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Linked Server Error Message

Posted on 2011-03-15
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I'm trying to set up a linked server.
Both servers runnning SQL Server Std Edi 2008 r2
Ad hoc reporting is enable, but still generating the following error message.

The linked server has been created but failed a connection test.  Do you want to keep the linked server?
 An exception occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch (Microsoft-SqlServer.ConnectionInfo)
 NamedPipes Provider: Could not open a connection to SQL Server (53)
 OLE DB provider 'SQLNCLI10' for linked server ----------------returned message Login timeout expired.
 etc.
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If the timeout expired, it usually means one a few things things:
The linked server isn't set up properly - it's attempting to connect to a different IP or port than the one the remote server is using
Remote server is not currently listening for new connections (or running at all)
Remote server access is blocked by some kind of firewall or restriction

Can you confirm that you can connect to the remote server via other client tools? Are there any firewalls in place between your SQL Server and the remote server you're connecting to?
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please close question.
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