Hey Everyone hope all well. I have this code that works perfectly on a mysql database

// visit http://php.net/pdo for more details
// start error handling

  // connect
  $pdo = new PDO('mysql:host=localhost;dbname=name', 'name', 'password');
  // enable error handling through exceptions
  // create safe query
  $query = $pdo->prepare("SELECT ip FROM tester WHERE state = ? ORDER BY RAND

  // pass data & execute query (since the data are of string type
  // and therefore can be passed in this lazy way)
  // get value
  $ip = $query->fetchColumn();
  // print out the IP address using $ip
catch (Exception $e)
  echo "sorry, there was an error.";
  mail("email@gmail.com", "database error", $e->getMessage(), "From: email@gmail.com");

if(isset($_POST['email'])) {

    $email_to = "email@gmail.com";
    $email_subject = "This is a test";

    function died($error) {
        // your error code can go here
        echo "We are very sorry, but there were error(s) found with the form you submitted. ";
        echo "These errors appear below.<br /><br />";
        echo $error."<br /><br />";
        echo "Please go back and fix these errors.<br /><br />";

    // validation expected data exists
    if(!isset($_POST['first_name']) ||
        !isset($_POST['last_name']) ||
        !isset($_POST['email']) ||
		!isset($_POST['what']) ||
        !isset($_POST['State']) ||
        !isset($_POST['comments'])) {
        died('We are sorry, but there appears to be a problem with the form you submitted.');       
	$what = $_POST['what']; // required
    $first_name = $_POST['first_name']; // required
    $last_name = $_POST['last_name']; // required
    $email_from = $_POST['email']; // required
    $state = $_POST['State']; // not required
    $comments = $_POST['comments']; // required

    $error_message = "";
    $email_exp = '/^[A-Za-z0-9._%-]+@[A-Za-z0-9.-]+\.[A-Za-z]{2,4}$/';
  if(!preg_match($email_exp,$email_from)) {
    $error_message .= 'The Email Address you entered does not appear to be valid.<br />';
    $string_exp = "/^[A-Za-z .'-]+$/";
  if(!preg_match($string_exp,$first_name)) {
    $error_message .= 'The First Name you entered does not appear to be valid.<br />';
  if(!preg_match($string_exp,$last_name)) {
    $error_message .= 'The Last Name you entered does not appear to be valid.<br />';
  if(strlen($comments) < 2) {
    $error_message .= 'The Comments you entered do not appear to be valid.<br />';
  if(strlen($error_message) > 0) {
    $email_message = "Form details below.\n\n";

    function clean_string($string) {
      $bad = array("content-type","bcc:","to:","cc:","href");
      return str_replace($bad,"",$string);

    $email_message .= "First Name: ".clean_string($first_name)."\n";
    $email_message .= "Last Name: ".clean_string($last_name)."\n";
	$email_message .= "What: ".clean_string($what)."\n";
    $email_message .= "Email: ".clean_string($email_from)."\n";
    $email_message .= "State: ".clean_string($ip)."\n";
    $email_message .= "Comments: ".clean_string($comments)."\n";
// create email headers
$headers = 'From: '.$email_from."\r\n".
'Reply-To: '.$email_from."\r\n" .
'X-Mailer: PHP/' . phpversion();
if (!mail($email_to, $email_subject, $email_message, $headers))
    echo "failed to send message";

<!-- include your own success html here -->
Thank you for contacting us. We will be in touch with you very soon.

When someone selects a state and submits the web form, this code connects to the mysql database and

selects an ip address randomly and sends it to my email. It is perfect.

The problem i have is that the person i am doing this for does not want to use a mysql database so wants it

intergrated in a mssql database.

I know in the php code above that i am connecting to a mysql database instead of a mssql database but

can not work out what needs to be changed to make it all work.

I did find this online and thought i might be able to intergrate it with my exsisting code but so far no luck.

$myServer = "localhost";
$myUser = "your_name";
$myPass = "your_password";
$myDB = "examples"; 

//connection to the database
$dbhandle = mssql_connect($myServer, $myUser, $myPass)
  or die("Couldn't connect to SQL Server on $myServer"); 

//select a database to work with
$selected = mssql_select_db($myDB, $dbhandle)
  or die("Couldn't open database $myDB"); 

//declare the SQL statement that will query the database
$query = "SELECT id, name, year ";
$query .= "FROM cars ";
$query .= "WHERE name='BMW'"; 

//execute the SQL query and return records
$result = mssql_query($query);

$numRows = mssql_num_rows($result); 
echo "<h1>" . $numRows . " Row" . ($numRows == 1 ? "" : "s") . " Returned </h1>"; 

//display the results 
while($row = mssql_fetch_array($result))
  echo "<li>" . $row["id"] . $row["name"] . $row["year"] . "</li>";
//close the connection

Any help in getting this to work would be much appreciated. Thanks Everyone


It seems obvious that the statement

$pdo = new PDO('mysql:host=localhost;dbname=name', 'name', 'password');

needs to be changed to one that can be processed by the ODBC driver on the particular client being used to access the database. I'm sorry that I can not tell you the exact change but there are a number of places where you can find the right connection string syntax.
For example:

Data Source=myServerAddress;Initial Catalog=myDataBase;User Id=myUsername;Password=myPassword;
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