August 2009 Archives

Getting Connected

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Another day lost. As many times as I’ve helped others get connected, nothing worked today as I tried to connect from one system in a Workgroup to a SQL Server on a local (trusted) domain. I tried everything imaginable including:

  • Checking to see it the server properties were set to permit remote connections. They were.
  • Was the SQL Browser service running? It was.
  • Did the SQL Server Configuration Manager say that the right protocols were enabled? Yes, they were.
  • I tried to Telnet to the IP address and port being used (based on SSCM). It worked locally but not over the network.
  • I stopped the Windows Firewall service as I was running Small Business Service and it thinks it knows best about configuring client firewalls (despite the fact that I have other firewall hardware). That made no difference.

Nothing made any difference. I could not connect from other domain-based systems either. The rest of the story? Well, I remembered having installed Windows 7 on top of an existing Windows Vista system. I had assumed that it had joined the SBS domain correctly (I ran “Connect” which was supposed to do that). Apparently it didn’t. When I dropped the offending system from the domain, went into SBS, dropped the system there, and rejoined the domain it worked fine. Everyone could see the SQL Server. That only took 6 hours of fiddling to figure out. I’m hesitant to run connect again…

Sigh. How does anyone get any work done if all we do is frutz with systems?


After updating a working Vista system to Windows 7 several things happened that made what seemed like an easy transition to Windows 7 from Vista less than productive. I detail these issues to help you avoid the same issues. Yes, Windows 7 is worth the pain. It’s noticeably faster at every step, the UI is different but I get it. It’s more secure, but that’s a PIA sometimes—and that’s not a Primary Interop Assembly.


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