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How do I get past, "[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][DBNETLIB]SQL Server does not exist or access denied., [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][DBNETLIB]ConnectionOpen (Connect())"?


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First published by:
Troy Wolbrink
on 8 Apr 2011
Last revision by:
Troy Wolbrink
on 25 Jul 2017
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How do I get past, "[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][DBNETLIB]SQL Server does not exist or access denied., [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][DBNETLIB]ConnectionOpen (Connect())"?

This error means that DonorWise cannot connect to SQL Server.  Usually this error means one of these problems:

1.  You're referring to an instance of SQL Server that doesn't exist.  Either the server name you're using in the DonorWise login prompt is wrong, or SQL Server isn't actually installed.

2.  Maybe the network connection between you and SQL Server is not working.

3.  Maybe SQL Server is installed, but for some reason stopped running.  A restart will often resolve this.  Or you may need to open the SQL Server Configuration Manager to ensure that SQL Server is running:

Also, Microsoft provides guidance on how to get past this issue here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328306

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By: dsfaris Posted on 18 Jul 2017 1:13 PM
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This is too confusing!  I don't understand the article, and if we don't get this to work, we can't use DonorWise!

Is it asking me to upgrade? Or will upgrading cause me to no longer have access to the database?? Please help.

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 25 Jul 2017 5:48 PM

dsfaris, good feedback.  I updated the article to make it easier to understand.  If all else fails, contact us to purchase an hour of support service (troy@tntware.com)

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