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I have a Amazon Web Services (AWS) Relational Database Service (RDS) instance running SQL Server 2012 Express.

I've installed Amazon's aws.amazon.com/rds certificate in the client machine's Trusted Root Certification Authorities store.

However, when I connect to the RDS instance (using SQL Server Management Studio 2012) and check off "Encrypt Connection", I get the following error:

A connection was successfully established with the server, but then an error occurred during the login process. (provider: SSL Provider, error: 0 - The target principal name is incorrect.) (Microsoft SQL Server)

What does this mean, and how can I fix it? Thanks!

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are you using the public DNS name of the server? –  Bozojoe Jan 30 '13 at 2:32
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Add this parameter for the connection string: TrustServerCertificate=true

Solved in my case.

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You'll be negating the use of a public cert if you do that: you're basically telling the SQL server client to ignore the server cert altogether. –  Stephane Feb 12 '13 at 12:59
This just saved me, thanks alot @Thiago –  Chris Marisic Sep 4 '13 at 18:45
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