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Linked Server using ODBC system DSN - does the DSN have to be on SQL Server?

Posted on 2014-02-10
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I've set up the ODBC System DSN on my local computer.  When I test the linked server, it says it can't find the DSN.  I think it's looking on the server.  There doesn't appear to be an option to use a file DSN and point it to my computer.   Any suggestions?  Thanks,
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Let me make sure I understand what's going on:

You're using the SQL Server system tools (Management Studio, etc) on your local workstation.
You access some server off in the data center or where ever.
You've defined a linked server to a second one using a data source defined on your workstation but it doesn't actually work server to server.

If this is the case, then yes, you need the DSN on the server also.  Just remote desktop to it and set it up the same as you did for your workstation.
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YOu are correct in your assessment.  Thanks for the remote desktop comment.  (that will solve other things I've been wanting to do as well). I just tried it and there is no ODBC driver installed.  I'm at the mercy of IT on that matter which will likely take longer than anybody wants to  keep this question open.  I think your solution will work.  So Thank You.  
Stacey
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