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I can't seem to authenticate to my SQL server using the following command:

sqlcmd -S myserver -d mydatabase -U user -P password

It always says, error: 18456, state 1: login failed for "domain\username"

What is weird is that if I test my connection through ODBC with the same credentials it authenticates fine. In the management studio the account I'm using has the dbo_owner privileges on the instance and the database. Also I connect to the instance using those same credentials.

In my event log I also have this error:

Login failed for 'domain\username'. Reason: Failed to open the explicitly specified database [CLIENT MY_IPADDRESS]

I'm no SQL expert and could use some help troubleshooting this if possible.

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There should be an error in the event log as well that looks like Error: 18456, Severity: #, State: #. What's that one look like? You will always receive a state 1 error from the command line. The state error indicates the source of the problem. – cole Oct 31 '13 at 18:34
@Cole there is no state field in the event log. The only other info is level 4 and task 0 – free_mind Oct 31 '13 at 18:39
up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can't use a Windows login with the -U parameter. -U is for SQL logins. If you want to connect as the currently logged in Windows user use the -E parameter to indicate you want to use a trusted connection.

sqlcmd -S myserver -d mydatabase -E

If you want to connect as a different windows user then you can run your shell (cmd, powershell, etc) as that user and use the above command.

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Doing this still gives me the same error in addition to a new error MSG 4060, Level 11, State 1 – free_mind Oct 31 '13 at 18:42
@inquisitor Can you add the exact command you're typing in? Your id has access to the database? – squillman Oct 31 '13 at 19:57

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