so, this one goes out to any insiders at allaire or any ultra-guru type CF'ers. the fun of manually adding 100's of datasources to CF has worn off, and i'm looking to automate the process. now, i can write a script that will take the users name, database, and pretty much everything else they need to connect to the DB and append it to the cf.registry file. my questions are: Is just blind appending a good idea to do to cf.registry? In this sample datasource, what is the unique number on the end? How is it generated? *Is* it unique? hkey_local_machine\software\allaire\coldfusion\currentversion\datasources\foo:613779432 The password that gets stored in cf.regsitry is hashed. What kind of hash is it? Is it a hash? Basically, what method does Allaire use to write that password? Has anyone reveres engineered it? Would it be easier to use the <cfregistry> tag to do this? Can <cfregistry> add pre-defined keys, or only 'new' keys not defined by allaire? I appreciate any answers! .djc.