How to Determine where the IMA Data Store Database is Located

  • CTX105257
  • Created onMar 26, 2014
  • Updated onMay 07, 2014
Article Topic Storage


This article describes how to identify which server contains the Access or SQL data store.


Examine the DSN file, which contains the connection details to the database.
  • 32-bit Servers
    C:\Program Files\Citrix\Independent Management Architecture\MF20.dsn
  • 64-bit Servers
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\Independent Management Architecture\MF20.dsn
The following is an example of an MF20.dsn file from a server using an Access data store on the local machine:
DRIVER=Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)
FIL=MS Access
DBQ=C:\Program Files\Citrix\Independent Management Architecture\MF20.mdb

The following is an example of an MF20.dsn file from a server connecting to a remote SQL Server instance:
APP=Citrix IMA

In some cases, the DATABASE parameter might not be present in the DSN file. The default database of the specified user (UID) is the one being used for the data store. Open Properties of that user account in SQL Management Studio to identify the user’s default database assignment.
If the MF20.dsn file is not present on the server, the server is doing an indirect connection to the data store. The value of PSserver at the following registry key location shows the hostname of the server containing the DSN file:
Caution! Refer to the Disclaimer at the end of this article before using Registry Editor.
For Access data stores, only one server in the farm (the one hosting the data store) shows imaacces.dll under


Caution! Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that might require you to reinstall your operating system. Citrix cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. Be sure to back up the registry before you edit it.

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