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Before installing and probably messing up my other installation, I'd like to ask if the SQL Anywhere 12 Web edition can be run in parallel to a workgroup edition (for example) on the same machine, i. e. does it have another daemon process or does it also run dbsrv12 process? I am wondering if I understand correctly that this edition is really free for production use, if only Browser based access is used?

Regards, Robert

asked 26 Feb '12, 14:34

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edited 27 Feb '12, 03:12

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Volker Barth

I am guessing here, but the idea is for you to obtain (pay for) the correct license(s) as required. Then, you use however many copies of dbsrv12.exe in whatever manner the licensing permits. Those two relationships between you and the software are independent, and quite different: one is flexible, the other anal-retentive, you guess which is which :)

Physically, you can only install one copy of SQL Anywhere 12 on one machine, but you can execute dbsrv12.exe any number of times. In your case, one instance of dbsrv12.exe would be used as the free web edition, and another instance of dbsrv12.exe would be used as the workgroup edition.

Or... I'm sure you could just use one runtime instance for both purposes... you are paying for the workgroup usage, so I can't imagine anyone getting upset about you adding a bunch of free http-only connections.

(26 Feb '12, 16:09) Breck Carter

Thanks, Breck, I have set up SQL Anywhere 12 on a OS X Server, running as dbsrv12 daemon process, so I just can let as many users legally connect to it from as many Browser based application as we have - very nice.

(26 Feb '12, 17:42) robert
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Caution... I did say "I am guessing here"... only a Sybase employee can give an authoritative answer, and that's not me.

(27 Feb '12, 07:01) Breck Carter

Ok, I see.

(27 Feb '12, 09:34) robert

On Mac OS X, you can install the same version to 2 different locations, thus allowing you to have an install of Web Edition as well as one for Workgroup Edition. I don't know if Workgroup is strictly a superset of Web (I don't think it is), but they might be compatible enough for your purposes. You'd have to ask your sales rep. The 2 separate installs would remove any doubt.

(27 Feb '12, 09:46) Phil Mitchell

AFAIK, the Web Edition uses the same binaries as the other editions.

Note, when run on Windows, installing two versions of the same major version is not supported, as documented in this FAQ - cf. José's official answer.

Addition: From Mark's comment there, one could conclude that for Mac OS X (as a Unix derivate), parallel installs of the same major version should work. But like Breck, "I'm just guessing":)

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answered 26 Feb '12, 15:37

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edited 27 Feb '12, 08:29

Hi Volker, I run one instance of SQL Anywhere 12 on OS X Server, but I understand from Breck that's all I need :-)

(26 Feb '12, 17:44) robert

Is that how-to install parallel installs of the same major version found somewhere in the documentation? If anyone could point to the correct place that would be appreciated.

(27 Feb '12, 09:37) robert
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I don't think so - that was the single reason I had raised the afore-mentioned question on this forum...

As to the cited comment by Mark Culp: His word should be official enough - cf. his profile:)

(27 Feb '12, 09:47) Volker Barth

On Mac OS X, you can absolutely install multiple copies of the same version. Just specify a different installation directory. There might be some environment setup conflicts, but you can choose which one to run by giving explicit paths to executables and/or by sourcing $SAINSTALL/bin32/ in your terminal.

If you are using Finder to run your dbsrv12, you just have to make sure you navigate to the correct installation before launching the app.

The location of the license is determined based on the location of your dbsrv12 executable, so you only have to make sure you are running the correct dbsrv12 copy.

(27 Feb '12, 09:49) Phil Mitchell
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