Run Vantage Express on VMware

Author: Adam Tworkiewicz
Last updated: September 7th, 2021

Overview

This quick start shows how to gain access to a Teradata database by running it on your local machine. There are many ways to install Teradata. This document optimizes for the lowest time to first query without spending money on cloud resources. Once you finish the steps you will have a working Teradata Vantage Express database on your computer.

Prerequisites

  1. A computer using one of the following operating systems: Windows, Linux or MacOS.

  2. 30GB of disk space and enough CPU and RAM to be able to dedicate at least one core and 6GB RAM to the virtual machine.

  3. Admin rights to be able to install and run the software.

Installation

Download required software

  1. The latest version of Vantage Express. If you have not used the Teradata downloads website before, you will need to register.

  2. VMware Workstation Player.

    Commercial organizations require commercial licenses to use VMware Workstation Player. If you don’t want to acquire VMware licenses you can run Vantage Express on VirtualBox.
    VMware doesn’t offer VMware Workstation Player for MacOS. If you are on a Mac, you will need to install VMware Fusion instead. It’s a paid product but VMware offers a free 30-day trial. Alternatively, you can run Vantage Express on VirtualBox.
  3. On Windows, you will also need 7zip to unzip Vantage Express.

Run installers

  1. Install VMware Player or VMware Fusion by running the installer and accepting the default values.

  2. If on Windows, install 7zip.

Run Vantage Express

  1. Go to the directory where you downloaded Vantage Express and unzip the downloaded file.

  2. Double-click on the .vmx file. This will start the VM image in VMware Player/Fusion.

  3. Once the VM is up, you will see its desktop environment. When prompted for username/password enter root for both.

    VM Login
  4. The database is configured to autostart with the VM. To confirm that the database has started go to the virtual desktop and start Gnome Terminal. In the terminal execute pdestate command that will inform you if Vantage has already started:

    To paste into Gnome Terminal press SHIFT+CTRL+V.
    watch pdestate -a

    You want to wait till you see the following message:

    PDE state is RUN/STARTED.
    DBS state is 5: Logons are enabled - The system is quiescent
    See examples of messages that pdestate returns when the database is still initializing.
    PDE state is DOWN/HARDSTOP.
    
    PDE state is START/NETCONFIG.
    
    PDE state is START/GDOSYNC.
    
    PDE state is START/TVSASTART.
    
    PDE state is START/READY.
    PDE state is RUN/STARTED.
    
    DBS state is 1/1: DBS Startup - Initializing DBS Vprocs
    PDE state is RUN/STARTED.
    
    DBS state is 1/5: DBS Startup - Voting for Transaction Recovery
    PDE state is RUN/STARTED.
    
    DBS state is 1/4: DBS Startup - Starting PE Partitions
    PDE state is RUN/STARTED.
  5. Now that the database is up, go back to the virtual desktop and launch Teradata Studio Express. When you first start it you will be offered a tour. Once you close the tour, you will see a wizard window to add a new connection. Select Teradata:

    New Connection Profile
  6. On the next screen, connect to the database on your localhost using dbc for the username and password:

    New Connection

Run sample queries

  1. We will now run some queries in the VM. To avoid copy/paste issues between the host and the VM, we will open this quick start in the VM. Go to the virtual desktop, start Firefox and point it to this quick start.

  2. Once in Teradata Studio Express, go to Query Development perspective (go to the top menu and select WindowQuery Development).

  3. Connect using the previously created connection profile by double-clicking on Database ConnectionsNew Teradata.

  4. Using dbc user, we will create a new database called HR. Copy/paste this query and run it by hitting the run query button (Run Query Button) or pressing F5 key:

    CREATE DATABASE HR
    AS PERMANENT = 60e6, -- 60MB
        SPOOL = 120e6; -- 120MB
    Were you able to run the query?
  5. Let’s create a sample table and insert some data and query it. We will first create a table to hold employee information:

    CREATE SET TABLE HR.Employees (
       GlobalID INTEGER,
       FirstName VARCHAR(30),
       LastName VARCHAR(30),
       DateOfBirth DATE FORMAT 'YYYY-MM-DD',
       JoinedDate DATE FORMAT 'YYYY-MM-DD',
       DepartmentCode BYTEINT
    )
    UNIQUE PRIMARY INDEX ( GlobalID );
  6. Now, let’s insert a record:

    INSERT INTO HR.Employees (
       GlobalID,
       FirstName,
       LastName,
       DateOfBirth,
       JoinedDate,
       DepartmentCode
    )
    VALUES (
       101,
       'Adam',
       'Tworkowski',
       '1980-01-05',
       '2004-08-01',
       01
    );
  7. Finally, let’s see if we can retrieve the data:

    SELECT * FROM HR.Employees;

    You should get the following results:

    GlobalID  FirstName  LastName   DateOfBirth  JoinedDate  DepartmentCode
    --------  ---------  ---------- -----------  ----------  --------------
         101  Adam       Tworkowski  1980-01-05  2004-08-01               1

Summary

In this guide we have covered how to quickly create a working Teradata environment. We used Teradata Vantage Express in a VM running on VMware. In the same VM, we ran Teradata Studio Express to issue queries. We installed all software locally and didn’t have to pay for cloud resources.

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