I have a named Instance of SQL Server 2005 on a DELL Poweredge server running Windows Server 2003. I cannot get a connection to the instance from a desktop computer running Windows XP service pack 2 using SQL Server Management studio. I am running Active directory on the server - which the client has joined and is logged into and the domain user has Admin Rights to the SQL server instance with a default database of Master.
The SQL server Surface configuration is set up allowing remote connections
The server instance is set up to accept remote connections
The server instance is set up to accept unlimited connections
TCP/IP is activated in config manager.
I can ping the server by IP address and by name from the client machine
I have tested the connection with the firewall disabled.
I have tried connecting with Windows and SQL authentication
I get the same failure to connect error whatever I try. The only way I can see the instance is by using MSTSC and remoting in - or of course log into the server itself and runn SSMS.
If anybody can help it would be appreciated....Could ports be an issue?