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Microsoft SQL Server Connections

You can create connections to one or more Microsoft SQL Server databases from the Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform.


You can create connections to databases of this type that are managed by your enterprise or are hosted in cloud infrastructure. The required configuration is the same. The cloud-based version is labeled on Amazon RDS. In the Create Connection dialog, you can search for that term.

Supported Versions: 12.0.4

Supported Environments:


Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta Enterprise Edition


Microsoft Azure










  • If you haven't done so already, you must create and deploy an encryption key file for the Trifacta node to be shared by all relational connections. For more information, see Create Encryption Key File.

  • If you plan to create an SSO connection of this type, additional configuration may be required. SeeEnable SSO for Relational Connections.


To create this connection:

  • In the Import Data page, click the Plus sign. Then, select the Relational tab. Click the Microsoft SQL Server card.

  • You can also create connections through the Connections page. See Connections Page.

For additional details on creating a Microsoft SQL Server connection, see Relational Access.

Modify the following properties as needed:




Enter your hostname. Example:


Set this value to 1433.

Connect String options

Insert any additional connection parameters, if needed. See below.

User Name

(basic credential type only) Username to use to connect to the database.


(basic credential type only) Password associated with the above username.

Test Connection

After you have defined the connection credentials type, credentials, and connection string, you can validate those credentials.

Advanced options: Default Column Data Type Inference

Set todisabledto prevent the platformfrom applying its own type inference to each column on import. The default value isenabled.

Advanced options: Enable SSH Tunneling

This feature is not available.

Connection Name

Display name of the connection

Connection Description

Description of the connection, which appears in the application.

Connection URL

The properties that you provide are inserted into the following URL, which connects Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta Enterprise Edition to the connection:

Connect string options

The connect string options are optional. If you are passing additional properties and values to complete the connection, the connect string options must be structured in the following manner:



  • <prop> : the name of the property

  • <val> : the value for the property


  • ; : any set of connect string options must begin and end with a semi-colon.

  • = : property names and values must be separated with an equal sign (=).

Example connect string options

The following connect string contains several options. Please insert as a single string (no line breaks):


Common connect string properties:




Set this value to <database_name>, the name of the database to which to connect.


Set this value to true. Encrypted communication is required.


You must deploy an encryption key file on the Trifacta node. For more information, see Create Encryption Key File.


When set to true, the Trifacta node does not validate the SQL Server TLS/SSL certificate. Default value is false.


Defines the host name in the server certificate.


Do not modify this value unless required.


Number of seconds that the Trifacta node attempts to login to the database server. Default is 30.


  • ; : any set of connect string options must begin and end with a semi-colon.

  • ; : all additional property names must be prefixed with a semi-colon.

  • = : property names and values must be separated with an equal sign (=).

Authentication options


You can use kerberos security for connecting to the database server. Additional configuration is required:

Driver Information

This connection uses the following driver:

Create via API

This connection can also be created using the API.

  • Type: jdbc

  • Vendor: sqlserver

For more information, see


Error message


“The TCP/IP connection to the host <hostname>, port <port> has failed”

The host is not accessible.

"Login failed for user'<username>'."

Permission denied. Please verify your credentials.


Click the Test Connection button to check the connection credentials.

"The certificate received from the remote server was issued by an untrusted certificate authority"

There was an issue with the trusted certificate on the SQL Server instance.

To disable validation of the certificate, add the following to the connection string options:



SQL Syntax

The following syntax requirements apply to this connection.

Object delimiter: none

Example syntax:

SELECT "column1","column2" FROM "databaseName"."tableName";

For more information on SQL in general, see Supported SQL Syntax.

For more information, see Database Browser.

Data Conversion

For more information on how values are converted during input and output with this database, see SQL Server Data Type Conversions.