I get the following error microsoft data link error error enumerating data servers. enumerator reports unspecified error

Posted on 2005-04-08
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I installed sql 2000 developers edition. I am able to logon to my server when I specify the server name. I am also able to test my connection using a datalink when I specify the server name. However when I try and browse in the VS2003 datalink or in a datalink outside of VS2003. The machine hangs for about 20secs and then gives me the following error"error error enumerating data servers. enumerator reports unspecified error".
Question by:aaronbcpa
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This may be related to a problem with MDAC:


Try the component checker:


Choose the option:

Perform an analysis of your machine and automatically determine the release version

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big_lew earned 1000 total points
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I had the exact same problem.  I would get the error if I clicked on the dropdown or click the refresh button.  I downloaded the MDAC component checker and ran it - it did not find any versioning mismatch.

I finally decided to type in the server name manually  - it worked!!!  You have to type in the specific instance of the SQL server you want to access - the name probably consists of the computername\instance name - mine was BIGLEW\NETSDK

Hope this works for you.


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sorry it took so long YOU HIT IT ON THE HEAD BIG_LEW thanks

Expert Comment

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no problem, glad to help.  By the way, I reinstalled vs 2003 and don't get the error anymore.  I can use the drop down now.

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