After you install Vertica

The tasks described in this section are optional and are provided for your convenience.

The tasks described in this section are optional and are provided for your convenience. When you have completed this section, proceed to one of the following:

Install client drivers

After you install Vertica, install drivers on the client systems from which you plan to access your databases. Vertica supplies drivers for ADO.NET, JDBC, ODBC, OLE DB, Perl, and Python. For instructions on installing these drivers, see Client drivers.

Install the license key

If you did not supply the -L parameter during setup, or if you did not bypass the -L parameter for a silent install, the first time you log in as the Database Superuser and run the VerticaAdministration tools or Management Console, Vertica requires you to install a license key.

Follow the instructions in Managing licenses in the Administrator's Guide.

Create a database

To get started using Vertica immediately after installation, create a database. You can use either the Administration Tools or the Management Console. To create a database using MC, refer to Creating a database using MC. For instructions on creating a database with admintools, see Creating a database.

Install vsql client application on non-cluster hosts

You can use the Vertica vsql executable image on a non-cluster Linux host to connect to a Vertica database.

  • On Red Hat, CentOS, and SUSE systems, you can install the client driver RPM, which includes the vsql executable. See Installing the vsql client for details.

  • If the non-cluster host is running the same version of Linux as the cluster, copy the image file to the remote system. For example:

    $ scp host01:/opt/vertica/bin/vsql .$ ./vsql
  • If the non-cluster host is running a different distribution or version of Linux than your cluster hosts, you must install the Vertica server RPM in order to get vsql:

    1. Download the appropriate RPM package by browsing to Vertica website. On the Support tab, select Customer Downloads.

    2. If the system you used to download the RPM is not the non-cluster host, transfer the file to the non-cluster host.

    3. Log into the non-cluster host as root and install the RPM package using the command:

      # rpm -Uvh filename

      Where filename is the package you downloaded. Note that you do not have to run the install_vertica script on the non-cluster host to use vsql.


  • Use the same Command-line options that you would on a cluster host.

  • You cannot run vsql on a Cygwin bash shell (Windows). Use ssh to connect to a cluster host, then run vsql.

vsql is also available for additional platforms. See Installing the vsql client.