The database is for ms exchange. I am getting the following error. Any ideas guys?enter image description here

  • Can you show or describe what's in SQL Server Configuration Manager > SQL Server Services on the machine LRSERVER? This should show you the default and named instances on that machine, and whether the services are started. Next would be SQL Server Network Configuration > Protocols for <instance> > and making sure that named pipes and/or TCP/IP is enabled. After that would be checking your firewall and making sure that the right ports are open. Etc. etc. Feb 2, 2014 at 16:40
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    @JonSeigel - Bit different. This is a hidden instance to discourage people from connecting to it directly. Connecting to \\.\pipe\MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE\sql\query might work. Some details here Feb 2, 2014 at 17:09
  • @MartinSmith Nice, didn't know SSEE did this... Feb 2, 2014 at 17:15

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This could be due to one of these issues:

  • A DNS problem: Your workstation does not ping the IP address associated with this host. resolution: Try to ping the LRSERVER. If it does not ping properly, add the LRSERVER ip address in your host file.

  • A firewall issue: the network traffic between your workstation and the SQL Server instance goes through a firewall which blocks the ports required by SQL Server. resolution: Ask the firewall administrator to open the required ports.

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