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Where does the list of SQL Server's come from in registration/dialog boxes?

A. When SQL Server starts up it "registers" itself with the network. The list of workstations/servers/etc is held in a browser list which is normally maintained by the domain controllers. You can also use the SQLBrowseConnect api.

A client needing a list of resources - in this case SQL Servers - issues NetEnumXXXX commands to get the list back - this is provided by whichever server running as a browser master has the info. For more details on browsing see the NT resource kits.

Some restrictions :-

1. The client side Win32 named pipe Net-Library (DBNMPNTW.DLL) does not 
support server enumeration on Windows 9x-based computers. This means you won't see a list from a Win9x client.

2. There is no support for server enumeration with the Multi-Protocol 
Net-Library. Any server just running multi-protocol will not be visible.

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