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Toad Data Point 5.3 - User Guide

Troubleshoot SQL Server Connections

Connection Issues

Review the following solutions to help troubleshoot SQL Server connection issues in Toad.

Issue Cause/Solution

Cannot specify a port number when connecting

Currently, Toad does not have a separate field for specifying a port number.


You can connect if you know the port number for the instance by entering the following in the Server name field on the New Connection window:




For example:,1234 (where 1234 is the port number of the instance) 

Cannot connect to a remote instance in SQL Server 2005

Remote connections may not be enabled in SQL Server 2005. Also, named instances are configured to use dynamic ports and select an available port once the SQL Server Service starts. If you are connecting to a named instance through a firewall, configure the Database Engine to listen on a specific port, so that the appropriate port is opened in the firewall.

Note: Remote connections are disabled by default in the Express and Developer editions of SQL Server 2005.


To enable remote connections, see "How to configure SQL Server 2005 to allow remote connections" at:

"Path is not of a legal form" error message when connecting


"Could not find a part of the path
C:\Program Files\Quest Software
\Toad Data Point\Template\Scripts\
" error message when connecting

You attempted to migrate settings from a previous install of Toad to the current install, but the settings file (InitialSqlServer.Sql) for the previous install was either removed, moved, or corrupt.

You may also receive this error if you installed Toad and migrated settings from a previous version, and later uninstalled the previous version.


You must specify a valid location for the InitialSqlServer.Sql file in Toad.

To specify a valid location

  1. Open the SQL Server options page under Tools | Options | Database | SQL Server.

  2. Specify the location for the new install's InitialSqlServer.Sql file in the Run Script on new connection field.

By default, this file is located in the following directory:

C:\Program Files\Quest Software\Toad Data Point version \Templates\Scripts

Note: Clicking may result in a "Path not found error". If you receive this error, manually enter the location in the field.  

Cannot establish Named Pipes connection

If you are trying to connect to the server using Named Pipes, "Poll service status in connection list" option should be cleared.


  1. Open the options page under Tools | Options | Database | General.
  2. Clear Poll service status in connection list checkbox.
Cannot establish Azure connection

Failing to establish Azure connection may indicate that your IP address is restricted from having access to the Azure server.


  1. Select Tools | Cloud Computing | SQL Azure Portal to login to Azure Portal.
  2. Create a firewall rule on the master database, enabling access to current IP address or range. See Create and Alter Azure Firewall Rules for more information.
Cannot access some functionality when working with Azure connection.

To utilize majority of Toad functionality VIEW DEFINITION grant is required for those databases you want to work with.


Related Topics

Create SQL Server Connections

Manage Connections

Connection/Navigation Manager 


Determine the Best Method to Locate Objects

Toad offers a number of features to assist you in locating objects. The following table provides guidelines based on typical use cases:

If you know the....

Use this...

Column name, but do not know the table name

Use Object Search

String of DDL for an object

Dependency for an object

Uses and Used By tabs in the Database Explorer, and then drill-down to the object from there

Criteria for excluding objects

Filter feature in the Object Explorer


Object Explorer

You can view database objects for the current connection with the Object Explorer. This feature is useful for dragging and dropping database objects into an open Editor, Query Builder, or other document window. Right-click the objects in the Object Explorer to access additional features such as multiple tasks and actions.

To open the Object Explorer

  1. Select View | Object Explorer.
  2. Review the following for additional information:

    Schema (first field)

    Select the schema you want to view. You can filter the list of schemas that display. See Filter Databases and Objects for more information.

    Object Filter (second field)

    You can quickly set a filter in this field. To do so, enter a name or partial name of an object and press ENTER. Any advanced object filters you set display in this field.

    You can also perform advanced filtering based on case sensitivity, statistics, or other options. See Filter Databases and Objects for more information.

    Tip: You can enable an option to filter using regular expressions in Tools | Options | Explorer | General.

    Note: For tables and views, the columns, data types, and comments display at the bottom of this window.


  • To navigate to a previously selected object, click . You can also click to move to the next selected object.
  • To locate objects including procedures, functions, views, variable names and comments in an object's source code, use Object Search. See Search for Objects for more information.
  • To use a different method to select objects such as tabs, drop-downs, or a tree view, click .
  • To generate reports, export data, create SQL statements, or send objects to the Project Manager, SQL Modeler, or Master Detail windows, right-click the objects and select an option.
  • To open the Background Processes window and cancel a query, click the progress bar at the bottom of the window.


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