Unable to connect remotely to MSSQL 2008

am running MSSQL 2008 and cant seem to enable remote login with the IP address.

I have enabled

  1. remote login on the sql instance ( under facets )
  2. added the server IP to surface configuation manager to the TCP/IP configurations and enabled it
  3. I have enabled remote login on windows firewall
  4. I also ran netstat /a to check listening ports and the port 4533 is open and appears in the list, but not under the server IP, but under the Ip and host name.

However when i try to login with the IPaddress,port number either directly through the server or remotely, I get this error message

TITLE: Connect to Server

Cannot connect to xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx,4533.


A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: TCP Provider, error: 0 - A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond.) (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 10060)

For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?ProdName=Microsoft+SQL+Server&EvtSrc=MSSQLServer&EvtID=10060&LinkId=20476



Unless something major changed I’m not aware of, isn’t the default Sql port1433, not 4533?

Also, windows firewall-wise, you need to allow SQL to take remote connections, not let windows do remote logins.

well i never use the default. Apart from that we have 3 instances running, so we always change the port.

Yes, we enabled sql remote logins in windows firewall.

Hmm, that could be the problem. I think you are supposed to run all instances on the same port so the SqlBrowser can do it’s thing. I can confirm that we have had multi-instance servers sharing 1433 with zero problems.

Is sql saying anything in the error logs?

I finally sorted the problem, after changing the connection parameters i didnt restart the server, i have done so and can connect now, thanks for your assistnace