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Easy tip to test SQL server connectivity

I have been troubleshooting some Microsoft SQL connectivity issues lately in my home lab and I needed a quick and easy way to verify or test SQL server connectivity with several login accounts. Apparently there is a nice and quick way to do it on your windows machine that is already build in. Just create a text file, rename the extension to .udl (Universal Data Link) right-click the file and select the properties tab. Enter the server IP address or FQDN, username and password and click Test Connection.
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This tip or trick is probably well known to all DBA’s but I’m not a DBA and I found this very useful. So there you go, a nice and easy way to test SQL server connectivity from any Windows machine. 🙂

Cheers!

– Marek.Z

About Marek (293 Articles)
Marek is an IT professional with 15+ years of experience in the IT industry and is currently working as PSO Senior Consultant SDDC at VMware for the NEMEA region.

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