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Hey guys,
i'm new to the world (so far i developed in winforms desktop applications).
i just baught a domain and a windows 2008 R2 standard+PLESK hosting.
through the plesk panel, i created an sql server database.
in my local pc, i have a winform application and i'm trying to connect to the database. so far, no good.
my connectionString is like this:
"Data Source= my_ip ;Network Library = DBMSSOCN;initial Catalog=my_db_name;User ID = my_user_name;Password=xxxx"

maybe i need to mantion the port? (whats my port, i have no idea...)
again, this subject is brand new to me. any advice on how to get thing started will be very kind. and another thing: the panel is very (very!) slow and has the most basic options. is there anyway to manage the database through other platform?
thanks a lot,

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Basically the same connection string should work especially since you're using SQL server authentication.

Id suggest checking that the instance isn't a named instance and if it is, provide the name for the instance in the data source. For complete examples, have a look at[^]

If the hosted database is clustered then you most likely need to define the port.
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oronsultan 27-Sep-15 7:44am    
is the user id in the connection string is the user name?
Wendelius 27-Sep-15 8:12am    
Yes, the user id is the name of the user (or actually login) as recognized by Sql Server
oronsultan 27-Sep-15 8:15am    
i'm still not solving this issue. is there any configuration i need to do on my side? maybe my firewall? if i have sql server on my local pc, can i connect it to my remote database?
Wendelius 27-Sep-15 8:18am    
What is the exact error message you get?
oronsultan 27-Sep-15 8:23am    
There was an error related to the network or instance-specific error when establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or is not available. Verify that the show right Os- SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 - Could not open a connection to SQL Server)

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