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Do you know any way to invoke UDL from a Windows Application?

I want the user to specify connection parameters, currently I use SQLDMO to
display Servers, Databases, and enter userid & password.

UDL does all of that for me, but I do not know how to invoke it. I read a
few years back that VBScript could do it.

Lewis
Jul 21 '05 #1
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Hi Lewis,

Thanks for posting in the community.

First of all, I would like to confirm my understanding of your issue.
From your description, I understand that you wants to invoke the OLE DB
Data Link Properties Dialog Box in VB.NET
Have I fully understood you? If there is anything I misunderstood, please
feel free to let me know.

I think you may try to use the OLE DB Service Component 1.0 Type Library
shipped with MDAC.

HOWTO: Invoke the OLE DB Data Link Properties Dialog Box in Visual Basic
Code
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=286189
You can get he connectionstring by using the method below.
Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As
System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
Dim MSDASCObj As MSDASC.DataLinks
MSDASCObj = New MSDASC.DataLinks
Dim cn As Object
cn = MSDASCObj.PromptNew
MsgBox(cn.ConnectionString)
End Sub

Also take a look at the link below.
Incorporating the Data Link Properties Editor into a VB.NET App
http://www.developer.com/db/article.php/2241031

Please try my suggestion and let me know the result.

Best regards,

Peter Huang
Microsoft Online Partner Support

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