thx shaab... I figured out there were two IP's one finishes like this xxx.xxx.xxx.xx2 next xxx.xxx.xxx.xx3

I tried with the xxx.xxx.xxx.xx2 din work

but later after seeing the ipconfig I used the second 1 xxx.xxx.xxx.xx3 it worked 4 me

any way thx for helping ! shab

BTW some hosting providers give host names like sb.hostingserver.com

how they map to the db server ? is it a DNS ?