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SQL 2008:

I am trying to access SQL Database which is running on Server / Test Computer which has Windows XP OS.

My Computer and Test Computer both are connected in our Local Network.

Still I am not able to access the Test Computer.

TITLE: Connect to Server

Cannot connect to XP-BE301D36469F.


Timeout expired.  The timeout period elapsed prior to completion of the 
operation or the server is not responding. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: -2)
For help, click:

I can only click OK to dismiss the window. How to fix this issue?

Actually, I am not able to connect either way .. I.e) To the Test Machine or from the Test Machine.

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Are you using SQL Management studio to connect? Are you able to ping the remote machine? – Kirk Jun 22 '11 at 1:01

Assuming that you are using SQL Management Studio to connect to the database, then I would check the following on the machine running SQL Server:

  • Are you able to ping between the 2 machines?
  • Is the firewall disabled, or is TCP for port 1433 allowed?
  • Is the SQL engine running?
  • Are named pipe and TCP connections enabled inside SQL Server?
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I believe TCP is disabled by default in SQLServer. Link on how to enable.

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