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Converting Default Instance To A Named Instance (SQL Server 2000)

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I have a server running SQL Server 2000 that now has to be configured as a publisher for replication. The issue is that it won't allow a default instance to be a publisher, it must be a named instance. How can I easily convert the default instance, in place with all of the databases intact, to a named instance?
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What won't allow it?  A default instance of SQL Standard or Enterprise can certainly be a publisher.  Is this a requriement of your application?
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You cannot convert a default instance to a named instance. You will have to un-install and re-install SQL Server to do that. As kevin3nf indicated a default instance can be a publisher.
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I was posting this question second hand for a new DBA. On my local test server I was able to easily set up a default instance as a publisher. The error he was receiving was "Error 14114: '(null)' is not configured as a Distributor" when using the Publishing wizard.

There is a KB article for this error related to this error.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302223

I asked the wrong question, but you both gave me useful information related to the question I did ask, so I'll split the points.
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