Server Start-up Parameters

SAP ASE and Backup Server store their default start-up parameters in the Windows Registry file. This allows you to start and manage servers as Windows services, and allows servers to start automatically when you start your computer.

The default start-up parameters are stored under the Registry key \\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SYBASE\Server\ server_name\Parameters, where server_name is the name of the server you installed. Backup Server server names are appended with “_BS”.

Note: You can install multiple servers, each with its own Registry key.

Start-up parameters are listed under Registry values named Argn, where n is a number from 0 to 8. The number of the argument indicates the order in which the server reads the parameter.

Default SAP ASE Start-Up Parameters





-d %SYBASE%\data\master.dat

Location of the master device file


-s server_name

Name of the SAP ASE


-e%SYBASE%\%SYBASE_ASE%\ install\errorlog

Location and name of the error log file


-i %SYBASE%\ini

Directory containing the sql.ini file



Directory that stores shared memory files


-N %SYBASE%\%SYBASE_ASE%\ sysam\<srv_name>.properties

Location and name of license cache file

Example 1

You cannot change any of these default start-up parameters unless you directly edit the Windows Registry values. However, you can use Server Config to specify additional start-up parameters.