In this SQL Server tutorial, you will learn how to get connection string in SQL Server Management Studio.
Where you will understand connection properties and their meaning. After that, you will understand how to view the connection properties details in SQL Server Management Studio.
Finally, you will understand the connection string syntax that you can use in the different applications for connecting to the SQL Server Database.
Get Connection String in SQL Server Management Studio
When you want to connect the application or tools to the database, you need a connection string to connect to the database. The connection string is all the information required to establish a connection between the application and the database.
So here you will see how to get connection strings in SQL Server Management Studio.
Get Connection String in SSMS: Opening SSMS
First, make sure you have installed the SQL Server Management Studio. If you haven’t already installed it on your computer, download it from the Microsoft website.
Now open the SQL Server Management Studio and connect to the SQL Server instance, as shown in the below picture.
To connect to the SQL Server instance, provide the server information to which you want to connect.
- Server Type: Select the required server type from the dropdown and by default, it is Database Engine for SQL Server database.
- Server Name: Specify the name of the IP address of the SQL Server where it is running.
- Authentication: Select the appropriate authentication method, such as Window Authentication or SQL Server Authentication
- Login: Provide the login details for the SQL Server instance, and these login details can be different based on which authentication method you are using.
- Password: Also provide the password for the login.
After filling in the required information for the SQL Server instance, click on the Connect button to connect to the Server instance. After that, you see the SSMS interface as shown below.
To get the connection string, right-click the instance name (MSI\SQLEXPRESS) in the Object Explorer and select the option Properties as shown in the below picture.
After that, a server properties window appears, and then click on the View connection properties on the left side under the Connection section, as shown in the picture below.
Now you can see all the connection string properties, such as Authentication Method, Database, Server Name, User Name, and Computer name. But here, it doesn’t show all the connection string details, but you get enough details to connect to the SQL Server database.
The syntax of the connection String is given below.
- Server: The name or IP address of the SQL Server.
- Database: Name of the database to which you want to connect.
- User ID: Username or User ID of the SQL Server user who is going to use the SQL Server database.
- Password: Password for the User connecting to the SQL Server database.
For example, your connection string may look like as shown below.
Server=MSI; Database=ecomerce; User Id=James;Password=James4455@
If you know all the connection properties mentioned above, then you can use that information in your application or tools to connect to the SQL Server database.
Connection string may vary, but the above is based on Standard Security. This is how to get the connection string in SQL Server Management Studio.
In the SQL Server tutorial, you learned how to get a connection string in SQL Server Management Studio. You learned about the parameters used in the connections string in the SSMS. Then, you learned about the connection string syntax used in your application or tools for establishing a connection with the SQL Server database.
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