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How to create a linked server to a named instance?

artena asked
Last Modified: 2008-07-22

I am trying to create a link server from SQL Server 2005-A to another SQL Server 2005-B which is on named instance.e.g HPSR080001\Artenaprod. I am able to create a link from SQL Server A but I am unable to get the option 'test connection'. It does not come up with any error and I am not sure if the connection is been made. I think NOT.

I have tried using both options which are SQL Server and Other Data Source but no joy. The settings which I have put in for the Data Source are:

Provider: OLE DB Provider
Product Name:HPSR080001
Data Source:HPSR080001/Artenaprod
Provider string:

As for the security, I am using the option 'be made using this security context' whereby I have put in the SQL Server B 'sa' username and 'password'.

I have tried on my own and I am able to make a test connection if both of my SQL server is on default instance.

Long story short, how do I make a connection for a named instance?

Please help.

Thank you.
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Jagdish DevakuSr DB Architect


To create the linked server run the following scripts...

exec sp_addlinkedserver 'remoteip\instance' -- accept defaults for all other params

exec sp_addlinkedsrvlogin @rmtsrvname='remoteip\instance', @useself=false, @locallogin=null,
@rmtuser='username', @rmtpassword='password'

If you face any issues, please let me know...
Jagdish DevakuSr DB Architect

before running the above scripts, delete linked servers created for same instance.
Jagdish DevakuSr DB Architect

Please ensure that SQL Sever 2005-B is enabled with remote connections. If not enable them by following method:

1. Go to Surface area COnfiguration from Start - Programs - Microsoft SQL 2005 - Configuration Tools - SQL Server Surface Area Configuration

2. Select Surface area configuration for services and connections

3. Select Remote Connections from Database Engine dropdown list and enable 'Local and Remote Connection'


Hi Jagdish.

Thank you for your suggestions. I will try that out and will let you know. I have already checked the remote connection setting for SQL Server B and it is set to allow both local and remote connection.

What makes it bizzare is I could make the linked server from SQL Server B to SQL Server A without any problems. From there I could see the option for 'test connection' and it makes a successfull connection to SQL Server A.

Do you know what is the reason why I cant do it through management studios and instead have to run transact sql commands?

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