Connecting to MS SQL Server in container

We've got a Python-based app server running on a Linux image. We're trying to connect to a Linux container running SQL Server on port 1433.

We're using unixODBC and FreeTDS, and everything works when creating a local network (`docker network create --driver bridge --subnet our_network.bridge`), then adding the containers to the network. Then we can access SQL Server's data source by name (`docker run -itd --network=our_network.bridge --name local-mssql microsoft/mssql`), local-mssql in this case.

We can `telnet 1433`, so the port is open. But using unixODBC command line tool isql (parameters: server name, username, password), this is the result:

+ isql -v sqlserver sa supersecret
[ISQL]ERROR: Could not SQLConnect
[S1000][unixODBC][FreeTDS][SQL Server]Unable to connect to data source
[01000][unixODBC][FreeTDS][SQL Server]Unknown host machine name.

Any idea how we can access to our database?

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Hey @Tim Condit, I'm not super familiar with unixODBC, but I can talk about the general network set up.

When using Pipelines services, the processes running inside these containers all share a network interface with the main step execution container. This is why you can access everything via localhost /, and why there can be no port conflicts between services (can't run nginx and apache on port 80 for example).

As a common rule, each service must listen for connections from localhost/, and the clients should connect to localhost.

Is it possible your command 

isql -v sqlserver sa supersecret 

is trying to connect to a remote host named 'sqlserver' and not `localhost` ?

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