Connect to a SQL Server Data Source (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server, including on Linux yesAzure SQL Database yesAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

This topic shows you how to connect to a Microsoft SQL Server data source from the Choose a Data Source or Choose a Destination page of the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard. There are several data providers that you can use to connect to SQL Server.

Tip

If you're on a network with multiple servers, it may be easier to enter the server name rather than expand the drop-down list of servers. If you click the drop-down list, it may take a lot of time to query the network for all available servers, and the results may not even include the server you want.

Connect to SQL Server with the .NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server

After you select .NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server on the Choose a Data Source or Choose a Destination page of the wizard, the page displays a grouped list of options for the provider. Many of these are unfriendly names and unfamiliar settings. Fortunately, to connect to any enterprise database, you typically have to provide only a few pieces of information. You can ignore the default values for the other settings.

Note

The connection options for this data provider are the same whether SQL Server is your source or your destination. That is, the options you see are the same on both the Choose a Data Source and the Choose a Destination pages of the wizard.

Required info .Net Framework Data Provider for SQL Server property
Server name Data Source
Authentication (login) info Integrated Security; or, User ID and Password
If you want to see a drop-down list of databases on the server, you first have to provide valid login info.
Database name Initial Catalog

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Options to specify (.NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server)

Note

The connection options for this data provider are the same whether SQL Server is your source or your destination. That is, the options you see are the same on both the Choose a Data Source and the Choose a Destination pages of the wizard.

Data Source
Enter the name or IP address of the source or destination server, or select a server from the drop-down list.

To specify a non-standard TCP port, enter a comma after the server name or IP address, then enter the port number.

Initial Catalog
Enter the name of the source or destination database, or select a database from the drop-down list.

Integrated Security
Specify True to connect with Windows integrated authentication (recommended), or False to connect with SQL Server authentication. If you specify False, you must enter a user ID and password. The default value is False.

User ID
Enter a user name if you're using SQL Server authentication.

Password
Enter the password if you're using SQL Server authentication.

Connect to SQL Server with the ODBC driver for SQL Server

ODBC drivers aren't listed in the drop-down list of data sources. To connect with an ODBC driver, start by selecting the .NET Framework Data Provider for ODBC as the data source. This provider acts as a wrapper around the ODBC driver.

Tip

Get the latest driver. Download the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server.

Here's the generic screen that you see immediately after selecting the .NET Framework Data Provider for ODBC.

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Options to specify (ODBC driver for SQL Server)

Note

The connection options for the ODBC driver are the same whether SQL Server is your source or your destination. That is, the options you see are the same on both the Choose a Data Source and the Choose a Destination pages of the wizard.

To connect to SQL Server with the latest ODBC driver, assemble a connection string that includes the following settings and their values. The format of a complete connection string immediately follows the list of settings.

Tip

Get help assembling a connection string that's just right. Or, instead of providing a connection string, provide an existing DSN (data source name) or create a new one. For more info about these options, see Connect to an ODBC Data Source.

Driver
The name of the ODBC driver. The name is different for different versions of the driver.

Server
The name of the SQL Server.

Database
The name of the database.

Trusted_Connection; or, Uid and Pwd
Specify Trusted_Connection=Yes to connect with Windows integrated authentication; or, specify Uid (user id) and Pwd (password) to connect with SQL Server authentication.

Connection string format

Here's the format of a connection string that uses Windows integrated authentication.

`Driver={ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server};server=<server>;database=<database>;trusted_connection=Yes;`

Here's the format of a connection string that uses SQL Server authentication instead of Windows integrated authentication.

 `Driver={ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server};server=<server>;database=<database>;uid=<user id>;pwd=<password>;`

Enter the connection string

Enter the connection string in the ConnectionString field, or enter the DSN name in the Dsn field, on the Choose a Data Source or Choose a Destination page. After you enter the connection string, the wizard parses the string and displays the individual properties and their values in the list.

The following example uses this connection string.

`Driver={ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server};server=localhost;database=WideWorldImporters;trusted_connection=Yes;`

Here's the screen that you see after entering the connection string.

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Connect to SQL Server with the Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server or SQL Server Native Client

Important

The Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server and SQL Server Native Client are not supported in versions of SQL Server after SQL Server 2012. Use the ODBC driver instead. To learn more about the transition to the ODBC driver, see the following blog posts.

Other data providers and more info

For info about how to connect to SQL Server with a data provider that's not listed here, see SQL Server connection strings. This third-party site also contains more info about the data providers and the connection parameters described on this page.

See also

Choose a Data Source
Choose a Destination