How to Install SybaselIQ (16.1)

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I created a partition on an attached drive to use as a place to extract and execute software installers, mounted on /mnt/software

This document is a useful reference to use during the installation and configration processes. Pay particular attention to the required support packages.

Step 1: System Prep

For this installation I used a second 500GB drive attached to the instance. I created the following partitions:

Disk /dev/xvdf: 500 GiB, 536870912000 bytes, 1048576000 sectors

Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disklabel type: gpt

Disk identifier: 691F3320-5AEE-CF43-802B-A121C0A27B7B

Device         Start   End   Sectors  Size Type

/dev/xvdf1      2048 419432447 419430400  200G Linux filesystem

/dev/xvdf2 419432448 524290047 104857600   50G Linux filesystem

/dev/xvdf3 524290048 528484351   4194304    2G Linux filesystem

I created XFS filesystems on each of these partitions.

I mounted the disks:

/dev/xvdf1 to /mnt/software – 200GB of space to hold installation media etc

/dev/xvdf2 to /opt/sybaseiq – 50GB to hold the Sybase IQ installation, this can be smaller e.g. 5GB

/dev/xvdf3 to /opt/demodb – 2GB to hold the Sybase demo database

The demo database requires csh and ksh to run the install script. You should install these as root with the command “yum install csh” and “yum install ksh”. This is for RHEL, other Linux distributions have different package installers, replace yum with whichever package installer is available.

Step 2: Download Sybase IQ

Download the Sybase install packages from SAP

Copy the SybaseIQ rar files into /mnt/software 

Step 3: Install unrar

Install the RAR/UNRAR tools, this is required to extract the RAR files that SAP so likes to use

  • For RHEL, grab the package
    • cd /mnt/software/
    • wget
    • tar -zxvf rarlinux-x64-5.6.1.tar.gz
    • cd rar
    • cp -v rar unrar /usr/local/bin

Unrar the SybaseIQ installer into /mnt/software/Sybase

  • /usr/local/bin/unrar x 51052038_part1.exe /mnt/software/Sybase

Step 4: Create Sybase Admin User

Sybase recommends not installing IQ as root. Thus I created a new user called sapiq

  • useradd -g 4 -b /home -u 1500 sapiq”, group 4 on my system was the adm group
  • passwd sapiq”, change the password for the new sapiq user
  • Edit /home/sapiq/.bashrc, add source “/opt/sybaseiq/” to this file and add /opt/sybaseiq/IQ-16_1/bin64/ to the PATH variable
  • Edit /home/sapiq/.bash_profile, add source “/opt/sybaseiq/” to this file

Step 5: Create location for SybaseIQ

I created a second partition on the attached drive from above, Sybase IQ is <2GB – I made my drive 5GB just to be on the safe side. Mount this to your preferred location, I used /opt/sybaseiq

  • sudo chown sapiq.adm /opt/sybaseiq”, make sure that the sapiq user owns the installation directory

Step 6: Running SybaseIQ Setup

cd /mnt/software/Sybase/51052038/Sybase IQ Server 16.1/Linux on IA64 64bit/


If you have your X-Windows display setup correctly this will automatically launch a GUI installer, if setup.bin doesn’t find an expected X-Display method then it will drop back to an interactive CLI installer.

Introduction splash screen, simply select Next.

This is the installation location, you can use the “choose” option to navigate to a folder or simply type in a path.

I chose typical here, but if you have specific packages you want to omit or include then you may want to choose Custom.

I will use an evaluation license for my demo.

Agree to the license terms.

You can verify that what you chose is what you want.

Once you verify that your selections are correct, install will begin – this should take several minutes.

Configure HTTP/HTTPS ports for the cockpit.

Configure the Cockpit RMI port to use.

Configure the Cockpit TDS port to use.

After configuring the ports then we get asked if we want to install Cockpit, I assume we do.

Assuming that everything was configured correctly then you should get a successful message. This concludes the installation of Sybase IQ.

Uninstalling SybaseIQ

If you want to uninstall Sybase IQ then you can use the uninstaller that get installed. This is found in <Sybase Path>/sybuninstall/IQSuite e.g. /opt/sybaseiq/sybuninstall/IQSuite and is called “uninstall”, run it as follows:

  • /opt/sybaseiq/sybuninstall/IQSuite/uninstall

Again, If X-Forwarding is correctly configured then you will get a GUI uninstaller, if not then you will once again get an interactive CLI.

If we want to uninstall, then select Next.

You can choose to remove just some features or in most cases I’d imagine you would want to perform a complete uninstall.

The uninstaller lets us know what it’s going to remove.

I selected to remove these user installed files too, because I wanted all the contents or /opt/sybaseiq removing.

Step 7: Configuring the demo database

Once you have installed Sybase IQ you will most likely want to configure the demo database so that we can use it with SIOS Lifekeeper

Ensure that your Database Server has a correct entry in /etc/hosts, in my case I added a VIP to my system and then created an entry in /etc/hosts using the hostname IMA-SYBASE.

To install the demo, you need a location to install the database into e.g. /opt/demodb. You need to create this location and make sure it’s owned by the user who installed Sybase IQ. Change directory to that location e.g. “cd /opt/demodb”

Run script to install the demo db; you need to pass a dba name and a dba password, “/opt/sybaseiq/IQ-16_1/demo/ -dba sapdba -pwd sapdba”.  

During the demo db installation, IQ is started and a database listener is started. You can use dbisql to test connectivity.

You can use Tools->Test Connection to make sure that you have the right connection details.

Once you successfully connect then you are ready to use SybaseIQ and your database. 

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