Migration Guide to Firebird 3

Firebird 3

Why a Migration Guide?

Firebird 3 brings numerous innovations, such as the long-awaited full SuperServer’s SMP support, network and database encryption, local user authentication in the database, improvements in the communication protocol, in addition to several new features in different areas of the DBMS. All this made the migration process from an older Firebird version a bit more complicated than it was in previous versions, where, basically, all you had to do was replace the server with the new Firebird version or, at worst, a backup and restore of the database.

With Firebird 3, you have different user management plugins allowing the same user to exist in several different plug-ins, with different passwords. The SYSDBA is now optional, as well the use of the security database (you can use any existing database as the security database). You can do this short test and see if you are prepared for Firebird 3.

This Guide will help you in the process of migrating your existing databases and servers to Firebird 3, avoiding headaches and bad surprises!

The guide is now available both in PDF format (122 pages) and printed. The table of contents can be seen in the end of this page.

See what some readers are saying about the Guide:

The migration guide has been VERY helpful and saved me a lot of time. I have been making changes to our product and its installation. Your guide made it very easy to understand what changes were needed to transition to FB 3.

Thanks for putting this eBook together! It is certainly well worth the money I paid for it. 

Best, Mike Simmons

I appreciate your book.  It is very informative and well written.  I review almost all of it yesterday evening.  I hope you have more books in your Firebird 3 future.  Thank you very much. Sincerely, Robert Firl

About the author

Carlos H. Cantu is the maintainer of the FirebirdNews site, FireBase (biggest portal dedicated to Firebird in Portuguese language, with + 70,000 registered users) and author of two Firebird books (Firebird Essencial and Firebird 2, both available only in Brazil). He also organizes the biggest Firebird Conference in the world (Firebird Developers Day), with an average of 450 attendees each year, and currently in its 13th year.

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Doubts? Email the author: livro -at- firebase.com.br

Table of Contents

  1. Index
  2. Dedication
  3. Thanks
  4. About the author
  5. Preface by Ann Harrison
  6. Introduction
  7. Icons used
  8. Basic but essential concepts!
    1. SuperServer vs. Classic vs. SuperClassic
      1. Classic (CS)
      2. SuperServer (SS)
      3. SuperClassic (SC)
      4. Embedded
    2. What architecture to choose?
    3. 32 vs. 64 bits
  9. Installing Firebird 3
    1. Installing Firebird 3 on Linux
    2. Installing Firebird on Windows®
      1. Server architecture
      2. Service or Application?
      3. Start automatically
      4. Client library (fbclient.dll)
      5. gds32.dll
      6. Authorization for legacy Firebird clients
      7. Checking whether Firebird is running
      8. Installing Firebird using the “Zip Kit”
      9. INSTSVC
      10. INSTREG
      11. INSTCLIENT
  10. Migrating Existing Databases to Firebird 3
    1. Why Migration?
    2. ODS (On Disk Structure)
    3. Test the database integrity with gbak
    4. Problems with character encoding
    5. Validating the metadata
    6. Recommended steps for migrating a database to Firebird 3
    7. Migrating 24×7 servers
    8. Tips to speed up the backup/restore process
  11. Users in Firebird 3
    1. Local users
    2. Passwords
    3. Initializing the security database
    4. Managing users using SQL
      1. Creating users
      2. Modifying users
      3. Deleting users
    5. Sec$users and sec$user_attributes virtual tables
    6. Preparing a script to insert users into the new server
  12. Protecting your data
    1. Creating a secure environment
    2. Encrypting the database file
    3. Conclusion
  13. Wire Protocol Enhancements
    1. Traffic encryption
    2. Traffic compression
    3. Enhancements for usage in high latency networks
  14. Connection strings
    1. Legacy syntax
    2. URL based syntax
    3. IPv6 support
  15. Firebird 3 and legacy applications
    1. .NET applications
    2. Jaybird applications
    3. Logical data type (Boolean)
    4. Connecting to Firebird 3 with an old client library (fbclient)
    5. Query performance
    6. Reserved words
    7. Manipulating the System tables (RDB$…)
    8. Testing application’s queries
    9. Using mon$attachments to get the number of active connections
    10. Default cache size for Classic/SuperClassic
    11. Mixing implicit and explicit joins
    12. Count() now returns a BIGINT
  16. Appendix
    1. Macros
    2. Configuration entries
  17. Glossary