Okay, I had to install VS.Net on top of VS 2005 and while I did that I figured I would update the security knowledge base from microsoft. Apparently it must of disabled the TCP/IP ports to prevent potential worms and such. So when I started one of our apps, I would now end up getting:
Database Error 17: SQL Server does not exist or access denied.
So here is the solution I found to work thanks to http://www.aspfaq.com/sql2005/show.asp?id=3
Make sure that SQL Server 2005 is functioning properly:
Start / Run... / type "CMD" without the quotes and hit OK
Type "SQLCMD" without the quotes and hit Enter
Verify that you have a "1>" prompt
Type "Exit" without the quotes and hit Enter
Start the SQL Browser service:
Start / Run... / type "NET START SQLBROWSER" without the quotes and hit OK
Make sure that named pipes and TCP/IP protocols are enabled:
Start / Programs / SQL Server 2005 / Configuration Tools / SQL Server Configuration Manager
Open "SQL Server 2005 Network Configuration"
Highlight "Client Protocols"
Right-click the Tcp node and make sure it is enabled (click "Enable" if it is available)
Repeat for the Named Pipes node
Restart SQL Server 2005 if you made any changes above:
Start / Run... / type "NET STOP MSSQL" without the quotes and hit OK
Start / Run... / type "NET START MSSQL" without the quotes and hit OK
If SQL Server 2000 is installed on the same machine, make sure that SP4 is installed prior to installing SQL Server 2005.