I am new to the SQL Server . I am trying to learn about it. I have two sql server instances installed in two different laptop and both laptops are connected in the same wireless network home group. I tired to access one instance from the the other using Management studio but the other instance is not showing up .Is there anyway I can troubleshoot it ? when I run osql - L it will showup all my instances. I want to access one instances from others just to make one of the instances subscriber for my replication. one of instance is sql 2008 and other in sql 2005. Thanks
If you wanted to see the servers through SSMS, In "Connect to Server" dialog box -> select "Browse for more" option in the "Server name" drop down -> Go to "Network Servers" tab. This will provide you all your network instances. Hope this is what you require.
Do you have default instances or named instances? If you know the instance name of your 2nd laptop then try to type in computername\instancename directly without using the browse function of SSMS. If you get an error it would be helpful to post the error msg.