First step is to login to AS400 machine through iSeries Navigator. You need to provide server name, user id and password.
Once you successfully login to the system in "Environment" pane it will list down all the entities that you can manage through iSeries Navigator UI. This list will vary based on the access permission to the connected AS400 server. In this article will discuss on how to work with SQL tables through the Navigator. At the end of the article you will realize how you can save your time by using iSeries Navigator for database management rather working on console window.
Work with SQL tables in DB2 database through navigator you need to select "Databases" section. Under Databases section you will have Schemas, Database Navigator Maps, SQL Performance Monitors, SQL Plan Cache Snapshots and Transactions.
Select Schemas to Display
If you want to create a new database or schema, right click on Schemas and select "New -> Schema". Specify a name for the new schema, whether it needs to add to displayed list of schemas and create as standard library. "Create in" is the system pool that you want to create your database in. "Text" is to discribe shortly your database for operator's purpose.
Fig 5: New Schema Window
Create New Table
Once your database schema is listed under Schemas section, select the database that you want to work with. It will display all objects belong to the selected database such as aliases, constraints, distinct types, functions, indexes, journal receivers, journals, procedures, sequences, SQL packages, tables and views. Select "Tables" from the tree view and right hand side pane will display all the tables in the database. Right click on Tables and select "New -> Table" to create new table in the database.
Fig 6: Create New Table Window
In New Table window specify the table name, schema and system table name and text. System table name is used to identify the table in the system. Text is to describe the table purpose. Use "Volatile Data" check box if the table need to be volatile.
Add Column to Table
Fig 7: Create New Column Window
Specify Column name, Short name for system purposes, Data type, Text and Heading for new column. Data type drop down list shows all the data types that you can use for your purpose. Click "Add" once you enter all the details to add the column into table.