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IBM DB2 ZenPack

IBM DB2 Monitoring


The ZenPack Catalog has moved to its new home at https://www.zenoss.com/product/zenpacks as of January 17, 2017. The following information may be out of date, and this page will eventually be removed.


This ZenPack is included with commercial versions of Zenoss and enterprise support for this ZenPack is provided to Zenoss customers with an active subscription.


Version 1.0.5- Download
Summary of changes: .
  • Impove sanity checks for ConnectionString in modeler (ZEN-24868)
Released on 2017/01/03
Compatible with Zenoss Core 4.2.x, Zenoss Core 5.0.x, Zenoss Core 5.1.x
Version 1.0.4- Download
Summary of changes: .
  • Improve Graphs
  • Added failsafe for multi-partitioned databases
  • Minor UI fixes
Released on 2016/08/19
Compatible with Zenoss Resource Manager 4.2.x, Zenoss Resource Manager 5.0.x, Zenoss Resource Manager 5.1.x
Version 1.0.3- Download
Released on 2015/02/03
Compatible with Zenoss Resource Manager 4.2.x, Zenoss Resource Manager 5.0.x


DB2 Zenpack

This ZenPack provides support for monitoring IBM DB2 Database on Linux, Unix, or Windows (LUW) hosts. Monitoring is performed using IBM JDBC Driver.


This ZenPack is included with commercial versions of Zenoss and enterprise support for this ZenPack is provided to Zenoss customers with an active subscription.


This ZenPack treats the databases as the fundamental component thereby allowing multiple databases to be associated with a single server.


  • DB2 must be running and listening on a target device's TCP port.
  • DB2 access for the monitor user must be provided



The features added by this ZenPack are listed below. They are each detailed further below.

  • Data Collection done with DB2 JDBC (Java)
  • Multiple instance support via components
  • TableSpace Support
  • Split TableSpace Support
  • Custom BufferPool Support

Connection String Formats

The Connection String is the data format that is used to specify a database. The connection string can have the following formats:


  or (the official DB2 form):


Make sure to note the use of colons (:) and semi-colons(;) in the string, as DB2 is quite picky about the format.

For example:

Ex 1: s1.example.com:50000/SAMPLE:user=db2inst1;password=bird_flu;
Ex 2: jdbc:db2://s1.example.com:50000/SAMPLE:user=db2inst1;password=bird_flu;


Databases will be automatically discovered via connection string which contains username, password, port, and instance-name you provide. If starting from a new server without any DB2DB monitoring, simply bind the DB2 template from the gear menu on the bottom left of the server's infrastructure page.

Performance Monitoring

Host monitoring is separately done by the server monitoring template. This zenpack is a component-only addition to the host system. The host statistics are thus handled by the respective host template independently.

The following metrics are collected every 5 minutes by default.

NAME System Description
CURRENT_PARTITION_MEM Instance Current partition memory
INSTANCE_MEMORY Instance Instance memory
MAX_PARTITION_MEM Instance Total memory use for an instance
APPLS_CUR_CONS Database Applications connected currently
BP_NPAGES Database Number of buffer pool pages allocd
COMMIT_SQL_STMTS Database Total SQL statements committed
DBPARTITIONNUM Database DB partition number
DEADLOCKS Database Deadlocks detected
LOCK_WAIT_TIME Database Lock wait time
LOG_WRITE_TIME_NS Database Log write time in nano-seconds
LOG_WRITE_TIME_S Database Log write time in seconds
POOL_DATA_WRITES Database BP data page writes to disk
POOL_WATERMARK Database Highest memory pool use from db start
ROWS_DELETED Database Rows deleted
ROWS_INSERTED Database Rows inserted
ROWS_READ Database Rows read
ROWS_SELECTED Database Rows selected
ROWS_UPDATED Database Rows updated
SELECT_SQL_STMTS Database Total select SQL statements
TOTAL_CONS Database Total connections to the DB
TOTAL_HIT_RATIO_PERCENT Database Buffer Pool hit ratio
TOTAL_PHYSICAL_READS Database Physical reads from storage
TOTAL_SORT_TIME Database Total Sort Time
UID_SQL_STMTS Database Update/Insert/Merge/Delete Statements
POOL_DATA_L_READS TableSpace Pool Logical Reads
POOL_DATA_P_READS TableSpace Pool Physical Reads
POOL_INDEX_L_READS TableSpace Pool Index Logical Reads
POOL_INDEX_P_READS TableSpace Pool Index Physical Reads
POOL_TEMP_DATA_L_READS TableSpace Pool Temp Data Logical Reads
POOL_TEMP_DATA_P_READS TableSpace Pool Temp Data Physical Reads
POOL_TEMP_INDEX_L_READS TableSpace Pool Temp Index Logical Reads
POOL_TEMP_INDEX_P_READS TableSpace Pool Temp Index Physical Reads
TBSP_FREE_SIZE_KB TableSpace Tablespace Free Size (KB)
TBSP_TOTAL_PAGES TableSpace Tablespace total pages
TBSP_TOTAL_SIZE_KB TableSpace Tablespace Total Size (KB)
TBSP_USABLE_PAGES TableSpace Tablespace usable pages
TBSP_USABLE_SIZE_KB TableSpace Tablespace usable size (KB)
TBSP_USED_PAGES TableSpace Tablespace used pages
TBSP_USED_SIZE_KB TableSpace Tablespace used size (KB)
TBSP_UTILIZATION_PERCENT TableSpace Tablespace Utilization Percentage

