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Microsoft Data Link files provide an easy way to create or validate a Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) connection string that uses an ODBC Driver or an OLE DB Provider to connect to a given data source.
This articles discusses how to use the Microsoft Data Link files that ship with Microsoft Windows 2000.
Previous versions of Microsoft Data Access Compoments (MDAC) provided the ability to make a data link (.udl) directly from the desktop of your operating system.
With the release of MDAC 2.5, you can either access Data Links from the Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Data Environment, or from the Microsoft Windows 2000 shell.
UdlW2000.exe is a self-extracting executable file that contains a .reg file that makes the Microsoft Data Link shortcut available on the Windows 2000 shell.
After you run the .reg files contained in this download, you may not see the desired effects immediately. However, as the operating system has time to read the new values from the registry, the changes will appear. A restart will force this to happen, but is not required.
The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
UdlW2000.exeRelease Date: Jan-11-2001
For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119591/EN-US/ )How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
How to Open a Data Link File with Notepad
For more information, please refer to the Microsoft Platform SDK for Windows 2000.
Article ID: 244659 - Last Review: August 5, 2004 - Revision: 4.3