How do I enable remote connections on an SQL Server 2008 installation?

I have created a rule in the windows firewall to allow traffic through port 1433, but that does not seem to be enough.

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    Hmmm.....even after following all the tips in this, I still can't connect to my SQL server remotely! – Sam Schutte Dec 19 '09 at 1:08

SQL Server Configuration Managaer

  • SQL Server Network Configuration

    • Protocols for MSSQLServer

    • Enable TCP/IP

Also in SQL server Mgmt Studio on the server

  • Right click the server
  • Properties
  • Connections
  • Make sure "Allow remote connections to this server" is checked
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  • Spot on! That worked! :) – Kjensen May 13 '09 at 14:34
  • Other think that should should see is of the Broker Service is ON. – Jedi Master Spooky May 13 '09 at 15:43
  • The TCP/IP was what was giving me the issues! Thank you! – Symon Jul 16 at 19:34

If it's a named instance, you'll also want to set the TCP/IP port to a static value and enable that in the firewall. Otherwise it's a dynamic port, meaning it could change over time.

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  • You'll also want a static port if you're using impersonation as the delegation trusts require a port number when set up in AD. – squillman May 13 '09 at 14:59
  • Actually, if you want to use Kerberos in any capacity, to include just authentication. – K. Brian Kelley May 13 '09 at 15:09

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