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OdbcConnection.BeginTransaction Method

Starts a transaction at the data source.

Namespace:  System.Data.Odbc
Assembly:  System.Data (in System.Data.dll)

Public Function BeginTransaction As OdbcTransaction

Return Value

Type: System.Data.Odbc.OdbcTransaction
An object representing the new transaction.


A transaction is currently active. Parallel transactions are not supported.

To commit or roll back the transaction, you must explicitly use the Commit or Rollback methods.

To make sure that the .NET Framework Data Provider for ODBC transaction management model performs correctly, avoid using other transaction management models, such as those provided by the data source.


If you do not specify an isolation level, the isolation level will be determined by the driver being used. To specify an isolation level with the BeginTransaction method, use the overload that takes the isolevel parameter.

The following example creates an OdbcConnection and an OdbcTransaction. It also demonstrates how to use the BeginTransaction, Commit, and Rollback methods.

Public Sub ExecuteTransaction(ByVal connectionString As String)

    Using connection As New OdbcConnection(connectionString)
        Dim command As New OdbcCommand()
        Dim transaction As OdbcTransaction

        ' Set the Connection to the new OdbcConnection.
        command.Connection = connection

        ' Open the connection and execute the transaction. 

            ' Start a local transaction.
            transaction = connection.BeginTransaction()

            ' Assign transaction object for a pending local transaction.
            command.Connection = connection
            command.Transaction = transaction

            ' Execute the commands.
            command.CommandText = _
                "Insert into Region (RegionID, RegionDescription) VALUES (100, 'Description')"
            command.CommandText = _
                "Insert into Region (RegionID, RegionDescription) VALUES (101, 'Description')"

            ' Commit the transaction.
            Console.WriteLine("Both records are written to database.")

        Catch ex As Exception
            ' Try to rollback the transaction 

                ' Do nothing here; transaction is not active. 
            End Try 
        End Try 
        ' The connection is automatically closed when the 
        ' code exits the Using block. 
    End Using 
End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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