So even though I've been working with SQL Server and .NET for years now, I'm running up against a fairly simple issue I just can't seem to figure out.
We have several .NET 3.5 applications that access a test SQL Server 2000 DB server....let's call it "orange", which resides in a different network. So our application Sql Connection strings' server names are "orange.network.edu" - note this doesn't use an instance name, per se.
And this works great and has worked great for years.
We are in the process of upgrading "orange" to SQL Server 2008 and have just finished migrating all of the DTS packages to SSIS. We migrated it alongside our existing test version of "orange" by creating a second instance of the test DB...which we'll call "orange\v2008". So the this second instance is "orange\v2008"...
The problem is that I can't find any information online as to the correct syntax for a FQDN for this second instance of the new DB - our applications won't connect to "orange.network.edu\v2008" or to "orange\v2008.network.edu". We need to use "orange.network.edu" because the name of "orange" by itself won't resolve properly.
The second instance is using port 1435, it is NOT being blocked by the firewall, the DB is allowing external connections. I have not yet tried an alias but that is my next step...but I'd like to get it to connect first without having to resort to the alias.
Any ideas? (If this doesn't make sense, let me know and I'll try better to explain in more detail.)