How to add jdbc for Microsoft SQL Server to NetBeans

This short post shows you a quick step to add the jdbc for Microsoft SQL Server to NetBeans.

I keep reading in MSDN forum, most of the people are having problem to add the jdbc jar file to the IDE then keep blaming the jdbc not working.

Somehow the blame is not entirely untrue. I am using

– NetBeans 8.0.2

– JDK 1.7

sqljdbc42.jar is not supported but sqljdbc41.jar is working fine.

Let’s go back to the key point here. To add the jdbc jar to NetBeans IDE, you just need to right click the Libraries node and choose Add JARFolder…


To add the JAR file to Eclipse IDE, you see refer to


About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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