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SQL Data Link Properties freezing/failing

Posted on 2013-11-26
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When attempting to "Refresh" or change my server selection on the Data Link Properties window all three of my production servers just freeze up and I have to End Task. Nothing suspicious in ProcMon.

These are not my screenshots but you can get the idea here:
http://www.databasedev.co.uk/access2007adp.html

Also see links here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306881/en-us

I am able to programmatically connect/change my ODBC so it appears something with the way the GUI attempts to create the connection string or find the servers/databases shared on the network. We're fully operational other than this so it's not a network issue.
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Hi,

if you click the "Refresh" button the network will be searched for any SQL Server Browser service which returns all the known SQL Servers of this service and add them to the drop-down list here.

So it is most likely that you have an issue with the SQL Server Browser service on any of the servers (or, if you have all of the database servers on one machine, then the Browser service on this one).

"Refresh" is almost slow in a big network, you don't need that. Just type the name of the server into the field on your own, followed by a backslash and the instance name if it is not the default instance. You should also always use the full qualified domain name of the server, not just the server name, this makes sure that your Access ADP will work from anywhere in the network.

After you have entered the properties you normally never need to change them. You can even switch off the Browser service if you cannot find out why this freezes your SQL Server (very strange).

Cheers,

Christian
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