May 14, 2008

Error 26 connecting to SQL Server 2005

While connecting to a remote SQL Server 2005 instance, you get an error like this:
SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified

If you are sure that there are no firewalls blocking connections between the two machines, and that the server is configured to accept remote TCP connections, then the likely solution is to start the SQL Server Browser service on the remote machine.

More information:

SQL Server Browser service:
Configure remote connections on SQL Server 2005: