How To Connect Another Computer Using Remote Desktop Connection

Connecting Remote to another computer

Faq / June 4, 2017

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SQL Server 2012

To enhance security, the Database Engine of SQL Server Developer, Express, and Evaluation editions cannot be accessed from another computer when initially installed. This lesson shows you how to enable the protocols, configure the ports, and configure the Windows Firewall for connecting from other computers.

This lesson contains the following tasks:

To enhance security, SQL Server Express, Developer, and Evaluation install with only limited network connectivity. Connections to the Database Engine can be made from tools that are running on the same computer, but not from other computers. If you are planning to do your development work on the same computer as the Database Engine, you do not have to enable additional protocols. Management Studio will connect to the Database Engine by using the shared memory protocol. This protocol is already enabled.

If you plan to connect to the Database Engine from another computer, you must enable a protocol, such as TCP/IP.

How to enable TCP/IP connections from another computer

  1. On the Start menu, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2012 , point to Configuration Tools, and then click SQL Server Configuration Manager.

    You might have both 32 bit and 64 bit options available.

  2. In SQL Server Configuration Manager, expand SQL Server Network Configuration, and then click Protocols for .

    The default instance (an unnamed instance) is listed as MSSQLSERVER. If you installed a named instance, the name you provided is listed. SQL Server 2012 Express installs as SQLEXPRESS, unless you changed the name during setup.

  3. In the list of protocols, right-click the protocol you want to enable (TCP/IP), and then click Enable.

    You must restart the SQL Server service after you make changes to network protocols; however, this is completed in the next task.