I'm writting an applicatin in VB.NET that connects to an Oracle Database. I'm using Microsofts Orcale Client provider (system.data.OracleClient.dll). Everything is working fine on my computer (lol), but on a test computer, I am getting the error: "ORA - 12154 TNS: Could not resolve service name". I have a tnsnames.ora file and all other oracle applications are working fine. I also created an environment variable named TNS_ADMIN and pointed it to where the tnsnames.ora file is located. There are no errors within the tns file. Other oracle applications are using the tns file just fine and the tns names and definitions are valid (have been verified).
One point of note: on my machine, I have client software for oracle 9 but on the test computer it is 8.1
Both computers are using the DotNet framework 1.1
Both computers have system.data.oracleclient.dll
the TNS files are in different locations on both machines (theoretically, they could be anywhere)
It seems like microsofts provider cannot find the tnsnames.ora file. I'm not sure what to do to make sure it is finding the correct file.
I need help resolving this problem. Any assistance is much appreciated.