I've followed this simple guide and I was able to install DB2 on Docker.

I now would like to import a sample database to play with.

So I open IBM Data Studio, I right click on the instance > New database... , I fill up with my user name and password but then an error appears:

The system cannot verify the instance that you specified. Either enter a valid instance name or click on the button next to the Instance name field and select one from the list. com.ibm.datatools.adm.explorer.ui.model.InstanceException: An internal error occurred during: "Verifying instance db2inst1 in system".

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If I expand the error for more details I see:

'Verifying instance db2inst1 in system' has encountered a problem.

An internal error occurred during: "Verifying instance db2inst1 in system".

An internal error occurred during: "Verifying instance db2inst1 in system".

com.ibm.db2.das.core.DasMessageIdentifier (initialization failure)

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A dive in the official documentation brings me to this solution but I don't think that could be the problem.

What intrigues me is the 'dot' (.) after the IP address. Could this be the error?

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Or is there any other way to import a sample database from IBM Data Studio?


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The easiest way to create a sample database is to login to the container:

~]$ docker exec -ti mydb2 bash -c "su - db2inst1"

Once inside the container:

[db2inst1@e88eefa89d92 ~]$ db2sampl 

Creating database "SAMPLE"...
Connecting to database "SAMPLE"...
Creating tables and data in schema "DB2INST1"...
Creating tables with XML columns and XML data in schema "DB2INST1"...

'db2sampl' processing complete.

[db2inst1@e88eefa89d92 ~]$ db2 list db directory

System Database Directory

Number of entries in the directory = 1

Database 1 entry:

Database alias                       = SAMPLE
Database name                        = SAMPLE
Local database directory             = /database/data
Database release level               = 15.00
Comment                              =
Directory entry type                 = Indirect
Catalog database partition number    = 0
Alternate server hostname            =
Alternate server port number         =

If you don't want to use the sample database provided via db2sampl, you can create a database as part of the start of the container via -e DBNAME=MYSAMPLE:

docker run -itd --name mydb2 --privileged=true -p 50000:50000 -e LICENSE=accept -e DB2INST1_PASSWORD=whatever  ibmcom/db2 -e DBNAME=MYSAMPLE

Now you can try to connect to that database from data studio, setup your tables and inserting data.

  • Thank you @Lennart, what do you think about the dot? Commented Jun 2, 2022 at 13:28
  • I have not used Data Studio, so I'm afraid I don't know what it looks like when it's working. Commented Jun 2, 2022 at 13:36
  • Do you use another GUI client or you just import databases from .sql files form command line? I'm asking because I'm testing the performances. Creating the SAMPLE database took minutes and I already tested that on 2 different machines. I'm talking about DB2 into a docker container Commented Jun 2, 2022 at 13:50
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    It becomes to long for a comment, I'll update my answer Commented Jun 2, 2022 at 16:38

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