32-bit and 64-bit ODBC Data Source Administrators in Windows 64-bit environment

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In 64-bit Windows, there are two ODBC Data Source Administrators: a 32-bit and a 64-bit version.

The ODBC Data Source Administrator that is accessible in the Control Panel, under Administrative Tools, is the same bitness of Windows.

In other words, on 32-bit Windows, it is the 32-bit administrator; on 64-bit Windows, it is the 64-bit administrator.

On 64-bit Windows, you can execute 32-bit and 64-bit applications transparently.

Recent versions of Microsoft Office applications, such as Excel and Access, are available as both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.


To create or modify the 64-bit ODBC Data Source on Windows 64-bit, access the ODBC Data Source Administrator directly from the Start menu or Control Panel. 

To create or modify the 32-bit ODBC Data Sources on 64-bit Windows, run the 32-bit ODBC Data Source Administrator from C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe.

Additional Information:

It is important to understand that 64-bit applications can use only 64-bit drivers and 32-bit applications can only use 32-bit drivers.

In a single process, all of the code must be either 32-bit or 64-bit.
Data Source Names (DSN) are likewise separated by bitness since a DSN is defined for a specific driver.
Hence, CA Datacom Server provides both a 32-bit ODBC driver and a 64-bit ODBC driver.