10.5.3.1 Microsoft Windows

Select Microsoft SQL Server as the database system and fill out the remaining options as described in this section. The following figure shows an example of the Drivers tab.

Figure 10.42 SQL Server Connection Parameters Example on Windows

Content is described in the surrounding text.

  • Database System: Microsoft SQL Server

  • Connection Method: choose ODBC (native) to use the native ODBC driver that is provided by Microsoft. Alternatives include "ODBC data sources" and "ODBC FreeTDS". FreeTDS is a popular open source driver for SQL Server and Sybase.

  • Driver: use the SQL Server driver name, as described in the documentation titled Section 10.5.2.1, “Microsoft Windows”. Typically this will be "SQL Server" or a versioned client, such as "SQL Server Native Client 11.0".

  • Server: the address and optionally instance name of the SQL server, such as "example.com" or "example.org\SQLEXPRESS".

  • Username: the user name on the SQL Server, with "sa" being a commonly used name.

  • Password: optionally enter a password to save locally, or leave it blank to enter the password when the SQL Server connection is made later on in the process.

  • Database: optionally enter a database name. Leave it blank to select a database name after the MySQL Workbench wizard fetches the available databases.

  • Store connection for future: optionally store the connection details locally for future use by checking this box and entering a name for the connection.

  • Advanced: optionally enter additional options.

Click Test Connection to confirm that the parameters are correct before moving on.


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