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Release Bulletin Replication Server® Heterogeneous Edition 15.2 for Linux, Microsoft Windows, and UNIX

 

Document ID: DC01056-01-1520-01

Last revised: August 2009

 


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Product summary

Enclosed is Replication Server® Heterogeneous Edition (RSHE) version 15.2, which includes:

RSHE also supports and includes PowerDesigner® as a development and modeling tool. Download PowerDesigner separately.

RSHE is compatible with the same platform and operating system configurations as Replication Server 15.2, Replication Agent 15.2, and ECDA 15.0. For specific hardware and software requirements, see release bulletin for each product.


Software features

For a list of features supported by RSHE components for heterogeneous replication, see the new features guide for each product. In addition, the following is a list of new features that are “supported” for heterogeneous replication in RSHE 15.2:

For detailed information about Oracle feature support, see the Replication Agent 15.2 New Features Bulletin.

The following is a limited list of features that are “not supported” for heterogeneous replication in RSHE 15.2:


Datatypes

The following identifies the list of supported and not supported datatypes for ECDA ESD #3.


Support for replicating datatypes into IBM DB2 Universal Database datatypes

ECDA 15.0 ESD #3 supports replicating these Sybase datatypes into IBM DB2 UDB:

ECDA 15.0 ESD #3 does not support replicating these Sybase datatypes into IBM DB2 UDB:

ECDA 15.0 ESD #3 supports replicating these IBM DB2 UDB datatypes:

ECDA 15.0 ESD #3 does not support replicating these IBM DB2 UDB datatypes:

None of the replication components (Replication Agent, Replication Server, or ECDA) supports replicating these DB2 UDB datatypes:


Support for replicating datatypes into Microsoft SQL Server datatypes

ECDA 15.0 ESD #3 supports replicating these Sybase datatypes:

ECDA 15.0 ESD #3 supports replicating these Microsoft SQL Server datatypes:

Note:The varbinary(max), varchar(max), nvarchar(max), and sql_variant datatypes are supported only in a replication environment (not for gateway or any other ECDA use).

None of the replication components (Replication Agent, Replication Server, or ECDA) supports replicating these Microsoft SQL Server datatypes:


Support for replicating certain datatypes into Oracle datatypes

ECDA 15.0 ESD #3 supports replicating these Sybase datatypes:

ECDA 15.0 ESD #3 supports replicating the Oracle nclob datatype.

None of the replication components (Replication Agent, Replication Server, or ECDA) supports replicating these Oracle datatypes:


Supported databases

Table 1 describes the various database server versions supported by RSHE.

Table 1: Database servers supported by RSHE

Database

Version

RSHE component version

Adaptive Server® Enterprise

12.5.x, 15.0.x

Replication Server 15.2.

Oracle

10g, 11g

Replication Server 15.2, Replication Agent 15.2, ECDA Option for Oracle 15.0 ESD #3 and later.

Microsoft SQL Server

2005

Replication Server 15.2, Replication Agent 15.2, ECDA Option for ODBC 15.0 ESD #3 and later.

IBM DB2 UDB

DB2 (UNIX, Linux, Windows)

8.2.2, 9.1, 9.5a

Replication Server 15.2, Replication Agent 15.2, ECDA Option for ODBC 15.0 ESD #3 and later.

DB2 (zSeries)

8, 9

ECDA Option for ODBC 15.0 ESD #3 and later. RSHE supports replication into mainframe DB2 as the replicate database, but does not support replication out of mainframe DB2 as the primary database. For this functionality, you must purchase a separate Replication Agent for DB2 z/OS.

DB2 (iSeries) - AS/400

V5r4

ECDA Option for ODBC 15.0 ESD #3 and later. RSHE supports replication into iSeries (AS/400) DB as the replicate database, but does not support replication out of iSeries DB2 as the primary database.

a. Replication Agent support for UDB 9.5 is limited to only the same features that Replication Agent supports for UDB 9.1. Replication Agent does not support the following features added in UDB 9.5: large identifiers, DECFLOAT datatype, and XML datatype.


Supported platforms

Table 2 describes the compatible platform and operating system configurations for RSHE.

Table 2: RSHE requirements

Platform

Operating system version

HP-UX Itanium

HP-UX 11.31 (11i v3) (64-bit)

IBM RISC System/6000

IBM AIX 5.3 (64-bit)

Linux/Intel

  • RedHat Advanced Server 5.0, kernel-2.6.18-8.el5

  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.0, Kernel version 2.6.16.21-0.8-smp

Microsoft Windows

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 or later

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition

  • Microsoft Vista

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition

Sun Solaris (SPARC)

Solaris version 9.0 or 10.0 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Note:Replication Agent is supported only on 64-bit Sun Solaris.

Note:Replication Agent for Microsoft SQL Server is supported only on Windows platforms.

Refer to the individual product’s release bulletin for any patch level information for your operating system. For a complete list of supported operating systems, see the Sybase Platform Certification Web site.

 


Special installation instructions

This section documents installation instructions that are not covered in Replication Server Heterogeneous Edition 15.2 Quick Start Guide.


Installing static license for Replication Agent 15.2

This section describes installing the SYBASE_RSHE_RAX.lic file that contains a valid SySAM license for Replication Agent component in RSHE 15.2.

