How to connect Remotely to SQL Express using SSMS

If you have SQL Sever Browser stopped (as generally is using SQL Express), to connect remotely using “Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio” you should specify the port on server/instance string.

First check if SQL Server Browser is stopped with “SQL Server Configuration Manager”

SQL_ServiceConf

Then check the TCP Port of your SQL Express Instance (in this case is a Dynamic Port):

SQL_TCP_DynamicPort

Then you can connect to your SQL Express instance specifying as “Server Name” this string (pay attention to the comma after SQL instance name):

SQLServer\Instance,TCPPort

 

SSMS_sqlexpress_Login

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