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I have an Access database that I use to convert data from one ERP to another ERP system. The databases are Pervasive to Postgresql.

I link tables from both databases using ODBC and then have append queries to migrate the data.

My problem is that I take this database to different servers and it is very cumbersome to update the links individually in the linked table manager. How can I mass update the links? In total I link to about 40 tables.
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by:chaau
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One of the easiest way to do this is by using DSNs for the ODBC connections. I guess you are using DSN-less option for your linked tables. Create two DSNs: pervasiveERP and postgresERP and use them for the linked tables. If you stick to the same DSN names on different machines the linked tables will work
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Gustav Brock earned 500 total points
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You can use a function like this:
Public Function AttachSqlServer( _
    Optional ByVal Hostname As String, _
    Optional ByVal Database As String, _
    Optional ByVal Username As String, _
    Optional ByVal Password As String) _
    As Boolean

' Attach all tables linked via ODBC to SQL Server.
' 2014-08-09. Cactus Data ApS, CPH.

    Const cstrDbType    As String = "ODBC"
    Const cstrAcPrefix  As String = "dbo_"
    Const cstrConnect   As String = _
        "ODBC;" & _
        "DRIVER=SQL Server;" & _
        "Description=Cactus TimeSag og Finans;" & _
        "APP=Microsoft® Access;" & _
        "SERVER={0};" & _
        "DATABASE={1};" & _
        "UID={2};" & _
        "PWD={3};"

    Dim dbs             As DAO.Database
    Dim tdf             As DAO.TableDef
    Dim strConnect      As String
    Dim strName         As String
    
    On Error GoTo Err_AttachSqlServer
    
    Set dbs = CurrentDb
    strConnect = cstrConnect
    strConnect = Replace(strConnect, "{0}", Hostname)
    strConnect = Replace(strConnect, "{1}", Database)
    strConnect = Replace(strConnect, "{2}", Username)
    strConnect = Replace(strConnect, "{3}", Password)
    
    For Each tdf In dbs.TableDefs
        strName = tdf.Name
        If Asc(strName) <> Asc("~") Then
            If InStr(tdf.Connect, cstrDbType) = 1 Then
                If Left(strName, Len(cstrAcPrefix)) = cstrAcPrefix Then
                    tdf.Name = Mid(strName, Len(cstrAcPrefix) + 1)
                End If
                tdf.Connect = strConnect
                tdf.RefreshLink
                Debug.Print tdf.Name, tdf.SourceTableName, tdf.Connect
            End If
        End If
    Next
    
    AttachSqlServer = True
    
Exit_AttachSqlServer:
    Set tdf = Nothing
    Set dbs = Nothing
    Exit Function
    
Err_AttachSqlServer:
    FejlBox (vbCritical)
    Resume Exit_AttachSqlServer
    
End Function

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You have to modify it a little to separate the tables from the two servers in two groups.

/gustav
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by:Gerhardpet
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@chaau
Your suggestion works for the pervasive database but not for the postgress. For the postgres database the string also includes the database name.

Like so DSN=erp;database=abc. The database name will always be the company name so that will not work.

@Gustav Brock
I'm going to try yours
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by:Gerhardpet
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The Postgres database connection string looks like this
database connection string
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by:Gustav Brock
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The only thing you may need to change is SERVER=localhost where localhost should be replaced with the hostname or IP address of the other server.

The generic string is:
Driver={PostgreSQL};Server=IP address;Port=5432;Database=myDataBase;Uid=myUsername;Pwd=myPassword;

/gustav
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by:Gerhardpet
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Got it! That works...Thanks for your help @gustav
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by:Gustav Brock
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You are welcome!

/gustav
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