When SQL Anywhere locates a running server, it tries to locate or start the required database on that server. See Locating the database.
If SQL Anywhere cannot locate a running server, it may attempt to start a personal server, depending on the connection parameters.
For local connections, locating a server is simple. For connections over a network, the Host connection parameter is recommended.
For information about how the client finds a network server see Locating SQL Anywhere database servers using the Host connection parameter.
If the server is started automatically, then information from the START, DBF, DBKEY, DBS, DBN, Server, and AutoStop connection parameters is used to construct the options for the automatically started server. The server does not automatically start if the Host or the CommLinks=TCPIP connection parameters are specified.
If the server has an alternate server name, you can only use the alternate server name to connect to the database that specified the alternate server name. You cannot use the alternate server name to connect to any other databases running on that database server. See AS PRIMARY clause, CREATE MIRROR SERVER statement, and -sn dbsrv12 database option.
The following diagrams illustrate how SQL Anywhere locates a database server.
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