The driver being used is a JDBC Microsoft 2008 Driver. I have not tested the connection anywhere except for in the driver but it appears to work if I set trustservercertificate property equaled to true. I find some articles indicating that setting this property to true is not secure. The driver was not set up on a remote loader because encryption was not a factor upon initial setup and the customer wants to avoid the extra setup step. Is there any options? The database is sitting on a different server from where the driver is running; how can I test the connection outside of the driver when this is the case?