IBM Informix Dynamic Server

Version 11.50

Quick Start Guide

This guide helps you get started with installation of Informix Dynamic Server and related products.

Product overview

IBM® Informix® Dynamic Server (IDS) 11.50 is an extensible, object-relational database server that can run on UNIX®, Linux®, Mac OS X, and Windows® platforms. Information management applications can be developed using IDS with industry-leading application development languages and environments. Language support includes, but is not limited to, SQL, C, C++, .NET, Java™, and PHP.

The following diagram provides an overview of the base architecture of IDS and related products.

Diagram shows IDS as core of the database system, with the following options: BladeManager, 2 DataBlade products, SPL, and 2 UDRs. Client, development, and administration tools, as well as DataBlade modules, are outside of IDS core.

All IDS product packages include the following:

An IDS package includes some or all of the following associated products, depending on which programs are applicable to your operating system:

Step 1: Access the documentation

Get the latest installation and product information in the IDS Information Center V11.50 at This site includes information about IDS, as well as many of the other products on the installation media.

The entire set of English IDS documentation is also available on the Quick Start disk. Documentation for other products is on separate Quick Start disks or in the Quick Start directory of the installation media.

Important: Read the instructions in "Preparing to Install Dynamic Server" section of the IDS installation documentation for your platform so that you can efficiently complete the process.

Step 2: Read the updated product information

For IDS, read the Release Notes, Machine Notes, and Fixed and Known Defects list, which are on your product media and at

Most other products included have readme files in the top directory of the product disk. Read this important information before you begin installation.

Step 3: Review the IDS upgrade options

To upgrade an earlier version of IDS to V11.50, see the IBM Informix Migration Guide on the Quick Start disk and in the "Installing IDS" section of IDS V11.50 Information Center. Also see the Informix Migration portal at

Step 4: Install IDS

To install IDS using a graphical-user interface, launch the installation application for your platform:

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