Fabulous SQL Server connection troubleshooting article in the TechNet Wiki!

Check out How to Troubleshoot Connecting to the SQL Server Database Engine in the TechNet Wiki. Author Rick Byman takes you step-by-step though the troubleshooting process when you get the “Connect to Server” error. I strongly encourage you to bookmark this article and use it for the next time you see this type of error. Additionally, because it is a TechNet Wiki article, all it takes is a Windows Live ID and you can add to it and improve it based on your experiences.

This article is a great example of what I like to call “troubleshooting methodology” content. When you get a general error, troubleshooting methodology content takes you step-by-step through the system, configuration, and process requirements, typically from the most general and basic to the more complex and specific problem sources. Here is an example of a troubleshooting methodology topic I authored for DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2: General Methodology for Troubleshooting DirectAccess Connections.

Question to the SharePoint community: Would you like to see troubleshooting methodology content for SharePoint 2010 Products? If so, what specific troubleshooting situations would you like to see covered?

Please leave a comment on this blog post with your answer. Thanks!

See Troubleshooting resources for SharePoint Server 2010 for a recent blog post that describes our current troubleshooting content for SharePoint Server 2010.

To get started with SharePoint Server 2010, see the following:



Joe Davies
Principal Writer
SharePoint Platform and Infrastructure Writing Team

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