Just when you thought it was finished I thought I'd raise this.
Having said in my initial posting, it was for 'MS SQL 2005'
at the start and then used the Core php5ts.dll
successfully it would appear,
I noticed the following addition to the PHP Manual for Microsoft SQL Server,
that was posted much earlier in this threadhttp://de.php.net/manual/en/book.mssql.php
On this page at the end is an additional note
The implications of this statement are that I should NOT be using the Core Drivers with SQL SERVER 2005 (but so far they appear fine),
or is this just an opinion.
I have not managed to get the MS SQL Driver Functions or libraries working
and quite frankly don't want to bother if I do NOT need to.