At this stage your installation of Sakai has not yet been configured to use your preferred database (it will use its own HSQLDB by default) but you should now be able to bring it up as a working web application by simply starting Tomcat, and it can be helpful at this point to know if any problems exist before you try to connect it to another database. Tomcat will take a minute or so to start up, depending on the speed of your machine, and it's a good idea to watch the Tomcat log as it comes up to catch any errors.
You can start Tomcat by running the appropriate start batch/shell script file from the root Tomcat directory:
Once Tomcat has loaded the Sakai application (again, this can take a couple of minutes) point your browser to
This will bring you to the Sakai gateway site from which you can create new accounts and log in to the system. If the gateway page fails to load, check the Tomcat logs for any errors and stack traces. If the gateway page does come up, log in with the default admin account (the username and password are both 'admin'). If you can log in without errors Sakai is alive and well.
Stopping Sakai involves shutting down Tomcat by running the appropriate stop batch/shell script file from the root Tomcat directory: