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How to connect to SQL Server 2005 without being part of the Windows domain

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Hello there Experts,

I have an application on my laptop which should connect to a database on SQL Server 2005.

My laptop is running Win XP Pro and the SQL Server 2005 is running on a desktop, also with Win Xp Pro. This desktop machine is available on our office network domain, and I can easily connect to the database when I log in the network from any workstation.

However, I still need to access the database from my laptop without logging in the network.

Is there anyway I can do that, knowing that when I connect to the network (Just connect network cable, without logging in), I get to see the Server among the list of servers available.

Also, I'm the admin for the desktop server, so I have full right to create users and logins.

Appreciate your help

Is there any way I can connect to the server

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by:David Todd
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Hi,

The key here is using the SQL authentication instead of the Windows Authentication.

Yes there are issues with SQL Authentication in that it isn't as secure as Windows logins, but its needed in some situations.

HTH
  David
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by:Mehawitchi
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Many thanks dtodd for your reply.

Does this mean I need only to change the connection string on my laptop, or is there any steps that I need to perform on the server?
Thanks again
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David Todd earned 500 total points
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Hi,

You _will_ need to change the connection string - instead of using a trusted connection, you will need to specify username and password.

You most likely _may_ need to change the setting on your server, to allow SQL authentication.

Cheers
  David
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by:Mehawitchi
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Thanks David.

That was so helpful
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