This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Is your MS SQL server on the same machine as you are running your code on, or are they on different boxes? If different boxes, I'd check for a firewall configuration problem. Don't use win2k3, but on winxp you hit that problem.