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Lesson 5: Starting the MobiLink server

This lesson assumes you have completed all preceding lessons. See Lesson 1: Setting up a MobiLink consolidated database.

In this lesson, you start the MobiLink server using the mlsrv12 -c option to connect to your consolidated database. You use additional options to configure MobiLink server behavior.

 Start the MobiLink server
  1. At a command prompt, change to the c:\MLintro\ directory.

  2. Connect to your consolidated database by running the following command:

    mlsrv12 -c "DSN=mlintro_consdb" -o -v+ -dl -zf -zu+ -x tcpip

    The MobiLink server messages window appears.

    Below is a description of each MobiLink server option used in this tutorial. The options -o, -v, and -dl provide debugging and troubleshooting information. Using these logging options is appropriate in a development environment. For performance reasons, -v and -dl are typically not used in production environments. For a complete list of MobiLink server options, see MobiLink server options.

    Option Description


    Specifies the connection string to the consolidated database.


    Specifies the message log file


    Specifies what information is logged. Using -v+ sets maximum verbose logging.


    Causes the MobiLink server to check for script changes at the beginning of each synchronization.


    Displays all log messages in the messages window.


    Adds new users automatically.


    Sets the communications protocol for the MobiLink server, indicating which port to listen on and what network protocol to expect from MobiLink clients. The default port for TCP/IP is 2439.


    The -zf option should be used for debugging and development purposes only. This tutorial requires the -zf option so that you do not need to shut down the MobiLink server when adding new scripts to the consolidated database in a later lesson. The -zu+ option automatically adds new MobiLink users to the synchronization environment.

  3. Proceed to Lesson 6: Starting the MobiLink clients.