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9. Next, browse for the SQL Server Browser service, file name sqlbrowser.exe, probably located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared, and click OK to add it to the list of exceptions (Figure 18.24).

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Depending on what security software you have installed, you may have to deal with one or more other security warnings when attempting to connect to SQL Server. On my system, when attempting to connect to SQL Server in my Windows XP partition I get a message (Figure 18.25) from the Symantec Internet Worm Protection component of Norton Antivirus (even when connecting to SQL Server on the same computer!), and I have to click OK to proceed with the connection.

If your front-end database needs to connect to SQL Server running on another computer on the same network (a common scenario), this warning pops up on the server machine — this may be a show-stopper, unless the client and server machines are side by side on your desktop. Otherwise, you may not be able to rush over to the server computer in time to click OK on the security alert before the connection attempt times out, and thus you won't be able to connect to SQL Server on the client machine.

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