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Port check for SQL Server connectivity

By Michael Lascuola,

Recently, I participated in a project to migrate a set of production servers from company-owned SQL Servers to managed servers at a hosting company.  Due to the logistics of the move, we could not migrate all servers at once, so we had some production servers at the old location, and the rest of the instances at the new hosting firm. 

Once the new servers were running and configured, our most common issue in this exercise was firewall issues.  Since opening a port using a hosting company requires opening a ticket and waiting sometimes days before the request is completed, we wanted to make sure that all required ports were opened before the migration date.

Typically, you will want the default SQL Server port 1433 opened.  But, as I discovered in this migration, we also had jobs that needed port 135 for distributed transactions (DTC), and port 445 (Microsoft Directory Services) for writing SSRS reports.

For these reasons, I created this .SQL script to check connectivity between SQL Server instances on a specified port.

Since telnet has a user interface, I looked for a utility that could be run from a batch file or xp_cmdshell, and found Microsoft's PortQry Command Line Port Scanner Version 2.0.  More information is here:

To use the script, first and copy the PortQry executable to each SQL Server you will be testing.  Next, insert your SQL Server instance names as needed into @tblSQLServers, assign the port number you wish to check to @strPort.  Make sure to change SQL Server Management Studio to Send Results to Text (Ctrl-T), run the script, then copy the results to a new query window, and run.

If “NOT LISTENING,” or “FILTERED” appear in the result set, have your network administrator open the needed ports.

This script requires xp_cmdshell to be enabled while it is running.

Also, this generates a script that requires SQLCMD Mode, which I find very useful for connecting to multiple instances in a single script.  See this page for more details:

Feel free to contact me with questions or comments.

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