This page describes in detail how to store your vital user account information in an ODBC data source. For more detailed information on what each option of the ODBC settings is for, please view the General page.
ODBC stands for Open Database Connectivity, and is designed to simplify how applications communicate with databases. An ODBC connection involves three parts: the ODBC enabled application (Ability Mail Server), an ODBC driver and an actual database (almost any database technology is supported). Through ODBC, Ability Mail Server can be plugged into any database, new or old.
Because of the flexibility of ODBC, Ability Mail Server's mail accounts can be managed through a database. This creates many exciting possibilities, including integration of the mail server with web scripts and other applications. Using scripting languages such as ASP.Net, you can place scripts on your website which will be able to automatically add new users into the mail server. You could also manage the user list using your favorite database access software or use the database to query the existence of mail accounts.
To setup ODBC you need to follow the steps:
The information stored in the ODBC data source is only equivalent to what normally goes into the users.ini file. This is the minimal information required to configure a user but still permits full user control using just the ODBC data source. All other user data is stored in each user's accounts directory.
See Also: General.