To start with, you need to create a server connection.
To create a connection
1. On the Database menu, click New Connection. The Database Connection Properties dialog opens.
2. In the Server field, open the list of servers and select either a local or network server from the list.
3. Select the authentication type:
For more information about how to connect to a database with the Azure Active Directory authentication, see Using Azure Interactive Authentication.
4. In the Login and Password fields, enter the login credentials. By default, the password is saved automatically. If you don’t want to save the password, clear the Allow saving password check box.
5. In the Database field, type a database you want to connect to or select the database from the dropdown list.
6. In the Connection Name box, the connection name are automatically generated from the host name. If you want to create a distinctive name for the connection, type the new name.
7. Optional: Assign an environment category (Development, Production, Sandbox, and Test) to the new connection.
8. Optional: Switch to the Advanced tab to configure advanced connection properties.
9. Optional: Click Test Connection to verify the connection.
10. Click Connect to create the connection.
If you set up a connection in one of the following tools, it will be automatically added to other dbForge SQL tools:
- dbForge Data Compare for SQL Server
- dbForge Data Generator for SQL Server
- dbForge Schema Compare for SQL Server
- dbForge Query Builder for SQL Server
- dbForge Event Profiler for SQL Server
- dbForge Documenter for SQL Server
You can migrate connections and assigned categories between dbForge SQL tools (for example, from dbForge Data Compare for SQL Server to dbForge Data Generator for SQL Server). To do that, you should create an export settings file with the help of Import and Export Settings Wizard in one tool and then import it in another dbForge SQL tool. For more information, see Import and export settings.
Window connection coloring allows you immediately to know which server you’re connected to. You can add coloring for each server connection in the Environment Category field of the Database Connection Properties dialog box when setting the database connection properties. To do this, click an arrow in Environment Category and the select the coloring from the list.
Alternatively, click … to open the Options wizard where you can select the coloring, edit, add, or delete the category.
To edit a database connection, on the Database menu, click Connection Manager. The Connection Manager dialog box opens. Select the connection you want to update and then click Edit. The Database Connection Properties dialog box opens where you can make changes on database connection parameters.
To delete a database connection, on the Database menu, open the Connection Manager. Then, choose a connection you want to delete and click Delete.