SQL Server Native Client Error 50000: A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file

Yesterday i have received SQL Server Native Client Error 5000 while installing SQL Server Management Studio on one of the client machine. The description for this error code was given as “A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file <Filename>.”  Here i will describe and explain about SQL Server Error 50000 and it’s fix to make SQL Server installation successful.

SQL Server Native Client Error 50000

SQL Server Native Client Error 50000

Before explaining about SQL native client error 50000, i would like to describe about what is SQL Server native client. As per MSDN “SQL Server Native Client, is a term that has been used interchangeably to refer to ODBC and OLE DB drivers for SQL Server.” 

SQL Server Native Client is a technology that we can use to access data in a SQL Server database. There are several factors you should consider while deciding whether to use SQL Server Native client or some other data access technology. You can read attached article about when to use SQL Server Native Client.

Generally, we get SQL Server native client error 50000 while installing or updating native client software or a software component that uses SQL Server Native Client and your target machine already have this installed previously using some msi file.

You can also get this issue if SQL Server native client file sqlncli.msi has been renamed after its installation and later today when you are trying to update it, you will end up with this SQL error 50000 . If somehow native client installation file has been renamed on your machine, setup will not find its file to update SQL Server native client and through below error.

A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file <Filename>.”

Solution

To fix this error, you should uninstall installed version of SQL Server native client from add/remove program and then you can try to install SQL Server or its component again. This time you will not get any error and your software or native client will be installed. To avoid further issue, you can reboot the machine post uninstalling the native client tool.

If you are installing only SQL Server native client and not SQL Server then you can download it from Microsoft website and then reinstall it again.

You can also prevent this error to not generate in future by not installing it using its msi file sqlncli.msi. If you had installed it using this file, make sure to never rename it as well.

Here, I have shown you how to fix SQL Server Native Client Error 50000, “A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file <Filename>.”  I hope you like this article. Please follow our Facebook page and Twitter handle to get latest updates.

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I am working as a Technical Architect in one of the top IT consulting firm. I have expertise on all versions of SQL Server since SQL Server 2000. I have lead multiple SQL Server projects like consolidation, upgrades, migrations, HA & DR. I love to share my knowledge. You can contact me on my social accounts for any consulting work.
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