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How to setup ODBC database connection

In this chapter you can learn how to connect to your database through ODBC connection. Via ODBC you can connect to different types of database servers, because it is a general type of connection. If you have connected successfully, then you can import contacts from your database to the Ozeki Bulk Messenger Software.

Step 1 - Create new database connection

In this step you can see how to create a new database connection. First you need to click on Create new database connection button.

Create new database connection
Figure 1 - Create new database connection

Step 2 - Type of database

With Ozeki Bulk Messenger software solution it is possible to connect to different types of database servers. In the following figure you can see on which button you need to click to install a new ODBC connection.


Figure 2 - Click to ODBC

Before you perform the next step, a special driver needs to be installed so the ODBC connection will be built-up successfully. The ODBC driver database can vary in each servers, you can find an example of MySQL on the next page.

Step 3 - Database connection details

There are two ways for this: you can give the data below the General menu, or you can give the connection string below the Advanced menu. In case you give the connection string, it overwrites the data given below the General menu.

In this example we give the data under the General menu:
  • Driver: The type of the odbc driver, you have to write here what you have installed to the computer (e.g. {MySQL ODBC 5.3 Unicode Driver}).
  • Server: The IP address of the database server (e.g. 192.168.112.121).
  • Database: The name of the database that stores the contacts (e.g. ozeki).
  • User: The username with which you can connect to the database (e.g. ozeki).
  • Password: The password that belongs to the previously given username (e.g. ozeki).

Connection settings
Figure 3 - Connection settings

If the connection is successful, a green tick will appear under State. Click to Open button to go to the details page of this connection.

Open
Figure 4 - Click to Open

In case of unsuccessfull connection the event log will show you the problems with the exact error message.
This is how it appears if you have connected successfully:

Event log
Figure 5 - Event log

Step 4 - Testing the database connection

If you click to the Test button, you can give the database table in which you store your contact lists. Click to the Execute button to list the phone numbers that are stored in the given database's table.

Test
Figure 6 - Test the database


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