For some strange reason the Oracle 10g Express installation will not run the configuration web client for me but it works all fine for the testing folks. But it installs happily in a virtual PC, and it runs/configures just fine.
Now to connect from my PC I need some client stuff. On the Oracle 10g Express page it has a client download, which you would think would do the business. But does not. The current approach in the office is to install the complete Express server and just ignore the server parts. That idea stinks, so with some help from a co-worker I got the correct option work.
Install the Instant Client, for ODBC (god bless VB6.0 applications) you need to:
Download the Instant Client Package - Basic and Instant Client Package - ODBC
unzip them to
C:\\Oracle\and the will make a
instantclient_10_2subdirectory. The resulting directory
C:\\Oracle\\instantclient_10_2will be referred to as
<dir>from now on.
create a file in <dir> called tnsnames.ora with the contents:
Name Of TNS = (DESCRIPTION = (ADDRESS = (PROTOCOL = TCP)(HOST = your_server_name)(PORT = 1521)) (CONNECT_DATA = (SERVER = DEDICATED) (SERVICE_NAME = XE) ) )
your_server_namewith the name/ip address of you remote server. You can name you TNS with a sensible name by replacing
Name Of TNS
Add new environment variable
Now you can use the Data Source (ODBC) tool to setup the DSN like via the
Oracle in instantclient 10_2Driver
Updated: Changed the naming the TNS part to be correct.