Configure Access Database ODBC using VB6 Code

Right now I have an application that uses an Access database and an ODBC connection using VB6.

I currently have to set up the ODBC configuration using Control Panel/ Administrative Tools/Data Sources (ODBC)/User DSN etc in Windows 2000.

This means that when I distribute the application I will have to get other users to go into Control Panel, and configure the ODBC and set the DSN for the proper database.

Has anyone figured out a way to do this from within VB6. It sounds like an API call(?) will be required...

I would like to have the user select the database and then have VB configure the DSN name and driver using code...
DrDAsked:
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MYLimCommented:
Try This:

Option Explicit


Private Const ODBC_ADD_DSN = 1        ' Add data source
Private Const ODBC_CONFIG_DSN = 2     ' Configure (edit) data source
Private Const ODBC_REMOVE_DSN = 3     ' Remove data source
Private Const ODBC_ADD_SYS_DSN = 4    ' Add a new system data source.

'ODBC_CONFIG_SYS_DSN: Modify an existing system data source.

'ODBC_REMOVE_SYS_DSN: Remove an existing system data source

Private Const vbAPINull As Long = 0&  ' NULL Pointer
       
     
       
Private Declare Function SQLConfigDataSource Lib "ODBCCP32.DLL" (ByVal hwndParent As Long, ByVal fRequest As Long, ByVal lpszDriver As String, ByVal lpszAttributes As String) As Long



Public Function AddODBCDSN()

    Dim strDriver As String
    Dim strAttributes As String
    Dim intRet As Long
     
   'since i do not have SQL Server installed....
    strDriver = "Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)"      'Set the attributes delimited by null.
    'See driver documentation for a complete
    'list of supported attributes.
     
   'You should use this
    'strDriver = "SQL Server"
    strAttributes = "SERVER=SomeServer" & Chr$(0)
    strAttributes = strAttributes & "DESCRIPTION=Test DSN" & Chr$(0)
    strAttributes = strAttributes & "DSN=DSN_TEMP" & Chr$(0)
    strAttributes = strAttributes & "DATABASE=c:\test.mdb" & Chr$(0)
    'strAttributes = strAttributes & "UID=" & Chr$(0)
    'strAttributes = strAttributes & "PWD=" & Chr$(0)
       
   'To show dialog, use Form1.Hwnd instead of vbAPINull.
    intRet = SQLConfigDataSource(vbAPINull, ODBC_ADD_SYS_DSN, strDriver, strAttributes)
    If intRet Then
        MsgBox "DSN Created"
    Else
        MsgBox "Create Failed"
     
   End If
End Function

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MYLimCommented:
Step-by-Step Example
=====================
1.Start a New Project.
2.In the Advanced tab of the Options dialog box under the Tools menu, set a Conditional Compilation Argument named WIN32 equal to 1 if using Visual Basic 4.0 32-bit, or 0 if using Visual Basic 4.0 16-bit.
3.Add two CommandButtons to the default form.
4.Add the following code to the General Declarations:      Option Explicit

      'Constant Declaration
      Private Const ODBC_ADD_DSN = 1        ' Add data source
      Private Const ODBC_CONFIG_DSN = 2     ' Configure (edit) data source
      Private Const ODBC_REMOVE_DSN = 3     ' Remove data source
      Private Const vbAPINull As Long = 0&  ' NULL Pointer

      'Function Declare
      #If WIN32 Then

          Private Declare Function SQLConfigDataSource Lib "ODBCCP32.DLL" _
          (ByVal hwndParent As Long, ByVal fRequest As Long, _
          ByVal lpszDriver As String, ByVal lpszAttributes As String) _
          As Long
      #Else
          Private Declare Function SQLConfigDataSource Lib "ODBCINST.DLL" _
          (ByVal hwndParent As Integer, ByVal fRequest As Integer, ByVal _
          lpszDriver As String, ByVal lpszAttributes As String) As Integer
      #End If
                              
5.Add the following code into the Click event of Command1:      #If WIN32 Then
          Dim intRet As Long
      #Else
          Dim intRet As Integer
      #End If
      Dim strDriver As String
      Dim strAttributes As String

