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[Solved] [JDBC] Cannot connect to a MS SQL database

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[Solved] [JDBC] Cannot connect to a MS SQL database

Hello. I'm having issues connecting to a MS SQL database with JDBC. I went to the JDBC drivers page and saw that there isn't a download link for MS SQL driver. So I went to the Microsoft website and downloaded the Microsoft JDBC Drivers 6.0, 4.2, 4.1, and 4.0 for SQL Server.


I extracted the file and added both sqljdbc.jar and sqljdbc4.jar (individually) but whenever I try to test the connection I get the following error message: Failed to init connection for driver [], connectionString [jdbc:microsoft:sqlserver://HOSTNAME\SQLExpress:3306;databaseName=MYDB;user=USER&password=PASS]


I checked the SoapUI log and the drivers are being loaded. For example:


Mon Dec 05 08:08:21 PST 2016:INFO:Adding [C:\Program Files\SoapUI-5.2.1\bin\ext\sqljdbc.jar] to extensions classpath


According to the error log, it seems that the driver loaded isn't the correct one:


Mon Dec 05 08:35:48 PST 2016:ERROR:java.sql.SQLException: No suitable driver


Obviously I'm doing something wrong here. Can someone help to me to understand where I'm making the mistake? If it helps, the db connection works (checked with MS SQL Server Manager) and I was able to connect to a MySQL db using SoapUI (different db though).


Thanks for reading and I appreciate any advice you may have!

Super Contributor

I had the same problem because the connection string example on the JDBC Driver List page is wrong.



should be 


Occasional Contributor

I realized that yesterday morning, forgot to update the thread!


Took me quite a while to figure it out haha



Occasional Contributor



I have the same problem and I still could not solve it. Maybe you can help me.


1) I have downloaded Microsoft JDBC Driver 6.0 for SQL Server.

2) From this folder I took file sqljdbc.jar and copy paste it to the folders 

C:\Program Files\SmartBear\SoapUI-5.2.1\bin\ext


C:\Program Files\SmartBear\SoapUI-5.2.1\lib

3) I configured my JDBC step as




Connection String



After check connection I see the error as you Failed to init connection for driver [MSSQL(MicrosoftDriver)/], connectionString [jdbc:sqlserver://localhost\sqlexpress;databaseName=DataVision;user=admin;password=admin]



this is scr with my example


Could you please push me to the right may. 

Thx in advance.

Occasional Contributor

I'll try for sure.


This is the current configuration for my JDBC step:


- Driver:

- Connection String: jdbc:sqlserver://HOSTNAME\sqlexpress;databaseName=MYDB;username=USER;password=PASS

- Driver File: C:\Program Files\SoapUI-5.2.1\bin\ext\sqljdbc4.jar


And that's it!


Let me know if it works

The driver is missing an r at the end (again the JDBC Driver List page is wrong) and you don't need MSSQL(MicrosoftDriver)/ at the start.

Also copy sqljdbc4.jar to C:\Program Files\SmartBear\SoapUI-5.2.1\bin\ext

Another solution is to use groovy script.  You can use Windows Authentication to access sql server database. 


Notice of extra jar and dll: 

1 The files of JDBC driver(MSSQL(MicrosoftDriver)/ isn't distributed with SoapUI Free version. .jar and .dll must be copied into the folder of Soapui folder.

- sqljdbc_auth.dll must be copied to ..\SoapUI-5.2.1\bin\
- sqljdbc42.jar must be copied to ..\SoapUI-5.2.1\lib\.

2 JDBC driver link

3 sqljdbc42.jar can be used in jdk 1.8

Occasional Contributor

Why would you want to use a script instead of  JDBC step? This is an honest question!

Occasional Contributor

Thank you guys for help. 

Now everything is ok and I can work with my local DB.


If you don't mind I keep my steps here, maybe it can help somebody.



If you are using local DB


1) Put sqljdbc4.jar file to the directory C:\Program Files\SmartBear\SoapUI-5.2.1\lib. Do not use version sqljdbc41.jar and sqljdbc42.jar. (They do not work for some reason for me.)
2) Turn on SQL server browser
3) Go to the SQL server configuration/ choose SQL server network configuration and set TCP/IP enable
4) Restart the SQL server
5) In the test case create a JDBC step with properties
Connection Sting (example)


Trying to connect to  SQL server Database on remote server using SOAPUI 5.2.1 version and running into issues :  

 pre-requisite :  i have downloaded sqljdbc4.jar file and put that in local  directory C:\Program Files\SmartBear\SoapUI-5.2.1\lib


1) created a JDBC step with properties

Driver :

Connection Sting: jdbc:sqlserver://databaseserver/instance;databaseName=test;integratedSecurity=true


here below is error message: Failed to init connection for driver [], connectionString [jdbc:sqlserver://databaseserver/instance;databaseName=test;integratedSecurity=true]

2)Turn on SQL server browser
4) Go to the SQL server configuration/ choose SQL server network configuration and set TCP/IP enable
5) Restart the SQL server
still cannot connect . Any suggestions ? 

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