SQL Server Express 2008 R2 - Connect to Server Error


  • I have recently downloaded and installed SQL Server 2008 R2 on a new laptop (Windows 7).  The install completed successfully and I encountered no issues.  However, when I start SQL Server Management Studio, I am unable to connect to my server instance.  I receive the following error:

    "Cannot connect to DWHS (my server name)"  "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 connections.

    Did I incorrectly setup some of the settings regarding how the instance is configured when I installed?  Any help would be appreciated.

    Saturday, February 19, 2011 5:31 PM


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