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Creating System DSN with VFP

Creating System DSN with VFP

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?


RE: Creating System DSN with VFP

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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RE: Creating System DSN with VFP

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?

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