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Windows CE 5.0 connecting to MSSQL 2005 64 bit

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Hi all.

We have a client that installed a MS SQL 2005 64bit DB on a server. We traditionally use only the 32 bit version so this is a new field for us. But first, a quick walkthrough.

We have proprietary software which various devices connect to. It's simply a production database running behind it, the interface and backend is all Microsoft based. That is, MSSQL DB, Windows server etc.
We have scanners which can be either CE or Windows mobile. On the scanners, we install a program which handles the communication with the SQL server (sending the barcode string to correct  receiver).

When testing this 64 bit server I haven't come across any problems except with the scanner. When I select the program it gives me the standard generic SQL Connection error. Unfortunately I do not have a screenshot or a test that I can post, I hope that will not be a problem. But basically it is "

Now, my question is, do I need to have my connection string reprogrammed/redone whatever by the programmers or is this something more sinister, like there not being a DLL that handles communication of this type? Sorry for this maybe a stupid question, but I haven't been able to find anything relevant by googling.

Thanks.
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by:nmcdermaid
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Named Pipes and TCP/IP is over TCP/IP (network), which doesn't care about 32 or 64 bit. So it should not have anything to do with the server being 64 bit.
I definitely have 32 bit SQL Server drivers connecting to a 64 bit SQL Server.
There's two things you can try:
1. Run SQL Server Profiler on the SQL Server and seee if you can see the device trying to connect.
2. Try and get more info from the device - can you ping the server, get through the firewalll etc. Are any log files created by this software?
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Hi all.
I did find the solution and it has nothing to do with the connection string itself, as I feared. The connection was good - 32 to 64 bit was no problem at all. The problem was in the application itself (on the server) so when I focused on that particular bit I found the application configuration error and fixed that.
Thanks everyone, especially nmcdermaid and sorry for wasting your time.
Cheers all.
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