Invalid connection sql express

devnulldevnull Posts: 2
edited September 11, 2006 12:48PM in SQL Compare Previous Versions
i'm getting an error when trying to connect to a win2003 machine that has only sql 2005 (express) installed. sql compare says unable to retrieve a list of databases (invalid connection)

i can connect to the server using sql management studio express just fine.

how do i fix this?

remote connections are enabled
tried with tcp:servername
tried servername\sqlexpress
tried ip\sqlexpress

even installed sql compare on the server and it still refused to connect using (local) or (local)\sqlexpress

any ideas?



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    Definitely, you'll want to specify the server as SERVERNAME\SQLEXPRESS. If you can't get a connection, make sure that the TCP protocol is enabled and at the top of your protocol list. Short of what you've mentioned above, this is all I can think of.
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