speaking to MS SQL Server using the ODBC module

Chris Radcliff chris at velocigen.com
Tue Feb 6 12:10:54 CST 2001


Chuck Phillips wrote:

 > I'm curious about the ODBC module on CPAN. Can I just get that
 > working on our Solaris Servers and then make calls to the MS SQL
 > server? Has anyone had any experience with a similar setup? Is the
 > ODBC module a pain to install? (I was playing with it on an BSD
 > machine and the make died.)

Unfortunately, it's not that easy. The ODBC module relies on the server 
having ODBC drivers installed, so you'll need to get an ODBC manager for 
Solaris and install it before you make the Perl module.

Several companies make ODBC managers and drivers for Solaris, but I 
don't remember any offhand.

Alternately, you can use DBD::Proxy on the Solaris box and run a 
DBI::Proxy server on the Windows NT machine. The proxy server will 
connect to MS-SQL via ODBC, and then the Solaris box can connect to it. 
It's a little more overhead, but nothing really noticeable.



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