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IP port configuration for servers with more than one MS SQL instance installed.

Hi,

I'm working on a SQL 2012 standard Server.  It's been running a default instance using a specified IP port for some time fine.

Now I have to install another instance on the same server.

Whats the best way to setup IP port configuration?

SHould I set both to dynamic?  Keep the first set to a specific port and set the new one to dynamic or give that a fixed port too?

We have a number of apps that have been working well with the default SQL server instance running a specific port so I'm not that keen to change it...

(For info, the server has one fixed IP address)

thanks.
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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
If one has a fixed port, i would give the new instance one too.
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jmsjmsAuthor Commented:
OK thanks Carl.  

Is there any best practise or normally used port?  I'm tempted to give it the next port up from the 1433 default but I'm not sure if it's used already.
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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
When I was a full time DBA standard practice was to put each instance on its own port, usually starting at 65001 and working upwards (arbitary starting point really), rather than leaving any instances on the default port.

1434 is used by the SQL Browser Service, so you shouldn't use it for an instance.
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jmsjmsAuthor Commented:
If it's not the standard port do you have to put the port in when entering the servername\instance name in sql management studio?
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jmsjmsAuthor Commented:
The answer is no you dont.  I couldnt connect to the new instance until I reset the windows server firewall.
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jmsjmsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help.
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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
No problem. Just a quick note - you only need to specify the port if you have the Browser Service disabled, otherwise the browser service will internally resolve the port number for you.
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