Error "An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host" When Connecting to Azure SQL

Published: 03 Dec 2018
Last Modified Date: 02 Jan 2019


When connecting Tableau Desktop to Microsoft Azure SQL, the following error may occur: 

[Microsoft][ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server]TCP Provider: An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host.
[Microsoft][ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server]Communication link failure
Unable to connect to the server "
<servername>". Check that the server is running and that you have access privileges to the requested database.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Windows 10
  • Microsoft Azure SQL


The underlying cause may be an issue with Azure SQL firewall configuration, an Azure SQL service outage, name resolution, firewall or proxy configuration, or other network problems.

Additional Information

For more information about this topic, see SQL Azure Connectivity Troubleshooting Guide.

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