Easysoft ODBC-SQL Server Driver User's Guide - Preface

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This manual is intended for use by anyone who wants to install the Easysoft ODBC-SQL Server Driver, configure it, and then access SQL Server data sources from an ODBC-enabled application.

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Intended Audience

The Unix-based sections require experience of using Unix shell commands. You need to be able to do basic tasks such as editing text files. More complex tasks are described in detail, but it helps to understand how your system handles dynamic linking of shared objects.

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Introduces the Easysoft ODBC-SQL Server Driver.

Explains how to install the Easysoft ODBC-SQL Server Driver.

Explains how to configure the Easysoft ODBC-SQL Server Driver.

Technical Reference and Glossary.


Throughout this manual, Windows refers generically to Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, Vista, 2008 server, 7, 8 or 10, which are trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation.

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