To use a database on a local or remote SQL server, start the program DiversityGazetteers.exe. If you are connected to a database this is indicated in DiversityGazetteers by the icon of the connection button in the tool bar. If you are not connected the icon will be shown.
To access a database you must specify the server where the database is located. For the configuration of this connection choose Connection -> Database... from the menu or click on the button. A dialog window will open. Set the connection parameters as described below.
Specify the name (or IP address) and the port number of the server and select the authentication mode. You can either choose Windows authentication (first image) or SQL-Server authentication (second image).
The standard port number for SQL-Server is 1433 and will be set as a default. If the database server is configured using a port different from that, you must enter the port number in the field Port.
Click on the button to connect to the server. If the connection informations are valid, you can choose a database of the server from the combobox at the base of the window (third image).
To restart the connection process click on the button.
If you access a database for the first time you will be asked to consent to the storage and processing of your personal data (see below) according to the General Data Protection Regulation. Without your consent the access is not possible.
If you had used already a previous version of DiversityGazetteers and want to reconnect to the database you had before, you do not have to enter the server and database connection parameters again. Just click on the menu item Connection -> Transfer previous settings and your settings will be restored automatically.