SQL Server Error Msg 53 – An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server

SQL Server Error Message

Msg 53
An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 – Could not open a connection to SQL Server ) (.Net SqlClient Data Provider).

Reason for the Error

You will generally receive this error when the SQL Server client cannot connect to the SQL Server. Following are the possible reasons for this SQL error.

  • SQL Client cannot resolve the name of the SQL Server.
  • The Name of the SQL Server used in the connection is in-correct.
SQL Server Error Msg 53 - An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server

Solution

Check the following

  • Are you using the correct server name from the client.
  • Check that you can resolve the name of the server from the client using ping command. Try IP instead of the name of the SQL Server to see if that works.
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