This page contains a subset of instructions on configuring FileMaker to access the Data Warehouse. For details on the overall process, see: Accessing the Data Warehouse with FileMaker - Configuration Instructions
Important: The ODBC connection is set up on the machine where the FileMaker database lives. If the database is hosted with FileMaker Server (strongly recommended), this is the server machine; if it's a local single-user file, this is the user's machine. These instructions are for Macintosh systems; instructions for Windows may be found at Accessing the Data Warehouse with FileMaker - Configuring ODBC for Windows.
Download and install the Actual Technologies ODBC Driver for Oracle from the MIT software download page.
- Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities.
- Launch ODBC Manager (called "ODBC Administrator" in earlier versions).
- Select the System DSN tab.
- Click on the Padlock icon and enter your MacOS administrator account username and password.
- In the ODBC Administrator window, go to the System DSN tab, and click the Add button.
- When prompted to choose a driver, select Actual Oracle and click OK.
- In the Configuration window, click the Licenses... button.
- Enter the License Key from the MIT product page for the Actual Oracle ODBC driver and click OK.
- Click Continue.
- Configure the ODBC data source:
- Name: warehouse
- Description: MIT Data Warehouse
- Server: warehouse.mit.edu
- Port: 1521
- Click Continue.
- In the Database field, enter DWRHS
Click to select SID as the Type
- Click to check Always include views in table lists.
- Click Advanced Options.
- In Advanced Options, click to check the box for Use Oracle Advanced Security and click OK.
- In the Configuration window, click Continue.
- A summary of your settings is displayed on the Conclusion screen.
- Click Test. When prompted, enter your MIT Kerberos account username and Data Warehouse password, and click OK.
Note: if you do not remember your Data Warehouse password, you can [reset it online]. For security reasons, IS&T recommends that your Data Warehouse password be different from your MIT Kerberos account password.
- The test results are displayed. Click OK to return to the Conclusion screen.
- If the test fails, use the Go Back buttons to check your settings for typographical errors.
- Click Done.
- Quit ODBC Manager.
Now we are ready to create a connection to the Data Warehouse in the FileMaker database. Return to Accessing the Data Warehouse with FileMaker - Configuration Instructions and proceed to Step C: Configure FileMaker ODBC Connectivity.