There are a lot of permissions that need to be set, so if you get some weird error especially of the type "Permission denied" or "Connection Error 800a0bb9" and you can't figure it out in 17 minutes, send me mail with a full description of what happened and we'll see what's going on.
But enough of the caveats.
So choose System DSN and click on "Add"
At this point, it'll ask you for which driver you want to use. Since
you'll be connecting to your project database, you'll want to choose
SQL Server. So select "SQL Server", and click finish (no,
of course that doesn't mean that you're done). Next you'll want to
specify which database you want to talk to. You'll see a dialogue box
with three boxes for you to fill in. Pretending that I'm a member of
the group "entities", I'd fill them in appropriately:
Click next and choose that you want to connect with SQL Server authentication as given to you by the administrator. This is very important, because otherwise you'll be the only ones able to access the database.
Click next and choose that you want to connect with Windows NT. We'll be sending you mail with your username and password. Each group will have one username and password per database. Note that it's important to create this entry with exactly the same database name, login id and password that we gave you, otherwise when you try to connect on the server, it will not work.
Now click "Next" again, and it'll contact the database to makesure that you have the appropriate permissions. Make sure that you have your group's database selected as the default database (it shouldn't be a problem for you, because you have permissions for one database on ISQL01, so it should figure that out automatically, but check it just in case).
Click next again, then finish, and finally, click "Test Data Source" to make sure that everything ran properly.
Note that this step should only have to be done once (when you actually create the Interdev project), but if you run into problems, it may need to be done again.
The project spaces are in the share at \\iinetsrv\fall99. So right click on "Network Neighborhood", click on "Map Network Drive", pick some drive that's not currently occupied, and then for the path type in "\\iinetsrv\fall99". Make sure that you've checked yes for reconnect at login, or you'll have to reconnect it the next time that you log in.
The project only needs to be created once. To create the project, choose "New project", and when it prompts you for what type of project you want to make, select "Visual Interdev Projects" in the left panel and "New Web Project" in the right panel.
For the directory in which to create the project, let's assume that
you've mapped \\iinetsrv\fall99 to the I drive. Your project space
wil be at i:\cse444\[iinetsrv space name]. You can find your group's
iinetsrv space name at the project
groups page. So, for example, if you were on the Galaga99 team,
your iinetsrv space name would be cse444aa.
Now click next.
It will ask you what server you want to use, and you want (surprise) iinetsrv. At the bottom it'll ask you if you want master mode or local mode. Ideally, we'd want local mode, but since that seems to be broken at the moment, don't use it. Choose master mode, and click next.
Next it will ask you what theme you want to use. Since none of the themes were loaded when Interdev was installed, don't bother. Click finish, and in mere moments (well, some number of moments that really takes far too long), it'll come back with a new project (we hope, we hope).
At this point you've gotten the project set up so that now it knows what web server it's running on. Now you need to get web server to know to look for the database by
Next a window entitled " Data Link Properties" will come up. You want to choose "Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers" Don't mess with the other stuff until you have at least one connection working, okay? Click "Ok"
A window will ask you what DSN you want to use; choose the one you created above (under System DSN, remember?). Click Ok, and it'll prompt you for a login and password. Provide them, and click okay again.
A new window will pop up asking you what properties you want. All of
the general and Miscellaneous properties should be fine. Click on
"Authentication" and make sure that the passwords are there
(there should be little x's) and then make sure that both "Save
Design-time Authentication" and "Save Run-time
Authentication" are checked. This will save you from having to
fill in the password each time you re open Interdev.
Click on Ok.
Congrats! You're almost there! Now add a new ASP page to check to see if it worked:
Next, add a Recordset by clicking on the Toolbox tab in the lower left, then choosing "Design Time Controls" and then dragging a recordset into the ASP page (between the beginning and ending of the body). A recordset is how ASP pages get their data.... if you play with the properties, you'll see that you can either take a whole table or the results of a sql statement. For the moment, just pick a table.
Next, add a Grid (drag it over from the Design Time Controls menu again) below the recordset. Right click on the grid and choose properties. Under the Data tab, you should see choices for which recordset to use (use the one created above), and then once you've selected that, to the right you'll see attributes that you can use. Select some, and click okay. (this is just to test and make sure that all of the connections worked; it doesn't matter what it is). Now, right click on the ASP page, choose view in browser, say okay to anything that it asks, and hopefully, you'll see a page with data!