241514).
You can use the Report Model and Report Server projects in Business Intelligence Development Studio for developing Reporting Services solutions that access DB2 data. The Report Model project type includes the templates for report models, data sources, and data source views, and provides the tools for working with these objects. The Report Server project includes the templates for working with reports and shared data sources. For more information, see Reporting Services in Business Intelligence Development Studio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241516).
For the Reporting Services documentation, see SQL Server Reporting Services (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241515).
Administrators can move data from SQL Server to DB2 using Replication wizards in SQL Server Management Studio, as part of either snapshot or transactional replication operations. For Replication, SQL Server uses linked servers for connectivity and Integration Services for synchronizing data with DB2.For the SQL Server Replication documentation, see SQL Server Replication (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241517).