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ODBC Data Sources Subkey

The values under the ODBC Data Sources subkey list the data sources. The format of these values is as shown in the following table.

Name

Data type

Data

data-source-name

REG_SZ

driver-description

The data-source-name value is defined by the administration program (which usually prompts the user for it), and driver-description is defined by the driver developer (it is usually the name of the DBMS associated with the driver).

For example, suppose three data sources have been defined: Inventory, which uses SQL Server; Payroll, which uses dBASE; and Personnel, which uses formatted text files. The values under the ODBC Data Sources subkey might be as follows:

Inventory : REG_SZ : SQL Server
Payroll : REG_SZ : dBASE
Personnel : REG_SZ : Text
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