Just joking about reading my sig!
Thanks for the response - I should have noted that we're using MS SQL and it's working. I can go to the "Test SQL Connection" and it works fine. My BES version is 188.8.131.52 actually...
According to the MS Component checker, I have:
MDAC 2.8 SP1 on Windows XP SP2 (funny that I'm running Windows 2000 Server...) My registry entry says my version is 2.81, so that's correct.