[unixODBC-support] Connecting to MS SQL Server from Mac OS 10.5.6

Nick Gorham nick at lurcher.org
Fri Apr 10 15:47:07 BST 2009

lists at mgreg.com wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm a bit confused as to how exactly to use unixODBC.  Basically, I've 
> got it installed (sans GUI) on Mac OS 10.5.6 Intel.  What I can't 
> figure out is how to acquire and install drivers for MS SQL Server.  
> Do they exist natively?  I see that the JDBC drivers exist freely (on 
> the Microsoft site), but are there no economical (i.e. free) ODBC 
> counterparts anywhere?
> I also see conflicting documentation regarding whether or not unixODBC 
> ships with or without ODBC drivers and the actual capacity in which it 
> is to actually serve.  Can someone shed some light (in 10 words or 
> less) on how to use unixODBC to connect to an MS SQL Server?
You need to add a driver, best free choice I would guess for the Mac is 
to have a look at freetds.


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