Connecting to SQL Server 2008 via TCP/IP on Windows 2008

Recently installed SQL Server 2008 on a Windows 2008 box and was happily adminsitering it from the console of the local server.  When I fired up SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) from my development machine, it wouldn’t connect.

I turned the firewall off  and still couldn’t connect.

Turns out TCP/IP isn’t turned on by default.  Maybe I knew that at one time, but this time it totally slipped  my mind.

To turn it on, go into SQL Server Configuration Manager, expand “SQL Server Network Configuration” and change “Disabled” to “Enabled” by right-clicking on “TCP/IP” and suddenly, I could connect from my development machine.

One thought on “Connecting to SQL Server 2008 via TCP/IP on Windows 2008”

  1. Yeah, that’s something I get to deal with all the time and something almost EVERYONE forgets. The other fun tidbit that I have trouble remembering is that it runs on port 1433. Two things I always document for my clients.

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