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Cold Fusion - dsn-less connection to SQL server database

Posted on 2004-03-22
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is there a way of using a DSN-less connection with Cold Fusion MX to connect to a SQL database (located on a different server to CF)? I have seen the following code around, but it doesn't seem to work for CF MX...just generates an error that CONNECTSTRING is not supported.

<cfset Connection = "Provider=SQLOLEDB.1;Persist Security Info=False;User ID=XXX;Password=XX;Initial Catalog=XXX;Data Source=IP ADDRESS;Network Library=DBMSSOCN">
<CFQUERY NAME="Test" DBTYPE="dynamic" CONNECTSTRING="#Connection#">
SELECT * from SomeTable
</CFQUERY>
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Its not supported anymore in CFMX, I think (not sure) that if you want a DSNless connection you need to use ADO..
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Use CF Native drivers [CFADMIN] to create DSN - they r much efficient & faster !

as rightly said above - DSNLess connections are not supported ne-more in CFMX !
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It is safer anyway not to use a DSNless connection as your example, because if someone gets your page code they get your security information and can hack your server.

That is one of the reasons that they moved away from DSNless connections
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by:Seth_Bienek
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Just to reiterate what Tacobell777 said, CFMX does not support DSNless connections.

That's the bad news.

The good news is that CFMX does use JDBC for database functionality, which means you can extend java classes directly to do your database stuff.

Dan Plesse has a library of code he developed just for this purpose, that lets you "add, update or delete data from any database from any location", aka, DSNless connections.

I have to stress to you that I have not used any of his code, nor looked at it personally.  But it might work for you, or at least give you some ideas for an approach of your own.

Let us know how it works out!

Take Care,

Seth
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