I have tried to remotely access two different servers on two different machines, one 2008 the other 2012, and have had zero luck with either machine.
I have followed the steps in: How to enable remote connections for SQL Server 2008?
I went to the protocols for MSSQLServer and enabled TCP/IP making sure the dynamic port was blank and the IPALL TCP port is 1433.
I checked the properties of the server and confirmed under Connections that remote connections to the server are allowed.
I went to the firewall and added a rule allowing local port 1433 for all profiles. I even tested the connection with the firewall disabled.
None of these steps worked for either machine. I can see and access all the machines' shared files on the network. I'm not sure what to try next. This is my first time trying to setup a sql server. I appreciate any help or advice you can give me!