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How to configure SQL Server 2017 Express to allow remote connections?

Turn on TCP/IP
1. Open SQL Server Configuration Manager
2. SQL Server Network Configuration - Make TCP/IP Enabled

3. Restart SQL Server

Add Firewall Exceptions
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click System and Security.
  2. Under the Windows Firewall heading, click Allow a program through Windows Firewall.
  3. Add Firewall Exceptions for these 2 programs
    •  C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL14.SQL2017\MSSQL\Binn\SQLServer.exe
    •  C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\SQLBrowser.exe
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