oracle 10g and ODBC

Hi, I have installed Oracle 10g on solaris.
My questions are:

How do I check that ODBC is installed on the server. Does it come with the Db CD, or I need to install it separately?
If I have to install is sepeartely, then do I get that from oracle itself or I need to use third party?


Thanks
Deepak
dgupta70Asked:
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
actually, you usually don't need ODBC driver on the server, but only on the client.
only if you have some application on the server itself requiring odbc. I doubt about that for solaris, though
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dgupta70Author Commented:
Thanks got you, now I have oracle client installed on my local machine, and I can use SQL plus to connect to the databases.

Now where does ODBC fits into this scheme of things?

Please elaborate
Thanks
Deepak
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gattu007Commented:
Below notes from metalink may help u

Subject:  How to Setup and Verify Setup of Oracle ODBC Driver on Linux
  Doc ID:  Note:404041.1

How to Silently Install the Oracle ODBC Driver (SCR 1557)
  Doc ID:  Note:226748.1
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
>Now where does ODBC fits into this scheme of things?
ODBC is an "Open DataBase Connectivity".  Is actually being on the way to be replaced by OLEDB, which is newer, and allows more flexibility. but odbc is hard to die :-)

it is a way to have a standard interface to ANY database.
if you use SQL*Plus, you don't need (use) odbc, as sql plus directly communicates over the oracle net libraries.

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vamsi_ukCommented:
the developers in my company use a SQL tool called DBvisualizer to connect to the oracle 10g database. To connect to the database they use odbc driver. Basically its just like a driver needed to make oracle realize abt the client in simple terms. The driver type changes depending on the tool you use to connect to oracle. If you use Excel to get data from oracle, you need to use different driver. Like angelll said you done need any driver while using SQL plus though.
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