SQL Server Error – A Network related or instance-specific error occurred

There is one SQL Server Error that rarely occurs sometime in your development environment. The highlight of error description would be something like “A Network related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server”. In this article, you will see how to solve this problem.

A Network-related or instance-specific error..

This error usually appeared when you are trying to log in to the SQL Server instance in SQL Server management studio. Also, you will receive a similar exception from the SQL server engine if any of your applications are trying to connect to the SQL Server database.


Usually, most of the time, many choose to reboot the computer or laptop if such an error occurred. Instead, you would need to stop the running service “SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)” and restart the same. On the service is restarted, you will be able to log in to your SQL Server database instance and connect to the database.

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