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PHP shows the sqlsrv drivers, but I can't connect to MS-SQL


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I managed to install PHP and Apache on a virtual machine at home (host runs Windows 2008 Server). I'm half way testing there but I need to start working on my work's laptop now (for presentation, official stuff, etc)


So I installed XAMPP. I downloaded the MS-SQL drivers from this URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc296170.aspx


I edited PHP ini adding this line:




And also dropped the php_sqlsrv_53_ts_vc9.dll file into the "ext" folder that goes under xampp


I restarted Apache and I can see PHP shows the sqlsrv drivers section, so should work ok, but I can't connect to MS-SQL. I can't even run a simple PHP script like this:



$serverName = "servername";
$connectionOptions = array("Database"=>"AdventureWorks");
$conn = sqlsrv_connect( $serverName, $connectionOptions);
if( $conn === false )
die( FormatErrors( sqlsrv_errors() ) );


It fails miserably with following error: Fatal error: Call to undefined function FormatErrors() in C:\xampp\htdocs\project\connectivity.php on line 6


Am I missing something? By the way, my work's laptop runs Windows Vista. Not sure if that can be a problem. I am running most recent SQL client drivers I think.

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FormatErrors is not any standard function.  Not sure where you got that name from.    To see what the error is, try



Thanks for reply.


I will check at home, but I'm almost sure the code there works! and uses that function.

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