Announcing Microsoft SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux

Greetings Developer community: We heard yesterday and today at the PASS conference about the exciting new areas that we are investing in bringing the power of SQL Server to our customers. Many of our developers who rely on native connectivity to SQL Server primarily use ODBC for their connectivity needs. We have been supporting ODBC…

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Annual SQL Connectivity Customer Survey

Greetings to the Developer community: Microsoft SQL Server team has been interacting on a regular basis with the developers and users in the form of surveys. During the last 2 years, we completed surveys that focused on the broad SQL Connectivity components that address major development platforms, including ODBC, ADO.NET, JDBC and PHP. These surveys…

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Last Chance: Help Shape The Future Of SQL Server!

Hello reader, We have extended our SQL Connectivity Customer Survey until November 2, 2010 5:00PM PST.  If you have not done so please take a moment to fill our our easy 10 question survey listed below at the link to help shape the future of SQL Server. Thanks, SQL Connectivity Team Greetings to the SQL Server…


SQL Server Customer Survey (Fall 2010)

Greetings to the SQL Server community:   Last year in October 2009, we introduced  the process of interacting on a regular basis with the developers and users in the form of surveys.  During the last 12 months, we completed surveys that focused on the broad SQL Connectivity components, including ODBC, ADO.NET, JDBC and PHP.  These…


Windows 7 AppCompat changes and SQL Server client and setup hangs

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 include many changes to the core operating system. This blog post is targeted at resolving the impact on SQL Server client drivers and SQL Server setup of one breaking change in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The changes to behavior of the GetOverlappedResult API, which SQL…


SQL Server "Login Failure" troubleshooter

Our colleagues over in the SQL Server Security team have developed an open tool for troubleshooting “Login Failure” errors. If you’re having an issue with “Login Failure” errors and can’t resolve it from the other SQL Protocols blog articles here, check out their blog post and give their tool a try: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlsecurity/archive/2010/03/29/sql-server-authentication-troubleshooter.aspx   Dan BenediktsonSQL Server…


SQL Server Native Client survey

Dear SQL Server developers and users: Our sister team, the SQL Server Native Client (SNAC), has a survey open to ask for your feedback as they take a step back to review the priorities and goals for the long term and identify areas that will benefit from investments.As a whole, we view YOU and your organization as a key…

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Selectively using secure connection to SQL Server

Secure connection to SQL Server can be enforced by different ways, e.g. forcing encryption by using “ForceEncryption” property under the Network Configuration in the server. But this setting will force all clients to use encryption and any client that is not able to use an encrypted connection will fail. If you need to connect to…


We would like to hear your opinion…

Dear SQL Server developers and users:   It is this time of the year when we, in the SQL Connectivity product team, take a step back, review the priorities and goals for the long term and identify areas that will benefit from investments.   We view you and your organization as a key stakeholder in…

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Connection from a Windows Service could be blocked by firewall even if firewall is disabled

Recently, I worked on a customer issue. The customer encountered an “error: 26 – Error Locating Server/Instance Specified” error  although he has applied/verified every steps I posted in the blog:http://www.bing.com/search?q=error+26+blog+protocol&form=QBRE&qs=n After some investigation, we found that: Windows Firewall is disabled on both server and client machine. Running Portqry from a command window also show that…