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COBRA tools with Windows 8?

Any possibility that the COBRA tools will use the Informix 64-bit drivers someday soon?  So far, I've been unable to get the 32-bit drivers to install on my shiny new Windows 8 machine.

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Follow up on this - had some cycles today so I dug into it. I was able to install the 32 bit version of the ADO.NET and ODBC drivers on my Windows 8 x64 install – it’s a little tricky since the install framework IBM is using does not yet support Windows 8 and you also have to deal with the SysWOW64 path thing – just an extra step you need to go through to force it to run in Windows 7 compatibility mode as well – I put a short 5 minute training video showing me doing this on Windows 8 on the Informix SDK download page here: http://www.ciscounitytools.com/Applications/CxN/InformixODBC/InformixODBC.html

I also updated both the COBRAS Export for Connection: http://www.ciscounitytools.com/Applications/General/COBRAS/COBRAS.html

And User Data Dump for Connection: http://www.ciscounitytools.com/Applications/CxN/UserDataDump/UserDataDump.html

To support installs on Windows 8 – tested them out on both 32 and 64 bit installs today and they worked fine. I’ll include more setups for Windows 8 as I move forward and get time.

Try it out, let me know if you run into any trouble.

-Jeff

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did you use the set path trick noted on the download page?

http://www.ciscounitytools.com/Applications/CxN/InformixODBC/InformixODBC.html

I've done this on 64 bit installs of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 server which works ok - if you tried that on Win8 and it doesn't work then it'll need to wait for a bit.

64 bit drivers require 64 bit application which doubles testing matrix which is already enormous for COBRAS (easily the largetst beast of a tool to regression test by far - increasing that further is not desirable). 

Native 64 bit support is not going to improve performance at any rate - it's not like it's using the kind of memory space that would bring advantage to 64 bit native functionality.

Presumably IBM will release an installer for Windows 8 once it's actually released (you're a bit ahead of the curve - +90 days is the official policy for OS support).

-J

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Hey Jeff,

I did try that, but the install continues to complain that the path does not exist.  I even ran the install with Windows 7 and XP SP3 compatibility.  Same thing.  Any other ideas?

Thanx

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Here are a couple of screenshots to help...

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My guess is that Windows 8 is using a different method than the SysWOW64 path reference there - but that's just a guess, I have had zero time to look at Windows 8 details as of yet and as noted it's not something we'll be qualifying tools on right away. 

This is something IBM needs to lead on regardless... it's their setup.

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Follow up on this - had some cycles today so I dug into it. I was able to install the 32 bit version of the ADO.NET and ODBC drivers on my Windows 8 x64 install – it’s a little tricky since the install framework IBM is using does not yet support Windows 8 and you also have to deal with the SysWOW64 path thing – just an extra step you need to go through to force it to run in Windows 7 compatibility mode as well – I put a short 5 minute training video showing me doing this on Windows 8 on the Informix SDK download page here: http://www.ciscounitytools.com/Applications/CxN/InformixODBC/InformixODBC.html

I also updated both the COBRAS Export for Connection: http://www.ciscounitytools.com/Applications/General/COBRAS/COBRAS.html

And User Data Dump for Connection: http://www.ciscounitytools.com/Applications/CxN/UserDataDump/UserDataDump.html

To support installs on Windows 8 – tested them out on both 32 and 64 bit installs today and they worked fine. I’ll include more setups for Windows 8 as I move forward and get time.

Try it out, let me know if you run into any trouble.

-Jeff

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Thank you.  I'll try that out when I get a few minutes.

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Excellent stuff lindborg (+5) for your work.

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