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Is it possible to configure a SQL Server CLIENT (cliconfg) via file? I'm looking forward to something like tnsnames.ora in Oracle world.

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The data about connection aliases is stored in the Registry, so either a .reg file or a script that updates registry would do. Updating the Registry can be done with reg.exe or Powershell.

The tricky parts are cliconfg syntax and the fact that 32/64 bit registry keys are not the same. That is,

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSSQLServer\Client
HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\MSSQLServer\Client

Take a look at this article about 32/64 bit versions.

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  • Ok, thank you. Unfortunately it requires to pass every client, but at least I can automate it a little...
    – Alberto
    Oct 12 '13 at 19:58

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