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Runing Sybase backup without writing down password in batch file

Hi experts,

I recently started working with SAP Sybase ASE and am trying to find a way to run full backup by batch file in background.

I have done the reserch and learned "dump database" is the SQL command to take full backup of database.
However, before run the SQL, I need to logon to the database and it needs username and password.

I don't want to write down password directly in batch file for the security aspect.
And I know external authentification can be used in isql, but it takes a lot of efforts to me.

Is there any way to take full backup of database in easier way?
Thank you.

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  • Posted on Jun 10, 2019 at 03:10 AM

    You can use the Job Scheduler feature to kick off a backup at a certain time.

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    • Hi Bret,

      Job Scheduler doesn't work out for me because I want to control when to backup using 3rd party job management software.
      Backup need to be run after a certain event, so time-base job scheduling was not a option for me.
      However, thank you for your answer!

  • Posted on Jun 12, 2019 at 01:38 PM

    Are you on ASE 16.0 SP03 - then there is a new feature 'ASE Secure User Store' - see

    If you are using an ABAP system you may use R3 kernel tool "sybctrl" to execute scripts in ASE. See SAP note

    With kind regards
    Tilman Model-Bosch

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  • Posted on Jun 13, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    What OS is your client running in? (that runs the backup command). Eg. Linux shell?

    Also for the 'ASE Secure User Store', instead of a username/password, it needs a "user-generated key" to lookup the username/password. So you still need a secure way to pass in the key to the client program, right? Ie., if somebody steals the "user-generated key", then they have access, just like having the password, right?

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