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Lesson 15. Connecting to Data Sources > Defining a Data Source in the Coldfusio...

Defining a Data Source in the Coldfusion Administrator

In this task, Windows users running ColdFusion locally via Internet Information Server (IIS) or as a standalone Web server will define a data source from within the ColdFusion administrator.

If you are on a Macintosh or Windows machine and your remote site is on a network (or FTP) server other than your computer, then the good news is you don't have to worry about defining a data source. The bad news is that someone else will have to do it for you. If you are using ColdFusion over a network on a computer other than your own, you will need to tell that server's administrator that you need a DSN created, whose name should be dante, and that the database is called dante.mdb and it is a Microsoft Access database. You will also need to tell your administrator where the database file is located. (Most server administrators store database files outside of the Web root for security, so ask your server administrator where you should put the database.) Finally, ask your administrator for the Remote Development Services (RDS) password that will enable you to access your data source while you are developing. RDS provides access to the ColdFusion server to Dreamweaver (and HomeSite), which enables you to look in your database, write server behaviors, build queries, and perform other operations that depend on information from the server, from within the Dreamweaver environment. She or he will know how to take it from there.


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