Cannot connect to SQL Management studio 19.3

Boluwaji Olusegun 0 Reputation points
2024-02-08T16:10:07.1266667+00:00

Hi Microsoft team, I have been trying to connect to the SQL server for a long time now and i have been getting error message cannot connect to....

How can i overcome this challenge?

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  1. Olaf Helper 38,861 Reputation points
    2024-02-08T18:46:21.67+00:00

    getting error message cannot connect to....

    Please post the complete error message.

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  2. Erland Sommarskog 98,911 Reputation points
    2024-02-08T22:02:18.6166667+00:00

    You don't connect to SQL Server Management Studio. SSMS is just a desktop application that you start. But to have any use of SSMS, you need to connec to an SQL Server instance.

    Why you cannot connect to the SQL Server instance you are trying to connect to, I can't tell with the information you have shared. But one mistake people seem to do from time to time is to download only SSMS and think that they will be able to do something with it.

    But no, you need an SQL Server instance to connect to, so if you don't have one in your environment, you will need to download and install SQL Server.

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  3. CosmogHong-MSFT 19,986 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2024-02-09T03:08:55.7466667+00:00

    Hi @Boluwaji Olusegun

    Please follow below steps to troubleshot SQL server connection issue.

    1. Make sure SQL Server Service is running.
    2. If a named instance, make sure SQL Server browser service is running. Make sure the instance name is spelled correct and there is actually such an instance on your target machine.
    3. Make sure SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections.
    4. Examine the SQL Server error log for messages confirming that SQL is listening on the expected network interfaces and ports.
    5. Test server connectivity with PING from the client machine.
    6. Test port connectivity using TELNET to the server and port (from step 4) from the client machine. For example
      TELNET <server-name> 1433
    7. Check firewall settings if step 5 or 6 connectivity test fails.

    Refer to Resolving could not open a connection to SQL Server errors and Troubleshoot connecting to the SQL Server Database Engine for more details.

    Best regards,

    Cosmog Hong


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