Connect to a different port with SQL Server Management Studio

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Microsoft's SQL Server Management Studio will connect by default to port 1433 and there's nowhere in the connect dialog to specify a different port from the default. To connect using a different port specify the servername, a comma, and then the port number as shown in this post.

Connect using a different port using a comma

The connection dialog in the SQL Server Management Studio client is shown in the screenshot below. Normally you would just type the server name into field but to specify a different port use a comma then the port number.

connect to a different port with sql server management studio

The example screenshot above shows "dbname" as the database name and "port" where the port would be. If you wanted to connect to a server named e.g. on port 10443 then set the server name to:,10443

Then specify the login credentials, click the connect button, and assuming everything is correct it should then connect to the SQL Server.

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