New error with old connection - SQL Server 2008 R2. Error 26 - error locating server RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have an instance of SQL Server 2008 R2 on my desktop (DATAMachine2\SQLEXPRESS), doing some data conversion.

    I'm running Windows 7 Professional, sp 1.

    I've attached some of the SQL views as linked tables to Access.  I've always been able to open the SQL Server instance, or open the linked tables in Access.

    Today, that data is not available to me, I'm getting error 26:

    Cannot connect to DATAMachine2\SQLEXPRESS
    Additional Information:
    A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server.
    The server was not found or was not accessible.  Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connection (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26-Error Locating Server/Instance Specified) Microsoft SQL Server)

    I've not done anything to my machine since the last time I connected to the tables.

    The only thing I can think that is different is that I've started logging into my local machine from home - might that have made some change, or changed some default setting?

    thanks in advance,


    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:42 AM