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Why can't I connect Enterprise Manager to my local copy of SQL Server?

A. A. This is down to the way that SQL interfaces with the NT networking code. The easiest way around this is to register the local server with a name of "." or "(local)" - ignore the double quotes in either case. Both of these names should force SQL to use a local-named pipe to connect which should work no matter what the default SQL connection parameters are set to.

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