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ODBC Connection to Access database with PHP

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I followed the steps here:
http://www.devasp.com/samples/dsn_access.asp

and created a DSN, which went OK.

Then I tried to use this code to access it, but it keeps failing. $conn is empty.
 
<?php
	$conn=odbc_connect('MCDB','phpadmin','********!');
	if (!$conn)
	{
		exit("Connection Failed: " . $conn);
	}
	else
	{
		echo "Connection Established";
	}
	odbc_close($conn);
?>

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What am I doing wrong?
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by:Lukasz Chmielewski
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If so... Seems ok but double check:
DSN name ? Is it the same ?
Are you providing good password ?
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by:DrDamnit
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Since this is a Windows 2k8 box, there is no user and password because I have used a system DSN.

In that same vein, I have manually added some user / passwords to the DSN, and I have also tried authenticating with the system administrator credentials (with and without the DOMAIN\User format). All to no avail.

ODBC is already installed on a Windows SBS 2008 box, so I don't think I need to install anything else. I did, however have to install the access drives, but that went ok.
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by:Lukasz Chmielewski
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Does this work without providing ANYTHING ?
$conn=odbc_connect('MCDB','','');
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by:DrDamnit
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No joy.

I have set the file permissions to this as Everyone = Full Access (for the folder that contains this file). Still didn't work.

Thoughts?
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This is how I set it up... System Data Source Configuration Advanced Options
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Shinesh Premrajan earned 2000 total points
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you need to try with these

$connection = odbc_connect("Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)};Dbq=$mdbFilename", $user, $password);

Hope this helps
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Still fails. Just to beclear, dbq should be the DSN or the path to the file?
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by:DrDamnit
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The key was to do a DSN-less connection using the full path. Thanks!
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Isn't that the thing suggested by the first post ?
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