I've just installed SQL Server 2008 Express. But when I try to connect to database engine via SQL Server Management Studio I get "A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server" error. I want to allow remote connections to the server but Surface area configuration is missing in 2008. If I cannot connect to the server instance then how am I supposed to configure this feature? Thanks ahead.


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Go into the SQL Server Configuration Manager (SSCM) and under Service Protocols enable TCP/IP for your SQL Server Express instance (most likely called SQLEXPRESS).

  • ...and restart the instance.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Aug 1, 2012 at 17:06

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