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DSN connection to a SQL Server 'mdf' file

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I have a website which uses a SQL Server database (version 7 I think).

I have two database files a 'mdf' and a 'ldf'.

This is the asp code that connects to it
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   Application("Conn_ConnectionString") = "DSN=km" 'local
   sql = "SELECT * FROM AdminUser"
   set rsPass = server.CreateObject("adodb.recordset")
   rsPass.Open sql, Application("Conn_ConnectionString")
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I have only ever used MS Access databases in the past so im not sure where to start.

What software do I need to install?
How do I setup the DSN connection - Is it the same as MS Access?
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Question by:LaurentKyan
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>How do I setup the DSN connection - Is it the same as MS Access? <<
The connection string is not the same as MS Access and you do not have to use DSN.  Here are the connections trings for the OLE DB Provider for SQL Server:
http://www.able-consulting.com/MDAC/ADO/Connection/OLEDB_Providers.htm#OLEDBProviderForSQLServer

If you really want to use DSN than see this:
ODBC Driver for SQL Server
http://www.able-consulting.com/MDAC/ADO/Connection/ODBC_DSNLess.htm#ODBCDriverForSQLServer

Anthony
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by:LaurentKyan
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Do I have to have SQL Server installed or can I connect to the database  files without it?
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by:namasi_navaretnam
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You will need to have MS SQL Server Client software installed in your PC.

The rest is same. Define a DSN to MS SQL SERVER DATABASE using odbc administrator (odbcad32.exe)

HTH

Namasi Navaretnam
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by:LaurentKyan
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Is MS SQL Server Client software availible for free or is it a licenced product?
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Anthony Perkins earned 525 total points
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You do not need to install MS SQL Server client software on all your workstations.  At most, all you need is MDAC, which you can download from:
www.microsoft.com/data

Anthony
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