I have searched and I have searched but I can't find a way to display all instances of SQL Server in a combobox.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

found the solution on microsoft of all places.

Dim i As Integer
        Dim oNames As SQLDMO.NameList
        Dim oSQLApp As SQLDMO.Application
        oSQLApp = New SQLDMO.Application
        oNames = oSQLApp.ListAvailableSQLServers()
        AddHandler ComboBoxEdit4.SelectedIndexChanged, AddressOf comboBoxEdit4_SelectedIndexChanged

        For i = 1 To oNames.Count
            Me.ComboBoxEdit4.Properties.Items.Add(oNames.Item(i))

        Next i

No problem. If I post a problem and find the solution I post it so others can see either how easy it is and how slow I am or the solution in general :)

I forgot to add that I had to reference Microsoft SQLDMO Object Library

I have searched and I have searched but I can't find a way to display all instances of SQL Server in a combobox.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

'Adjust for own use!
Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management
Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo
Module Module1

Sub Main()
'Then in your routine that populates your list:
Dim s() As SqlServer.ServerInstance
s = SqlServer.EnumerateServers()

For i = 0 To s.Length - 1
Console.WriteLine(s(i).Name)
Next


End Sub


Public Class SqlServer
''' <summary>
''' The form of EnumerateServers for all machines in the network.
''' </summary>
Public Overloads Shared Function EnumerateServers() As ServerInstance()
Return EnumerateServers("")
End Function
''' <summary>
''' Return a collection of server instance descriptors for all SQL Servers within a network
''' </summary>
''' <param name="computerName">Specify a computer name to target a particular machine</param>
''' <returns>An array of ServerInstance descriptor objects</returns>
''' <remarks>This method translates the DataTable to a list of objects with Intellisense.</remarks>
Public Overloads Shared Function EnumerateServers(ByVal computerName As String) As ServerInstance()
Dim tableServers As DataTable = Nothing
If computerName.Length = 0 Then
tableServers = SmoApplication.EnumAvailableSqlServers
Else
tableServers = SmoApplication.EnumAvailableSqlServers(computerName)
End If
' Create enough space for all the SQL Server instances.
Dim list(tableServers.Rows.Count - 1) As ServerInstance
' Build the list of servers.
For index As Integer = 0 To tableServers.Rows.Count - 1
Dim row As DataRow = tableServers.Rows(index)
Dim name As String = row("Name").ToString()
Dim server As String = row("Server").ToString()
Dim instance As String = row("Instance").ToString()
Dim clustered As Boolean = row("IsClustered").ToString()
Dim local As Boolean = row("IsLocal").ToString()
Dim entry As New ServerInstance(name, server, instance, clustered, local)
list(index) = entry
Next index
Return list
End Function
Public Class ServerInstance
Public Sub New(ByVal name As String, ByVal server As String, ByVal instance As String, ByVal clustered As Boolean, ByVal local As Boolean)
m_name = name
m_server = server
m_instance = instance
m_clustered = clustered
m_local = local
End Sub
Private m_name As String = ""
Public Property Name() As String
Get
Return m_name
End Get
Set(ByVal value As String)
m_name = value
End Set
End Property
Private m_server As String = ""
Public Property Server() As String
Get
Return m_server
End Get
Set(ByVal value As String)
m_server = value
End Set
End Property
Private m_instance As String = ""
Public Property Instance() As String
Get
Return m_instance
End Get
Set(ByVal value As String)
m_instance = value
End Set
End Property
Private m_clustered As Boolean
Public Property IsClustered() As Boolean
Get
Return m_clustered
End Get
Set(ByVal value As Boolean)
m_clustered = value
End Set
End Property
Private m_local As Boolean
Public Property IsLocal() As Boolean
Get
Return m_local
End Get
Set(ByVal value As Boolean)
m_local = value
End Set
End Property
End Class
End Class

End Module

'More direct code
Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management
Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo
Module Module1

Sub Main()
Dim serverTable As DataTable
Dim i As Integer
Dim c As Integer
serverTable = Smo.SmoApplication.EnumAvailableSqlServers(False)
For c = 0 To serverTable.Columns.Count - 1
Console.Write(serverTable.Columns(c).ColumnName & ", ")
Next
Console.WriteLine("")
For i = 0 To serverTable.Rows.Count - 1
For c = 0 To serverTable.Columns.Count - 1

Console.Write(serverTable.Rows(i).Item(c).ToString & ", ")

Next c
Console.WriteLine("")
Next i

End Sub

End Module

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