How to Find Your SQL Server Instances (Server Name) and Versions
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How to Find Your SQL Server Instances (Server Name) and Versions

Hi. I’d like to just quickly show you how
to determine what versions of SQL Server you have on your machine.
In the control panel, you can always type in “SQL Server” in the search box.
And you can get a list of the different SQL Server installations.
But this isn’t entirely the whole story. What I’d like to do instead, once you know
that you have some type of SQL Server on your machine,
is go to the “Start Menu”, click “All Programs”, go to “SQL Server 2008 R2”.
Then open up “Configuration Tools”, and launch the “SQL Server Configuration Manager”.
When the SQL Server Configuration Manager comes up, sort by “Service Type”.
And look for service types of “SQL Server”. I’ve got two here. One is SQL Server (SQLEXPRESS).
And the other is SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER). These are both SQL Server instances. The MSSQLSERVER
one is the default instance. And the SQLEXPRESS one is the named instance.
To see what versions they are you can right-click on them, select “Properties”, go to “Advanced”,
and scroll down. You can see here that it is 10.50, which is
SQL Server 2008 R2. And it’s the Data Center edition.
So that’s my default instance. I’d like to show you one more way of looking at the version.
Once you know what your instances are (in this case I’ve got two instances),
you can go to SQL Server Management Studio and actually check the version from there.
So I’m going to go to the “Start Menu”, “All Programs”, “SQL Server 2008 R2”, “SQL Server
Management Studio”. I’ve go two instances. Let’s connect to the
default instance first. I’ll just click period. And the period means
the default instance. Click connect.
And from the Object Explorer, I’m going to also at the same time connect to the SQLEXPRESS
instance. So now the Object Explorer shows both the
default instance and the SQLEXPRESS instance. What I’m going to do is to run a quick query
on each one of these to show the version number from a query.
So I’ll select the default instance. Click “New Query”. And then type “SELECT @@VERSION”.
I’m going to press F5 to run the query. And you can see it gives me a version string down
here. It’s easier if I change the output to text,
so I’m going to say, “Results to Text”. And then press F5.
And we can here that it’s the Data Center edition, and it’s Microsoft SQL Server 2008
R2 (RTM) edition. This is the result that we get from the default
instance. Now I’m going to select the SQLEXPRESS instance.
Click “New Query”. Type the same query in.
Press F5. And we can see here that it’s Microsoft SQL
Server 2008 (SP1) and the Express edition. The main goal here is to understand what’s
on your machine and to know how to connect to it
and to have a few techniques for determining what versions you have.


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