Access: Linked table "connection failed" messages when using Azure AD interactive authentication


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In Microsoft Access, you create a linked table that uses Azure Active Directory interactive authentication. When you open objects that use this connection, you experience repetitive "connection failed" messages that resemble the following example:

Connection failed: SQLState: 'FA003' SQL Server Error: 0 [Microsoft][ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server][SQL Server] User option must be specified, if Authentication option is 'ActiveDirectoryInteractive'.     

After you receive these messages, you're prompted to sign in.


When you establish the connection in Access, the Save Password option is not selected. Therefore, the connection string that is stored in Access is missing the user ID (UID).


Although the option is labeled as Save Password, selecting this option stores both the UID and PWD (if it exists) in the connection string.


In this situation, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) interactive authentication doesn't use a stored password. However, you should select the Save Password option to store the UID in the connection string.

More Information

If you create the linked table through DAO in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), you should specify the Save Password option as a table attribute, as follows:

td.Attributes = dbAttachSavePWD

For more information about the dbAttachSavePWD attribute, see TableDefAttributeEnum enumeration (DAO).