How to test connectivity to the SQL Server

udl-iconSome time ago I was asked to check if there is a possibility to access one of our SQL Server instances from a new hardware we got. That seems to be easy task, right? I thought so. Later, when I log in to the server, I immediately realized it will be not so easy to test connectivity to this SQL Server. That was pure Windows Server installation, without any additional tools. There was neither SQL Server Management Studio nor SQLCMD. In addition I had no Admin rights and was not allowed to install or add any software without official CR. Fortunately my teammate gave me an advice, to use UDL files. I never heard about that before and I was really amazed how easy solution that was. Continue reading “How to test connectivity to the SQL Server”

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