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I attempt to connect to SQL Server 2008,I receive the following error.

Login failed for user <>. Reason: Failed to open the explicitly specified database.

By the way, I have a SQL Server 2008 R2 on Windows Server 2008 64-Bit Enterprise Edition.


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up vote 6 down vote accepted

This means you have logged in correctly to SQL Server, but the database in the connection string (or default database from CREATE LOGIN) is one of

  • not there
  • unavailable (eg autoclosed or recovering)
  • no login-user mapping (eg CREATE USER as not been run)
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