Friday, November 04, 2005

MS SQL Server 2000 Won't bind to TCP/IP ports

I spent like an hour today trying to figure out why the MSSQL server I installed was not binding to the tcp/ip ports. After a while, browsing thru the thousands of events created by MSSQL server (and other apps) on the Event Log, I found that the TCP/IP ports were closed because WinXP (or whatever) detected that the installed version of MSSQL server was a vulnerable version that required patching.

Its nice to see these 'protection mechanism', but I would REALLY REALLY REALLY like to have a more visual/direct indication of whats going on. See the screenshot of the event log record, observe that the Event is of type 'Information' what doesn't help to identify it when you are browsing thru a zillion events.

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