MS Access 2003 Connection Failed:  Specified SQL Server not found (ODBC SQL Server Driver)

Posted on 2006-05-12
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have having a strrange issue accessing any of our SQL Server 2000 Databases through MS Access on a couple of machines.  I am able to open any databases from my machine, and one of my users has the same computer as me (Windows 2k Professional w/ MS Office 2k3) but she is getting an error message when trying to open a table, report or query.  There is also one other PC that i know that cannot log in which has Windows 2k3 Professional and MS Office 2k3.

The Error is as follows:

Connection failed:
SQLState: '01000'
SQL Server Error: 53
[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][Named Pipes]ConnectionOpen (Created()).
Connection Failed:
SQL State: '08001'
SQL Server Error:6
[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][Named Pipes]Specified server not found.

After this error appears an SQL Login screen Appears?
Can someone please help with this??
Question by:QDS
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    Accepted Solution

    Try substituting WORKGROUP\USERNAME for DOMAIN\USERNAME.  Your error looks like something other than authentication, however.  The two machines can seeeach other?  Are they in the same workgroup?  Maybe try connecting by IP address instead of machine name and make sure your SQL Server service is running.

    If you were connected to a Domain Controller, you would specify DOMAIN\USERNAME.  If you are working on a small LAN with no domain controller, you can specify WORKGROUP\USERNAME instead; or possibly MACHINENAME\USERNAME (like this:  "MSHOME\BOB" or "COMPUTER1\BOB").  You might also try connecting using the sa username/password.

    Author Comment

    I fiured this one out.  The SQL ODBC driver was too old on the PC, which i dont understand because I just reformated it and put Win2K on it.  I found a download to update this driver on Microsofts website.  Now it work like a charm!!

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