Use this tab to view or specify options when connecting to Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine.
To connect with SQL Server Authentication, SQL Server must be configured in SQL Server and Windows Authentication mode. To determine the authentication mode and to change the authentication mode, see How to: Change Server Authentication Mode.
When registering a server from Object Explorer, select the type of server to connect to: Database Engine, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1, or Integration Services. The rest of the dialog shows only the options that apply to the selected server type. When registering a server from Registered Servers, the Server type box is read-only, and matches the type of server displayed in the Registered Servers component. To register a different type of server, select Database Engine, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1, or Integration Services from the Registered Servers toolbar before starting to register a new server.
Select the server instance to connect to. The server instance last connected to is displayed by default.
Two authentication modes are available when connecting to an instance of SQL Server Database Engine:
Windows Authentication Mode (Windows Authentication)
Microsoft Windows Authentication mode allows a user to connect through a Windows user account.
SQL Server Authentication
When a user connects with a specified login name and password from a non-trusted connection, SQL Server performs the authentication itself by checking to see if a SQL Server login account has been set up and if the specified password matches the one previously recorded. If SQL Server does not have a login account set, authentication fails, and the user receives an error message.
When possible, use Windows Authentication.
Enter the user name to connect with. This option is only available if you have selected to connect using Windows Authentication.
Enter the login to connect with. This option is only available if you have selected to connect using SQL Server Authentication.
Enter the password for the login. This option is only editable if you have selected to connect using SQL Server Authentication.
Click to have SQL Server store the password you have entered. This option is only displayed if you have selected to connect using SQL Server Authentication.
Click to connect to the server selected above.
Click to change the dialog and hide the additional server connection options, such as remembering the password.