Setting up the database (server on remote computer)

Setting up the database (server on remote computer)

This section applies only if your web server is running on a remote computer. If your web server is running on the same computer as Dreamweaver, skip to Creating a database connection.

Before attempting to connect to the sample database, perform the following tasks on the remote computer running your web server: copy the sample database to the computer’s hard disk and create a DSN on the computer that points to the database.

To set up the sample database on the remote computer:

  1. Copy the database to the remote computer’s hard disk. If you installed Dreamweaver to its default location, the path on your local hard disk to the database file (tutorial.mdb) is as follows:
    • C:\Program Files\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 8\Tutorial_assets\cafe_townsend\data\tutorial.mdb (Windows)
    • /Applications/Macromedia Dreamweaver 8/Tutorial_assets/cafe_townsend/data/tutorial.mdb (Macintosh)

    You can place the file in any folder on the remote computer, or you can create a new folder for it.

  2. Make sure the Microsoft Access Driver, version 4.0 or later, is installed on the remote computer.

    To find out whether the driver is already installed, see Viewing the ODBC drivers installed on a Windows system in Using Dreamweaver.

    If the driver is not installed, download and install the Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.5 and 2.7 packages on the remote computer. You can download MDAC for free from the Microsoft website at These packages contain the latest Microsoft drivers, including the Microsoft Access Driver.

  3. Set up a DSN called CafeTownsend pointing to the sample database on the remote computer.

    For instructions, see the following articles on the Microsoft website:

    • If the remote computer runs Windows 2000, see Article 300596 at;en-us;300596.
    • If the remote computer runs Windows XP, see Article 305599 at;en-us;305599.

After the database, database driver, and DSN are in place, create a database connection in Dreamweaver. (See Creating a database connection.)

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