Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hi all, this is another commonly asked question.

Whether you use Tabbles Lan or Tabbles Cloud, it is possible that you may encounter this problem when trying to login:

error connecting

If you have a Tabbles environment with multiple machines, this message may appear only one some of your machines (those where Sql Server is not installed). This howto will help you in this case as well.

To troubleshoot this problem, you need to use Microsoft Sql Server Management Studio (hencefort SSMS).

Start SSMS. (If you have a Tabbles environment with multiple machines, SSMS must be started from the same machine where the Tabbles client which is failing to connect is installed. If you don’t have SSMS installed on that machine, you need to install it there first.)


You will be presented with the login dialog:


connect to tabbles cloud with management studio


1) Now, if you are using Tabbles Cloud, enter the following :

server name:, 1089
Authentication: Sql Server Authentication
login: tabblesClient
password: client

And press “connect”. If it does not work, either your internet connection is down, or there is a firewall or an antivirus blocking the connection to our Cloud Sql Server. In this case it is the job of the network administrator to allow traffic to pass. Try disabling the firewall or the antivirus.

If it does work, then Tabbles should work too. If it does not, contact us at


2) If you are using Tabbles Lan (i.e. you are using your own Sql Server) enter the following:

Authentication: Sql Server Authentication
login: tabblesClient
password: client


(in the “server name” field, you might need to enter only MACHINENAME, instead of MACHINENAMESERVERNAME. This depends on how you configured Sql Server. We cannot know that.)


If it does not connect, there are several possibilities:


1) you might have forgotten to enable Sql Authentication on your Sql Server. See this howto for details.

2) if you are not on the same machine where Sql Server is installed, you might have forgotten to make Sql Server accessible from other machines. See this howto for details.

3) your network connection might be down or unstable.

4) you might have a firewall or an antivirus blocking the connection to your Sql Server. Try disabling them.

5) you might not have created the Tabbles database yet. You should first press the button “create database”, before you try to create a user or to login.

If it does connect, then Tabbles should connect too. If it does not, please write us at


Hi all, this is a frequently asked question.

Sometimes, when trying to set up Tabbles Lan, the “create database” button succeeds, but then you try the “create user” button and you get “Error connecting to database“:


In this case, the reason is almost certainly that you did not enable Sql Authentication in your Sql Server installation. (Windows authentication only allows you to create the database, but then, to create the user and login, you need Sql Authentication. )

Here is how to enable Sql Authentication with Sql Server Management Studio:

Connect to the server as admin:


Right click in the server node and choose “properties”:

server name and choose propert

and then



Press OK.

Restart the server with Sql Server Configuration Manager.

Now the “create user” button should work.

To repeat, this howto is only useful if the “create database” button works, but the “create user” does not. Elsewhere we will deal with the case where the “create database” button does not work.





Dear Tabbles users and followers, we are happy to announce the release of Tabbles 3.1.24, containing a major new feature and major bugfixes.

The major new feature is the new thumbnail system: Tabbles now shows thumbnails for any kind of file (.avi, .pdf, .mp3, .mp4, etc.) that also has a thumbnail in Windows File Explorer. This helps locating the right file by eyeballing (after, of course, you have narrowed down the choice by combining tags). Here is a screenshot:


The major bugfix is on the Outlook plugin. If you had problems with Outlook (e.g. Outlook blacklists the Tabbles plugin because it uses too many resources) now they should hopefully be gone. To our knowledge, these problems occurred if you had many folders in Outlook, or if you used Outlook together with Exchange.

Note: if Outlook blacklisted your Tabbles plugin, you will have to reenable it manually as follows:

tabbles outlook 1 v2

tabbles outlook 2

There were also other bugfixes which you can read about in the changelog.

(Note: the previous releases, 3.1.22 and 3.1.23, were not released to the public because they were customizations for specific customers).

See you next time!


Tabbles 4.1.12 (~ 19MB)
Compatible with: Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10. For LAN mode, it requires Microsoft Sql Server Express 2008 or above.

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