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You receive one of the following error messages when you try to connect to either the Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) or SQL Server 7 Desktop Edition on a computer running either Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98:
"Test Connection Failed because of an error initializing the provider [DBNMPNTW] Specified SQL Server not found"
"Server: Msg 6, Level 16, State [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][Named Pipes]Specified SQL Server Not Found"
Computers running Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98 cannot accept incoming Named Pipes connections. If you install MSDE or Microsoft SQL Server 7 Desktop Edition on one of these computers, clients trying to connect to the server must use an alternate net library.
On each client that you intend to use to connect to MSDE or SQL Server 7 Desktop Edition running on Windows 95 or Windows 98, use the Client Network Utility to create an alias. Creating an alias allows you to specify which network library to use when connecting to a specific server.
To do this, follow these steps on each client:
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