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An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 28 - Server doesn't support requested protocol) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: -1)

The SQL Server client cannot connect to the server. This error could be caused by one of the following reasons:

  • A specified SQL Server instance name is not valid.

  • The TCP, or named pipes protocols are not enabled.

  • The firewall on the server has refused the connection.

  • The SQL Server Browser service (sqlbrowser) is not started.

To resolve this error, try one of the following actions:

  • Check the spelling of the SQL Server instance name that is specified in the connection string.

  • Use the SQL Server Configuration Manager tool to enable SQL Server to accept remote connections over the TCP or named pipes protocols.

  • Make sure that you have configured the firewall on the server instance of SQL Server to open ports for SQL Server and the SQL Server Browser port (UDP 1434).

  • Make sure that the SQL Server Browser service is started on the server.

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