Testing for DB Connectivity

The app I'm writing is to be put on a laptop where it may or might not have connectivity to a SQL Server database (depending on whether the user is in the field or in a motel room).

Other than attempting to open a connection and waiting to see if it will time out, is there any other way to test to see if there is a database connection available?

TIA
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CodeCruiserConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First step is to see if the network is connected

Use My.Computer.Network.IsAvailable

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/d1e9b5cx(v=vs.80).aspx

Then you can ping the server
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.net.networkinformation.ping.aspx

Or you can just reduce the SQLConnection.ConnectionTimeOut and try to connect to the server. The default timeout is 15 seconds.
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ClifAuthor Commented:
Currently I have a function like this:
Public Function validConnection() As Boolean
    Dim bRetVal As Boolean = True
    Dim sqlConn As New SqlConnection() 'The SQL Connection

    sqlConn.ConnectionString = m_sConnectString 'Set the Connection String
    Try
        sqlConn.Open() 'Open the connection
    Catch
        bRetVal = False
    End Try
    sqlConn.Close()
    Return bRetVal
End Function

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ClifAuthor Commented:
SQLConnection.ConnectionTimeOut is readonly

However testing for the network and pinging the server is enough.

Thanks.
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CodeCruiserCommented:
The connection timeout can be set using the connection string.
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ClifAuthor Commented:
Oh, right.
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