6.2 Step-by-step Guide to Connecting to a MySQL Database through Connector/ODBC

A typical situation where you would install Connector/ODBC is to access a database on a Linux or Unix host from a Windows machine.

As an example of the process required to set up access between two machines, the steps below take you through the basic steps. These instructions assume that you connect to system ALPHA from system BETA with a user name and password of myuser and mypassword.

On system ALPHA (the MySQL server) follow these steps:

  1. Start the MySQL server.

  2. Use GRANT to set up an account with a user name of myuser that can connect from system BETA using a password of myuser to the database test:

    GRANT ALL ON test.* to 'myuser'@'BETA' IDENTIFIED BY 'mypassword';
    

    For more information about MySQL privileges, refer to MySQL User Account Management.

On system BETA (the Connector/ODBC client), follow these steps:

  1. Configure a Connector/ODBC DSN using parameters that match the server, database and authentication information that you have just configured on system ALPHA.

    ParameterValueComment
    DSNremote_testA name to identify the connection.
    SERVERALPHAThe address of the remote server.
    DATABASEtestThe name of the default database.
    USERmyuserThe user name configured for access to this database.
    PASSWORDmypasswordThe password for myuser.
  2. Using an ODBC-capable application, such as Microsoft Office, connect to the MySQL server using the DSN you have just created. If the connection fails, use tracing to examine the connection process. See Section 5.8, “Getting an ODBC Trace File”, for more information.