DetailPage-MSS-KB

Microsoft small business knowledge base

Article ID: 294453 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 5.0

Summary

This article describes how to enable a SQL Server default instance to listen on multiple TCP ports.

More information

For each server-side network library, SQL Server sets up a separate "listen on" thread. If the server becomes overwhelmed with connection requests, the client connections are reset and are forced to reestablish a new session. To increase the performance of the SQL Server server to simultaneously process more connection requests, additional TCP ports to listen on can be added. To add additional TCP ports, follow these steps:
  1. Start the SQL Server Network Utility in SQL Server 2000. Select TCP, click Properties, and then enter the additional port separated by a comma; for example: 1433,5000.
  2. Stop and then restart the SQL Server server, and review the errorlog. Your errorlog should resemble the following:
    SQL server listening on TCP, Shared Memory, Named Pipes.<BR/>
    SQL server listening on 157.54.178.42:1433, 157.54.178.42:5000, 127.0.0.1:1433, 127.0.0.1:5000.
    					
  3. Use the SQL Server Client Network Utility to modify your clients to spread the load accross the TCP ports. For example, two Web servers, both connecting to the same SQL Server on port 1433, can now split the load across 1433 and 5000. This allows the administrator to separate the traffic across multiple ports and increases the connection throughput.
Note To perform the same operation in SQL Server 2005, use the SQL Server Configuration Manager tool.

Applies to
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
Keywords: 
kbinfo KB294453
Share
Additional support options
Ask The Microsoft Small Business Support Community
Contact Microsoft Small Business Support
Find Microsoft Small Business Support Certified Partner
Find a Microsoft Store For In-Person Small Business Support