      'Set the driver to SQL Server because it is most common.
      strDriver = "SQL Server"
      'Set the attributes delimited by null.
      'See driver documentation for a complete
      'list of supported attributes.
      strAttributes = "SERVER=SomeServer" & Chr$(0)
      strAttributes = strAttributes & "DESCRIPTION=Temp DSN" & Chr$(0)
      strAttributes = strAttributes & "DSN=DSN_TEMP" & Chr$(0)
      strAttributes = strAttributes & "DATABASE=pubs" & Chr$(0)
      'To show dialog, use Form1.Hwnd instead of vbAPINull.
      intRet = SQLConfigDataSource(vbAPINull, ODBC_ADD_DSN, _
      strDriver, strAttributes)
      If intRet Then
          MsgBox "DSN Created"
      Else
          MsgBox "Create Failed"
      End If
                              
6.Add the following code into the Click event of Command2:      #If WIN32 Then
          Dim intRet As Long
      #Else
          Dim intRet As Integer
      #End If
      Dim strDriver As String
      Dim strAttributes As String

      'Set the driver to SQL Server because most common.
      strDriver = "SQL Server"
      'Set the attributes delimited by null.
      'See driver documentation for a complete list of attributes.
      strAttributes = "DSN=DSN_TEMP" & Chr$(0)
      'To show dialog, use Form1.Hwnd instead of vbAPINull.
      intRet = SQLConfigDataSource(vbAPINull, ODBC_REMOVE_DSN, _
      strDriver, strAttributes)
      If intRet Then
          MsgBox "DSN Deleted"
      Else
          MsgBox "Delete Failed"
      End If
                              
7.Run the project.
8.Click Command1 to add a DSN named DSN_TEMP.
9.Click Command2 to remove the DSN named DSN_TEMP.

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MYLimCommented:
Alan WarrenApplications DeveloperCommented:
Hi DrD,

Have you considered using a dsnless connection?

Invoke browse for file dialog, then build the connect string and open the connection
http://www.able-consulting.com/MDAC/ADO/Connection/ODBC_DSNLess.htm#ODBCDriverForAccess

Alan :)
spongieCommented:
Hi DrD. I think you only need to create the dsn once and that's during installation. So, try creating this with your setup program. I suggest using Inno Setup. It's free.

http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php

Visit the vb tutorial here:

http://www.jrsoftware.org/iskb.php?vb

or just run this software to create the packaging script:

http://www.randem.com/innoscript/innoscript.htm

and use this tool to create the script for your DSN:

http://www.istool.org/

It might not be the quick and easy way but when you start getting PDW problems, you'll end up using other installation softwares like the ones above. But then you could always find out for yourself...

Good Luck! :0)
DrDAuthor Commented:
Wow!

I sure got some responses to this one.. I'll get back as soon as I can. It will take me a day or so to work through all of them...

Thanks!

David (drD)

Sycon1Commented:
I need to know ehat lines of code i need to connect to a microsoft access databse, then how to add records to the databse.thank you
stromberg45Commented:
this code works, well it puts up the DSN entry, but it will not select the database at all. that is, it puts up a DSN that points to nothing

my parameters are as follows --

      strDriver = "Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)"
      strAttributes = strAttributes & "DESCRIPTION=Temp DSN" & Chr$(0)
      strAttributes = strAttributes & "DSN=RM TEMP" & Chr$(0)
      strAttributes = strAttributes & "DATABASE=" & App.Path & "RM.mdb" & Chr$(0)

      intRet = SQLConfigDataSource(vbAPINull, ODBC_ADD_DSN, strDriver, strAttributes)

anyone help?
mrjdesignCommented:
is there one thing missing here???

strAttributes = strAttributes & "DATABASE=" & App.Path & "RM.mdb" & Chr$(0)

shouldnt that be...

strAttributes = strAttributes & "DATABASE=" & App.Path & "\RM.mdb" & Chr$(0)

The backslash isn't added by default to the app.path
amitmahajanCommented:
This works -

strAttributes = strAttributes & "Dbq=" & App.Path & "\RM.mdb" & Chr$(0)
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