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Error 18456 a little more friendly in 2012

While preparing a demo for a presentation, I generated a 18456 error in the SQL instance by selecting a non-existent database in my connection string.

To my surprise, the SQL Errorlog now discloses the database that I was trying to connect to:


This seems to be improved for at least state 38 and state 40 of error 18456.

I no longer must create a trace to catpure the User Error Message to extract this information. Efficiency gained – now what to do with all that spare time?

About Kyle Neier
Husband of a magnificent woman, father of 5, SQL Server geek, IndyPASS Vice President and Food Guy, DBA automation zealot, amateur Powershell evangelist. Follow Me on Twitter

Kyle Neier

Kyle has been working with computers professionally since 1995 in both a development and administrative capacity. For over 10 of those years, SQL Server has been the focus of both a professional and personal passion. Kyle has worked in online retail, manufacturing, EMR software, and pharmaceutical industries. Kyle joined PTI in 2011 as a Senior Microsoft Consultant where he continues to chase his passion of automating DBA processes and doing everything humanly possible to prevent the 0200 page. Kyle serves as the Vice-President of the Indianapolis chapter of PASS (www.indypass.org) and served on the committee to bring SQL Saturday to Indianapolis. He shares his passion for SQL Server with others through speaking and mentoring at local and regional events.


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