What you have is v8 fp7, not v8 fp7a. The PTF for fp7 and fp7a is the same, but the build level/signature is different. Why don't you upgrade your existing server to fp7b and then build a new one using the same level.
Thank you! If I can download and use fp7 for my testing I will do that.. No need to go through all the red-tape to upgrade my production server to fp7b - probably wouldn't be approved anyway if it was not to fix a known problem.
DB2 became v8.2 starting with fp7 (it was considered v8.1 prior to fp7). I don't remember for sure, but I think some of the v8 DB2 books (including certification guides) may include a trial copy of v8.2 GA (which is fp7). The trial copy is ESE (I think it includes Connect)