Notice: This website is an unofficial Microsoft Knowledge Base (hereinafter KB) archive and is intended to provide a reliable access to deleted content from Microsoft KB. All KB articles are owned by Microsoft Corporation. Read full disclaimer for more details.

DSN network library shown as "Other" in ODBC Administrator

View products that this article applies to.

This article was previously published under Q260249

↑ Back to the top


When creating a new SQL Server Data Source Name (DSN) using the ODBC API SQLConfigDataSource function, a network library must be specified. If the network library name is in lowercase letters, the Client Configuration dialog box may show it as "Other".

↑ Back to the top


In Control Panel, the Client Configuration dialog box in ODBC Data Source Administrator is case-sensitive. It compares the network library name from the registry to uppercase network library names. See the "More Information" section for information on the registry entries that are affected by SQLConfigDataSource.

↑ Back to the top


Use all uppercase letters in the network library name.

NOTE: This is only cosmetic. Connectivity is not affected by the case of the network library name.

↑ Back to the top

More information

The ODBC API SQLConfigDataSource function can be used to create new SQL Server DSNs programmatically. For example, the following code creates a new System DSN named MyNewDSN (or modifies if it already exists) connecting to the pubs database using the TCP/IP protocol:
returnCode = SQLConfigDataSource(NULL,ODBC_ADD_SYS_DSN, (LPSTR) "SQL Server",
                                (LPSTR) "DSN=MyNewDSN\0"
                                "Description=New Data Source\0");
Creating a new DSN enters or modifies the default network library value for SQL Servers stored in the registry under the following key:
The DSQUERY string under this registry key contains the default network library for any SQL Server.

If the network library name that is shown in the SQLConfigDataSource call above is coded as "Network=dbmssocn\0" instead of "Network=DBMSSOCN\0", the Client Configuration dialog box will show the network library as "Other".

↑ Back to the top


229929� INFO: Registry Entries and Keywords for SQL Server Connection Strings
814844� Error message: "Setup was unable to validate the logged user" occurs when you install SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3)

↑ Back to the top

Keywords: KB260249, kbprb

↑ Back to the top

Article Info
Article ID : 260249
Revision : 5
Created on : 8/25/2006
Published on : 8/25/2006
Exists online : False
Views : 420