Connect linux to mysql on windows

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http://serverfault.com – I am trying to connect to a mysql database on a windows server from linux. I don't have much experience working with Windows at all, especially windows server. How do I go about making a connection to the mySQL database from Linux? I was also wondering (and this should maybe be a different thread) if there is a Windows equivalent to the apache .htaccess file that would handle rewrites? Thanks for the help. -Chris Birk (HowTos)