SQL Server Native Client 10.0 ODBC Driver

This ODBC Driver is provided by Microsoft.
The driver is contained in the file sqlncli10.dll.
Include "Driver={SQL Server Native Client 10.0}" in the connection string to use this driver.
The SQL Server Native Client 10.0 ODBC Driver was released with SQL Server 2008 and can access SQL Servers from 7.0 and above.

Programs that are written using the SQL Native Client ODBC driver communicate with SQL Server through function calls. The SQL Server-specific versions of the ODBC functions are implemented in the SQL Native Client ODBC driver. The driver passes SQL statements to SQL Server and returns the results of the statements to the application. The SQL Native Client driver supports connecting to SQL 7.0 and later.

The driver is included in the "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack". Search for it to make sure you download the latest release (new releases comes quite often).

The SQL Native Client ODBC driver complies with the Microsoft Win32 ODBC 3.51 specification. The driver supports applications written using earlier versions of ODBC in the manner defined in the ODBC 3.51 specification.
More info about this driver can be found at the Microsoft product page.
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Connection Strings
The SQL Server Native Client 10.0 ODBC Driver driver can be used to connect to the following data sources:

SQL Azure SQL Server 2000, 7.0 SQL Server 2005 SQL Server 2008
To see available connection options, navigate connection strings reference by the above data source links.
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