August 9, 2011 06:43 by Jervis
An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server 2005, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 – Could not open a connection to SQL Server) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 2)
This problem may occur when SQL Server 2005 is not configured to accept incoming local and remote connections, which is disabled by default in SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition and also SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. To solve the connection forbidden problem, SQL Server 2005 needs to configure to allow incoming local and remote connections.
Solution to Fix this Issue:
1. You need to make sure that your SQL Server is up and running.
2. SQL Server Browser service has to be enabled to allow for local and remote connection. What I mean here is make sure that Firewall should not block SQL server port
3. Go to SQL Server Configuration Manager à click SQL Server Browser à Properties à Advanced à locate the instance ID in the property list à Click OK.
4. Follow this MSDN article, http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;914277.
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