I've tried various url's, both pointing at a local database and at remote databases. Because of this I don't think it's a network issue. I've also tried adding a default database option to the url. I've tried compiling and running with jre 1.3.1 and jre 1.4.2, but I still get the error. I'm stuck and confused, am I missing something obvious? I would greatly appreciate any help. Thanks.
It definitely looks like a problem with the database URL. Are you sure it should have the semi-colon on the end? Checking the FAQ, the suggested syntax is jdbc:Microsoft:sqlserver://my-virtualserver:1433;DatabaseName=Pubs I'd try adding the database name in the form above, or leave off everything after (and including) the semicolon.