Database Support

This ZenPack allows for multiple database per server to be monitored. The Context Display area has the following:

  • Graphs
  • Events
  • Details
  • Templates
  • TableSpaces

Database Graphs

Database support includes the following graphs:

  • Cache Hit Ratio
  • SQL Statements
  • Write/Read Ratio
  • Deadlocks
  • Physical Reads and Writes
  • Row Statistics
  • Connections: Current and New
  • Sort Time per Transaction
  • Lock Wait Time

Tablespace Support

DB2 TableSpace is included. The TableSpace grid has links to the parent Database. The Context Display area has the following:

  • Graphs
  • Events
  • Details
  • TableSpaces
  • Templates

TableSpace Graphs

DB2 TableSpaces can have dynamically allocated disk space. This can cause some confusion when considering currently allocated space vs reserve allocated space.

TableSpace graphs include the following:

  • Disk Space: Used, Free, Total
  • Utilization
  • Buffer Pool Hit Ratios: Data, Index, Temp

Impact Support

In DB2, the natural object of connection is the "Database" (rather than "Instance" as in Oracle). We therefore focus on the database and associated tablespaces. Here is a diagram of the DB2 structural dependency tree:


Given that we ignore the DB2 Instance objects, the Zenpack supports impact as follows:

  • Database objects depend on

    • The containing host systems
    • The contained tablespace objects
  • Tablespaces depend on Database objects


The following extra features are not supported:

  • Advanced Copy Services
  • Connection concentrator
  • DBF partitioning
  • DB2 governor
  • PureScale data sharing
  • Geodetic Extender
  • HADR
  • Homogeneous Q replication
  • Sybase compatibility
  • MDC
  • Table partitioning and workload management

Installed Items

Installing this ZenPack will add the following items to your Zenoss system:

Configuration Properties

  • zDB2ConnectionStrings
  • zDB2User
  • zDB2Password

Modeler Plugin

  • zenoss.db2jdbc.Databases

Datasource Types

  • DB2

Monitoring Templates

  • DB2Database: SnapDB (Type DB2)
  • DB2TableSpaces: SnapTBSP (Type Command)

Installation and Configuration

Installation consists of the following steps which will be covered in depth:

  • Configure DB2 Server for monitoring
  • Install the target device in Zenoss
  • Install the ZenPack on Zenoss
  • Bind the plugin modeler template to server
  • Set the zDB2ConnectionStrings property
  • Model the device

Configure DB2 Server

The DB2 server must be configured correctly and granted access in order to allow access to the tables needed for monitoring. These steps are required:

  • Make sure DB2 server is listening on the correct TCP port (usually 50000)
  • Configure DB2 for monitoring Access. We recommend setting the system up with a dedicated user as per the Security Section (see Security_.)

Install the Target Device in Zenoss

Install the target server as you normally would. Just select the type of server that DB2 will run on (Linux, Solaris, Windows, etc..). The host server should have it's base data collection services running as usual in order to monitor its vitals. Make sure to set the zProperty: zCommandCommandTimeout to 120.

Installing the ZenPack

You can install the ZenPack egg via the GUI or manually.

To manually install the ZenPack egg, take the following steps:

sudo su - zenoss
zenpack --install ZenPacks.zenoss.DB2-*.egg
zenoss restart

where ZenPacks.zenoss.DB2-*.egg should match your egg version.

Now you are ready to bind the modeler:

Bind the Plugin Modeler Template to Server

  • From the Infrastructure page, select your server.
  • From Modeler Plugins, push zenoss.db2jdbc.Databases to the Selected group
  • Save
  • Now you are ready to add the ConnectionStrings

Set the zConnectionStrings Property

  • Select your server from the Infrastructures Tab
  • Click on Configuration Properties
  • Search for zDB2User: Enter your username for the DB (zenoss by default)
  • Search for zDB2Password: Enter your password for the DB (zenoss by default)
  • Search for zDB2 and locate and select zDB2ConnectionStrings
  • Double-click (open) the zDB2ConnectionStrings dialog. You can protect your passwords by setting ${here/zDB2Password} in the connection string as in the following examples:


We STRONGLY recommend that you install the same read-only user in your databases so that you don't have to chase down usernames and passwords for your instances. A read-only DB user will also enhance your security and be less of a risk to data corruption in your DB. See the Security_ section below for details.

