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MSDE "The System Cannot Find The File Specificed"

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Hello,

I have an installation of MS SQL 2000 MSDE running on windows 2003 R2. The instance seems to work fine on the server locally. But when I try to connect to this instance on a client machine (XP) I get the following error "the system cannot find the file specified".

Today I did notice in the event log of the server that windows was disabling TCP/UDP connectivity for MSDE because I didn't have the latest service pack. I did fix that by upgrading to SP4 on the server but I still have the sample problem on the client.

Any help in figuring out whats going on would be appreciated.
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Check in Server Network Utility which protocols is it listening
to. Then check in Client Network Utility which protocols clients are
using. Be careful to check the box "Used shared memory" in the lower
left corner.

My guess is that you have "shared memory disabled", and one of server
and client only has named pipes disabled, and the named pipe somehow
got messed up the MSDE installation. Since shared memory is much
preferred to local connections, enable this and restart Sql server.
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