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SQL Anywhere 11.0.0 » SQL Anywhere Server - Database Administration » Starting and Connecting to Your Database » Connecting to a database » Working with ODBC data sources


Using file data sources on Windows

On Windows operating systems, ODBC data sources are typically stored in the system registry. File data sources are an alternative, which are stored as files. In Windows, file data sources typically have the extension .dsn. They consist of sections, each section starting with a name enclosed in square brackets.

To connect using a File Data Source, use the FileDataSourceName (FILEDSN) connection parameter. You can not use both DataSourceName (DSN) and FileDataSourceName (FILEDSN) in the same connection.

File data sources can be distributed

One benefit of file data sources is that you can distribute the file to users. If the file is placed in the default location for file data sources, it is picked up automatically by ODBC. In this way, managing connections for many users can be made simpler.

To create an ODBC file data source (ODBC Administrator)

  1. Start the ODBC Administrator, click the File DSN tab and then click Add.

  2. Select SQL Anywhere 11 from the list of drivers, and then click Next.

  3. Follow the instructions to create the data source.