Configuring a Data Source
Concept Procedure Quick Reference
 
 
 

To configure a data source automatically

  1. Drag and drop one of the following database types onto the Map Explorer tab of the Task Pane:
    • Microsoft Access
    • dBASE
    • Microsoft Excel (must have at least one named range; do not use DATABASE or other reserved words as a range name)
    • Paradox
    • Microsoft Visual FoxPro

To configure a data source manually

  1. At the command prompt, enter mapconnectdb.
  2. Type a name for the data source and click OK. The data link file will have the same name.
  3. On the Provider tab of the Data Link Properties dialog box, select the database provider. If you are using the ODBC provider, select the name of the DSN.
  4. Enter additional information as needed and click OK. The Data Link Properties dialog box is a Microsoft Windows dialog box.

For help on database configuration, see the AutoCAD help. Additional information is available by clicking Help in the Data Link Properties dialog box.

To modify an existing data link file

  1. At the command prompt, enter mapconnectdb.
  2. Select the data source and click OK.
  3. Make the modifications and click OK. The Data Link Properties dialog box is a Microsoft Windows dialog box.
Note If you modify a data link file for a data source that is currently attached and connected, the changes will not take effect until the next time you connect the data source.
Note If you have more than one copy of a UDL file, be sure to edit the copy in the AutoCAD Map 3D data links directory.