DbSchema: Sqlserver JDBC Driver & Database Designer

About DbSchema Database Designer

DbSchema is a Sqlserver database designer using Java JDBC drivers.

DbSchema features interactive diagrams, schema management, schema compare and synchronize, relational data browse, visual query builder, query editor, random data generator, forms and reports and more.

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About JDBC Drivers

JDBC drivers are Java library files with the extension .jar used by all Java applications to connect to the database. Usually they are provided by the same company which implemented the Sqlserver software. DbSchema installation kit already include an Sqlserver driver.

Each JDBC driver is using a specific URL. The URL is a string passed to the driver, formatted in a way which is decided by the team who bild the driver, and which usually includes information about the database host, port and database name.

SqlServer JDBC Driver

DbSchema can connect to Azure Cloud database ! Just connect using host 'servername.database.windows.net', port 1433 and configured user and password.

We support all versions of SqlServer including SqlServer 2014, under the name 'SqlServer'. For SqlServer 2000-2005 we have created a different entry in DbSchema because of compatibility problems with the versions after. You can download the JDBC driver right here. Unzip the downloaded zip file to get the driver jars.
Download Sqlserver JDBC driver

Please write us if this version of the driver is not the latest, we will update it !

Driver Information :

  • Required File(s): sqlserver.jar
  • Java Driver Class: com.microsoft.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver
  • URL: jdbc:sqlserver://{HOST}:{PORT};databaseName={DB}
  • Website: Microsoft

jTDS JDBC Driver

Download the jtds-nn-dist.zip file, unzip it and then load the jtds.jar file
  • Required File(s): jtds-1.2.2.jar
  • Java Driver Class: net.sourceforge.jtds.jdbc.Driver
  • URL: jdbc:jtds:sqlserver://{HOST}[:{PORT}][/{DB}];user={USER};password={PASSWORD}[;instance={PARAM}] or jdbc:jtds:sqlserver://{HOST}[:{PORT}][/{DB}];domain={PARAM};integratedSecurity=true
  • Website: jTDS web site
Watch a You Tube video How to configure SqlServer 2008 for jdbc connections.

Connect to Sqlserver from DbSchema

Start DbSchema, choose 'Connect to database' and in the connection dialog choose 'Sqlserver' from the database combo. There you can upload the JDBC driver. For a limited list of databases the drivers are already included.

Next step is to fill in the connection dialog the database host, port, username and password.

  • The host is the name or the IP address of the machine where the database is running. If the database is running on the same machine as DbSchema, this will be localhost.
  • The port is a number, a kind of 'door' where the database listen for requests. This has a default value which DbSchema will set for you. If the database administrator choose a different port, you may have to enter the correct value
  • Database username is the user to login into the database. DbSchema may enter by default the most user for each database. If this is not correct, check the database documentation for this. Usually during Sqlserver installation you are informed about the username.
  • Database password for the database user, is set inside the database.
DbSchema will replace this values in the JDBC URL string, will send this to server and try to connect.

Connect to Sqlserver using DbSchema database tool

Connectivity Troubleshooting

If you get problems connecting to database, please remember :
  • Windows Firewall may block the communication. You may need to reconfigure or disable it.
  • Remote connections are not always enabled by default. MySql lets you, for example, to enable them during the database software installation.
  • Make sure the host is reachable. From the connection dialog you can ping the database host ensure the configured port is reachable.
  • Check the driver version is compatible with the database software. It may be that DbSchema provided JDBC driver is not the latest version. Please inform us in this case.
Learn more about how to connect to database from the DbSchema help.
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