On my free trial Azure account, I'm working on Exercise 5 of this official Azure lab tutorial to work on the section Connect as a database contained user to an Azure SQL database. I've successfully created the ADSQLUser as described in the previous sections of the Exercise 5. But when I try connecting to the SSMS in VM (Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016) using the info shown in the image below, I get the following error:


Login failed for user 'NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON'. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 18456)

SSMS login dialog:

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Note: The same above dialog connects to the SQL Server fine if I use ADSQLAdmin..... instead of ADSQLUser..... in the User Name dropdown above. But according to the tutorial it should connect for ADSQLUser..... as well. So what I may be missing?


When you connect SQL, click Option, in the Connect to database text box, type <your database name>. They must be same, otherwise you will get this error.

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  • That was it. Instead of typing the db name I was looking into the db dropdown and the dropdown did not have that db. After your suggestion of typing the db name, I typed it and it works now (Thank you). – nam Nov 24 '17 at 16:00

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