Failed to connect to database server – install SharePoint 2010 – named pipes

August 31st, 2010 | Posted by Marijn in installation | sharepoint 2010

At a client I tried to install SharePoint 2010. It could not find my named instance of the database.

When I enabled Named Pipes, it worked however.
How to enable Named Pipes:
– go to your database server
– go to the SQL Server Configuration Manager
– Go to SQL Server Network Configuration – Protocols for YourNamedInstance
– on the right hand side of the screen you can double click on Named Pipes and enable them

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