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jbates99
Constraint Violating Yak Guru

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Posted - 08/27/2013 :  14:03:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sometimes it can be difficult to identify all of your SQL Server installations.

Is command osql /L still the best technique?
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jackv
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Posted - 08/29/2013 :  05:58:43  Show Profile  Visit jackv's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Try SQLCMD /L , if using sql server versions from 2005.


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djj55
Constraint Violating Yak Guru

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Posted - 08/29/2013 :  08:58:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you are interested in a third party solution, i.e. cost. I use Idera SQL Administrator Tool which has a SQL instance search tool.
I do believe there is a free trial.

djj
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jackv
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Posted - 09/01/2013 :  06:10:54  Show Profile  Visit jackv's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Once you've captured the sql server instances , store in a spreadsheet or other repository. Run daily health checks \ etc .
Maintaining an inventory management is important in DR situations

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jbates99
Constraint Violating Yak Guru

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Posted - 09/03/2013 :  10:03:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks jacky and djj55.

I ran SQLCMD /L and it returned the same list of instances - except 1. OSQL /L picked up a second instance on a server that has Sharepoint installed.
SQLCMD /L did not listg that sharepoint (named instance)

It just seems to be difficult to know for certain you have found all sql server instances.
If anyone has a solid technique, pls let me know.
Thanks
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