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Posts Tagged ‘create connection string’

UDL Test Series – Part 2 – Easiest way to create connection string

Posted by blakhani on March 20, 2014


In the last post (part 1) we have discussed about how to create UDL and how a basic connectivity check can be performed. Another cool thing about UDL is that it can help a developer to create connecting string for the selected provider. Here are the steps.

  • Create a blank UDL file (Refer Part 1).
  • On the first tab, choose provider. I have selected “SQL Server Native Client 11.0”

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  • Hit Next or move to next tab “Connection” and provide necessary values. I have given server name (SRV3), selected “Use windows NT integrate security” and typed in database name as tempdb.

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  • On “Advanced” tab, I have entered timeout as 60 (I have given some random number for demo)

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  • On last tab “All”, we can edit rest of the parameter which can be provided in connecting sting. I have used “Application Name” in below screenshot and edited it to Balmukund

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  • Once all necessary values are entered. Hit OK.
  • Now, open the file with “notepad” and have a look (this is the key of the trick because double click would open properties again)

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Notice that connection string is ready and can be used in the application code. Interesting? Please comment if it was useful.

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