File DSNs are an alternative to using ODBC Datasources. With these, the definition of the connection is contained in a file. This file can then be shared or copied between users.
To create a File DSN:
You can also create a file DSN using a text editor. Information on how to do this can be found on various sources on the web.
We recommend taking an existing *.dsn file as a base then amending it and saving it with a new name.
File DSNs provide no mechanism for holding passwords in a secure (eg. encrypted way). For this reason we strongly recommend that passwords are not held as part of a File DSN.
By contrast, Datasource definitions do encrypt passwords. This is one advantage of Datasource definitions over File DSNs.