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

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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.
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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?
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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.  
   
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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.....
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A prompt or TA would be a much better solution but we were trying to leave the existing infrastructure in place.  Long story.  
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