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choppysuey (TechnicalUser) (OP)
7 Sep 05 13:55
I've got everything pretty much working in my VFP app.  All I need now is to create a System DSN on about 20 Windows Xp machines.  Rather than doing it one by one does anyone know if I can use VFP 6.0 to automate the creation of the system DSN on those machines? Or should I look at another language to do this?

MikeLewis (Programmer)
7 Sep 05 14:12

Why not simply create a file DSN and distribute it to the various machines?

A file DSN is simply a text file containing the DSN info. To create it, open the ODBC applet in Control Panel and select the File DSN tab.

You can distribute the file just like any other file, and use it in VFP to create a connection in the usual way.


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choppysuey (TechnicalUser) (OP)
7 Sep 05 14:34
Thanks for the reply quick reply Mike.  Sounds like a simple enough solution to try.  However I've been reading addition threads about using ODBC DSN-Less method of doing things.  What are your thoughts on this?
Helpful Member!  craigsboyd (IS/IT--Management)
7 Sep 05 16:18

I wrote a FAQ sometime back that you might find useful. Here's the link:

Add or Remove DSN

Also, you could indeed create your connection on the fly using a connection string. You can look at the Visual FoxPro section at the following site (it's near the bottom):

SweetPotato Software Website
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MikeLewis (Programmer)
7 Sep 05 17:07


Yes, doing a DSN-less connection (that is, creating the connection string on the fly) would be even easier.


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