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I am running Windows 7 Pro and I am trying to establish a SQL server connection for a 32 bit Access 2003 database.  The SQL Server database is running SQL 2008 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 OS.  I am using the 32 bit ODBC configuration utility from the Windows\SysWOW64 directory called odbcad32.exe.  Attached are screen shots showing the different steps for creating the connection.  In the 4th sceen shot where I would change the default database it does not appear in the drop down.  However I have been able to connect successfully from another Windows 7 and XP Pro machine.  If I use the same credentials on my Windows 7 machine that connected successfully on the other machines I do not get my instance name in the drop down when I attempt to change the default database.  Any ideas on how to get this connection working would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks Experts!!!
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Any ideas for establishing the connection would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!!!
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OK. You have setup the same connection on other clients but they might have used a user with permissions on the SQL server that the non working client doesn't have.
Let's make an example: say you have client1 working and client2 not working. User1 has logged on client1 and User2 has logged on client2. Both clients have the same ODBC connection BUT the client1 gets connected with User1 (which has permission on SQL) and it works and client2 gets connected with User2 (which doesn't have permission on SQL) and it doesn't work.

On the the non working client, set the ODBC connection with a SQL Server authentication.
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Thanks!
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You're welcome!
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