Connection to MSSQL localhost\SQLEXPRESS

Hello Team!

I'm trying to test the trial version of MicroFocus RPA Tools.

My problem is that during component installations (i.e. Central, Designer, SSX) I cannot setup to connect to a MS SQL Database (localhost, SQLEXPRESS).
Furthermore (after I skipped and setup with postgreSQL) I cannot create connection with my localhost MS SQL Db with the CloudSlang-->SQL command either.

The error always says the followings:
The TCP/IP connection to the host, port 1433 has failed. Error: "Connection timed out: no further information. Verify the connection properties. Make sure that an instance of SQL Server is running on the host and accepting TCP/IP connections at the port. Make sure that TCP connections to the port are not blocked by a firewall."

Further information:

  • I'm using as localhost a 2019 version of SQL server.
  • The SQL server is running
  • TCP/IP is enabled for SQLEXPRESS instance
  • I've activated and enabled a few IPs:;;
  • The SQL user I'm trying to connect with has all the privileges to reach the database.
  • Firewall is not blocking the port, I even disabled the firewall..

I hope someone can help me out with this.

Thank you in advance!

Best Regards,