Optional Java Path

You can use the default version of Java or select a custom version. To use a custom version you can set one of the following environment variables in the zenoss account (in order of priority):


Batch Configuration with zenbatchload

You can also add your devices in batch for convenience and automation.

  • Create a text file (filename: /tmp/db2.txt). Each server has a stanza like
'/Devices/Server/SSH/Linux' 'test.com' setManageIP='',
  • Run the command on the terminal
zenbatchload /tmp/db2.txt

Model the Component

  • From the device view, select Model Device from the gear menu.
  • If all goes well, Zenoss should model the device.
  • Since the Instances are just components of the server, you should see them hanging off of the device as components.

Reconfiguration and Remodeling

Deleting or Changing

If you want to delete or change a database from the zDB2ConnectionStrings, follow these steps:

  • Delete the or change connection string from zDB2ConnectionStrings
  • Manually delete the Database component
  • Model the device as before

Adding a Database

To add a device, you simply:

  • Add the connection string to zDB2ConnectionStrings
  • Model the device as before

Security: DB2 Credentials

In order to secure the DB2 credentials, we recommend that you create a dedicated user that has read-only access, and then use TALES masked zProperties to further protect them. The process is as follows:

  • Create a dedicated system user and group (zenoss, zenoss)
  • Set this users group permissions in DB2 into the SYSMON group
  • Setup zProperties for User and Password
  • Setup the Connection string to use TALES expressions for credentials
  • Test the setup

Create a Dedicated DB2 User and Group

From inside your Linux/Unix system create user (zenoss) and group (zenoss) as you would any user. You should give that use the least privileges that your security system provides. The user's group identity will be added to DB2 in the next section to give access to the DB.

Set the Group Permissions in DB2

For each running instance, you must log into that instance account. Then connect to DB2 Instance account. For DB2 10.5 it goes like this:

[db2inst1@mp3:~]: source sqllib/db2profile
[db2inst1@mp3:~]: db2 attach to DB2INST1
[db2inst1@mp3:~]: db2 update dbm cfg using SYSMON_GROUP zenoss
[db2inst1@mp3:~]: db2 detach

You must restart the DB2 instance in order for these changes to take effect.

You can test the setup with the following:

[db2inst1@mp3:~]: db2 connect to SAMPLE
 *SYSMON group name      (SYSMON_GROUP) = ZENOSS*

The last line indicate sucess.

Setup the zProperties for User/Password

In Infrastructure -> DeviceName you select Configuration Properties and set:

zDB2User: zenoss
zDB2Password: YourSecretPassword

Setup the ConnectionString with TALES

The full ConnectionString format is:

    or optionally without the prefix:

With our actual values of username, password:


We can generify this considerably by using our TALES expressions:


If you use the recommended username and password you would only need to modify Port and DB_NAME for each connection string


Custom Queries and DataPoints

In order to setup a custom query you should create a query that returns a single row of data. The datapoints should be uppercase as that is how DB2 returns the data.

Create the DataSource

Here are the steps to create a call at the database level:

  • Goto Advanced -> Monitoring Templates -> DB2Database
  • Click on plus to add a new datasource, type db2sql, provide a unique Name
  • Fill in the other values as the original datasource
  • Provide the SQL query. Here is an example:

    select * from sysibmadm.snapdb

Create the DataPoints

  • From your new DataSource, select the options wheel, select "Add Data Point"
  • Make sure your datapoint name is uppercase to match the SQL query return

Create Graphs and Thresholds

You can now use your new datapoints to create graphs and thresholds in the standard way.




  • Impove sanity checks for ConnectionString in modeler (ZEN-24868)


  • Improve Graphs
  • Added failsafe for multi-partitioned databases
  • Datapoints Changed from Derive to Gauge:
  • Affected Graphs due to datapoint change:
    • SQL Statements
    • Lock Wait Time
    • Rows Stats
    • Connections
  Bulbgraph.png Note:  4.2.X users will have to remove the RRD data files associated with those
            datapoints so that affected graphs will populate.


  • Improved Java detection
  • Allow Java Binary to be set by environment variable
  • Improve ConnectionString handling
  • Add Europa Support for graphs


  • Improved modeler handling


Normal Installation (packaged egg)

  1. Download the appropriate egg file for the version of Zenoss you are running.
  2. Ensure you are logged in as the zenoss user:
    $ sudo su - zenoss
  3. Install the ZenPack:
    $ zenpack --install ZenPacks.zenoss.DB2-*.egg
  4. Restart these services:
    $ zenoss restart


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