Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions)


Attribute Value
Product Name SQL Server
Event ID 10061
Component SQLEngine
Symbolic Name
Message Text An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections. (provider: TCP Provider, error: 0 - No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 10061)


The server did not respond to the client request. This error could occur because the server is not started.

User Action

Make sure that the server is started.

See Also

Manage the Database Engine Services
Configure Client Protocols
Network Protocols and Network Libraries
Client Network Configuration
Configure Client Protocols
Enable or Disable a Server Network Protocol