Registering a MSDE SP3 instance into a group in Enterprise Manager

I installed MSDE SP3 as per MS’s directions. However, running Enterprise Manager and trying to register the SQL Server instance into a group (this is on the same box that MSDE was installed, BTW) resulted in the old “Server does not exist or access denied” error. This occured whether I used SQL or NT authentication. After the 5th re-install – luckily, I had taken a snap-shot of the machine beforehand, so was able to quickly return to its original state – I figured something was wrong.

The MSKB didn’t help, and none of the solutions I was suggested to try worked. What DID work was running SVRNETCN (Start/Run/SVRNETCN). This popped up a basic dialog which immediately told me that SQL wasn’t “connected” with any protocol. I clicked TCP/IP over into the right-hand box, clicked Apply and viola! The server registered.

It appears that SP3 installs with no protocol defined. This is in contrast to previous flavours: I’d never encountered SVRNETCN before, as previous installations simply worked.

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