Instance Name

Installing SQL Server

Installing SQL Server

Instance Name

Use this screen to add and maintain instances of Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000.



  • When selected, a default instance of SQL Server 2000 is installed. Click Next to proceed with the install process.

  • When cleared, you can install or maintain a named instance of SQL Server 2000.

Note  If this check box is not enabled, Setup has detected a default instance of SQL Server on this computer. The default instance could be an installation of SQL Server 6.5, SQL Server version 7.0, or it could be the default instance of SQL Server 2000, already installed. Only one installation of SQL Server, any version, can be the default instance at any one time. For more information, see Multiple Instances of SQL Server.

Instance Name

Enter a new instance name, or the name of the instance to maintain. Review and follow the rules for instance names.

Important  It is recommended that instance names be kept to less than 10 characters. Instance names can appear in the user interface of various SQL Server and system tools; shorter names are more readable.

Instance Naming Rules

  • An instance name is not case-sensitive.

  • An instance name cannot be the terms Default or MSSQLServer.

  • Instance names must follow the rules for SQL Server identifiers and cannot be reserved keywords.

  • Instance names are limited to 16 characters.

  • The first character in the instance name must be a letter, an ampersand (&), an underscore (_), or a number sign (#). Acceptable letters are those defined by the Unicode Standard 2.0, which includes Latin characters a-z and A-Z, in addition to letter characters from other languages.

  • Subsequent characters can be:
    • Letters as defined in the Unicode Standard 2.0.

    • Decimal numbers from either Basic Latin or other national scripts.

    • The dollar sign ($), a number sign (#), or an underscore (_).
  • Embedded spaces or special characters are not allowed in instance names. Neither is the backslash (\), a comma (,), a colon (:), or the at sign (@).

Warning  Only characters that are valid in the current Microsoft Windows® code page can be used in instance names in SQL Server 2000. If a Unicode character not supported under the current code page is used, an error occurs.

See Also

Working with Instances and Versions of SQL Server

Working with Named and Multiple Instances of SQL Server 2000

Naming Conventions for Instances of SQL Server 2000

Reserved Keywords