How can I determine installed SQL Server instances and their versions?

All of the instances installed should show up in the Services Snap-In in the Microsoft Management Console. To get the instance names, go to Start | Run | type Services.msc and look for all entries with “Sql Server (Instance Name)”.

This will list all the sql servers installed on your network.

At a DOS prompt of an SQL server:
(Note: must be a capital L)

There are configuration options you can set to prevent a SQL Server from showing in the list. To do this…

At a DOS prompt:


In the enabled protocols list, select ‘TCP/IP’, then click properties. There is a check box for ‘Hide server’.

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