Connecting to your SQL Server

If you are at all like me, each morning before you head into work you step outside and start your car/truck. To do this you simply insert the key, pump the gas, and send a spark to the engine. If you’re lucky most of the time your car is going to start and there isn’t going to be an issue. But what happens when it is not that easy? What happens when you don’t hear that engine crank over? After the basic install isn’t this what you expect from your SQL Server? You head into work and you just expect that you will be able to connect and start on your day.

William Vaughn has helped us identify what not only what happens when you start that connection but also what to do when you start to get errors of one type or another. In the example, it would start with did you make sure you have gas, did you make sure that you enough battery power to turn over the starter. The topic is often overlooked but is the core aspect of your SQL Server. Think about it, if you can’t connect or if others can’t connect is your SQL Server doing the job? Is your SQL Server just collecting dust?

This chapter is going to help you not only find instances running, but understand the ins and outs of connections and what it means to be a connection, and how to manage the connections. I think you are going to be surprised with all the information that you will find that is going to be beyond just connecting. So the next time you open a connection to your database or you need information on how or why you have to connected a certain way use this chapter as a great reference.


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