This is a brand new installation. I re-formatted everything and started over and now i can't connect to my SQL Server 05 express edition.
I have checked Named Pipes/ TCP/IP , both are enabled in Server config manager. I have added an alias for port 1433 for TCP/IP like i used to.
I checked and confirmed i have Mixed Mode login, userpass works when i try SQL Authentication login from the server itself , remote login is enabled and uses TCP/IP and Named Pipes.
SQLServer and Browser in services.msc has been started and are on "Automatic".
Any help? The error message is:
"[DBNETLIB][Connection Open (Connect()).]SQL Server does not exist or access denied."