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Connect to Sybase Data in DBVisualizer



Integrate Sybase data with visual data analysis tools and data connection wizards in DBVisualizer

The CData JDBC Driver for Sybase implements JDBC standards to provide connectivity to Sybase data in applications ranging from business intelligence tools to IDEs. This article shows how to establish a connection to Sybase data in DBVisualizer and use the table editor to edit and save Sybase data.

Create a New Driver Definition for Sybase Data

Follow the steps below to use the Driver Manager to provide connectivity to Sybase data from DBVisualizer tools.

  1. In DBVisualizer, click Tools -> Driver Manager.
  2. Click the plus sign "" to create a new driver.
  3. Select "Custom" as the template.
  4. On the Driver Settings tab:
    • Set Name to a user-friendly name (e.g. "CData Sybase Driver")
    • Set URL Format to jdbc:sybase:
    • In Driver artifacts and jar files (jars are loaded in order from top):
      1. Click the plus sign "" -> "Add Files"
      2. Navigate to the "lib" folder in the installation directory (C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Sybase XXXX\)
      3. Select the JAR file (cdata.jdbc.Sybase.jar) and click "Open"
  5. The Driver Class should populate automatically. If not, select class (cdata.jdbc.sybase.SybaseDriver).

Define the Connection to the JDBC Data Source

Close the "Driver Manager" and follow the steps below to save connection properties in the JDBC URL.

  1. In the "Databases" tab, click the plus sign "" and select the driver you just created.
  2. In the "Connection" section, set the following options:

    • Database Type: If you selected the wizard option, the database type is automatically detected. If you selected the "No Wizard" option, select the Generic or Auto Detect option in the Database Type menu.
    • Driver Type: Select the driver you just created.
    • Database URL: Enter the full JDBC URL. The syntax of the JDBC URL is jdbc:sybase: followed by the connection properties in a semicolon-separated list of name-value pairs.

      To connect to Sybase, specify the following connection properties:

      • Server: Set this to the name or network address of the Sybase database instance.
      • Database: Set this to the name of the Sybase database running on the specified Server.

      Optionally, you can also secure your connections with TLS/SSL by setting UseSSL to true.

      Sybase supports several methods for authentication including Password and Kerberos.

      Connect Using Password Authentication

      Set the AuthScheme to Password and set the following connection properties to use Sybase authentication.

      • User: Set this to the username of the authenticating Sybase user.
      • Password: Set this to the username of the authenticating Sybase user.

      Connect using LDAP Authentication

      To connect with LDAP authentication, you will need to configure Sybase server-side to use the LDAP authentication mechanism.

      After configuring Sybase for LDAP, you can connect using the same credentials as Password authentication.

      Connect Using Kerberos Authentication

      To leverage Kerberos authentication, begin by enabling it setting AuthScheme to Kerberos.

    See the Using Kerberos section in the Help documentation for more information on using Kerberos authentication.

    You can find an example connection string below: Server=MyServer;Port=MyPort;User=SampleUser;Password=SamplePassword;Database=MyDB;Kerberos=true;KerberosKDC=MyKDC;KerberosRealm=MYREALM.COM;KerberosSPN=server-name

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Sybase JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.sybase.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

    A typical connection string is below:

    jdbc:sybase:User=myuser;Password=mypassword;Server=localhost;Database=mydatabase;Charset=iso_1;
  3. NOTE: Database Userid and Database Password correspond with the User and Password properties for Sybase.
  4. On the Connection tab, click Connect.

To browse through tables exposed by the Sybase JDBC Driver, right-click a table and click "Open in New Tab."

To execute SQL queries, use the SQL Commander tool: Click SQL Commander -> New SQL Commander. Select the Database Connection, Database, and Schema from the available menus.

See the "Supported SQL" chapter in the help documentation for more information on the supported SQL. See the "Data Model" chapter for table-specific information.

More Information & Free Trial

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