Want to protect your cyber security and still get fast solutions? Ask a secure question today.Go Premium

x
?
Solved

The difference between a System DSN and a User DSN in Windows 7

Posted on 2011-09-21
5
Medium Priority
?
406 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
While signed in to a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit machine as an Admin, we noticed that when building a System DSN (Administrative Tools > Data Sources), the creation and test would succeed and the user name would save, but the password would not.  As such, the DSN would never work properly.  Creating a User DSN however would store the password correctly.  This seems to be different than in both XP and Vista (or at least XP) and we wanted to know if anyone knew the reason why.  Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:james_axton
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 50

Assisted Solution

by:jcimarron
jcimarron earned 160 total points
ID: 36581463
0
 
LVL 66

Expert Comment

by:johnb6767
ID: 36581602
I don't recall this working on XP even. If you want to store the Password, either use a File/User DSN. Is it not possible to use Trusted Authentication (using their current logon credentials)?

What type of DSN are you creating?
0
 

Author Comment

by:james_axton
ID: 36588488
jcimarron - thank you for the link.  We do understand the difference between the types but still found it strange that in Windows 7 we couldn't save a password and had to revert to a User DSN.  

johnb6767 - even though it disappears after the initial creation of the System DSN, yes - in XP it holds and passes the password to the SQL Server.  This work is at an office that's moving from XP machines to Windows 7 machines.  The XP machines have ubiquitous System DSNs that have been working for many years.  When we attempted to mimic those DSNs in Windows 7 (as System DSNs) we hit this problem.  The solution was to create User DSNs (as I said) but it made us wonder why things changed across the versions.  
   
0
 
LVL 66

Accepted Solution

by:
johnb6767 earned 340 total points
ID: 36590117
Ill have to play with that. I just dont rememebr that ever being avialable as an option in a SysDSN in XP. Course, most of my work with them is either using a SQL ID where it prompts, or Trusted Auth.....
0
 

Author Comment

by:james_axton
ID: 36590960
A prompt or TA would be a much better solution but we were trying to leave the existing infrastructure in place.  Long story.  
0

Featured Post

Hire Technology Freelancers with Gigs

Work with freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely, and get projects done right.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

First some basics on Windows 7 Backup.  It has 2 components one is a file based backup which is stored in .zip files each zip is split at around 200 Megabytes and there is the Image Backup which is as the name implies a total image of the partition …
Possible fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 updating problem. Solutions mentioned are from Microsoft themselves. I started a case with them from our Microsoft Silver Partner option to open a case and get direct support from Microsoft. If s…
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 7, without downloading adware.
Suggested Courses

580 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question