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I am writing a database application with C# that uses an ODBC database as its data source. The point is that any time the application is installed on a different computer the ODBC connection must be done manually.
I would want to do it programmaticaly so that less hectic is placed on the user. I tried but had a security exception error which meant I do not have the right to write to the HLM.
Please is there a way out. I will be grateful of any help given. Thanx.
Posted 15-Jan-13 12:24pm
David_Wimbley at 15-Jan-13 17:34pm
If you got a security exception can you not run the app as an administrator? Right click run as admin.
Or perhaps add

To your application manifest file?
PIEBALDconsult at 15-Jan-13 18:32pm
ODBC? Why?

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Solution 1

What database are you using?
Is this snippet what you are looking for?
public static extern bool SQLConfigDataSource(int hwndParent, int fRequest, string lpszDriver, string lpszAttributes);
const  ODBC_ADD_DSN = 1;
const  ODBC_ADD_SYS_DSN = 4;
public object CreateOdbcDataSource()
    string driver = "Your Driver Name Here"; //Ex: Sql Server
    string odbcAttributes = "DSN=Sample" + Strings.Chr(0) + "Database=Your Database" + Strings.Chr(0) + "Description= This is a database" + Strings.Chr(0) + "Server=(local)" + Strings.Chr(0) + "Trusted_Connection=No" + Strings.Chr(0);
    SQLConfigDataSource(0, ODBC_ADD_SYS_DSN, driver, odbcAttributes);

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