How to Configure a File Data Source (Microsoft Windows Platforms)

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If you have ODBC 3.0 or higher, you can define or modify a file data source for use with USoft Remote Rules Service API from the File DSN tab of the ODBC Data Source Administrator.

To configure a File Data Source:

1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
2. Double-click the Administrative Tools icon, and in the resulting list, double-click the Data Sources (ODBC) icon.

The ODBC Data Source Administrator tab set displays.


NOTE: IF you are using a Vista 64-bit machine, Windows displays the incorrect ODBC Data Source Administrator by default, so the list of available data sources will appear to be empty. You can start the correct version of the data source administrator using the following command:


This could be added as a shortcut in the Administrative Tools window for convenience

3. To define a new file data source, select the File DSN tab and click the Add button


To modify an existing file data source, double-click an existing data source from the list and go to step 8.

4. From the Create a New Data Source wizard, select USoft Remote Rules Service API 7.0 driver and click Next.
5. Type a name (e.g., MyFirstFileDSN - do not use spaces) in the text box. This name will identify your data source in the File DSN tab page list box, so make sure the name is descriptive.
6. Click the Next button.

The Create New Data Source wizard dialog displays your configuration.

7. Click the Finish button.

The USoft Remote Rules Service Configurator dialog displays.

8. You can now set up the file data source configuration by completing the entries in this dialog. Click the Help button on the dialog for assistance.
9. If you want to use a language other than English for messages, you can specify the System Language you want to use when connecting to the data source. This is the same language code as defined in the Language field of the System Language window in the Definer. See the topics on localization in your Definer help for more details.
10. Click OK.

Connection to the rules engine will now be tested.

If the connection fails a message is shown (a connection could not be made using the file data source parameters entered), you will be asked if you still want to save the File DSN definition. Note that invalid definitions are not actually saved. This is also true for valid definitions for which a connection can not be made.

If the connection succeeds the File DSN will be added to the list of File DSNs in the File DSN tab-page. The file DSN will get a file extension 'dsn' appended to the name.

Related Topics

How to Define Additional Data Sources

Setting Up a Connection in Applications