System Requirements for the JDBC Driver
To access data from a SQL Server database by using the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver, you must have the following components installed on your computer:
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver
Java Runtime Environment
Java Runtime Environment Requirements
JDBC 3.0 features require a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) of version 1.4 or later; therefore the JDBC driver also requires a JRE of version 1.4 or later. The JDBC driver is designed to work within all major virtual machines, but is officially supported on Sun JRE 1.4 or later.
SQL Server Requirements
The JDBC driver has been designed specifically to use features introduced with SQL Server 2005, but it is also backwards-compatible with SQL Server 2000, including the 64-bit version.
Operating System Requirements
The JDBC driver is designed to work on any operating system that supports the use of a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). However, only Sun Solaris, Red Hat Linux, and Windows 2000 or later operating systems are officially supported.
The JDBC driver supports all SQL Server column collations.
For more information about collations, see "Working with Collations" in SQL Server Books Online.