  1. Install Replication Agent 15.2 component from RSHE 15.2 release, if not already installed.

  2. Stop the Replication Agent instance if it is running.

  3. Copy the Replication Agent license file to these location:

    • UNIX – $SYBASE/SYSAM-2_0/licenses

    • Windows – %SYBASE%\SYSAM-2_0\licenses

    where $SYBASE or %SYBASE% is the location where you have installed the Replication Agent.

  4. Restart the Replication Agent instance.

  5. Check the Replication Agent log file to make sure that the Replication Agent has started successfully. The Replication Agent log files can be found at these locations:

    • UNIX – $SYBASE/RAX-15_2/<instance_name>/log/<instance_name>.log

    • Windows – %SYBASE%\RAX-15_2\<instance_name>\log\<instance_name>.log

    where $SYBASE or %SYBASE% is the location where you have installed the Replication Agent.


Installing static license for ECDA 15.0

This section describes installing the SYBASE_RSHE_ECDA.lic file that contains a valid SySAM license for ECDA component in RSHE 15.2.

  1. Install ECDA component from RSHE 15.2 release, if not already installed.

  2. Stop ECDA if it is running.

  3. Copy the ECDA license file to these location:

    • UNIX – $SYBASE/SYSAM-2_0/licenses

    • Windows – %SYBASE%\SYSAM-2_0\licenses

    where $SYBASE or %SYBASE% is the location where you have installed ECDA.

  4. Restart the ECDA server instance.

  5. Check the ECDA instance log file to make sure that the ECDA instance has started successfully. The ECDA log files can be found at these locations:

    • For ECDA Option for Oracle:

      • UNIX – $SYBASE/DCO-15_0/<servername>.log

      • Windows – %SYBASE%\DCO-15_0\<servername>.log

      where $SYBASE or %SYBASE% is the location where you have installed the ECDA Option for Oracle.

    • For ECDA Option for ODBC:

      • UNIX – $SYBASE/DC-15_0/<servername>.log

      • Windows – %SYBASE%\DC-15_0\<servername>.log

      where $SYBASE or %SYBASE% is the location where you have installed the ECDA Option for ODBC.


Updating ECDA 15.0 to ECDA 15.0 ESD #3

You must download ECDA ESD #3 from the Sybase EBFs/Maintenance site under the ECDA product listing.

 


Known issues

For known issues concerning Replication Server, Replication Agent, and ECDA, see these documents:

The known issues for the Replication Server Heterogeneous Edition that are listed in these sections are in addition to those described in the individual product release bulletins.


IBM AIX licensing on Replication Server 15.2 and Replication Agent 15.2

[CR# 570705] In Replication Server 15.2 and Replication Agent 15.2 on IBM AIX, there is a change to the process of how Replication Server and Replication Agent determines the number of CPUs available to it. Customers running Replication Server, or Replication Agent on IBM AIX with logical partitions may find that the number of CPUs reported has changed with 15.2. This happens because Replication Server and Replication Agent now counts the total number of CPUs available to the partition. This may prevent these products from starting.

Replication Server and Replication Agent does not currently support subcapacity licensing for IBM LPAR. If you believe you may encounter this issue, contact Sybase Customer Support to raise a support incident.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0: Error while loading shared libraries

If you are running RSHE components on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, you may be unable to start either Replication Agent or ECDA due to an “error while loading shared libraries” message.

Workaround: Change the firewall configuration from enforcing to permissive. You must have root or sudo permission to make this change.


Known issues for the Sybase installer

This section describes known issues with the Sybase installer that are not specific to a particular data server type.


Cannot view text fields properly when using Hummingbird Exceed from Windows

If you use Hummingbird Exceed from a Windows workstation to install Replication Agent on a UNIX host, you might not be able to view all of the text fields on the Sybase installer screens.

Workaround: Either use a native X-Windows session to run the Sybase installer, or run it in console or silent mode. See the Replication Agent Installation Guide.


Sybase Central fails to open after uninstalling Replication Agent

[CR# 399954] Uninstalling Replication Agent removes the SYBASE system environment variable. Consequently, Sybase Central™ cannot open.

Workaround: Redefine the SYBASE system environment variable.


Known issues for Oracle

This section describes replication issues for Oracle.


No support for automatic failover when replicating into a Real Application Cluster (RAC) system

ECDA 15.0 supports replication into an Oracle instance, even if that instance is a node in a RAC system. However, if the configured node fails, ECDA 15.0 does not support automatically going to another node in the RAC system.

Workaround: Download and install ECDA 15.0 ESD #3 to obtain this functionality.


LOB value not being applied to existing row

[CR# 564330] When Sybase Replication replicates a LOB column, the ECDA for Oracle first determines the ROWID value for the Oracle row that should contain the LOB. The row for that ROWID is updated with the LOB value. If the table in the replicate Oracle database is a reference table and the parent table is partitioned across multiple tablespaces, then the ROWID returned for the reference table may be incorrect, resulting in the LOB value not being applied to the expected row. The Oracle bug ID for this incorrect ROWID problem is 8417690.

Workaround: None.

 


Technical support

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