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Specify a connection string

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Specify a connection string

You can specify a connection string instead of defining a DSN.

Before you begin

You must have administrator-level access for the Windows computer on which you want to specify a connection string.

About this task

This is an alternative method of connecting with different instance URLs. See also Create a new DSN.
A connection string must follow this format:
Driver=ServiceNow ODBC driver 32-bit;ServiceName=ServiceNow_ODBC;UID=youruser;PWD=yourpassword;ServerDataSource=ServiceNow;CustomProperties=url=https://<instance>

The driver name varies depending on whether you use the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the ODBC driver. To determine your driver name, do the following.


  1. In Windows, navigate to Start > Programs > Service-now ODBC > ODBC Administrator.
  2. Select the System DSN tab.
  3. Note the value in the Driver column for the ServiceNow data source.