Error 6420: Unable to discover Advantage Database Server


If you receive this error code when trying to login to SAMS (and sometimes Crystal Reports), here is one possible solution...

Advantage Database Server versions 6.11 and newer provide the ability to connect by specifying an IP address in the ADS.INI file.  This direct connection method eliminates the discovery process and will resolve 6420 errors.

For a direct connection, configure the IP_PORT on the server in the ADS.CFG for Netware or in the Advantage Configuration Utility for Windows 2000/NT.  Then, specify the IP address and port in the ADS.INI file.

ADS.INI example




For further instructions, see LAN_IP/LAN_PORT in the Advantage help file.  This functionality is not available for IPX connections.