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Using a Microsoft SQL Server with Paradox 8

Posted on 2007-10-09
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Last Modified: 2008-12-16
What would be the best way to create a linked server for paradox 7 tables on an SQL Server. Currently it appears we're using a Miscrosoft SQL Server and we do have Paradox 8 installed.
Question by:azumaleasing
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In order to create a linked server, you need a provider installed on the SQL Server. So either a suited ODBC driver or a native paradox provider (if one exists) need to be installed.

Hope this helps ...

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Do you know how to set up SQL to use ODBC or the Microsfot Jet OLE DB Provider to read Paradox tables?
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When you create an SystemDSN, use the 'Microsoft Paradox Driver' and fill in a data source name, select the Paradox version (3.x, 4.x or 5.x) and set the correct directory if not the current. Never done that, but it looks pretty straightforward.
Once that one is working, use that DSN to setup a linked server from within SQL Server.

Hope this helps ...
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azumaleasing earned 0 total points
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I've finally found the solution. Turns out you need to install the paradox odbc drivers that seems to only come with a paradox installation. Those drivers can be used by the SQL server to access paradox tables directly.

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@azumaleasing: Where did you get these drivers from?  What paradox installation did you use?
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by:Mark Wills
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I would be very interested to see your Linked Server setup. Would you mind scripting it, change user names and db names, but please leave in as much detail as you can...

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