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Some users experienced the connection problem: AutoCount Accounting unable to connect to SQL Server. Most likely was because:
To solve connection problem:
Eg. 192.168.0.1, 1433
When connecting to SQL Server, 2 elements are needed: the Server, and the Instance.
You may specify the Server by using its Computer Name (such as: Peter-PC) or its IP Address (such as: 192.168.0.1). Basically, IP Address is more straight forward and accurate than Computer Name.
You may specify the Instance by using its Instance Name (such as: A2006) or its Port Number (such as: 1433)
So there are 4 combinations to define the connection:
(a) IP Address + Port Number
The format is <IP Address><comma><Port Number> example: 192.168.0.1, 1433
This is the most accurate way to connect. If the connection still fails, and the service is started, it is probably blocked by Firewall.
However you may need to check if the IP Address is correct (Ping the server to find out). To 'Ping' the IP Address, go to the server machine, Start > Run, key in: CMD press Enter, then key in: ipconfiq and press Enter.
(Local) refers to IP address 127.0.0.1
(b) Server Computer Name + Instance Name
The format is <Server Computer Name><backslash><Instance name> example: Peter-PC\A2006
Using this format will go through DNS (Domain Name Server) and SQL Browser to locate the correct machine.
(c) IP Address + Instance Name
The format is <IP Address><backslash><Instance Name> example: 192.168.0.1\A2006
(d) Server Computer Name + Port Number
The format is <Server Computer Name><comma><Port Number> example: Peter-PC, 1433
(1) SQL Browser is not running or blocked
(2) Computer name does not match the IP address
What is SQL Browser?
How to find out the Port Number of an Instance
There are 2 ways:
(1) Insert AutoCount installer DVD, and read from the AutoCount Accounting Setup screen:
(2) Go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft SQL Server 2005 > Configuration Tools > SQL Server Configuration Manager.
Click to expend SQL Server 2005 Network Configuration, highlight Protocols for A2006, right click to select Properties.
click on the tab of IP Addresses, scroll down to look for IPAll, look into TCP Dynamic Ports:
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