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SQL 2005 Error 18456

Posted on 2009-04-15
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I have a pc that gets an error when trying to set up an ODBC connection. I get the error code 18456, SQLSTATE 28000. "LOGIN FAILED for X user. It is set up as Mixed mode authentication, but it is only happening on 1 pc. When the user goes to another pc, it works fine (when making the same connection). Any thoughts on any local settings to check for this? We're running McAfee and pretty much disabled it to see if it was blocking any ports. Thanks for your help
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by:SNilsson
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Are you using Windows NT authentication in the Dsn, on all computers you have tested or do you sometimes use SQL server authentication ?
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Win NT authentication on all of them. It works on every other computer but this one
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by:SNilsson
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There is a connection to the server since you get 'login failed', so dont worry about ports and such on the client.
When this person goes and try on another working computer I guess that the current user logs out and he logs in to the active directory, if not you are connecting using different accounts.
Also you might want to try loggin on with another account on the faulty machine and see if its an account problem.

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by:SNilsson
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Also the computer must of course be a member in the Domain.
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The pc is on the domain, and when I log in to the pc, it works. I have tried deleting the user profile, and have the user log back in to recreate it, and still doesn't work. The user should have the same AD credentials as I do.
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by:SNilsson
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Since he has logged on to another computer and succesfully connected.
I can only think of a few scenarios:
1. Another user is logged on to windows when he test on another computer.
2. He logs on with a local account when using his own computer.
3. The Dsn does not save the machine configuration on his computer, he might not be adminitrator on the machine.

 
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by:SLNNT
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Those are the things I considered but..
1. He logged in under his name on a different pc (same domain)
2. Logs into domain on his pc
3. We added him along with domain admin to admin group on pc with same result
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Only thing I can think of is that you can set up a trace on the SQL server when he logs in and hopefully get a more verbose error, and also run the trace when he log in from another computer to see if there is any differences in the credentials.
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ok, I looked at the Log files and when he tried to connect I got this..
"SSPI handshake failed with error code 0x8009030c while establishing a connection with integrated security"

I need to have this user log in to a different pc and see the log files off of the SQL server
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by:SNilsson
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There seems to be a related problem here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Databases/Q_21868099.html

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figured it out. When you specify the server it connects to (drop down list), instead of choosing an option, I just typed in the server name which I think, caused it to go out and find the server name therefore making a "new" connection
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