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Preface


This book is your guide to configuring and managing DataDirect SequeLink 5.5 from DataDirect Technologies. Read on to find out more about your SequeLink environment and how to use this book.

What Is DataDirect SequeLink?

DataDirect SequeLink is a middleware product that provides point-to-point connections from client to server for the latest data access standards, including Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), JDBC, ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), and ADO.NET.

Using This Book

This book assumes you are familiar with your operating system and its commands; the concept of directories; the management of user accounts and security access; and your network protocol and its configuration.

This book contains the following information:

Part 1: Configuring and Managing SequeLink Services

Part 2: Configuring and Managing SequeLink Clients

Part 3: Configuring SequeLink in Your Environment

Part 4: Appendixes

NOTE: This book refers the reader to Web URLs for more information about specific topics, including Web URLs not maintained by DataDirect Technologies. Because it is the nature of Web content to change frequently, DataDirect Technologies can guarantee only that the URLs referenced in this book were correct at the time of publishing.

SequeLink Documentation

The following table provides a guide for finding information in your SequeLink documentation:

For information about...
Go to...
SequeLink concepts and planning your SequeLink environment
Getting Started with SequeLink
Installing the SequeLink middleware components
SequeLink Installation Guide
Administering your SequeLink environment
SequeLink Administrator's Guide
Developing ODBC, ADO, JDBC, and .NET applications for the SequeLink environment
SequeLink Developer's Reference
Troubleshooting and referencing error messages
SequeLink Troubleshooting Guide and Reference

DataDirect product documentation is provided in PDF format, which allows you to view the books online or print them. You can view DataDirect online documentation using Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.x or higher. DataDirect product documentation is also available on the DataDirect Technologies Web site:

http://www.datadirect.com/support/product_info/proddoc_product/index.ssp

On Windows, you have the option of installing the online books on your system. When installed, they are located in the books directory that is created within the SequeLink installation directory.

When you install the JDBC or ODBC Client, HTML-based online help for developing applications is placed by default in the help directory that is created beneath the SequeLink installation directory. To access help, you must have Internet Explorer 5.x or higher, or Netscape 4.x or higher, installed. (Netscape 6.0. does not support the help system; however, 6.1 or higher does.) After you have opened the main screen of the help system in your browser, you can bookmark it in the browser for quick access later.

On Windows platforms, help is available from the setup dialog box for each driver. When you click Help, your browser opens to the correct topic, without opening the help Table of Contents. A grey tool bar appears at the top of the browser window.

If, after viewing the help topic, you want to see other help topics, clicking:

on the left-hand side of the toolbar opens a left pane and displays the Table of Contents, Index, and Search tabs for the entire help system.

Alternatively, you can access the entire help system by selecting the help icon that appears in the SequeLink program group.

When you install the .NET Client, a compiled help file (.CHM) is placed on your system in the help subdirectory of the installation directory. The program group for DataDirect SequeLink Client for .NET contains an icon for launching the help system.

Conventions Used in This Book

This section describes the typography and other conventions used in this book.

Typographical Conventions

This book uses the following typographical conventions:

Convention
Explanation
italics
Introduces new terms you may not be familiar with, and is used occasionally for emphasis.
bold
Emphasizes important information. Also indicates button, menu, and icon names on which you can act. For example, click Next.
UPPERCASE
Indicates the name of a file. For operating environments that use case-sensitive filenames, the correct capitalization is used in information specific to those environments.
Also indicates keys or key combinations you can use. For example, press the ENTER key.
monospace
Indicates syntax examples, values that you specify, or results that you receive.
monospaced italics
Indicates names that are placeholders for values you specify; for example, filename.
forward slash /
Separates menus and their associated commands. For example, Select File / Copy means to select Copy from the File menu.
vertical rule |
Indicates an OR separator to delineate items.
brackets [ ]
Indicates optional items. For example, in the following statement: SELECT [DISTINCT], DISTINCT is an optional keyword.
braces { }
Indicates that you must select one item. For example, {yes | no} means you must specify either yes or no.
ellipsis . . .
Indicates that the immediately preceding item can be repeated any number of times in succession. An ellipsis following a closing bracket indicates that all information in that unit can be repeated.

Environment-Specific Information

This book supports users of various operating environments. Where it provides information that does not apply to all supported environments, the following symbols are used to identify that information:

Symbol
Environment
Windows. Information specific to the Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP environments is identified by the Windows symbol.
Windows 200x. Information specific to the Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 environments is identified by the Windows symbol and the characters 200x.
Windows XP. Information specific to the Microsoft Windows XP environment is identified by the Windows symbol and the letters XP.
Windows Server. Information specific to the Microsoft Windows platforms on which SequeLink Server runs is identified by the Windows symbol and the word Server.
Windows Client. Information specific to the Microsoft Windows platforms on which SequeLink Client runs is identified by the Windows symbol and the word Client.
UNIX. Information specific to UNIX environments is identified by this symbol, which applies to all supported UNIX environments. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Ltd.
z/OS. Information specific to z/OS environments is identified by the characters z/OS.

Contacting Technical Support

DataDirect Technologies provides technical support for registered users of this product, including limited installation support, for the first 30 days. Register online for your SupportLink user ID and password for access to the password-protected areas of the SupportLink Web site at http://www.datadirect.com/support/registration/index.ssp. Your user ID and password are issued to you by e-mail upon registration (typically within one business day).

For post-installation support, visit our Web site or purchase further support by enrolling in the SupportLink program. For more information about SupportLink or to get technical support for an evaluation copy of the product, contact your sales representative.

The DataDirect Technologies Web site provides the latest support information through our global service network. The SupportLink program provides access to support contact details, tools, patches, and valuable information, including a list of FAQs for each product. In addition, you can search our Knowledgebase for technical bulletins and other information.

World Wide Web
E-Mail
USA, Canada, and Mexico
supportlink@datadirect.com
Europe, Middle East, and Africa
int.supportlink@datadirect.com
Japan
supportlink@datadirect.co.jp
All other countries
http://www.datadirect.com/contactus/
distributor/index.ssp
provides a list of e-mail contacts.

Local Telephone Support
Local phone numbers can be found at:
SupportLink support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When you contact us, please provide the following information:


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