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Free tool for legacy ODBC access

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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Published Friday, September 10, 2010 1:20 PM by John Paul Cook

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is both a Registered Nurse and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP 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. Experienced in systems integration and workflow analysis, John is passionate about combining his IT experience with his nursing background to solve difficult problems in healthcare. He sees opportunities in using business intelligence and Big Data to satisfy healthcare meaningful use requirements and improve patient outcomes. John 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. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.
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