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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?

  1. 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.

  2. I checked the properties of the server and confirmed under Connections that remote connections to the server are allowed.

  3. 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!

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You have to restart the SQL Server service in services.msc after making these changes for them to take effect. Restart them and try again. Also, if you're using a named instance instead of the default instance, make sure you include that in your connection string.

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Thanks for the help! Neither option seemed to solve my problem though. I had restarted the computer previously. I just tried restarting the SQL server in Services with no luck. I am using "ComputerName\SQLEXPRESS" as the server name. – Chris86 Dec 10 '12 at 21:34

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