I have two instances in my server and I want to know which one of them is the default. Can you, please, point out ways I can recognize it.
By saying a default instance I mean the one that listens for 1433.
Thanks for your support.
login in to your server and run this
for sql server 2008 and above if it returns null then it’s a default instance else named one
InstanceName: Name of the instance to which the user is connected.
Returns NULL if the instance name is the default instance, if the
input is not valid, or error.
NULL = Input is not valid, an error, or not applicable.
Base data type: nvarchar(128)
Another one using
Run the below code
SELECT SERVERPROPERTY('ServerName') SELECT SERVERPROPERTY('MachineName')
if both returns same value ie machine then it’s your default instance else
the first one return with your machinenameinstance name
After your edit
if you want to check the SQL server service which listens to port 1433. Then you have to check that in SQL server configuration manager. Check-in SQL server network configuration in that protocols for SQL server and click properties for TCP/IP and see the port used under IP addresses
By saying a default instance I mean the one that listens for 1433
named instance can be configured to listen on
1433 port, but it still be a
To your question about knowing the port:
You can see what port is used now by your instance looking at the first rows of
SQL Server error log, using GUI (
SQL Server Logs),
xp_readerrorlog or just opening
error log using any text editor, Notepad for example.
So here you see one of my named instances that listens on
8853 for user connections and on
Or you can use
registry entry for the same thing, you find the port under
Server Network Configuration ->
Your Instance ->
TCP/IP like this:
The difference is that when you are looking at the
errorlog, you get the port currently in use, and when you are looking at
Configuration Manager/registry, you see the last configured value that can be currently in use or that will take place only after server
restart, if it was configured but server was not restarted.