I work in a retail environment and have an MSDE2000 SP3a server installed in 350+ stores. I need to access the server from another computer in the workgroup (not domain) and I can't. I'm getting "SQL Server does not exist or access denied." The server was installed using the default option of Windows Authentication and I have changed it to Mixed mode authentication on one of my in-house lab systems with no luck. Also, when I try to create and OLEDB connection for the database and drop down the list of servers, there is nothing there (not even the local server.) Sorry but I do not have the error message that I get when that happens but I think when I solve the first problem the second will go away too.
I have always been able to connect to the server, both in Windows Authentication mode and Mixed mode from the local machine on which the server resides. The problem is that I cannot connect in either mode from a different machine in the workgroup. I tried telnet to the local machine using port 1433 and got a connect failed even on the same machine as the server. I did not know about port 1434. I'll try that one when I get back to the office tomorrow.
It's one of the utilities installed with SQL. You'll need to run it from the machine you want to connect from. You'll need to set up the connection. You create an alias where you specify the connection properties for the server.
Nevermind -- I found it. I dialed into my office computer and ran the server network utility and all protocols were disabled. I won't be able to check the results until Friday but I'm optimistic that this will resolve my problems. Thanks a lot.