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  1. #1
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    Oct 2004
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    Unanswered: A Connection could not be established to <server>

    Hi, I received this message today when I tried to log on to my SQL Server:

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    A connection could not be established to <server>

    Reason: SQL Server does not exist or Access denied
    ConnectionOpen(Connect())..

    Please verify SQL Server is running and check your SQL Registration properties
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    My SQL server wasn't running, however I am not able to start it (right click->start doesn't work).

    Any thoughts?
    thanks

  2. #2
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    Jul 2003
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    Go to LOG subdirectory and open ERRORLOG file with your favorite text editor. Check event log (Application) for reasons of service startup failure.
    "The data in a record depends on the Key to the record, the Whole Key, and
    nothing but the Key, so help me Codd."

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
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    San Antonio, TX
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    check that your service account hasnt changed it's password;

    one simple way to do this is to set the sqlserver service account to local and try to start it if it works your service account is not permissioned or more than likely the password has been changed.

    if this is the case. dont forget your sqlserveragent acct as well.

    reply back if you are using a local system account

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