vb.net and sql server help

rockyy's Avatar, Join Date: Feb 2010
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Vb.net and sql server help…?
My application (exe) is made
Using .net (vb.net)
And Backend-sql sever
After making it into package and my client install it into his pc
See pic here-\ the computer name I m talking about

Suppose my client machine name is-hcl
And I already made all connections string with hcl\\sqlexpress using windows authentication in app.config
And after sometime he formats his pc and changed his pc name to= hcl-2 ??
Now the problem
Is there any way to get the new system name ???? to make connections
bcuz its not worth it to always making a new exe and giving it to him when he formats his pc???
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If you have the skills to create a successfull client/server database application, I would think this should be easy for you!

You can store your database connection string in a hundred different places. You could use the windows registry, an ini file, an XML file or .net's builtin applicaiton serialization stuff. The only important part is to make sure you protect your server credentials if the password is to be stored (it should be safe to store only the server path unencrypted).

I myself choose to store an application XML file in the windows "application data" folder as this conforms to Microsoft's best practices. I do not store the user credentials. I only store the server and database connection information. The user is prompted to login when they run the application.

Good luck in your learning!
- Ben