I am able to reproduce this on multiple occasions now. I have a Filemaker 16 application that is primarily a front end of ESS tables. MS SQL. Introduction. The External SQL Source (ESS) of FileMaker Pro allows you to view and update data in an ODBC database without writing any SQL code. It was decided that the best approach was to move a few primary tables from FileMaker to mySQL using ESS. Of course, we had to maintain all.

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Normally creating a DSN is fairly straight-forward. MySQL, for example, simply requires you to specify the location of the server IP addressusername, password and database name. Oracle, one the other hand, forces you to go through a much more complicated and convoluted process. This post provides instructions for users to set up an ESS connection from Filemaker on Windows to an existing Oracle database. Unlike many other technologies, Oracle requires you to download an application as well.

This application is known as the Oracle Instant Client. The Instant Client is completely free of charge, however they do require you to create an oracle account as well as accept some terms of use before you can download it. The Instant Client software is available for many different operating systems however this article will focus on Windows. That being said, Mac users may still find parts of this article helpful. As of writing this article, you can download the Oracle Instant Client here.

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Please note that you must download 32 bit versions of both of the following files: The version of Instant Client that you download should match the version of Oracle that you are trying to connect to.

FileMaker Web using External SQL Data Sources (ESS)

This is where things can get a bit tricky. The best way to get your hands on the information needed to create this file is to run a tool located in the bin directory of the Oracle server called LSNRCTL. More information about the tnsnames. This is the information that we are going to use to create our tnsnames. By default the port that Oracle uses is dynamic and could change if the Oracle database server is restarted, which would cause you to need to update your tnsnames. I recommend looking into setting up a static port for your services, more information on how to do this.

This article does not go into detail about setting up or configuring the Oracle server itself. If you do not have access to the Oracle server to run this application, you should ask the system administrator or Oracle DBA for this information. Save your new environment variable and restart the computer.

Connecting FileMaker to an Oracle Database Using ESS on Windows

The operating system must be restarted for the system environment variable change to take effect. At this point you will be prompted to give a name and description for your DSN. You should then make sure to try the Test Connection button to ensure that the connection can be established.

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If you cannot connect to the Oracle server, your tnsnames. Open up your database and go to Manage External Data Sources. Now you should be able to add table occurrences from the Oracle database to your relationship graph.

In my experience connecting to Oracle is never an easy task, but hopefully with this article as reference you can set up your ESS connection without too many problems.

I am by no means an expert on Oracle, and it is entirely possible that different versions of Oracle will behave in a completely different manner and require a different method of connection. If you come across any other helpful tips or have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.

As of writing this article, you can download the Oracle Instant Client here Please note that you must download 32 bit versions of both of the following files: Download and unzip both archives into the same folder. I recommend looking into setting up a static port for your services, more information on how to do this This article does not go into detail about setting up or configuring the Oracle server itself.

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