I have installed SQL Server 2008 management studio. When I connect, it shows an error. Also when I go to the SQL Server configuration manager and click on SQL Server SERVER services, this message is shown:

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No connections are found in the SQL Server configuration manager while my local network is connected.

How can I fix this?

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    What is the exact error you get when you try to connect ?
    – Mat
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 5:13

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Sounds like you only installed the management studio and not the actual database engine. You need to connect to a remote SQL Server instance not to your local machine as your local machine doesn't appear to have a SQL Server instance installed.

If you need your own database engine installed you'll need to run through the installer again and install the database engine.


Check the TCP/IP is enabled or not.

to check this open Server configuration manager --> Sql Server network configuration --protocols for 'sql server instance name' --> TCP/IP.

if it is disabled enable it.

  • TCP isn't used to connect to a local instance. Shared memory is used, and is enabled by default.
    – mrdenny
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 0:53

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