Sure. Post away. In Oracle 8i, they went to some new-fangled graphical interface to set up the tnsnames.ora files. I think it is the Easy Installer or something. You might want to give it a try. Dean Daniel J. Cody writes: > hey dean..(or anyone for that matter) > > how familiar are you with the tnsnames.ora file for oracle clients? for > the life of me, i cannot get a server to connect to oracle, and am > finally ready to break down for and ask for help.. > > So, if you got a minute, could i post the code here?