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does entity framework 6 will support ibm db2

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does entity framework 6 will support ibm db2?
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Question by:gayathri grandhe
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by:Gary Patterson
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Entity Framework 6 supports ADO.NET, not really specific databases.  

If the version of DB2 you are using (which you didn't mention) has a native .NET driver available (don't use the ODBC or OLEdb to .NET bridge drivers), then you should be able to use it.  

IBM i DB2, the version I use most often, for example, has had a native .NET driver  available for many years.  It is included in two different products:

IBM i Access for Windows
IBM i Client Access Solution Windows Application Package

If you have IBM i Access for Windows installed, odds are good you already have the .NET driver.  If not, ask your system administrator for the installation media, or you can acquire it from IBM:

https://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/software/i/access/resources/orderupgrade.html

IBM i Access for Windows is being replaced with a newer Java-based product with a confusingly similar name:  IBM i Access Client Solution.  A Windows-specific drivers package is available for that product that contains ADO.NET drivers for IBM i DB2.  Here are instructions for acquiring IBM i ACS Windows AP:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1010355

For other versions of IBM DB2 (LUW, zOS), you can use the IBM Data Server Client.  Here is a link to the current version:

https://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21385217
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