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SQL Error 50000 Native Client Error – How to resolve it

by | Apr 9, 2021

Stuck with SQL Error 50000 Native Client Error? We can help you.

To access data in a SQL Server database we can use SQL Server Native Client.

However, we need to consider several factors while deciding whether to use SQL Server Native client or some other data access technology.

As part of our Server Management Services, we assist our customers with several SQL queries.

In this article, let us see how to resolve SQL error 50000.


SQL Error 50000 Native Client Error

While installing SQL Server Management Studio on one of the client machines we came across the error:

A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file <Filename>.

The causes of this can be the following:

  1. Generally, we get the error while installing or updating native client software or a software component that uses SQL Server Native Client and the target machine already has this installed previously using some MSI file.
  2. In addition, if SQL Server native client file sqlncli.msi is renamed after its installation when we try to update, we will end up with the error.

In order to solve this, we need to uninstall the installed version of the SQL Server native client from add/remove the program.

Then we can try to install SQL Server or its component again.

Since we perform the above step we will not get any error and our software or native client will be installed.

To avoid further issues, we can reboot the machine post uninstalling the native client tool.

If we install only SQL Server native client and not SQL Server then we can download it from the Microsoft website and then reinstall it again.

To prevent this error from happening again we can make sure to not install it using its MSI file sqlncli.msi.

If we had installed it using this file, make sure to never rename it as well.

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In short, we may come across this error while installing SQL Server Management Studio on one of the client machines.


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