How can I RESTORE a database through SQL Server Management Studio by connecting "remotely" to it?

If I know the "IP address" of the target machine what else do I need to know?

If the port number is a requirement, how can I find it?

I only know the IP address of the target machine. I want to know on which port the SQL Server runs. I am given the task to connect to the SQL Server instance and take a backup.


What TCP Port is SQL Server running under? by Colin Stasiuk details several ways to determine the port number SQL is running on

  • go right to the registry and look at the TCP settings

    SQL 2005

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\

    SQL 2008

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\
  • xp_readerrorlog. This will show the current SQL Server log and you can find the row "Server is listening on".

  • use the SQL Server Configuration Manager
  • if you are on the machine, look at Task Manager

Then you should be able to use 'IPAddress, Port' to connect. Or you can create a client side Alias using CliConfg on the client that allows you to connect to an alias.

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