ODBC for Oracle

by Armand Datema

Note: I wrote this article
with the help of our DBA, she had some information about this.
Unfortunately she didnt know where she got the information
from (the internet, a book etc., so if someone recognizes this
dont go out shooting me, but let me know and I will give the
proper credits.


In order to use ODBC and Oracle you need to have the Microsft Data Access
Components 2.0 installed. If you dont have it yet, it comes
with the full NT Optionpack 4 and can be downloaded seperately from

Install the Microsoft Data Access Components 2.0

It is best to choose the
full installation, if you however choose the custom
installation make sure that you select the following

  • ODBC

  • OLE DB

  • ODBC Driver for
    Oracle Database

  • OLE DB Provider
    for Oracle Database

  • Microsoft
    ActiveX Data Objects

Install Oracle
client software and SQL*Net

  1. From the Oracle
    CD run the setup from the root directory
    (Note: if you are installing Oracle form
    a networkl drive, you must “Map a network drive” to install
    the software

  2. Select

  3. Select
    installation directorie

The software will now be
installed and the setup will exit. Start it again and repeat
the ebove steps.

  1. Select “Oracle
    Client Products”

  2. Select
    “Application User”

  3. Now choose if
    you want the dodcumentatation to be installed on the Hard
    Drive or read it from the CD

The setup program will now
copy all the files and configure the client

In order to connect to an
Oracle Database using ODBC a valid SQL*NET connect string must
be supplied. Unlike the normal ODBC setup for other databses
like MS ACCESS you cannot name it directly. You must do this
with the “SQL*NET easy configuration”, it allows you to create
an “alias” that you cna reference in an ODBC DSN to connect to
the Oracle Server.

Create a Database

  1. Run SQL*Net easy

  2. Select “Add
    Database Alias”

  3. Type in a name
    for the alias

  4. Select the
    protocol – usually TCP/IP

  5. Ask your DBA for
    the name of the server and the
    database on that server

  6. Specify the host
    machine(server) and database

  7. Confirm the
    settings and select “Exit SQL*Net Easy

Create a System

  1. On the webserver
    add a new system DSN

  2. Select
    “Microsoft ODBC for Oracle”

  3. In the “microsft
    ODBC for Oracle” Dialogue supply the required information.
    Ask your DBA for the “User Name”. “server” is the alias that
    was created with “SQL*Net Easy Configuration”

Data Source Name MyOracleDSN
Description optional
User Name  (ask your DBA)
Server (SQL*Net Easy Configuration alias)

Leave the options set to their default value.

The ODBC is setup now and you can start writing you asp apps

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