SQL Server 2005 connection problems in XP


#1

Hello everyone,

I have been looking all over to see if I can get my problem resolved and
alas, I have not been successful. Could someone help?

I am trying to connect to a database in XP that resides on a SQL Server
2005. I downloaded and installed the Ruby-One-Time-Installer, so that
gives me the odbc package.

The question is, how do I specify the datasource address if the database
is residing on a server not on my local machine?

Here is a snip of my code:

require ‘DBI’

conn =
DBI.connect(‘DBI:ODBC:fooServer\fooDevServer\Databases\db’,username,password)

Is this correct? I have changed to forward slashes, to colons, but to no
avail. I keep getting the following error:

C:/INSTAN~1/ruby/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/DBD/ODBC/ODBC.rb:95:in
connect': IM002 (0) [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified (DBI::DatabaseError) from C:/INSTAN~1/ruby/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/dbi/dbi.rb:584:inconnect’
from C:/INSTAN~1/ruby/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8/dbi/dbi.rb:384:in
`connect’
from Database_test.rb:18

Can someone let me know what I am missing?

Thanks,

Ana


#2

On Feb 21, 5:05 pm, Ana L. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

is residing on a server not on my local machine?

Thanks,

Ana


Posted viahttp://www.ruby-forum.com/.

So this “server” is a SQLExpress database file? You probably need an
ODBC style connection string. This is my favest site in the world for
connection strings: http://connectionstrings.com/?carrier=sqlserver I
don’t even bother to remember 'em anymore. :slight_smile:


#3

Sam S. wrote:

On Feb 21, 5:05 pm, Ana L. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

is residing on a server not on my local machine?

Thanks,

Ana


Posted viahttp://www.ruby-forum.com/.

So this “server” is a SQLExpress database file? You probably need an
ODBC style connection string. This is my favest site in the world for
connection strings: http://connectionstrings.com/?carrier=sqlserver I
don’t even bother to remember 'em anymore. :slight_smile:

Hello,

Great! This certainly helped!

Ana


#4

Ana L. wrote:

Sam S. wrote:

On Feb 21, 5:05 pm, Ana L. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

is residing on a server not on my local machine?

Thanks,

Ana


Posted viahttp://www.ruby-forum.com/.

So this “server” is a SQLExpress database file? You probably need an
ODBC style connection string. This is my favest site in the world for
connection strings: http://connectionstrings.com/?carrier=sqlserver I
don’t even bother to remember 'em anymore. :slight_smile:

As an added note, an ODBC connection needs to be created in Windows,
seperate from your Ruby script. You can create an ODBC connection by
going to the Control Panel->Administrative Tools->ODBC Data Source->User
DSN->Add

This is what I really needed to figure out. Now I just use the name that
I gave to my newly created datasource into my code and it works. Here is
an example:

Data source was created with the name “fooDB”

require ‘DBI’

conn =
DBI.connect(‘DBI:ODBC:fooDB’,username,password)