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Glossary : DSN (Data Source Name)

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DSN (Data Source Name)

A DSN stores the data source information (see Data Source) necessary for the Driver Manager to connect to the database. This can be configured either through the ODBC Administrator or in a DSN file. On Windows, the information is called a system or user DSN and is stored in the Registry. Data source information can also be stored in text configuration files, as is the case on non-Windows platforms. Applications deployed in the global assembly cache must have a strong name to handle name and version conflicts.