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trouble remotely connecting to SQL 2008 Express

Posted By:      Posted Date: December 04, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Sql Server
This one has me stumped.  My SQL 2008 Express resides on a remote Server 2003.  My client resides on Windows 7.  I VPN into the remote server and have always been able to access the database until recently and I do not know what has changed.  I access via SQL authentication and I have insured that the user is valid along with his password.  I have gone through the complete checklist and to the best of my knowledge, have set all parameters and security settings properly. I can get to the remote desktop via RDC and can access the database and tables perfectly yet when I attempt the remote access I receive an error "-40" along with an error "2".  I have googled both and followed all instructions but am still locked out.  Oh, these errors seem to relate to the remote server not being accessible.

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