Setting up an ODBC User Data Source Name (DSN)


An ODBC user DSN is local to the computer and accessible only by the current user. Setting up an ODBC user DSN is a convenient way to connect 3rd party ODBC aware desktop applications to Fernhill SCADA.

Step by Step Guide to Setting up a User DSN

To set up an ODBC user DSN to Fernhill SCADA follow these steps:

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. From the Control Panel, open Administrative Tools.

3. Open Data Sources (ODBC). The ODBC Data Source Administrator will appear:

ODBC Data Source Administrator

4. Click Add.... The Create New Data Source dialog opens:

Create New Data Source

Note: The list of drivers on your computer may be different to the list shown above.

5. Select Fernhill SCADA, scrolling down the list if necessary. Then click Finish. The Fernhill SCADA DSN Configuration dialog opens:

Fernhill SCADA DSN Configuration

6. Enter the following information:

FieldTypical data
NameMy PLC Gateway
DescriptionConnection to local server

7. Click OK to close the Fernhill SCADA DSN Configuration dialog. The new connection to Fernhill SCADA will appear in the ODBC Data Source Administrator:

ODBC Data Source Administrator With DSN

Note: If you are running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista, the Platform column is not shown.

8. Click OK to close the ODBC Data Source Administrator.

Further Information

Diagnosing Connection Problems

If you are having problems connecting to a Fernhill SCADA Server.

Setting up an ODBC System DSN

For instructions on setting up an ODBC System DSN.

Setting up an ODBC Data Source Name (DSN)

For an overview of the different types of ODBC Data Source Name.


For definitions of the terms used in Fernhill SCADA.