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Connecting to Another SQL Server on same network

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Hi all, So I'm trying to connect to a SQL Server 2008 R2 from another machine on the same network. The builds are identical.

Perhaps one issue is that the machine/DB names are also identical so I'm trying to connect using IP address in Server name.

I currently receive error "SQL Network Interfaces, error: 25 - connection string is not valid).

I've checked all the normal things. The target SQL sevrer is running, its TCP/IP is enabled, the firewalls have all been taken down, I've reset the sa password, I can successfully ping the target machine.

I'm not entirely sure what should be in my server name but I've tried all kinds of variations... e.g. \\192.168.157.165\LOGIN_NAME or just \\192.168.157.165\

Hopefully you've got some ideas coz I'm out!!!!
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by:HuaMinChen
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Are the services of that DB server up? Try to put

192.168.157.165\INSTANCE_NAME_OF_SS_ON_THAT_SERVER

as server name, to connect
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Thanks for the help. Still same error unfortunately.

Now trying to connect using \\192.168.157.165\WIN-RSVBTR9M8A2

(I presume thats the instance name, its what get returned when I run "Select @@ServerName")

and using SQL authentication and TCP/IP
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No, please instead Instance name, which is the one you can see within services.msc. Please see the attached for highlighted name which is the Instance name.
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Please check Fig 1 above.
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by:Clever_Bob
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my list in services.msc contains

SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)

as yours does but no other instance like you suggest. Perhaps this is part of the problem?
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by:HuaMinChen
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Try to connect to this

192.168.157.165\MSSQLSERVER
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by:Clever_Bob
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same result :(

Why does your list contain two instances for SQL Server though? Mine just has one
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The error is actually a bit longer than that. "Server not found or not accessible", "allow remote connections" and then "SQL Network Interfaces, error: 25 - connection string is not valid"
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Are you using Sql server management studio to connect? Is that Instance name already started, within services.msc?
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I'm actually getting a new error now

" (provider: TCP Provider, error: 0 – No such host is known.) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 11001)"
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Can you ping 192.168.157.165?
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yep, no problem with the ping
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MSSQLSERVER is the default instance; therefore, you should connect with just 192.168.157.165 or the DNS name of the SQL Server.  If that does not work, ensure that you have remote connections enabled.  

Please reference Guy's article:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/A_1881-Connect-to-your-SQL-Server.html

It provides some screen shots of the configuration manager where you can enable the TCP/IP protocol and ensure (if you have multiple IP addresses) that SQL is listening on the one you are trying to connect with.  Further, if the system has a firewall, ensure that the TCP port (e.g., 1433) listed in the TCP/IP properties is open.
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