The Add Connection dialog box for Microsoft SQL Server Database File allows you specify settings, such as database file name and passwords, for this connection. This dialog box is available when Microsoft SQL Server Database File is selected in the Choose/Change Data Source dialog box. To use a different provider, click the Change button and select a different data source or provider in the Change Data Source dialog box.
This topic also covers the New Database Reference dialog box.
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Shows the data source and provider chosen in the Data Source dialog box.
Brings up the Change Data Source dialog box where you can change the data source or provider.
Database file name
Shows the name of the database file for this connection. To choose a different database file, type the database name into the text box or click the Browse button to locate one.
Use Windows authentication
Allows a network user to access the database for this connection without supplying a separate User ID or password because these are obtained from the Windows NT network security process.
Use SQL Server authentication
Sets the logon requirements so you must enter a user name and password to open the connection from Server Explorer.
Provides a text box in which to enter a User ID. When you open this connection, the logon dialog box will require that you enter this User ID to access the database. The database administrator must first grant permission for you to access the database in order for the connection to succeed.
Provides a text box in which to enter a password. When you open this connection, the logon dialog box will require that you enter this password to access the database. The database administrator must first grant permission for you to access the database in order for the connection to succeed.
Save my password
Saves and encrypts your password so that you do not need to enter a password each time you open the connection.
Displays the Advanced Properties dialog box, where you can specify or view settings for the connection. The content of this tab changes depending on which provider you selected in the Data Source dialog box.
Test connection button
Tests the connection without closing the dialog box so you can make adjustments to the settings if the connection does not succeed.