After you have a working system, first of all, breath a deep sigh of satisfaction. (I also suggest eating something.) After this, there are a few post-install tasks you should perform.
The FIRST thing you should do is change the password for the 'sa' user. By default this password is blank. To set a password for sa, type the following in isql:
1> sp_password null, 'new_pass123', 'sa' 2> go
This will set the password. You will now need to pass this as a parameter to sybase_connect. You will also need to specify it when starting isql, which you can do by using the '-P' switch.
NOTE: Once you have ste a password, you cannot unset it. (Sybase requires a minumum of six characters in a password, so '' won't be accepted.)
You also may wish to install the Windows client tools. These can be found on a CD if you bought a cope of ASE from Sybase. Otherwise, if you are using the free 184.108.40.206 version, you can download a demo of ASE 12.0 for NT, and only install the 'ASE Plugin for Sybase Central', 'ASE ODBC Driver' and 'Sybase Central' components.
: I am not sure of the licensing issues involved in using the client tools if you haven't purchased ASE. Although I don't think it would be a problem, you should contact Sybase directly if you want to be sure.
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