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Test database connectivity

If you need to test connectivity from your workstation to a remote database server, here is a handy trick which will help you accomplish it.

Right-click on a blank area of your windows desktop and choose create new text file: 

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Create and save the file name with something like TestConn.udl

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Notice the file extension is UDL which stands for Universal Data Link. 

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Double-click the file shortcut to launch the UDL applet and choose the data provider connectivity you wish to test: 

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 Click Next, then type server name, authentication, database and click Test Connection: 

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1. If Test Connection succeeds, a confirmation message displays: 

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2. After test connection succeeds, click ok to save the file.

The valid connection string just created can be viewed by right-clicking the file shortcut and choose 'Open With' > Notepad: 

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You can now copy-paste the connection string and use it in code, scripts or clients to make a successful database connection: 

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Hope this helps!

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