Connect to a remote database

Hi,
     I would like to connect to a remote database. How to i do it. I dont want to connect it thru a web service.Other than that is there any method?
One more question is why is crystal reports listed under database. Is crystal reports a database? This question has always been lingering on my mind
unnaAsked:
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unnaAuthor Commented:
Well i forgot to metion that there are four different databases located at 4 different places. I need to connect to these databses and produce a report combined these 4 databases.
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Krelek200Commented:
Have you tried using the Datasource Administrator?  It is located under Control Panel ---> ODBC Datasource Admin (win 98/me) or Control Panel ----> Admin Tools ----> Datasource Administrator (Win XP/2000)

Now for connect 4 databases to one, you might have a problem.  Different databases can mean different datasource Drivers.  You might want to pull the information into Microsoft Access and build the report from that.  Crystal might give you some problems...

Ben
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unnaAuthor Commented:
Well all the 4 databases are oracle DB .How can i use a odbc connection for a database located at 4 different places? I dont understand can u explain to me in detail
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Krelek200Commented:
Do you know of the database's DSN names?
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unnaAuthor Commented:
I know DSN. Do i give the username password of the system to login. Could u just explain in detail of what your trying to say
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Krelek200Commented:
In the datasource Administrator, you can specify the database DSN's in the System, File DSNs.  I usually you can use these to specify where the databases are.  It is a simple process.  Click on the System DSN.  Click on Add.  Then click on a reference to an Oracle ODBC datasource driver.  Click on finish.  Then type in the DSN Name, Server Name, User Names, and if available do a Test Connection.  This is as if you are logging onto the database.  If successful then you have set up the remote datasource.
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