I have SQL 2000 server personal edition installed on a Windows XP computer. This is a development computer, so it has a lot of other software installed (VS 6.0, VS.Net, etc). I am trying to edit an existsing DTS job which has an OLEDB connection to the server based on the server's name (same as the computer name). The computer is on a LAN behind a simple Netgear firewall w/DHCP.
When I attempt to open any of my existing DTS jobs through Ent Manager, all using the OLEDB connection object, I get the SQL Server Does not exist or access denied. error. I am logged into the computer as the administrator. I tried creating a new DTS job and it opens fine, but when I try to create a connection object, it will only work if I use (local), not if I use the server name. Interestingly, if I save that new package and try to re-open it in design view, I get the SQL Server Does not exist or access denied. error and can't get back into it.
There are no related entries in the SQL or event logs. I AM able to work with the server fine through Query Analyzer or my VB app/ODBC connections. This appears to be the only place I have the problem, but it is also the only place that I am relying on MS OLEDB and the server drop downs.
I have tried clearing my arp cache, renewing the IP address, adding a hosts entry assigning my computer's name to 127.0.0.1, reinstalling SQL server, reinstalling the tools, I checked my client network utility - TCP/IP is the only protocol enabled, same as it has always been. As far as I know, nothing has changed but this previously worked. I have installed/uninstalled some software as I have been working on other projects, but can't isolate what might be the problem. This is getting critical.
I did read something from another user that their similar problem started when their ISP changed their outside IP address - who knows why it would cause a problem. I'm sure my IP has changed, but they didn't have a solution and I don't know what to try. Problem exists whether I am connected to my network or not. I use Norton Int Sec, but have tried disabling the firewall, no diff. Windows firewall is off. HELP, PLEASE!