How to connect to Windows Internal Database (WID) with SQL Server Management Studio

The Windows Internal Database (WID) is used by the following Windows server components:

  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
  • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
  • Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
  • Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM)

For Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008, you can use the following named pipes (NP) string:

\\.\pipe\MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE\sql\query

On Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 you must use a different np connection string:

\\.\pipe\MICROSOFT##WID\tsql\query
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