Rails says, "SQL Server does not exist or access denied."
By: Johnathon Wright on: January 23, 2009
Using SQL Server 2005 with Rails 1.2.6, I got the following (less than helpful) error message.
OLE error code:80004005 in Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server
[DBNETLIB][ConnectionOpen (Connect()).]SQL Server does not exist or access denied. HRESULT error code:0x80020009
database.yml: ---yml development: adapter: sqlserver database: somedatabase host: mymachine.local username: some_username
The Rails driver does this (modified to work in irb): ---ruby require 'DBI' require 'c:\ruby\lib\ruby\site_ruby\1.8\DBD\ADO\ado.rb'
ado = DBI::DBD::ADO::Driver.new
ado.connect( dbname, user, auth, attr )
dbname is misleading here for two reasons. First, Rails passes in a connection string. Second, the ADO driver uses it as an odbc name instead of as a host name, etc. The contents of dbname looked like this:
Provider=SQLOLEDB;Data Source=mymachine.local;Initial Catalog=somedatabase;User Id=someusername;Password=somepassword;
In my case, the local SQL Server installation uses a named instance, as opposed to a default instance. I copied the 'server name' field from the login dialog in Sql Server Management Studio, and that worked.