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I am a newbie.

I recently installed SQL Server 2008 on my server.

When I try to login, it does not show me any server when in Browse (see below) enter image description here

What could be wrong?

Please let me know.

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Check that the SQL Server Browser service is running on the server, and that your instances are also running.

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Kindly Restart your server and make sure that your sql server services are running, also your instance services are running.

You can check that in SQL Server Configuration Manager.

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Thanks. I will restart the server and let you know. – meetpd May 31 '12 at 10:37
Hi, I restarted the server and I still do not see anything in SQL Server Configuration Manager. What could be wrong? – meetpd May 31 '12 at 10:56
you must have stopped services in you SQL Server Configuration Manager other wise you have not installed SQL server on your server. – Shaikh Farooque May 31 '12 at 10:58
Just to let you know that when I click SQL Server Services in SQL Configuration Manager, I do not see anything there. What could be the issue? – meetpd May 31 '12 at 10:59
Which version of SQL server you have installed? – Shaikh Farooque May 31 '12 at 11:02

I installed SQL Server 2008 R2 Mangement Studio with Management Tools and that solved my problem.


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Probably that solved it because it will (if properly checked in setup) start your SQL Server Browser service, like CodeByMoonlight suggests. This is something to watch if installing/uninstalling instances of MSSQL, setup may turn on/off the Server Browser. – Gomibushi Jun 1 '12 at 12:34

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