I would second using
Be sure to install MDAC 2.1 (or higher)
Also, ignore any advice to use DSN's on the machine, you should really build a complete connect string in your code. that way you stay portable. Nothing like moving it to a newer bigger machine (inevitable with NT) and then having to hand-build a DSN.
You should get suprisingly good results from a combination of Perl and ODBC. It sure beats using that other product from our pals in Redmond.