Course ID 00086595
HP product number U8617S
Course format ILT
Typical Course length 5 days
Skill level Expert
Delivery languages English
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Course description

This course introduces tasks used by database administrators or system managers to manage and protect a NonStop SQL/MX database and applications that access the database.

Ideal candidate for this course

• Database administrators
• System managers
• Personnel responsible for the availability of NonStop SQL/MX databases and applications


• NonStop SQL/MX Basics (U4184S)
• HP NonStop SQL/MX database for SQL/MP users (U4185S)
For complete prerequisites and requirements to achieve any of the related certifications or upgrade paths, see the certification description on the Certification and Learning website.


  • Module 1 Overview of SQL/MX Architecture
    • SQL/MX logical structure, catalogs, schemas, and objects
    • SQL/MX physical structure: SMD volumes, schema subvolumes, data forks and resource forks
    • SQL/MX processes and utilities
    • Lab exercise: Overview of SQL/MX Architecture
    • Identify the system catalog, schemas, and objects
    • Identify user catalogs, schemas, and objects
    • Locate the underlying files for SQL/MX objects
    • Metadata basics
  • Module 2 SQL/MX Installation
    • Hardware and software requirements for installing SQL/MX
    • Installing SQL/MX with the InstallSqlmx utility
    • Verifying the SQL/MX Installation
    • Create the SQL/MX sample database
    • Lab exercise: Perform a post-installation check for SQL/MX
  • Module 3 Metadata Migration to SQL/MX R3.0
    • Migrating considerations
    • Post upgrade scenarios
    • FIXRCB operation
    • UPGRADE utility
  • Module 4 Creating SQL/MX Objects
    • Creating catalogs, schemas, tables, constraints, indexes, and views
    • Viewing object metadata
    • Lab exercise: Creating SQL/MX Objects with mxci or NSM/web
  • Module 5 Referential Integrity Constraints
    • Referential Integrity
    • Creating referential integrity constraints as column or table constraints
    • Lab exercise: Creating Referential Integrity constraints with mxci or NSM/web
  • Module 6 Creating SQL/MX Partitioned Tables and Indexes
    • Range and hash partitioned tables
    • Creating range and hash partitioned tables and indexes
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of each type of partitioning
    • Decoupled keys, co-partitioned tables, and co-located partitions
    • Lab exercise: Creating range and hash partitioned tables with mxci or NSM/web
  • Module 7 Creating SQL/MX Triggers
    • Trigger terminology
    • Creating BEFORE and AFTER triggers
    • Cascading and conflicting triggers
    • Lab exercise: Creating SQL/MX Triggers
  • Module 8 SQL/MX Security
    • Object ownership and security rules
    • Object Privileges
    • Use of Security Administrator’s Group
    • Change object ownership
    • SQL/MX GRANT and REVOKE commands
    • Lab exercise: Granting and Revoking Privileges with mxci or NSM/web
  • Module 9 Import and Populate Index Utilities
    • Importing fixed and delimited data with the import utility
    • Importing data in parallel
    • Populating (loading) indexes
    • Lab exercise: Importing Data into Range and Hash Partitioned Tables and Indexes
  • Module 10 Reorganizing SQL/MX Tables and Indexes
    • Reorganizing data
    • Determining file fragmentation
    • FUP RELOAD and INFO commands
    • Lab exercise: Reorganizing Data
  • Module 11 Updating Statistics
    • Histogram Statistics and histogram metadata tables
    • Generating single column and multicolumn statistics
    • Using sampling with the update statistics utility
    • Lab exercise: Updating and Viewing Statistics
  • Module 12 Database Protection and Recovery with TMF
    • TMF Protection and Recovery Strategies
    • MXGNAMES Utility
    • Performing Online Dumps
    • Recovering dropped SQL/MX Objects
    • Lab exercise: SQL/MX Protection and Recovery Using TMF
  • Module 13 Compiling SQL/MX Programs in the OSS Environment
    • Compiling SQL/MX Programs!Preprocessing source files for SQL/MX
    • Language compiling SQL/MX annotated source files
    • SQL/MX compiling module definition files
    • Global or local module files
    • Defining search paths for module files
    • Lab exercise: Compiling Embedded SQL/MX C or COBOL Programs in the OSS environment
  • Module 14 PURGEDATA Command and MODIFY Utility
    • Purging data from range and hash partitioned tables
    • Adding, splitting, merging, and dropping range partitions
    • Adding and dropping hash partitions
    • Lab exercise: PURGEDATA Command and MODIFY Utility
  • Module 15 SQL/MX Utilities
    • DUP tables, indexes, and constraints
    • RECOVER utility
    • mxtool (INFO, VERIFY, FIXUP, and GOAWAY) utility
    • Lab exercise: SQL/MX Utilities
  • Module 16 NonStop MXDM
    • Features and requirements of MXDM
    • Installing and uninstalling
    • Example screens
  • Module 17 Managing SQL/MX Applications
    • Name references in programs
    • Compile time and late name resolution
    • Similarity checking
    • Automatic recompilation
    • Methods for moving SQL/MX applications
    • Lab exercise: Managing Embedded SQL/MX Programs
  • Module 18 SQL/MX Distributed Databases
    • Distributed databases
    • Transparency, visibility, and availability
    • ANSI name translation for local and remote objects
    • Lab exercise: SQL/MX Distributed Database Demonstration
  • Module 19 Adding, Altering, and Dropping SQL/MX Objects
    • Authorization for adding, altering, and dropping SQL/MX objects
    • Adding SQL/MX objects
    • Altering SQL/MX objects
    • Dropping SQL/MX objects
    • Lab exercise: Altering and dropping SQL/MX objects
  • Module 20 Open Source Tools
    • Overview of open source tools available for SQL/MX usage
    • Describe usage of Eclipse to access SQL.MX
    • Overview of use of DBVisualizer to access SQL/MX


After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:
  • Describe NonStop SQL/MX architecture
  • Install SQL/MX and upgrade SQL/MX metadata to current release
  • Create, alter, and drop SQL/MX database objects (catalogs, schemas, tables, constraints, indexes, views, and triggers)
  • Grant and revoke access privileges to SQL/MX database objects
  • Import data into SQL/MX non-partitioned and range and hash partitioned tables
  • Protect and recover SQL/MX database objects with HP NonStop Transaction Management Facility
  • Use the MODIFY utility to add, split, merge, and drop SQL/MX range and hash partitioned tables
  • Describe and use the SQL/MX utilities (DUP, import, migrate, MODIFY, mxtool, mxexportddl, MXGNAMES, POPULATE INDEX, and PURGEDATA)
  • Describe the SQL.MX distributed database architecture

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