ODBC connection fails

Posted on 2014-02-02
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Last Modified: 2014-02-11

I am having trouble with an ODBC connection to my front-end.

We receive orders on Excel spreadsheets, which my code imports to a SQL Server back-end.

The Excel code then opens an Access front-end which has ODBC links to the SQL tables but also to our accounting package (Sage).  This front-end presents the order details to the user for them to check over.  We use the link to Sage to check the customer's credit rating before completing the order.

The ODBC link to Sage was set-up using a DSN called "SageLink".

The link to Sage sometimes fails - "ODBC error - SageLink failed", but if we keep re-trying it eventually connects.

I have tried to debug this today and found:
- Opening the table directly failed
- Refreshing the link failed
- Trying to recreate the link failed
- When I closed the database and re-opened it worked first-time

Most of the time the SageLink works perfectly, so can anyone suggest what I should do to prevent this failure.

This is driving my users nuts, so any help would be really appreciated.

Question by:LJKMartin
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bc10 earned 300 total points
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I had a similar problem with Sage.  There was a new version of the ODBC driver available which solved the problem. Have you checked with Sage for an updated driver?
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PatHartman earned 300 total points
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See if you can get your IT support to test the user's network connection.  If he is the only one having a problem, it is most likely a network issue.

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LJKMartin earned 0 total points
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Thank-you Gents,

It was using the latest driver and everyone was having the problem.

I got a different IT support guy to look into it and he found that the wrong version of the DSN was being used, and also he had to update some permissions.

Thanks again for your advice.


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ID: 39849703
The problem was fixed by a colleague

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