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Getting SQL Server Instance List With NetServerEnum


Hi everyone,

I've been doing research yesterday for several hours without finding what I was really looking for.

I need to get a list of SQL Server available on the network with their instance name. This is simply to populate a combo box in Access to let the user choose their server location.

I saw a couple answers on this board regarding this question, and most of the answers were to use the "SQLDMO" object and its references. But I don't want to do that because that would imply deploying those librairies to all computers just to ease up on the programming.

I know there is a way to list the SQL Servers from the NetServerEnum but the problem is that the instances names are missing from that list.

If you go through the ODBC Data Sources in windows, Windows is able to get a list of all the SQL servers and instances names, so why can't we?

I found a function called SQLBrowseConnect() that I guess is from the ODBC32.dll but I can't get any good example for VBA and how to use it.

Let me know your thoughts.

Thanks a lot.




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