Trying to open a hole on a windows box to access sql server.

How can I test to see if the port is open (without using sql to test a login etc.)

I'm looking for a more generic way of testing w/o involving sql server just to isolate that problem of not being able to connect i.e. is it a login issue or a connection/firewall issue.

  • I would verify that you mean 1443 and not 1433, which is the default for SQL. Dec 8, 2009 at 16:48
  • actually it is 1433
    – user2659
    Dec 8, 2009 at 17:36

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You can use a port scanning tool such as NMAP or just simply telnet to the port in question if it is a TCP port. telnet host port - Example would be telnet server01 1433

  • Just today I installed telnet in win-7 just for this purpose. telnet still has its excellent uses.
    – nos
    Dec 8, 2009 at 17:26
  • +1 I use PuTTY to make telnet connections on W7, since I already have it installed for SSH. Works great.
    – MDMarra
    Jul 28, 2011 at 18:01

First I'd verify that the server in question is actually listening on 1443. Simplest way to do that is probably (on the server, in a cmd window) netstat -an | find "1443" and see what you get back.

Second, if it's a TCP connection you're looking for, you may be able to telnet <hostname> 1443 and see if you get a connection. You won't be able to do anything with it, but that should tell you if you can establish one.

If you're looking for UDP, I'd be surprised if you had a good way to establish a connection on a connectionless protocol.

  • I was just about to edit and add the netstat option as well - you beat me to it. :) Dec 8, 2009 at 16:46

If you want to verify that the port is open from the public internet, you could use a tool like https://www.monitostech.com/tool/port. This is particularly useful when testing whether a web server is accessible to the public, or if you have geographically dispersed systems, you can verify that the have an open path.

When checking connectivity between a web server and a SQL server on a local LAN, I find this powershell command to work quite well:

try { $cn=new-object System.Net.Sockets.TcpClient; $cn.connect("host",port); $cn.close() ; "Test worked" } catch { "Test failed" }

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