DataSource Property

SqlConnectionStringBuilder.DataSource Property

Gets or sets the name or network address of the instance of SQL Server to connect to.

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

public string DataSource { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The value of the DataSource property, or String.Empty if none has been supplied.

This property corresponds to the "Data Source", "server", "address", "addr", and "network address" keys within the connection string. Regardless of which of these values has been supplied within the supplied connection string, the connection string created by the SqlConnectionStringBuilder will use the well-known "Data Source" key. If the value passed in is null when you try to set the property, the DataSource property is reset. If the value has not been set and the developer tries to retrieve the property, the return value is String.Empty.

The following example demonstrates that the SqlConnectionStringBuilder class converts synonyms for the "Data Source" connection string key into the well-known key:

using System.Data.SqlClient;

class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        SqlConnectionStringBuilder builder = new SqlConnectionStringBuilder(
            "Network Address=(local);Integrated Security=SSPI;" +
            "Initial Catalog=AdventureWorks");

        // Display the connection string, which should now  
        // contain the "Data Source" key, as opposed to the 
        // supplied "Network Address".
        Console.WriteLine(builder.ConnectionString);

        // Retrieve the DataSource property.
        Console.WriteLine("DataSource = " + builder.DataSource);

        Console.WriteLine("Press any key to continue.");
        Console.ReadLine();
    }
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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