Before you can sign onto a database, you must configure an ODBC Datasource for that database.
The way in which you configure an ODBC Datasource is different for each type of database. In the following sections I describe how this is done for each database type. In this section I give some general comments about how this is done.
Note: the sections on configuring database connections are still being written and are currently incomplete.
As a general rule, the following steps need to be done in order to access a database:
In most cases, before you can connect to your database you will need both:
In many cases, the client and ODBC Driver are packaged together (eg. when you install the client, you will also get the ODBC driver).
Client software is not required for MS Access, MS SQL Server, text, Excel and dBase databases, as drivers for these come as a part of the standard Windows install.
You will need to configure the database client in order for it to connect to your database. For some databases, configuring the database client is done as part of the ODBC Datasource Setup, for other databases this is a separate step.
In order for your client to be able to connect with the server, it will need to know the following information:
We cannot help you with this information - you will need to see your DBA for this information.
This can be done in two ways.
To create a new ODBC Datasource:
Many ODBC Drivers have a button Test Connection. It is a good idea to use this to see whether the connection to the database has been configured correctly.
If you create a new ODBC Datasource, you can update the list in the AQT Signon window with Refresh. You will need to select Show All (not Show Recent) in order to see this new datasource.