ToolsI was checking out what’s new over on the TechNet Wiki this morning and came across a neat SCVMM article written by a Microsoft Partner who goes by the screen name Pronichkin.  In it he talks about the cause and resolution to a scenario where you get an error message when you try to install System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal (VMMSSP) 2.0.  The error is “Either the specified server name is not valid, or the server is not reachable”:

You're installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal (VMMSSP) 2.0 server application. You reach the “Connect the VMMSSP server component to the VMMSSP database” wizard page. You supply the address of your stand-alone SQL Server machine. Then you click on the “Get Instances...” button. You expect to see the list of your SQL Server instances. But instead you receive the following error message.

Either the specified server name is not valid, or the server is not reachable.

You can get all the details here:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/3325.aspx

J.C. Hornbeck | System Center Knowledge Engineer

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