Hide an Instance of SQL Server Database Engine | SansSQL

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hide an Instance of SQL Server Database Engine

In one of my previous post "List of SQL Server instances currently installed in your network", I explained how to get the list of SQL server instances installed in your network.
Sometimes you might require an SQL Server instance to be not exposed to others due to some security reason. This can be done by using the "Hide" option available for an SQL Server instance.
Before Hiding an Instance:

Steps to Hide an Instance of SQL Server Database Engine
  1. Go to "SQL Server Configuration Manager"
  2. In the Left Pane Expand "SQL Server Network Configuration"
  3. Now Right Click on "Protocols for <ServerName>" and go to Properties for the server you need to hide.
  4. In the "Flags" Tab, change the option to "Yes" for "Hide Instance"
  5. Click on "Apply" and "OK"
  6. Now re-start the SQL Server Service for this Instance and you are done. This instance from now will be hidden.
After Hiding an Instance:

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