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Getting Started with SQL Server Protocols

This page contains resources to help you get up to speed with SQL Server Protocols. For more resources see the Resources & Community page.

Product Documentation

Microsoft SQL Server Protocols
Refer to the Microsoft SQL Server protocols documentation for detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols, including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols, that Microsoft SQL Server uses to communicate with other Microsoft products.

Network Protocols and TDS Endpoints
Learn how the SQL Server Browser service works and get an overview of the use of it.

Default SQL Server Network Configuration
Learn about the default configurations. For example, the default instance of SQL Server is configured for TCP/IP port 1433, and named pipe \\.\pipe\sql\query, whereas named instances of SQL Serverare configured for TCP dynamic ports, with a port number assigned by the operating system.