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SQL Anywhere 12.0.0 » Context-Sensitive Help » SQL Anywhere plug-in help » Introduction to SQL Anywhere properties windows


Start Database window

This window has the following components:

  • Server   Shows the name of the selected database server on which the database starts.

  • Database file   Type the full path and name of the SQL Anywhere database file on the server computer. For example, type something like C:\databases\mydatabase.db.

You can also click Browse to locate the file.

  • Encryption key   Specifies the encryption key to start the database. You must supply the encryption key to start a database that is strongly encrypted. This field only applies for strongly encrypted databases.


  • Database name   Type a name for the database you are connecting to. You can use a database name to provide a more meaningful name than the file name for users of client applications. Since more than one database can run on a database server at one time, supplying a database name lets you distinguish between databases running on the same database server. The name you supply identifies the database until it is stopped.

The database name is optional. If you don't supply a database name, the default database name is the root of the database file name (the file name without the .db extension). For example, if you have a database called sample.db, the default database name is sample.


Do not name your database utility_db. This name is reserved for the utility database. See Using the utility database.

  • Stop database after last disconnect   Select this option to stop the database when the last connection to it closes.

This option is different from the -ga server option, which automatically stops the database server.

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