How to Access Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Remotely

In order to manage your Microsoft SQL databases, you will first  need download and install Microsoft SQL Management Studio. Once you have it installed, your IP address will need to be whitelisted so that you can access MS SQL remotely.

When opening MS SQL Management Studio, you will see a login screen which requires the following details:

  • Server Type - Select Database Engine.
  • Server Name - You can use any address which resolves to your server, including:
    • Your account's IP address
    • Server hostname (e.g. PSS20.win.hostgator.com)
    • Your domain name (must be pointed to our server)
  • Authentication - Windows Authentication can only be used by Dedicated Server owners. This option is for if you are logging in remotely without using SQL Server Authentication or if you are connecting with Remote Desktop.
  • Login - This will be your database username which can be found in the Websites & Domains section Plesk Panel by selecting the databases icon and then selecting the database you wish to use.
  • Password: This will be your database user password.

    Server Connect

Common Issues When Logging In

The following is a common error message which may occur when you attempt to log into MS SQL Server remotely:

IP Connection Failed

There are several possible solutions to this error listed below. If you are still receiving an error message after eliminating these possibilities, please contact us via phone or Live Chat for assistance.

Whitelist IP Address

Whitelisting your IP address permits connections to the database server from your current internet connection. Once you have whitelisted your IP address, it can take up to one hour for whitelist modifications to take effect. Users with a dynamic IP address will be required to whitelist again if the IP address changes.

For instructions on how to whitelist your IP address, please refer to the following article:

Change Password

The password you're using to log in may be incorrect. To resolve this issue, simply change the database password to something easier to remember.

Please note: This method may break scripts which are utilizing the previous password setting, and affected applications will need their configuration updated accordingly.

Check Local Firewall/Security Settings

Check your router, firewall and/or antivirus which all have the potential to block access to this port. Please contact the manufacturer of these devices for modification procedures.