[dba-SQLServer] Problem Finding Database Engine

Doug Steele dbdoug at gmail.com
Sun May 15 10:46:59 CDT 2011

Is the SQL Server service actually running?  I had a problem recently
where the service, despite being set as 'automatic', failed to load
properly when the computer started up.


On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 8:37 AM, Arthur Fuller <fuller.artful at gmail.com> wrote:
> Lately I've been rebuilding my main box. It's running Windows 7 Ultimate
> 64-bit, and SQL 2008 Enterprise 64-bit.The SQL installation seemed to go
> perfectly, but when I try to run Management Studio I am unable to connect. I
> get a message saying "a network or instance-specific error occurred while
> establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not
> accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is
> configured to allow remove connections. (provider:Named Pipes Provider,
> error: 40 - Could not open a connection to SQL Server, error: 2).
> This was from trying to connect to Database Engine. However I am able to
> connect to Analysis Services (which happens to contain no databases at the
> moment, but at least I can connect).
> Any idea what might be wrong and how I can fix it?
> TIA,
> Arthur
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