Can you create an ODBC connection to a database outside of your network?

We have some data that a business partner would like us to share. We're OK with that. But he'd like us to set up an ODBC connection to his database, on his network, so that we can export that data to him thru ODBC. How could I connect to his database on his network? I'm clueless!
TexanDonnaPAsked:
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digitapConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you'd simply launch the odbc interface and add an odbc source. what kind of database is it? you'd probably connect with the ip address of the database server. you'll also need a username and password. is this over a vpn?
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giltjrCommented:
You also need to make sure you have a ODBC driver for the remote data base in question.  DB2 on z/OS, for example, requires a special driver to connect.
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digitapCommented:
in addition to mysql.
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TexanDonnaPAuthor Commented:
My business partner tells me that it's a SQL Server database. He wants us to export this data daily, so this could be a pain. I hadn't thought about using VPN to access his system before we export the data. Great idea. I'll have to see if I can create the ODBC connection using access by VPN. Thanks for the ideas, DIGITAP.
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digitapCommented:
sql...cool. that driver should already be available. using a vpn, you will most certainly want to use the ip of the database server. create the connection under system dsn rather than user. also, select the database to export from within the connect. from your export tool, simply reference the system dsn you created.
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