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SQL Server Client Network Utility

Hello Buddies

I want to open a debate on SQL Server Client Network Utility. What are the strong points and limitions using this technique to use database alias.

Let me describe my position.. i am having 2 servers

1 Application Server (named SIRUS)
2 Database Server (named ORION)

i am running hundreds of applications on SIRUS which is using database named ORION. Now what i want to do is to merge both these servers by putting one strong machine instead of 2 to be used as application as well as database server.

Now my problem is if i name new machine as ORION.. then i have to change all the physical paths of hundreds of applications which is practically not possiblem.. and if i name this new machin as SIRUS than i have to chnage database name of my hundreds of application..which is again not possible.. now i m working on possiblity if i name my mahcin as SIRUS and the database name on this machine as ORION..

@ram has given me idea to use  SQL Server Client Network Utility to create alias of database SIRUS with the name of ORION on the machine named SIRUS..

Now i want views from experts if i m using this structure, is there any limitations in it ?? i have some 10-12 machines in my network and i can create database alias on each of the machine.. is there a way if i can do sometihng only at server to create alias to be used in the network without doing anything with workstations ??

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AaronAbendCommented:
I have used this technique and it works fine - just don't forget where you are when you launch a command!  As a helpful check, I put a database on the server that has the name of the server so it is very clear which server I am working on (e.g., I would create a 1mb database called "Sirus_Server" on Sirus.

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AaronAbendCommented:
By the way, I was pointed to this solution by Brett (arbert). Here is the PAQ I asked...

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neeraj523Author Commented:

hmm.. nice tip... thanx aron

still i will wait for more debate on this..
i don't want to get stuck later once i upgrade my network according to this structure.. i would like to know each and every issue i could face in it..

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neeraj523Author Commented:

Thanx TheLearnedOne for reminding to close this question.. i guess now i can;'t expect any more debate on this topic..

anyway thanx a lot @Aaron for your valuable help..

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