All MobiLink clients synchronize through the MobiLink server. None connect directly to a database server. You must start the MobiLink server before a MobiLink client synchronizes.
The MobiLink server opens database connections, via ODBC, with your consolidated database server. It then accepts connections from remote applications and controls the synchronization process.
The mlsrv16 options allow you to specify how the MobiLink server works. To control what the server does during synchronization, you define scripts that are invoked at synchronization events. See Synchronization events.
To start the MobiLink server, run mlsrv16. Use the -c option to specify the ODBC connection parameters for your consolidated database. For a list of mlsrv16 command line options, see MobiLink server options.
You must specify connection parameters. Other options are available, but are optional. These options allow you to specify how the server works. For example, you can specify a cache size and logging options. For information about connection parameters, see -c mlsrv16 option.
The MobiLink server needs an ODBC Data Source Name (DSN) to communicate with the consolidated database. A DSN includes information for the ODBC Driver Manager on where to load the ODBC driver. On Windows, ODBC data sources can be created with the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator. The bitness of the MobiLink server must match the bitness of the DSN. More precisely, a 64-bit MobiLink server must use a 64-bit DSN created via ODBC Data Source Administrator (64-bit). See Lesson 1: Setting up a MobiLink consolidated database.
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