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SharePlex 9.0.2 - Preinstallation Checklist

Database Setup for SQL Server


Run the Database Setup utility for SQL Server (mss_setup) on a Microsoft SQL Server system to establish SharePlex as a SQL Server database user. This utility creates the following:

  • A SharePlex user account with full DBA privileges
  • Tables and indexes for use by SharePlex and owned by the SharePlex user in a database of your choosing
  • A default database connection.

Supported databases

Microsoft SQL Server on Windows

Guidelines for use

  • A system DSN (data source name) must exist for the SQL Server database. SharePlex Post uses the DSN to connect to the database through ODBC.
  • Run the Database Setup utility on all SQL Server instances in the SharePlex replication configuration.
  • Within a cluster, run the Database Setup utility on the node to which the shared disk that contains the variable-data directory is mounted.
  • For consolidated replication, run the Database Setup utility for each variable-data directory.

Required privileges

Review the following requirements to ensure that the setup succeeds.

  • The Database Setup utility must be run as a SQL Server System Administrator in order to grant SharePlex the required privileges to operate on the database and to create the SharePlex database account and objects.
  • (Cloud installations) Common restrictions on privileges in cloud-hosted database services make it difficult for the setup utility to succeed in every possible type of scenario. To ensure that the database setup succeeds, only use the setup utility for the following purposes: To do a first-time database setup with a new SharePlex user, or, to modify an existing SharePlex user that either owns the database or has access to it.

Run Database Setup for SQL Server

  1. Shut down any running SharePlex processes and sp_cop on the SQL Server system.
  2. Run the mss_setup program from the bin subdirectory of the SharePlex product directory.

    Important! If you installed the SharePlex instance on any port other than the default of 2100, use the -p option to specify the port number. For example, in the following command the port number is 9400.

    C:\users\splex\bin> mss_setup -p9400

Table 1: Setup prompts and responses

Prompt Response

Enter the Microsoft SQL Server DSN name or connection string [] :

Enter a connection string or a data source name (DSN) that connects to SQL Server. Make certain the DSN is a system DSN, not a user DSN.

Enter the Microsoft SQL Server Administrator name :

Enter the name of the SQL Server Administrator. This user will perform the setup work on the SharePlex account and schema.

Enter the password for the Administrator account :

Enter the password of the Administrator.

Enter the database name:

Enter the name of the database where you want to install the SharePlex objects.

Database name database does not exist. Would you like to create it? [y] :

If this prompt is displayed, the specified database does not exist. Press Enter to have the setup utility create it for you.

Would you like to create a new SharePlex login [y]:

Press Enter to accept the default to create a new SharePlex database user account, or enter n to use an existing account as the SharePlex database user.

Enter the name of the existing SharePlex login:

Enter the name of the new SharePlex login:

One of these prompts is displayed depending on whether you elected to create a new user or use an existing user. Enter the name of the SharePlex user.


Enter the password for login:

Enter the password of the SharePlex user account.

Re-enter the password for login :

Enter the SharePlex password again.

Will this database be used as a source?

Accept the default of n if the database will only be a target. Enter y if this database will be a source database for SharePlex. A response of y prompts the setup to prepare the database for data capture and installs the SharePlex account and objects.

A successful setup terminates with a message similar to the following:

Completed SharePlex for Microsoft SQL Server database configuration

SharePlex User name: splex

Database name: db1

Target specification in SharePlex configuration: r.db1

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