Apple releases ODBC and Server Administrator tools for Snow Leopard

When Apple released Snow Leopard they did not include the ODBC utility that was part of previous versions of OS X. Some people have relied on this for connecting to and administering various databases, and were concerned about it missing from Snow Leop

Written by Topher Kessler

When Apple released Snow Leopard they did not include the ODBC utility that was part of previous versions of OS X. Some people have relied on this for connecting to and administering various databases, and were concerned about it missing from Snow Leopard. In addition, the Administrator tools for Leopard did not function properly with the new OS.

Apple has released version 1.0 of this utility for Snow Leopard, but it is not available in Software Update. Instead, you can download it from Apple's download page (5.3MB): http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/macosx_updates/odbcadministratortoolformacosx.html

The utility adds the following features among others to Snow Leopard:

  • Connection pooling
  • Trace log creation
  • ODBC driver management

Likewise, Apple's Server Admin tools were also released but does not appear to be available through Software Update. This version enables server administration of OS X Server 10.5 and 10.6, and will run on Leopard and Snow Leopard client installations. The update is 240.8MB and can be downloaded from Apple's website here: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/macosx_updates/serveradmintools106.html

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