When you import data from very old legacy systems, sometimes you have no choice but to work with old 32-bit ODBC drivers. This is a problem when you have a 64-bit SQL Server and you need to take a quick peek at the legacy data to verify the data load. You need to run a query against the ODBC data source and you don’t want to install anything on your server.
I found a free application that is very handy at running ODBC queries. It is called WinSQL and you can download it from here: http://www.synametrics.com/SynametricsWebApp/Download.do?ProgName=WinSQL. I installed it on my laptop and tried it out. I copied only the WinSQL.exe from my laptop to my server. That’s all I needed to copy. WinSQL runs just fine as a portable application. The paid version of the product has some nice features which are disabled after the first 30 days of use. The screen captures shown below are from the product after the initial 30 days when only the free features are enabled.
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About John Paul Cook
John Paul Cook is a Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft's data platform and works out of Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. He volunteers as a nurse at safety net clinics. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2
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